iNews web interface

Pete Lane and I had a look at the iNews web interface this week. It’s fairly basic. I think it’s a minimal system to try and give the basic rundown outputs in much the same way as they appear n the iNews system ona PC; very basic, simple and identical to use for a journalist. If we look on the iPad however, the default font is small, the screen is also small, so the user ends up having to scroll around the screen and zoom in to see the text at any sort of useful size.

This image is the same output but styled significantly better. We are now using images to act as buttons to take us up and down the folder hierarchy and we have replaced the fonts to give some sensible sizes for presenters to be able to read while in vision. There are a few areas which mean that we need to do more work on it. The web interface is also used by all our Blackberry and mobile users, so we need to do some browser checking to adjust the styling for each type of user. We also need to test the movement around the folders; it doesn’t give us quite the right links in the interface. The setup in iNews is to allow a web page and a style sheet to be assigned to a particular stream. This web template may have various codes put in there that will then be filled in with links for parent topic etc. THe template is then styled and sent to the iPad. It works quite well, as you can see.

We are busy on the touchscreen work at the moment, but will come back to this. It may be that the SOAP interfaces coming in v3.0 iNews will give us an easier way. As we will be testing this version before Christmas, it might be better to wait until then.

Use ScribeFire to help post my blog entries

This should be a blog post from ScribeFire

I decided that posting to WordPress seemed a bit of a bind at times, uploading images, trying to do code snippets etc. So, this is a test o the ScribeFire plugin for FIrefox that should help.

[This is a picture from Flickr – on openFrameworks]

That image was just put into the stream by a Flickr search, but it could hjust as easily been from an iage on disk. It shows an image generatedusing OpenFrameworks, a C++ library that makes it easy for designers to create generative graphics. It’s cross platform and a lot of fun.

It might take a few seconds while the compile occurs.

Changed the namespace to as recommended

Now need to add the database parts. We shall add an Oracle data class – OracleData. Because this is common code between several (maybe) pages, we should put it into a shared App_Code folder. We can also put in there the main service and reference that file in the asmx file.

Let’s try that piece of random code…

private void btnSelect_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
Button b = (Button)sender;
if (btnSaveEntries.BackColor == RECORD)
// save the entries to a file
// turn off the save flag
// load back from the file
if (LoadEntries(b.Tag.ToString()))
MessageBox.Show("File: " + b.Tag.ToString() + " not found");

It turns out that it doesn’t like blank lines in the code area. Was that ScribeFire or my WordPress styles. Whichever way, it stopped the code tag at that point. (I think this is wordpress)

Scribefire also adds a little tag at the end; looks like one of those single pxel image files of old, to count the number of times it is used no doubt. It could be taken out, but probably does no harm.

Much easier overall, but make sure you go into code mode before pasting in a piece of code. Otherwise it will fill up with &nbsp characters to do the spacing. I’m not sure the spacing is correct yet, but it’s a good start.