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TrafficCamNZ – Updates 30 October 2011

Posted by David Wilson in iPhone, Mac.
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Both the iPhone/iPad and desktop versions of TrafficCamNZ have received some updates.

TrafficCamNZ (iPhone/iPad) – version 1.6.10 brings the following updates and new features
* Images are displayed on an extenal screen if one is connected – With an iPhone 4S, or iPad 2 when using video mirroring via AirPlay – images are displayed full screen on secondary screen (i.e. via AppleTV on your TV)
* Bringing up the map screen will now make use of your location – much more useful – previously the initial position would be Apple
* Updates the default camera list – previously blank cameras would be loaded
* Addresses an issue where blank cameras were loaded from the default camera list – these blank cameras are automatically deleted

About the AirPlay support – it’s really neat! I’ve wanted to do this for some time and it’s turned out really well. So If you have a device that supports Video Mirroring (iPhone 4S or iPad 2) you can access this feature. When the application runs it detects the “mirrored screen” or external display. The featured or shown images are displayed on this screen as well as on the device (iPhone or iPad) itself. The one downside is that you can’t use video mirroring to display the application itself.

A mentioned above I also found an issue with the supplied default data file. Some of the cameras didn’t load and this resulted in lots of duplicate blank cameras – it would look a bit wonky to first time users when scrolling through the Library of cameras. I’ve fixed this issue and also at application launch the Library of cameras is scanned for blank cameras and these are automatically deleted.

TrafficCamNZ Desktop – version 1.1.2 beings the following updates
* Fixed a crash when deleting multiple entries from the camera list screen
* Text overlaid on images is resized to fit if it is too big
* Fixed a crash if no images available for display

The updates have been submitted to Apple for approval prior to release.

Remember if you have camera updates for your area, or a whole lot more cameras that you have loaded get them to me so that I can update the main data file for everyone.

– David


TrafficCamNZ developments 23 October 2011

Posted by David Wilson in iPhone.
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I’ve been working on TrafficCamNZ to use an external monitor. It’s working for the iPhone and iPad.
As a spinoff it may may be that if on an iPad2 and iPhone 4S you turn on video mirroring the “mirror” monitor may be seen as a second monitor and thus used as such. I need to test this further.

Anyway what happens is that with the main screen displayed, the images of featured cameras are displayed on the iDevice as usual, that has not changed, and also displayed full screen on the external monitor.

During the testing process I also discovered a problem with the included default camera file – turns out the XML markup for the New Zealand camera is wrong and thus you get a bunch of “blank” cameras loaded – sorry about that. You should manually delete these if you have them. You do end up with a full camera list anyway when the main camera data file is downloaded from the web.

I have also altered the text displayed over the images so that it fits on the screen… doesn’t overflow… or is larger so that it can be read!

Some more testing and I’ll submit to Apple for approval and distribution via the AppStore.

– David

USB Missile Launcher – DreamCheeky – MacBreak Weekly 15 October 2011

Posted by David Wilson in Mac, usb, USB Missile.
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Alex Lindsay’s pick of the week – The DreamCheeky Thunder missile launcher!


Start your playing from the 1 hour, 2 minutes, 40 second mark! (1:02:40)

So the screen on Alex’s machine is never shown, but I suspect that he’s using the Mac software DC Missile Launcher NZ – especially with his description of being able to use the arrow keys and there was a mention of auto lock.

Version 1 of DC Missile Launcher NZ is available for download c/- http://www.dreamcheeky.com/download-support

I have a update (version 2) that I must submit to DreamCheeky for improved video support in Lion – though it will likely be for Lion only.
The OIC Storm Missile Launcher (a different version to the one shown) includes a built in USB 2.0 camera – hence the video support.


The Missile Launcher software also includes iOS support? – huh?

Download Missile Control NZ from the AppStore and you can control your USB Missile Launcher (with the associated desktop software running as well).


– David

TrafficCamNZ – News 15 October 2011

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TrafficCamNZ – data file update14 October 2011 I released a new camera data file for TrafficCamNZ. The update includes nearly 400 new and updated cameras for Tennessee in the USA. The cameras a named “[USA] TN – <camera description>”. Also included is a camera pointed at Mt Everest! I should have captured a better picture for this post… I’ve seen better.

When you run TrafficCamNZ it will check for a new data file if it’s been more than 7 days since it last checked. You can force the update via the preferences screen and selecting the XML Merge button.

And the Tennessee cameras also one with GPS locations… not all of the cameras are shown on the screen shot below, however if you zoom in more will be shown. Remember you can touch the camera pins for a thumb nail image of the camera and it’s description. Then clicking on the right hand disclosure triangle (not shown in the picture below) will bring up the current image from that camera.

The same data file update is used for the iPod/iPhone/iPad and Mac Desktop versions of TrafficCamNZ.

TrafficCamNZ – New Application update for iOS 5
And on 12 October 2011 a updated TrafficCamNZ was released for iPod/iPhone/iPad – this release contains enhancements for iOS 5 and a minor update on the main screen where an indicator of network connectivity has been added.

Tell your friends!

– David