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Chameleon Clock

July 22, 2012

We’ve worked with the guys from Netwalk Apps before on our To Do list app Done and their, iPad note taking app, ActionNotes – and we’re happy to report that we’ve just done so again with our new app Chameleon Clock.

Why Chameleon Clock? Well, the app uses the camera in the back of your iDevice to either a) sample the colour behind it or b) provide a live video feed to sit behind the time. The result? Your clock blends into your environment and all sorts of subtle effects are possible by changing the colour and/or transparency of the time display.

The app has already been featured on This Week’s Must-Have Apps so why not take a look for yourself?

Chameleon Clock has also got its own blog where we’re posting the best pics of it – have a look.

 

 

ActionNotes is out now

March 25, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that ActionNotes for the iPad is available in the App Store as of today.

What’s ActionNotes? While not strictly a Chilli X app it’s produced by the same team that bought you Done, our popular iPhone To Do list app.

This time we’ve teamed up with the guys at Netwalk to bring you ActionNotes. We’ve taken the same ‘simple but elegant’ design philosophy that we used with Done and applied it to the Note taking genre and thrown in a To Do list for good measure 🙂

You can read all about it here.

Or better still, buy a copy from the App Store here.

Let us know what you think…

We’re back

May 17, 2010

Sorry it’s been quiet for so long but a combination of holidays and ‘top secret’ client projects have kept us too busy to blog lately.

Normal service will return shortly and we’ll let you know our thoughts on the iPad after living with it for a few weeks, the mysterious case of PhotoFrame doubling up on the iPad and give you an update on what’s coming soon.

Augmented Reality FAIL

November 13, 2009

Last weekend The Times was running its first augmented reality campaign, as part of a sponsored supplement to promote the DVD release of the family film ‘Night at the Museum 2′.

Night

Was it just us or did the hype surrounding the ‘first augmented reality campaign’ spectacularly fail to live up to the reality?

Apparently The Times was going to include a pull out supplement in the Nov 6th edition so, being huge AR fans, we all dashed out and bought copies only to find that the promised supplement was going to be in the Nov 7th edition instead – FAIL #1

So, the next day we wasted more time and money on The Times. By the time I got around to looking at it my better half had already thrown the tacky looking insert in the bin. Much verbal banter ensued as we trawled through the rubbish bin to find and uncrumple it.

Next we visited http://www.nightatthemuseumcomestolife.co.uk (haven’t they heard of short urls?) and downloaded the required ActiveX plug-in (which the small print assured me was going to work on my Mac running Snow Leopard). Then we quit Safari, installed the drivers and eagerly booted up again waiting to see the tiny miracle of some sort of living T. Rex on my desktop.

Pressing the big red ‘See Rex’ button bought us nothing but a big black rectangle to stare into. We waited and waited… and waited some more. Maybe there’s a problem with the web cam? So we opened up Photo Booth only to find that the web cam was dead – no signal at all… Damn, reboot the computer, check that the web cam is working now (it is) back to Safari, back to the site with the really long url and… nothing. Again. FAIL #2.

By this time we’ve invested enough time and money into this to really want to see this bloody dinosaur cavorting around on my desk. Maybe Firefox will work? Download the latest build, install, reboot everything again just for good measure and back to the site. Now things are looking more promising – there’s a progress bar in the black hole where something interesting should be happening. But it’s stuck at about 20%. Nothing’s happening. Has it crashed? Restart Firefox and a new progress bar appears and says ‘Initializing’. The bar fills up and then… fills up again… and again. After filling up about 10 times Firefox crashed. FAIL #3

So, we re-launched Firefox which gave as a very cute ‘well, this is embarrassing – something seems to have gone wrong’ dialog. I couldn’t have put it any better myself…

We still haven’t seen any augmented reality dinosaurs and the whole sorry thing left a bad taste – I’m just glad we didn’t have a bunch of disappointed kids to deal with afterwards…

On last gripe – I’ve now installed a bunch of useless ActiveX drivers into my browser which will probably do more harm than good and cause all sorts of problems in the future. Guess what, the installer didn’t have an ‘uninstall’ option either… FAIL #4

Did anybody get it up and running and if so, was it worth it?

App Butler

September 27, 2009

We came across App Butler the other day and thought it was a great little idea that we should share with you.

AppButler

If you like to organise your iPhone apps into discrete pages or clumps, then App Butler is for you. Basically it allows you to save a series of custom web icons to your home screen and use them to label your pages – visit www.appbutler.com on your iPhone to see what it’s all about. It’s pretty easy to  use to use and free (although they claim they’re going to start charging – ha, I’d like to see how that works out for them!).

There’s plenty of different styles and colors to choose from and if you’ve got enough free spaces on your iPhone screens then why not? One last thing – we are in now way affiliated to App Butler so if you don’t like it, please don’t complain to us 🙂

Tweet tweet

February 24, 2009

We just thought we’d let anyone that’s interested know that we’re now broadcasting our random thoughts and activities via Twitter. Find us as chillix.

We’re also waiting for our latest app to go live – it was submitted a few days ago so could happen any minute. It’s called AboutTime and it’s a quirky little clock app with a difference…

Icon success

February 10, 2009

It’s nice to see our resident icon designer, Aidan Hornsby having some success and recognition with his latest icons for the Sony MicroVault USB stick.

If you’re lucky enough to have one of these MicroVaults then download the icons now or, as some of the readers of MacThemes seem to be doing, go out and buy one on the strength of the icons!

 

Sony Microvault icons by AidanHornsby

Sony Microvault icons by Aidan Hornsby