Sunday, 7 June 2015

Behold. The Tricorder

Project Expeditus (LCARS 47 for Android). It's been asked for and asked for. Yes we are actively working on it and yes, it will be absolutely free. No ads, no paywalls, no in-app purchases. It's currently in closed alpha and we're planning a release along side LCARS 47 v6.5 itself. You guys have shown so much support for our small non-profit, and I'd like to thank you on behalf of my entire development team. You make all this worth while.

In four words: I love my job.

Performance subject to device spec. Starfleet issue case not included with app.

This is the actual tricorder from Star Trek: Nemesis (above). It had no official name, but We decided that "TR-600 - Mk XI" would be the most logical choice. There are a few stylistic differences between the canon "TR-600", and the Expeditus TR-600, but this is mostly to allow for conversion of the UI to better suite high end, high PPI screens.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Master Systems Display and Unique Starship Abilities

Here she is. The Galaxy class starship. This took an entire month of work. It's loaded with animation and interaction. We're also confirming that this is the finalized user interface for the Master Systems Display Engineering module. This module will probably become the centre point of your LCARS 47 experience because with the rollout of 6.5, this screen will update to reflect the current shipboard situation. 

What does all that mean? Well, you probably already know that 6.5 will support multiple monitors and even have networking features. Thanks to our new event management mechanic, Eventus, LCARS 47 will now communicate with all other instances of LCARS 47, even those running on separate networked computers. For you, this means that if you eject the warp core, the MSD will update, to show that the warp core is not present, the nacelles will show a powered down state, and all systems reliant on the warp core will go offline. The core eject feature is standard across all the ships we'll be including in Drydock, but some ships will have unique abilities. Here's a class specific list of the most prominent unique ability (these aren't the only unique abilities each class will, have, just the ones we're confirming now).

The Sovereign
Those of you with Sovereigns will have the ability to detach the main deflector which will mean that shield systems lose a bit of stability, you won't be able to go to warp, and certainly not be able to navigate an asteroid field.

The Intrepid
If the Intrepid is more your thing, then you can play with the nacelles. They move and unless they're in the upright and locked position, you ain't going anywhere at warp speed. 

The Galaxy
The Galaxy has of course a wonderfully dramatic ability to separate the saucer section completely. You guys don't need details as to what happens during separation, so I'll skip the info for this one.

The Nova
Being a small ship appearing as featured ship in only two feature length episodes, deciding what unique features the Nova has was tough. We're still thinking of things to add, so, ideas on a post card, people.

The Prometheus
MVAM, MVAM, MVAM... MVAM. Plus a megatonne of other tactical systems, not limited to a sassy EMH.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more updates, and don't forget to share the news. Peace!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Renovation in Progress

Excuse the mess, we're currently working on the Development Blog. Deleting old junk, sifting out 404s and 410s. Replacing old links with 301s before everything 503s. Has anyone 302ed my sanity?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

LCARS 47 Version 6.5 Update

Hi guys. Here's a quick update regarding the development of LCARS 47, version 6.5. The development is going well and we are pleased to announce that both Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX will be fully supported. The features will be consistent between the Windows and OSX versions. The only exception will be the VoiceCommand feature, which will require a bit of creativity on the OSX platform.

 Here's a quick list of confirmed features to hit 6.5.
  • Multiple monitor support as standard
  • Drydock version III
    • Multiple ship class customization (with five ships available at launch and more to follow)
  • Multiple ship profiles, which allows you to have more than one ship saved. This includes
    • Multiple ship classes
    • Independent names and registries for each ship profile
    • Independent logs for each ship profile
  • Theatrical mode, which disables the deactivate and settings buttons inside LCARS 47. This feature was added for those that use LCARS 47 at conventions and want to prevent the application being closed by users
  • Ambient sounds are making a return. This was a feature that many users requested be re-added
  • The "Jukebox" media player (below).
There will be many more features added and more information will be posted as we work through our list.

Drydock III

In Drydock-related news, I can also confirm that the artwork is coming along nicely. We're nearing completion of the first five ship classes, the Galaxy, Nova, Intrepid, Sovereign, and Prometheus. 

As part of our quality assurance, we've optimized the way we do our artwork, which means we can add way more detail (as seen in the image to the left) than in the previous Drydock iteration. And yes, in true LCARS 47 traditions, Easter eggs are plenty. Have fun finding them all (although we will not be keeping a record of what, how many, and where they are).

Please note: these screenshots are of a current development and may include errors or omissions, and may not reflect the final product.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Drydock Update and Artwork

Good news, boys and girls, we've finalized the UI for the Drydock module. This will also include red and blue alert visual change, plus something that we'll save for you to discover on your own...

Here is the Nova class, one of the first five starship classes that will be released with LCARS 47 version 6.5.

In related news... For those wondering what the first five starship classes will be released, we can confirm that they are as follows...

  1. The Nova class light explorer,
  2. The Intrepid class medium explorer
  3. The Galaxy class heavy explorer
  4. The Sovereign class heavy explorer, and
  5. The Prometheus class medium tactical cruiser.
And for those of you wondering... yes, starship separation will be fully supported in both the Galaxy and Prometheus classes. We may add separation capability to the Sovereign at a later date based on John Eaves concepts.

After the first five starship classes are released, we will be releasing 2 classes each month. Each month will have a specific theme. Details will be posted here, nearer the time.

That's all for today, don't forget to hit share so you can help spread the word.

Friday, 5 September 2014

6.5 and Drydock III

During the development of LCARS 47 version 6.5, we've decided to prioritize Drydock, the feature that allows a user to select their own class of starship to be displayed throughout LCARS 47. The previous incarnation of Drydock was admittedly limited due to the time required to design and animate cutaway diagrams.

Well, that's changing in 6.5. Not only are we gonna release more ship class selections than ever, we're also thinking of including refits and variants further down the line. Moreover, Drydock III plugins will be even more detailed and even more animated. 

Here are two I just finished. They're ready for handing over to Lee for Quality Controlling before being approved for use. It's the Nova class (and its Rhode Island variant below), one of several classes on our highly classified list of inclusions (don't worry, the Sovereign, Intrepid, Galaxy, Defiant and Prometheus are confirmed).

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Expeditus Delays and the Criminal World

As some of you are already aware, we were recently broken into, just as Shaun was packed and preparing to depart the UK. The thief made off with Shaun's carry-on luggage containing his tablet and several mobile phones. As such, we're having to put Expeditus (LCARS 47 for Android) on hold for a while while we replace the stolen assets. I would like to apologize for the upset this may cause (we're pretty beat up about it too). I'd also like to take this opportunity to commend our local police force, the South Yorkshire Police, for their rapid response and deployment post break-in. And although, we have not been successful in recovering the stolen hardware, we thank them for their time and effort.

As soon as we have been able to replace the development hardware, work will continue. In the meantime, here's a screenshot of what the PD-600 (PADD version of Expeditus) might look like...

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Expeditus Update (new modules)

Just a quick one today so you're not all left hanging around waiting for LCARS 47 to hit Android. Expeditus TR-600, is nearing its second alpha release.

In a few weeks, a public beta will be released to the Google Play store. As some of you have asked, I will state again, that as with all LCARS 47 apps, LCARS 47 for Android will be completely free—it will also be ad free, for those wondering what the catch is. There are no catches. We just love doing this kind of stuff.

Feature requests are still open until Friday, so if there's something you want to see in there, then let us know as soon as possible. 

One final thought, if you're not with us on Facebook, please feel free to hit us up, we really could use the extra help getting our project out to even more people, so if you like what you see, please tell your friends and fellow Trekkers. Our very own Lee has appointed himself the project's PR guy and is managing our new Twitter account, so if microblogging is more your thing, we have that too!

That's all for now.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Project Expeditus Update

As you know, LCARS 47 for Android (Project Expeditus) is now in development (beyond the small Alpha test initiative). We're now running the line for a public production app. Wel, more accurately, two. The TR-600 and the PADD (although, the latter's name is subject to change).

In this post, I'll be talking about the TR-600 (the name we've given to the Nemesis-era tricorder). Many users complained at the landscape layout, despite the intended operational orientation being portrait (who holds a tricorder on its side?). Anyways, the text labels need to stay landscape (since switching them would basically require a fundamental redesign of the UI). Having said that, however, the main anmation will respond to the hardware's gyroscope, thus flipping orientation. It's a compromise, but it's the best we can do.

That's pretty much all I can say at this point, unfortunately, since this is all we have so far. We should have a release inside a month, so stay tuned.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Long Time no Post

It's been a while since we've made a new post here on the Dev Blog (don't worry, we're all still here). I hope you'll forgive us. 

A lot of things have been happening at LCARS 47. For those of you that aren't with us on Facebook, here's what's kept us busy:

First of all, Shaun, has been staying with me over in the UK for 2 months working behind the scenes making some awesome progress. We've attended another convention, this time with a console of our very own (we figured plain old monitors didn't have the impact we wanted last year).

The console features a 23" Full HD display for Prolixus and a 17" display for Vexillum mounted behind a Perspex sheet and set between our new RGB LED wireless alert lighting modules.

Below them is a 1.2 meter translight touch panel, which controls both Prolixus and Vexillum (also wreless. We also bought a 23" touchscreen to test out some new touch features.

As you can see our exolinguist, Greig "RunicCode" Isles (below) trying to work out what jibba-jabba some hostile alien is trying to tell us.


It turned out, that hostile alien was a Borg drone (Gargoyle Love). Oh well, we can get an exolinguist anywhere. Bai Greig... It was sort-of-okay knowing you...

In slightly less nanoproby news, we'd like to announce that LCARS 47 is getting a ground up rebuild. Version 6.5 is well underway. Prolixus is being converted for 16:9 monitors and Vexillum is getting the TLC is badly needs to meet our QC standards. Both programs will be packed with new features, new animations, more customizability and a bloody media centre to boot. Astrometrics? You bet astrometrics (ignore the spelling error, I fixed it). 

Further to that, we'll be supporting more harware setups including our own propriety wifi controllers and alert units with are still under development, induction loop hardware support and if that's not enough for you, you'll be able to combine LCARS 47 on your computer with the LCARS 47 app for Android, Expeditus, which is also getting rammed full of features including GPS, and the ability to control your house from your phone... You want to send an encrypted transmission to your buddy in Australia, you can do that too.

That's right, people. We're about to invent actual LCARS.


That's all for now. For more frequent updates and to really get yourselves involved, drop by our Facebook or come stalk us on Twitter. Failing that, we got Google+ too. In the meantime, why not check out our updated YouTube channel.

Peace, Love and Prosper,
Eleanor <3

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Comments Going Unanswered

Hi guys. If you've left a comment here on the Dev Blog, I'm sorry I haven't been able to reply, as Google have messed something up in an effort to make Google+ happen... This has resulted in us not being able to upload images (because you now need a Google+ account) or commenting. I have found a work around by commenting via Google Chrome.

Such a pain in the shuttlebay. We'll be dumping Google soon anyways...