1. Mocking Pad 1.35 Update

    May 31, 2011 by accidentalfish

    Progress is continuing on the next update of Mocking Pad albeit slower than I would have liked – the onset of hay fever coupled with training for a lengthy charity bike ride has left me rather frazzled and short on time.

    After frequent requests from users I’m also building simple line editing into the application for this release – with different line widths and patterns. This might sound simple but Mocking Pad was built around the idea of dragging and dropping of stencils with 4 corners and not the 2 ends of a line.

    Excuses excuses!

    In any case I hope to get the update out soon and thanks for bearing with me.


  2. 500

    May 23, 2011 by accidentalfish

    I’m insanely happy to be able to report that Mocking Pad passed the 500 mark yesterday (I got the sales figures this morning): 501 users to be precise.

    A massive, massive thank you to everybody who has supported Accidental Fish by purchasing Mocking Pad.

    And as always I’d love to hear any feedback you have about how the app can be improved: be it nips and tucks, new features or letting me know about things you dislike.


  3. Mocking Pad 1.31

    May 19, 2011 by accidentalfish

    I’ve got a bug fix release that should be hitting the App Store soon to fix a bug that occurs if you try and upload a PDF to DropBox in Mocking Pad or the upgraded version of Mocking Pad Lite.

    Many thanks to @geordee for reporting this.

    1.35 should be following soon after but I’m not quite done with that and I didn’t want to wait to get the fix out there – I always try and prioritise bug fixes above all else.


  4. Mocking Pad 1.35

    May 12, 2011 by accidentalfish

    Development of Mocking Pad is, as ever, continuing. I’m planning a mini-release this month that contains (at least) the following:

    1. Multi-select by dragging a selection box. This is something I really want myself!
    2. iOS Tab Bar stencil

    For the next major release (1.40) I’m planning on adding one of the following:

    1. VGA / HDMI output in both mirrored mode and “presentation mode” (where the iPad controls the pages as they display on the external monitor).
    2. An interactive presentation mode – so that you can link pages together and trigger moving between those pages by tapping on stencils (in other words stencils can be hyperlinks to other pages).
    3. Balsamiq file import. A lot of Mocking Pad users, myself included, also use Balsamiq. I don’t yet know how difficult or feasible this is to do but if it can be done I’d love to do it.
    4. Custom stencil construction. To allow you to draw and share your own stencils without waiting for me to add them to the application.

    If you’ve got any feedback on the above then, as ever, please get in touch either here on the blog, by email, Twitter, or Facebook.

    Finally I’m hoping to, and currently on track to, reach the 500 user milestone this month. Thanks for your continued support!


  5. Mandelbrot Sets in JavaScript

    May 7, 2011 by accidentalfish

    Another, and for now probably final, JavaScript toy: Mandelbrot Set generator. It uses Web Workers, HTML 5 Canvas and JavaScript to render Mandelbrot sets in a modern browser (I’ve tested in Safari, Chrome and FireFox 4).

    It’s online here and the source is on GitHub.

    Picture of it running in Chrome is below:

    Maybe I’m getting old, or becoming easily awed, but I find it amazing that Mandelbrots can be rendered so quickly within a browser. I remember my 8-bit BBC Model B wheezing its way through generating low res 2-bit colour versions!


  6. JavaScript A* Pathfinding

    by accidentalfish

    For fun I’ve knocked up a quick implementation of the A* path finding algorithm, again using JavaScript and HTML canvas.

    Again the source is in GitHub and you can play around with it online.