jueves, 26 de abril de 2012
First of all I want to apologize. I've not posted anything since now because I've been so busy updating and improving my two android apps, studying for exams etc...
But now I'he some time to post some good news! Omegan for Android has been updated from version 2.3.6 to version 3.1.3, going through versions 2.7.6, 3.0 and 3.0.1. Here you have a list of the features/improvements of each version.
- Queue added! Now you can see what you are building or researching
- Some minor bugfixes
- Queue improved: classification in categories and overview of the fleets
- Added limit for buildings and researches
- Slider speed improved
- Planet won't change automatically
- Some minor bugfixes
- Trying to solve connection errors
- Galaxy view added!
- Fixed some errors in fleet
- Fixed some elements in queue
- 'Return fleet' option added
- Other minor bugfixes
Thank you all for visiting my blog!
domingo, 8 de abril de 2012
Some hours ago I launched a new update of the Omegan app that has some minor improvements and one big improvement!
- The data downloaded is saved in the SD card so that it's not necessary to wait so many times to see the information of the screen.
- Refresh option in the menu to refresh the data manually
- Position digit in fleet fixed
- Fleet translated to English
- Some translate errors fixed
- Added colours depending on the amount of resources.
I hope you will enjoy this new update. If you have any problems you can contact me the way you preffer.
domingo, 1 de abril de 2012
Yesterday I launched a new update for Omegan, the version 2.1. It includes some new features, check it out:
- Fleet added (Needs to be translated to English! Sorry!)
- No more eternal 'Updating' dialogs
- Application code improved a lot
- Changed the aesthetic of some buttons
- Button to set maximum number of units in shipyard and defense
- Added coordinates of the planets on the 'change planet' menu
- Galaxy preview (it doesn't work)
Here you have some screenshots of the new features:
That's all! Hope you'll enjoy this new update and stay tuned because I'm working on the Galaxy! Thank you all!
martes, 27 de marzo de 2012
Today I'm gonna talk about advertising... yes, that annoying stuff that appears suddenly while you are visiting websites or while you are playing with your favourite smartphone game. Before I became a developer, I thought that advertising is one of the worst things that people created for the Internet. By becoming a developer, I changed my mind. Well... not much.
We all agree that advertising is annoying, but we need to understand both, users and developers points of view, and then decide if advertising is as useless as we all think.
Users point of view:
Yes, I know that I'm not 'all of the users', but I do know what most of people think about it. A lot of users think that adverts = virus. I've heard a lot of times: -"Be careful to not to click that advert! It can be harmful for your computer!". I understand that point of view because lots of adverts are links to virus... but not all!
Moreover, adverts are disturbing: they force you to wait to get access to another website, they appear suddenly and sometimes it's difficult to close them because the close button is hidden, they open themselves in another window of the browser... Summarizing: f*** them!
These are the most important and good reasons why people hate adverts. But, what do developers think about it? Do they want to disturb people with those annoying types of adverts? Why do they want adverts on their websites or apps? Let's take a look at their point of view...
Developers point of view:
When you become a developer and you create a product that people is used to use, you are very happy but... what if you want (or need) to earn some little amount of money? (believe me, so little amount of money) If you work in a company, you get money monthly, but if you are a developer that works only for fun, or works to bring new services or games to people, you won't earn nothing... In this situation is where adverts come into play.
The most used adverts are called 'banners' (see the image at the top). They can be small, big, only text, text with images, dynamic etc... There are lots of other types of adverts, but I'll write about banners because they are the most used. And how do they work?
Most of the adverts only give a little amount of money to the developer when people click on them. This type of adverts are used in a very very high percentage of free smartphone applications and games (Blackberry, iOs, Android, Windows Phone, Bada etc...). The other type of adverts are the most annoying of them. They give money to the developer only when the advert is shown. They are used a lot on the Internet (the typical advert that appears suddenly in full screen mode and forces you to wait X seconds to get access to the page)
Developers usually use adverts to earn some money to the maintenance of the website or server, to contract other employers etc... But why adverts?
On the Internet there are only two ways to earn money: forcing the user to pay for a product or giving for free that product but adding adverts. If you create a new app or website from zero, you want to get as users as possible to promote the product. That's why there are lots and lots of free apps. The problem is that giving the product for free, you don't earn anything, so the most used option in this cases in to add adverts.
So, what's the problem between the two points of view?
Developers want/need money and use adverts to reach their goal but users don't click them because they think adverts will be harmful for their computers or smartphones. And what do we 'win' with this bad combination? Developers use more aggressive adverts and people get angry because of those annoying, aggressive and tiring adverts.
To finish, I'll let you know my personal point of view: If you enjoy a website or a game or app for smartphone, help the developer by clicking the adverts. This way, the developer can pay his expenses and give support to the application, and the user will only waste 10 seconds of his time and he will be able to continue enjoying the application or website.
I've written this post because a lot of people think that adverts are something created only to disturb, and that's not the truth.
Thank you all for reading what I think about this topic. If you have any question, you can leave a comment just below.
P.S: Sorry for my bad English but I'm a Spanish student and I don't still have a good written English (neither spoken).
jueves, 22 de marzo de 2012
We finally have working our new server! Thank you to all the people who donated some money!
Now the browsing is faster (thing that is appreciated). We have contracted this server:
- Intel Core i5-2400 with Turbo Boost Technology
- 4x3.1+ GHz
- 6MB L2 - QPI 5GT/sec
- 64 bits system (linux)
- RAM 16GB DDR3
- 120GB SSD
- Net: 100Mbps
It's awesome! I hope you'll enjoy this server as much as I.
But there's bad news too... The new server has changed all the files needed to connect the mobile version, so it's not working... Moreover, has changed something of the data base and the Trade isn't working either. But we are working hard to solve all of this problems.
I'm also working on the fleet of the mobile version... I'm having sweat and tears to have it working!
That's all, thank you all for visiting my blog!
domingo, 18 de marzo de 2012
Today I'm gonna write about our economic situation and what we (the Omegan team) want to do.
Yesterday, the server where Omegan is located went down. We had some minor problems with the website and we disabled the access to the game. The server went down because of the amount of people that were playing online. Omegan's server is free, so its capacity is so reduced.
We have found a dedicated server that theoretically works like a charm, good specifications etc...
This server will guarantee:
- Faster access connection
- More disk space
- More processing power
- Better stability
- Daily backups to save the data
- Unlimited traffic
So it worth to make the change and buy this server. The bad news is that this server costs 80€/month (amount that is impossible to pay for us), so we need your help to buy this server (this is the best quality/price server we found).
That's the reason why we added some adverts to the Android application and to this blog, because each click helps us with a little amount of money. But this isn't enough, so we've added the possibility to contribute by sending us a little amount of money through PayPal.
You can send some money by clicking the following link (it is a direct link to PayPal): http://goo.gl/IxQ0L
Thank you very much for your help. We just want to offer the best user experience.