VCS 1.13.3 released

The latest version of VCS is available to download.
It's been a good while since the last release, but there aren't a lot of changes this time around, apart from the usual bugfixes there's better handling of errors and unsupported files.

The most important bug fixed is obviously the one I already previewed some days ago. The header was being cropped with current-day ImageMagick, and that problem should be gone.

See the full changelog for more details.


vcs 1.13.3
vcs-1.13.3.gz (script only)
or
vcs-1.13.3.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & xz
as usual at p.outlyer.net/vcs

Relevation 1.3 released

I've just published an updated version of Relevation.

The main addition is support for the newer format of data files used by Revelation, plus a slightly better handling of international characters in the data file.

This is, however, a somewhat rushed and unpolished release to support the newer file format as soon as ready. As a result running the script in Windows is now harder, untested and most likely broken.
I plan to update it ASAP.


Relevation 1.3

http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation-1.3.tar.gz
or
http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation-1.3.zip (zip includes PDF and HTML manpage)

pre-packaged
http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation_1.3-pon.1_all.deb

Debian users can use my apt repository located at http://packages.outlyer.net. Instructions are provided there.

VCS 1.13.2 released

A new update of VCS with a couple bugfixes is available to download. Once again, if you had problems with the previous versions there's nothing new.

It fixes a bug when using MPlayer as capturer that could produce one more capture than expected. Thanks to Miya for reporting it.

See the full changelog for more details.


vcs 1.13.2
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.2.gz (script only)
or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.2.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/

VCS 1.13.1 released

A minor update of vcs is available to download. In short, if you don't use Arch and you had no problems running it there's no need to update.

It fixes an uncommon bug and updates the build script for Arch Linux. Thanks to Eris Belew for reporting these.

See the full changelog for more details.


vcs 1.13.1
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.1.gz (script only)
or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.1.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/

Relevation 1.2.1 released

I've just published a very minor update to Relevation.

It just fixes the previously broken minimal-GUI and adds support to build RPMs directly from the tarball.


Relevation 1.2.1

http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation-1.2.1.tar.gz
or
http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation-1.2.1.zip (zip includes PDF and HTML manpage)

pre-packaged
http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation_1.2.1-pon.1_all.deb

Debian users can use my apt repository located at http://packages.outlyer.net. Instructions are provided there.

Relevation 1.2 released

I've just published a new version of Relevation.

The biggest change is that it can now combine search terms, useful to reduce the number of results when you've got multiple similar logins alike. Check the updated man page for more details.

There's also a couple of small but important bugfixes.

See the changelog for the full list.

It will now handle wrong passwords a bit more gracefully and it's also easier to use on Windows now.


Relevation 1.2

http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation-1.2.tar.gz
or
http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation-1.2.zip (zip includes PDF and HTML manpage)

pre-packaged
http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation_1.2-pon.1_all.deb

Debian users can now also use my apt repository located at http://packages.outlyer.net. Instructions are provided there.

New tool release: Quick File Share for Android

I've published my second android app, a bit more useful than the first one (and also more prone to be a source of problems :P).

Quick File Share is meant to ease file sharing between devices by using a Wi-Fi network. Sharing content between Androids sucks: you can use bluetooth for a painfully slow experience or use email or cloud storage, with the unnecessary upload (which is also extremely slow for most people), while NFC is just a fancy way of triggering a bluetooth transfer; and that's about it.
Wi-Fi Direct (aka Wi-Fi P2P) finally emerged as a solution, but that requires discrete hardware that only newer devices have.
Meanwhile, if the devices are connected to a Wi-Fi network, than speedy, wireless, and already set up connection can't really be taken advantage of by default. That's the spot this app helps in filling, and it's certainly not the only option, but I couldn't help trying.

Select a file to share, and a temporary webserver will be started on the "sending" device. It will display a QR code and an HTTP address, so that the receiving device(s) can receive the file by just typing the address in a browser or scanning the code (scanning the code will also trigger the browser). The actual transfer is always over HTTP, so you can actually receive the file on essentially any device with network access.

What's the catch? There's always a catch. At least for the time being, the two devices must be connected to the same network. There are other tools on the marketplace that help the receiving device connect to the same network as the sender, but I didn't like that operation too much, so I preferred this way of operation.

Google Play Entry
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.outlyer.quickshare
Project Page
http://p.outlyer.net/quickshare/

Screen captures:

Main window

Quick File Share

Main window, sharing enabled

Quick File Share, sharing enabled

New tool released: Network Type Indicator for Android

I recently published my first Android app, and I hope someone else finds it useful. It's a bit of niche tool, but comes to cover a missing feature of some phones.

This is a tool for those that like to know which kind of network coverage type they're under –in other words, if they're on a 2G, EDGE, 3G, etc… network–, yet their phone, like mine, doesn't display such information automatically.
It shows a status bar icon and a permanent notification identifying the network type.

It takes as little memory as possible and barely any CPU time, for those with severely limited handsets. Like me.

Unlike with my previous tools and not releasing the source code, for the time being, until I get more comfortable with Android development.

Google Play Entry
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.outlyer.nettype
Project page
http://p.outlyer.net/nettype/

And here are some screen captures:

Network Type Indicator, dropdown permanent notification

Network Type Indicator, Persistent Notification

Network Type Indicator, light theme screenshot

Network Type Indicator, light theme

Network Type Indicator, dark theme screenshot

Network Type Indicator, dark theme

VCS 1.13 released

An updated version of vcs is available to download. Shame on me for the long wait since this has been pretty much completed for months.

The biggest change this time is the "blank frame avoidance" feature, with which (mostly) blank frames will not be captured, if possible, this is one of the cool features found in mtn and worth stealing 🙂

Also worth noting is the ability to load profiles automatically. E.g. adding "profiles=white,mosaic" to your ~/.vcs.conf file will use both profiles. A new profile ("compact") is added, and a list of installed profiles can be obtained with $ vcs –profile :list.
The manual page is finished too.
Of course you'll have to download and install the full package instead of just the script to get the profiles and man page installed.

Other minor additions are the identification of captures from FRAPS and of course the usual batch of fixes and scheduled changes. FreeBSD users, and hopefully Mac OS X too though I can't check, can again use the script too.

Finally, please read «Features to be removed from VCS» if you have any interest in VCS' future versions.

See the full changelog for more details.


vcs 1.13
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.gz (script only)
or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/

nautilus-folow-symlink 1.2 released

I've just published an updated nautilus-follow-symlink, in case anyone is actually using it 😛

I've finally tested this version against both GNOME 2 and GNOME 3, and I'm also providing a variant to build against MATE's Caja (MATE is a fork of GNOME 2, and Caja its fork of Nautilus).

I've also written a version for Thunar, though that one I'm not publishing just yet.

This is pretty much a final version, I started looking for alternative desktops after GNOME 3 clashed with my brain, and as a consequence I've reduced my use of Nautilus considerably. I'll try to keep n-f-s buildable, but that's about it.

You can download the updated version as usually at http://p.outlyer.net/nautilus-follow-symlink.
There's both sources and binaries for Debian Stable (i386 & ambd64) and Fedora 17 (i686).
Additionally there a binary package of caja-follow-symlink for LMDE (i386).