WPDownUnder for Windows Phone Updated

WPDU WP7 Update

A couple of days ago we released an update for WPDownUnder on Windows 8, and today the update is now also available in Marketplace for Windows Phone. The update for Windows Phone brings many of the same bug fixes that were in the Windows 8 update and also brings a few of its own.

As with the update for the Windows 8 app, this update also brings with it the improved support for displaying images and videos in the Articles. But it also has a few other changes in it as well.

With TechEd just around the corner WPDownUnder has launched an additional Twitter account which will be used by Roving Reporters to tweet updates on what is happening at TechEd, so we have added these tweets into the twitter feed shown in the app so that you can catch all the news in one place. In addition to this when sharing articles, the hastags #WPDU and #wp7au will now be added to the end of the text so that others on Twitter can follow the conversation.

We have also been listening to your feedback and have included a fix which now clears the number of unread articles on the app tile when navigating to the app after receiving a toast notification for a new article. We have also fixed an issue which caused text being entered into a new comment to be cut off after reaching a certain amount of characters (thanks for your in depth bug report schlubadub!).

And we are not finished yet, we still have plenty of updates and features planned which we think you will like. So be sure to follow us on twitter then keep an eye out here and on WPDownUnder for future updates.

The complete list of changes can be found in the Change Log here.

WPDownUnder for Windows 8 Updated

WPDU Win8 Update

We have released an update to the WPDownUnder app for Windows 8. This update brings several fixes to the app and especially to the way the app handles images and videos embed in the Articles. Based on feedback from a few of our Beta Program participants, we also made it easier to distinguish the main app screens from the App Bar when it is shown by making it a light grey.

These fixes, and more, are also coming to the Windows Phone version of the app with update currently going through certification. We will reveal more once it is available.

While this update only contains fixes to make the app easier to use and Articles easier to read, we still have big plans for future updates which will be coming to both the Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions of the app. Future updates will cover a broad range of feedback we have received on both versions, updated layout, new features and a few surprises.

So be sure to follow us on twitter then keep an eye out here and on WPDownUnder for future updates.

The complete list of changes can be found in the Change Log here.

WPDownUnder For Windows 8 Is Now Live

WPDU Home (Settings) - Windows 8

Yesterday, together with WPDownUnder, we made the official WPDownUnder app for Windows 8 available in the Windows 8 Store for free. The WPDownUnder app for Windows 8 has much of the same functionality of the popular app released earlier this year for Windows Phone such as: View the latest articles on WPDownUnder, Live Tile displaying the latest Article, Commenting on articles and the ability to search through literally hundreds of archived articles published by the WPDownUnder team since the site launched just over a year ago.

As with the WPDownUnder for Windows Phone, we have taken advantage of some of the key features of Windows 8 such as: Using the settings charm to access the apps settings, using the search charm to facilitate the searching for articles and using the share charm to allow users to share content from WPDownUnder using the app of their choice.

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“Handiware have done a fantastic job with delivery of yet another high-quality WPDU App, this time for the Windows 8 platform. Even better, it’s arrived before the official launch of Win8 in October!” Scott Sheedy of WPDU.

We are already planning for future updates to the app which will introduce further features to improve the app and bring it in line with the current features found in the Windows Phone version.

WPDownUnder for Windows 8 can be found in the Windows 8 Store under the “News & Weather” category, by searching for WPDownUnder or by clicking here – and don’t forget to share your feedback on the app by rating it in the store.

Our New Home

Handiware Featured Image

Today we are finally ready to launch our new home on the internet, Handiware.com.au. With the launch of the new web site we are aiming to provide users a more feature rich experience when visiting the site by offering online support, ability for users to sign up for getting access to the Handiware Beta Program and much more.

Our new home at www.handiware.com.au sees us growing out of our former WordPress hosted site which debuted with a blog and a sign-up page for users to register their interest to participate in our Beta Program. The new site extends on this by allowing Beta Testers to apply through the site and once accepted manage their account and access current Beta services and apps that are available – with more services and functionality planned for later release.

Users will also be able to utilise online support from us via a support page where we will list any known issues with current apps & services, all blog posts relating to support and users can create a support ticket to get help directly from us.

Scott Sheedy of Windows Phone Down Under says of the new site:

“Handiware, as our official App developer, has always delivered fantastic Microsoft platform Apps for our site. Now, with www.handiware.com.au they have delivered a feature-rich and great looking modern UI styled online home. We love it!”

So head on over to handiware.com.au now and let us know what you think.

Handiware Hub Updated to Version 1.2.0

Handiware Hub has been updated to Version 1.2.0 and should be available in the marketplace now. This update enhances fixes several bugs, introduces new graphics (such as the updated Handiware Logo) and allows the user to enable a live tile which shows the most recent article title on the back.

As always please feel free to use our Contact Form or the feedback link in the about screen in the app to send any feedback or to report bugs.

A summary of the changes are below and you can find the complete Change Log here.

Version 1.1.0

  • App will now update each time it runs and will only update Tweets and Apps list when they are in view
  • Updated Graphics (Splash Screen, Start Tile etc)
  • Added option to use a Live Tile when pinned to Start
  • Other minor bug and layout fixes

Happy 1st Birthday WPDownUnder

Our good friends over at WPDownUnder are celebrating their 1st Birthday this week, although today is THE day, and to celebrate they have teamed up with Nokia Australia to give YOU the chance to win some prizes.

Up for grabs as part of the celebrations are a Nokia Lumia 800 (thanks to Nokia) for first place, an “I <3 WP” t-shirt for second place and “I <3 WP” stickers and magnets for third place. To be in the draw to win, all you have to do is head over to their Facebook page, like them, join the competition and then do a few small tasks (like tweeting about their competition).

While you are at it, don’t forget to download their official app (made by us) right here and keep an eye out for the Windows 8 version coming soon!

WPDownUnder Updated to Version 1.1.0

WPDownUnder for Windows Phone has been updated to Version 1.1.0 and should be available in the marketplace now. This update enhances the commenting system and notifications.

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A massive thank you to all our beta testers who have been testing this version out for the last couple of weeks.

A summary of the changes are below and you can find the complete Change Log here.

Version 1.1.0

  • Fixed a bug where user would be notified of a new article every ~30 minutes until the app was opened.
  • Tapping on the comment count bubble will now take the user directly to the comments on an article
  • Added info about the app not supporting Slide Shows embedded in articles
  • Fixed a bug which resulted in some images not showing up in articles
  • Tapping the notification when a new article is published will now take you directly to viewing that article
  • Comments & Articles now show the date/time they were posted based on the user’s local time
  • Improved logic used for checking if an article is new

SUPPORT: Not Receiving Notifications From Background Tasks On Windows Phone

 

We have had a few users contact us in regards to not receiving Notifications on their devices or even tiles not updating in the background. Although it is unclear what is causing this issue, it would appear that it is more widespread than just our apps. The marvellous folks at wpcentral have reported that a few of their users and even them selves have suffered from this issue and have even posted a fix.

Basically the fix entails going into your phones settings and then into the Background Tasks option and turning off all your active background tasks. Then make sure you have set them all to be re-enabled the next time their app is run and this should fix the issue (it did for us).

You can see more detailed information and even a screenshot walkthrough in the original wpcentral post here.

NEW APP: WPDownUnder for Windows Phone

WPDownUnder

Back in April we announced that we were releasing a new app for Australian Windows Phone news site WPDownUnder and we delivered a version 0.9 release the same day. If you missed the original launch post by WPDownUnder, you can find it here. Starting today version 1.0.0 has been released and it brings all the features a good news app should have:

  • View and comment on the latest Articles
  • Read comments from others on the latest Articles
  • Get apps that are mentioned in Articles
  • Search WPDownUnder
  • See tweets from WPDownUnder
  • Share Articles via Status Updates
  • Info and Links to the Developed Down Under Campaign App
  • Get notifications and tile updates when a new Article is published

We have more updates planned for the future which will bring even more features and improvements to the app. WPDownUnder version 1.0.0 is now available for Windows Phone users running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

For more information click here or to download it click the image below.

Developed Down Under Is Now On The Web

Developed Down Under

A few months ago Scott from WPDownUnder had an idea to help promote Aussie developers and Aussie focused apps to Aussies, he took to Twitter with the idea where the name Developed Down Under was suggested by @gh8421 (our very own Garry Holden). Fast forward to April this year and Niall from mobilewares.net decided it was time that there was an app that showcased all the Aussie apps that were out there.

Now just over a month later and Niall and Scott have now launched the Developed Down Under web site. The site has a good metro design to it and offers information about the Developed Down Under app, the mission of DDU, details about the DDU team (Niall and Scott), details on how to submit apps, media releases, DDU in the media and even an aggregate news feed from all the blogs that are shown in the app.

We are proud to participate in this initiative and that all our apps are Developed Down Under and can be found in the DDU app.

You can get the Developed Down Under app here and you can view the Developed Down Under web site here.