Fort Vancouver Mobile coding whiz Joe Oppegaard of Montana Banana Design has been working hard this month on creating the backend framework for the FVM (thanks, Joe!), and here are excerpts from his latest report:
"home_screen.png - You'll see the new icon and updated text for the app name."
"welcome_screen.png - This is the first screen that comes up when you load the app. I just kind of took a stab here at some text, mainly just to show that text can go there. ... This welcome screen can have all of the formatting of a web page, such as tables, bold, italics, inline pictures, etc. I do think we should keep it short, so the user can see all of the text/images without scrolling, if possible."
"resources.png - Notice the new Resources tab on the top (you can see it highlighted on this image and not highlighted on the welcome screen screenshot. Like the welcome screen, this content can have all of the
formatting of a web page. Clicking on the links will open the web browser and take the user to the site (as you would imagine)."
"internal_html.png - This and the formatting I mentioned above are one of the big updates to the back end of the system. This is a local HTML page with images that is actually a part of the application itself, so the user doesn't have to be online to view it."
"external_site.png- This is an example of a trigger taking a user to an arbitrary external site. In this case, I have it going to the YouTube page for the previous sample video I made. As at this point it's basically just a web browser, everything works as you would expect, and I was able to view the YouTube video."
Joe also said he has written the code to get cell phones on site to vibrate at the various points of interest, based on GPS location. I suspect that each magic circle will have a roughly 10-meter (30-foot) radius, but maybe we can adjust that smaller or larger as we go and test.
Among the other notes, he has switched to XML coding (or a universal file coding, instead of hard coding just for this version), so that the content can be read by any other application. He is working on the Android version first, so XML should allow fairly easy migration into the iPhone version (or any other version we want to produce). Next on his list is the pop-up dialogue boxes. An impressive chunk of production by Joe, and we might even have the chance to demo the app on July 21.
Anything else, coding-wise, on the wish list before July 21? ... Post it here, and we'll talk it over.
Also, we can start creating the first designs for the pages. Any thoughts on that, for anything you see here?
Fort Vancouver Mobile - A video overview
Courtesy of: Research Assistant Aaron May of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Produced in 2011.
Video highlights from the apps (20-minute version)
This montage provides a short sampling of some of the video media in the Fort Vancouver Mobile apps. This app is much more than just a video distribution system, but these videos show the variety of content, from expositional segments to new journalism to those intended to prompt the development of interactive narratives.