Showing posts with label App. Show all posts
Showing posts with label App. Show all posts

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.

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 suit high end, high PPI 16:9 screens.

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.

Friday, 2 August 2013

TR-600 Tricorder Mk XI • LCARS 47 for Android

Great news for Android lovers. The new TR-600 from LCARS 47 is making rapid headway despite a few stubles due to the use of resource intensive animation. Old habits die hard, I guess. We've since rectified the problems by better optimizing animations and so far, everything looks awesome.

The TR-600 takes its inspiration from the Tricorder seen in Star Trek: Nemesis, and is the second of the two Expeditus (LCARS 47 for Android) apps. It's designed to be perfect for phones and small tablets. We've even had input suggesting that some users might even make a Tricorder styled case for their phones. Those that do, pics or it didn't happen...

We're still in the most early of stages and if you're up for getting in on the closed alpha testing, you should email Shaun to get in on our super secret Google + group.

EDIT: September 27 2013
We are no longer accepting submissions for alpha testing.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

LCARS 47 on Mobile Devices and Tablets

There's been a lot of hype lately about the Windows Store and neat little apps that you can buy and run on your Windows 8 device. People often ask us about our plans regarding app development for the mobile market and we always say the same thing: "LCARS 47 is too hefty for mobile devices."

The other big thing is cost. Apple likes developers to pay a fee to sell apps in their AppStore. We simply will not get involved in the politics of money. Why? Unlike most other LCARS inspired apps, LCARS 47 is freeware. It's never gonna cost a damned penny, and that's a fact. Everything here is funded out of the pockets of those working on it. We don't even accept donations.

You wanna donate? Sure please do, but donate to an awesome charity like Amnesty International or something—they really can make better use out of donations than we ever could.

Anyways, in the meantime, you can run LCARS 47 on Windows 8 (hardware specs depending), as you can see below after Stefan co-opted his friend's laptop.

And if you're more of an Android type, then Daniel Carley has just the solution for you.

See? All of it's still free.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Final Artwork Confirmed • LCARS 47 (codename) Version 6

Many variations of the LCARS 47 "Combadge" have emerged throughout the development—some of which, rather promising. It was eventually decided that the solid curve design, which was previously used as a graphic in an old hull decal would be the one to represent the project. Since the final release of LCARS codenamed version 6 (also version VI and 47.6) began, the task of designing the icons, logos, and motifs began. I never thought that a Starfleet-esque mission patch like the iconic ones Mike Okuda so wonderfully created would really be needed, until Michael Wilde (beta) suggested it. "It is a development project, after all," he said. Now, it's been decided that it will also front the whole design theme.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

LCARS VI Update • Archived: Nov 28, 2011

LCARS 6 is going pretty well, but there is one tiny problem... Unless you bought your computer from NASA, it's a bit laggy. This is because (and I'm heavily criticized for it) I always set the frame rate to 60 frames per second. There's just something about anything below 60FPS that I don't like - I can see the frames. 30 is just not good enough. I believe that Mike Okuda used 15 FPS in Voyager, but the focus was never really on any monitor; in LCARS 47, it is.

Let's hope computer standards increase tenfold, because this one is gonna be a hog of an app. At least 512MB of dedicated VRAM.

Anyways, I just thought I'd mention something about LCARS, and share some of the latest screenshots with you.

Album: [link] (removed broken link)

Peace, love and prosper,
Eleanor <3

LCARS Early Release • Archived: Nov 20, 2011

I spent all Sunday night finalizing a few things, now it's ready. I was wondering whether to release on Friday as planned, or now (since I've postponed 2 release dates already). You may have already guessed that I went for the latter. It's not the end of version 5, there will be a few updates to come, mainly the voice support and touch screen versions.

Have fun and enjoy.

DL: [link] (EXE - 9.31 MB)

And with that, work on version 6 (widescreen) can begin... Keep an eye out for info.

Just a quick note, if you have any difficulties, leave a comment here, or use the contact page on theBluPrint.