RemoteNote update – 1.0.3

15 06 2008

I finally got around to releasing a new version of RemoteNote. It should be available on Installer shortly.

With the new version comes a new preferences panel which allows you to edit the font and font sizes in the editor (has no effect on actual notes) as well as play with the encodings and ime options (experimental) for non-english users. In my testing, non-english characters are still not working correctly. I feel like I’ve tried anything but of course am open to further suggestions!

In addition, there is a new ‘Restore’ feature. This allows you to restore your notes database from a backup. In order to successfully restore after a complete phone/ipod restore+jailbreak, use the following steps:

First, launch RemoteNote and use the backup feature to download your notes database. If the notes file opens in a new window instead of downloading, head over to adobe.com and grab the latest version of the flash player (I had issues with the debug player on mac). Once downloaded, go ahead with your iphone restore and jailbreak, and reinstall RemoteNote. Do NOT launch RemoteNote yet. First you have to launch Notes and create a dummy note (RemoteNote will throw errors if the notes.db file doesn’t exist). Now that you have at least one note, launch RemoteNote on the phone and visit the editor in your browser and use the restore tool. Select your notes.db file on your computer and upload. You’re done! You should have all your old notes restored. 

As always, let me know here in the comments about any issues you encounter.

 





RemoteNote – release candidate 1.0.2 a2

18 05 2008

I’ve decided to release an alpha version for those interested in testing non-english languages, specifically double-byte characters like Chinese, Korean, etc. 

This version is not available on Installer but is available for download:

RemoteNote_1_0_2_a2.zip

You’ll have to manually install it using ssh, winSCP, etc. If you don’t know how to do that, there is a ton of existing information available. Please don’t post comments asking how to manually install.

Aside from language support, I’ve fixed a few bugs (IE caching, extra lines in new notes). I’ve also added a preferences panel which lets you select a font and font size for the editor (note, this has no effect on the actual note text). 

I really need feedback as to what languages work, and what do not. So if you test it out, please do post your experience here in the comments! Of course, any other bugs should be noted as well 🙂





RemoteNote Update – 1.0.1

3 05 2008

I’ve updated RemoteNote to version 1.0.1. Look for it soon on Installer.

New features include:

  • Spiffy Flex-based interface. All actions are now performed on the same page/screen. 
  • Password protection. The default name/password is ‘remotenote/remotenote’. You can change these using the Phone application.
  • Much better unicode support (should now work with languages other than english)

For more information, refer to the official page. As always, let me know what you think using the comments below. Enjoy! RemoteNote is donation-ware. It is free to use, but if you like it and want to see it stick around and improve, please do consider donating. Thanks!





RemoteNote – Update

5 04 2008

RemoteNote has gotten a major overhaul. We’re now at version 0.2.0!

Release Notes 0.2.0:

Bug Fixes:

  • Supports notes with single quotes (if you find other characters to cause issues, let me know)
  • Much better database interaction (no more undefined notes!)

Features:

  • Snappy editor powered by (TinyMCE
  • Editing is done in one single page

 

Known Issues:

  • Bonjour support. I thought this would be easy but as far as I’m able to find, bonjour isn’t available yet on the iphone. Rumor has it that it’s going to be available in the 2.0 firmware update. If anyone has more info I’d love to hear about it. UPDATE: “ipod.local” has been reported to work in some cases but I haven’t been able to get it to work.
  • Delete links do not work. It works in the NEXT (aka, not this one) release however 🙂
  • HTML is sometimes making it into the title and/or summary. For now, be careful that you don’t have any html in the first line or 2 of your notes. You can double-check this by clicking the ‘html’ button on the toolbar and simply deleting any html in the first few lines before saving your note. If you save a note, and it appears to be the only note in the list, don’t panic! Your notes are still there. Just go into the phone notes program and edit the note you just saved and all should be fine again. 
  • Lines are messed up in the iPhone ‘Notes’ app when viewing notes created/edited with RemoteNote
I wanted to give Chrys a huge thanks for coming up with the new icon and logo. You can find more of his iPhone iCandy here, or check out the screenshot of the new editor below.
RemoteNote Editor 0.0.3
Finally a huge thanks for all the support and feedback I’ve received so far! As usual, if you have any issues with the app or ideas that would make it better, let me know! 




RemoteNote – My first IPhone app

1 04 2008

I’ve been toying with developing native applications for the IPhone (see the toolchain post below) for some time now, but have never really come up with anything useful. RemoteNote is my first ‘real’ application. It’s developed using Jiggy, and is designed to allow you to edit your notes remotely, using a standard web browser. Current limitations (future features):

  • Cannot create or delete notes (you’ll need existing notes to edit)
  • Does not update modification dates, titles or summaries
  • Browser-based editor is a bit ‘minimalistic’

Usage is pretty simple. You’ll need to have a wifi connection available on the phone. Fire up RemoteNote and then point your computer’s web browser to the address RemoteNote gives you. Edit your notes as necessary. When you’re finished, simply quit RemoteNote and carry on as you were.You should be able to find RemoteNote under “Productivity” in Installer shortly (Thanks BigBoss!). If you love it, hate it or want to change it, please do let me know here in the comments. Enjoy! * RemoteNote is currently alpha software. I’ve tested it on firmware 1.1.3 and have not had any issues. As usual with alpha software, use at your own risk. 





Native IPhone development using XCode, at last!

26 09 2007

So I got this fancy IPhone last week some time and have since been trying to get myself setup so I can start playing with native app development. The iphone dev. team has been making great strides but up until fairly recently, installing the toolchain has been rather daunting.

To keep this short and sweet, here are the steps I followed to get a working toolchain and XCode template:

1) Download the toolchain installer.

2) Download the toolchain helper. You’ll need an iphone connected. This little guy copies the essential files from your iphone onto your mac.

3) Run the toolchain helper. You’re phone will have to be ‘jailbroke’ for it to work. The simple answer, install AppTapp.

4) Run the toolchain installer.

5) Grab the XCode template. You’ll need to make a few changes to the template to work with your toolchain install.

5a) Open the xcode template project file in Xcode. The first thing you’ll see is that it can’t find Foundation.framework and UIKit.framework. You can fix these by right clicking them and choosing “Get Info”. Browse to your toolchain install and find the frameworks. For example, Foundation.framework is in “/usr/local/arm-darwin-apple/heavenly/System/Library/Frameworks”.

5b) Open Info.plist. Change the value of “CFBundleExecutable” to “«PROJECTNAME»”. Save.

6) Take a look at this thread and follow the directions provided by ‘rogerboesch’.

7) Grab Lucas Newman’s examples, unzip, open in XCode and build. SHAZAAM! If you want to test your app on the iphone, the easiest way I’ve found is to use AppTapp to install OpenSSH and then connect to the phone via ftp. Simply copy your app into Applications.

Hopefully it helps someone else! Big thanks to Lucas Newman and Roger Boesch. If you get stuck, leave a comment and I’ll do what I can to help.