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.

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

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.

WPDownUnder

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

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.

Info Share Updated to Version 1.2.0

Info Share has been updated to Version 1.2.0 and should be available in the marketplace now. This update includes a shiny new icon for Info Share which is used on the Start Screen, App List and the Splash Screen.

Info Share

This update also brings a lot of speed and stability fixes, icons on the tiles for the home page, shorter simpler names on most of the pages and other minor layout and bug fixes.

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

Version 1.2.0

  • Updated Icons & Graphics
  • Renamed pages to keep page names simpler
  • Speed and stability enhancements
  • Minor bug and layout fixes


Music Alarm Updated to Version 1.3.0

Music Alarm has been updated to Version 1.3.0 (with a shiny new tile and splash screen) and should be available in the marketplace now.

This update re-enables the ability for users to set default times for the alarm and sleep functions, users can now set the alarm to snooze for 5 minutes and the phone will vibrate when the alarm is sounding and the app now runs under the lock screen.

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

Version 1.3.0

  • Setting of Default times has been re-enabled
  • Songs used for the Alarm can now be set to shuffle
  • Option for Snooze (5 minutes) when the alarm is going off
  • Phone now vibrates when the alarm is going off
  • Option for running the app under the lock screen
  • Minor bug fixes and layout changes

Handiware Hub Updated to Version 1.1.0

Handiware Hub has been updated to Version 1.1.0 and should be available in the marketplace now.

This update adds a Twitter feed of tweets from Handiware and now allows for viewing of a blog post inside the app. Viewing a blog post will show the full text (with a picture) and an option to view the post in Internet Explorer, and more features coming soon.

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

Version 1.1.0

  • Changed anonymous feedback to opt-out
  • Added a feed of Tweets from Handiware
  • Tapping on a Blog entry item now shows it on a new page in more detail
  • Minor layout and bug fixes

Info Share Updated to Version 1.1.1

Info Share has been updated to Version 1.1.1 and should be available in the marketplace now.

This update brings the function to allow users to choose what services is used (goo.gl, bt.ly or is.gd) to shorten links, anonymous feedback and other minor layout and bug fixes.

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

Version 1.1.1

  • Added anonymous feedback (can be turned off in settings)
  • Added feature to allow choosing between goo.gl, bit.ly and is.gd for shortening of links
  • When viewing results of the appointments search, results are now sorted by date
  • Links being shared (Starting with “http://”) now automatically display the title of the page when sharing via email, sms and status update
  • Minor layout and bug fixes