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Nuova funzione di condivisione per WP e WinRT

5. September 2014 23:28 by BBSYSTEM.IT in IP CAM, Windows Phone, Windows Store

 

Con l'aggiornamento per  WP8 (v3.3.5) e WinRT (v1.3), le impostazioni di una telecamera possono essere condivise tra queste due piattaforme software, sia tramite linkche file allegato. Guarda l'esempio successivo:

 

Sul tuo tablet, attiva il pulsante che trovi nella modalità di visione singola telecamera, quindi scegli "Share via File" (oppure  Share via Link, se preferisci)

 

Una finestra di condivisione si aprirà nel lato destro: 

Scegli Email per mandare il file come allegato; effettivamente, se avrai installate altre app che possano condividere, ci saranno più opzioni di scelta.

 

Dopo questo, proprio come per mandare una classica mail, potrai digitare un messaggio per il ricevente. Non dimenticare di cliccare sul pulsante "invia" nell'angolo in alto a destra! :-)

Tramite IP CAM Controller preventivamente installato nel telefono o tablet del ricevente, semplicemente aprendo l'allegato, IP CAM Controller sarà in grado di leggere il file criptato e aprire una schermata di visione immediatamente. Con questa caratteristica, il ricevente non avrà bisogno di inserire tutte le configurazioni relative alla tua telecamera (come per esempio indirizzo IP, porta, credenziali di accesso, ecc), tutto ciò sarà all'interno del piccolo file che avrai inviato. 

 

Nota bene per usare "share via Link"

La funzione "share by link" funziona similare eccetto che le informazioni della telecamera sono all'interno di un Hyper link. Il link successivo mostra come è strutturato:

ipcamcontroller:view?v=4&cam=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Ci sono due parametri critici da considerare:

v=4: versione 4 che è la più nuova da tempo;

cam=... : per differenti versioni, funziona in maniera leggermente differente. Per la versione 4 , è una  URL più corta come http://goo.gl/abcdefgh; per la versione 3, il valore della telecamera è una stringa veramente lunga, normalmente oltre 600 caratteri.

La versione per telefoni supporta tutte le versioni, mentre quella per WinRT solo la versione 4

Modalità sensore: muovi il telefono e muovi la telecamera (PTZ)

5. September 2014 23:04 by BBSYSTEM.IT in Android, IP CAM, Windows Phone, Windows Store

Una Nuova interessante maniera per controllare la tua telecamera è stata introdotta in una delle ultime versioni: modalità sensore. Dopo aver attivato la funzione la telecamera potrà essere mossa tramite l'accelerometro presente nel tuo device!

Cliccando sul pulsante "direzione" per attivare il sensore, tenendo il tuo device orizzontale, quando orienterai il telefono da una certa parte la telecamera ti seguirà in quella direzione. Il video precedente fa vedere il funzionamento su WP8, questa nuova funzione lavorerà nella stessa maniera anche in altre piattaforme (Android, WinRT). Su Android, per attivarla, cliccare sull'icona della bussola, come mostrato nella figura:

 

Questo è interessante e può essere esteso a molte possibilità... Immagina per esempio di posizionare il tuo telefono su qualcosa in continuo movimento e quindi attivare una specie di movimento di ronda automatica alla tua telecamera. Un altro esempio, su una macchina telecomandata, puoi a sua volta muovere una telecamera PTZ .. :-)

 

Esporta/importa su Android con la versione 1.8

5. September 2014 22:38 by BBSYSTEM.IT in Android, IP CAM

Prima dell'aggiornamento di oggi (IP CAM Controller Android v1.8) se avessi voluto effettuare il backup delle tue telecamere, l'unica opzione era di utilizzare la funzione di condivisione tramite un hyper link virtuale una per una. La bella notizia è che adesso potrai effettuare il backup di tutte le telecamere in un sol colpo. Ti mostro come funziona:

 

 Passaggio 1, seleziona"esporta Camera" dal menù

Ci sarà un messaggio di attenzione, seleziona OK (se sei d'accordo :-))

 

Passaggio 2. Ti mostrerà una lista di applicazioni abilitate ad inviare il tuo backup, in questo caso, utilizzerò Gmail.

Dopo questo, si tratterà di comporre una classica mail (con Gmail ovvviamente), perfavore notare che tutte le telecamere esportate sono all'interno di un hyper link criptato (alla fine della mail), proprio come un file allegato in formato testo. E' per questo che devi fare attenzione a chi manderai la mail, perchè chiunque abbia il file e la mia app installata sarà in grado di accedere alle tue telecamere!

 

Passaggio 3: Importare il backup. Aprire la mail, potrai sia scegliere il link nella mail, oppure scaricare il file allegato (per Android versione 4 solamente), il tuo device dovrebbe chiederti come completare l'azione.

Proprio così:

Scegli IP CAM Controller, l'applicazione aprirà un messaggio che ti avvertirà che alla scelta di questo tutte le telecamere esistenti verranno cancellate

 

Ecco fatto. Le telecamere da un device Android potranno essere trasferite ad un altro! 

Export/Import comes to Android in v1.8

30. August 2014 19:55 by Jerry in Android, IP CAM

Before today's update (IP CAM Controller Android v1.8) if you want to back-up your camera, the only option is to use share function to share your camera via a virtual hyper link one by one. The good news is that now you can backup your camera in the same way but this time you can export all cameras. Let's see how it works.

 

 Step 1, select "Export Cameras" from menu

There will be a warning after that, tap OK (if you are ok:))

 

Step 2. Then it will show up a list of apps that able to send your backup, in this case, I'm going to go with Gmail

After that, it just like composing an ordinary email (with Gmail of course), please note that the exported cameras are inside an encrypted hyper link (at the end of the email),as well as a file attachment with your setting in plain text. And that's why you have to be caution whom the email is sending to - because whoever have the file and installed my app will be able to access to your cameras.

 

Step 3: Import. Open up the email, you can either tap on the link in the email or download the file attachment (for Android 4 users only), your phone should be asking how to complete the action.

Just like this:

 Tap IP CAM Controller, my app will promote a warning to ask whether you would like to proceed, as this will clear out all your existing (if any) cameras.

 

That's it. Cameras from one phone could be transferring to another Android device just like that:)

Work around for FOSCAM 9821W V2 audio issue

23. August 2014 00:08 by Jerry in

It's a known  issue that audio is not working on FOSCAM FI9821W V2 even with the latest firmware. More info could be found on this post:

http://foscam.us/forum/fi9821w-v2-rtsp-via-vlc-working-for-video-but-not-audio-t10025.html

If you are interesting in applying the patch as mentioned at the end of the post above, you can download it here and uploaded at patch update:

http://www.jerryhuang.net/ipcamcontroller/FosIPC_A_patch_ver2.x.1.10_1_20140606_150128_rtsp_audio.bin

 

I believe this patch will be shipped in future firmware update eventually, so if audio is working for your camera, there is no need to update the patch.

 

Update: the patch is reported by a Foscam 9821P user that it's also working on 9821P

WP8.1: 想说爱你不容易

8. August 2014 12:42 by Jerry in Windows Phone Development

MSFT is about to rolling out the gorgeous WP81 update - the biggest and the most important upgrade in the history. And that is a nightmare for most app developers like meCry

First of all, for those who are having trouble with the title of this post, please kindly click here for translation. I just couldn't find a better title than that and it's time for you guys to learn some Chinese, LOLCool

When I upgraded from WP7 to WP7.8, I don't have too much trouble and of course less excitement - it was nothing but adding a socket (to some extend:). When it came to WP7 to WP8, I was excited because C++ is available and the app finally support audio. I have done a lot of coding at that upgrade but mostly about new functionalities - I don't have to rewrite everything.

Now, things are getting more complicated and it looks like there isn't much benefit I could have (neither the app user). There are 2 options to upgrade the development from WP8 to WP8.1, let's start with a nice comparison: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/dn655121(v=vs.105).aspx

There are actually 3 options in above article but option 1 (not upgrading) is out of the table as we want to move on and believe me that's the last option MSFT ever want (they put huge money on the new WP81 but telling you to hold off, no way!).  For the other 2 options let's read a discussion I found here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsapps/en-US/bf855b7f-d7ca-4b73-964f-22ac77f7d4c4/benefits-of-windows-runtime-over-silverlight-in-wp81?forum=wpdevelop

To simply put, there are 2 different WP8.1 in terms of development framework, one is Silverlight 8.1 (SL8.1) while another is Windows Runtime (WinRT, aka Universal app). The latter one is the same framework when you develop a Win8.1 store app for Windows tablets and/or W8.1 desktop (Metro). Although MSFT claims that they are equivalent about everything, the truth is that WinRT (universal app) is being seriously promoted right now while SL8.1 in my opinion is something intermediate during the transition (remember WP7.8 before WP8, sound familiar?).

If I predict above correctly, RT is the future for app development (phone and tablet) on Microsoft's platform, therefore in long term I would like my development to be on that. However, it really means to rewrite the whole app again - not everything, but still a lot including the UI. And it becomes more trouble if your projects have reference to 3rd party libraries (which is very common for even a small project) - they need to upgrade to support that as well.

When I say "including the UI", I mean:

  1. This only apply to WP8 -> WinRT upgrade path
  2. XAML is not reusable, because the UI framework are different between WP8 and WinRT, you may consider things are being rewritten/re-design in WinRT.
  3. There are a lot of UI controls available in wp8 have gone or being replaced. such as LongListSelector (replaced by GridView or ListView or maybe something else), <controls:Pivot> becomes just <Pivot>, etc
  4. If you are porting your WP8.1 app from a Win8.1 app, and if you use lib like WinRT XAML Toolkit, you need to find alternative or wait for future update from the component developer because currently doesn't support WP8.1 just yet
  5. If you are upgrading from a WP8 app, and if you use lib like Coding4Fun toolkit, similar to above, you have to find alternative or wait for update because current version doesn't support WP8.1
  6. Don't forget doing so much will not bring any improvement or new feature to your users, instead, it's very likely to cause some bugs as the changes are about everything: UI, API, etc

 

So what if we go with SL8.1 as MSDN suggests just some changes? It's much less painful (above item 5 is also applicable though) but keep in mind that WP8.1 is new, you might still have a lot of users on the old platform and so you need to maintain development on 2 platforms (if you care those users). As a result, you will have to clone a new set of projects (including the UI project) from your WP8 solution (you will need linked files); and re-target the new projects to WP8.1. After that, any change, especially on the UI, you are likely to code twice. This kind of maintenance will last for a while base on my experience, until WP8 is completely or almost fading out.

I haven't completely decided yet how to upgrade my development for my app, for now, I would rather just sit tight and watchCool

Sensor mode: tilt the phone and camera move

1. May 2014 15:41 by Jerry in IP CAM

A new cool way of controlling your camera had been introduced in the latest updates: sensor mode. After turning on the sensor mode, the app will use your phone's Accelerometer Sensor to detect which direction you are tilting and so trigger a Tap to Center (or Tap to Move if your camera doesn't support TTC) command.

Tapping the "direction" button to activate sensor, hold your phone horizontally, then tilt to a direction the camera will move toward that. The above video is using WP8 as sample, the feature is working the same way in other platforms (Android, WinRT). In android, to activate sensor mode, should tap the "compass" icon instead:

 

This is actually interesting and it extends a lot of possibilities. Imagine that you can put your phone on something constantly shaking and so trigger a random patrol on the camera. Another idea which I haven't think it through is that if you have something more advanced like a robot-car, so that your robot could somehow control another camera.

 

The new share feature in WinRT and WP versions

15. April 2014 12:27 by Jerry in IP CAM, Windows Phone, Windows Store

With latest update for WP8 (v3.3.5) and WinRT (v1.3), a camera setting could be shared between these 2 platforms, with either a link or a file attachment. See follow scenario as a sample:

 

On your tablet, activate bottom command bar in single view screen, then choose "Share via File" (or Share via Link if you like)

 

A share charm will be showing on the right hand side:

 

Choose Email to send the file in email attachment; In fact, if you had installed other app with file-sharing ability, there will be more options there.

 

After that, just like sending a regular email, you can type in extra info for the recipient. Just don't forget to tap the "send" button on the right upper corner:)

 

With IP CAM Controller installed on recipient's phone or tablet, simple open up the attachment, IP CAM Controller is able to read the encrypted content from file and open a view screen immediately. With this approach, the recipient doesn't need to input any configuration about your camera (such as IP, port, credentials, etc), they are all inside the small file you sent over.

 

 

Note for using "Share via Link"

The share by link is working similar except that the camera info is inside a hyper link (aka deep link). The link following this format:

ipcamcontroller:view?v=4&cam=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

There are 2 critical parameter here:

v=4: version is 4 which is the newest version number by far;

cam=... : for different version, it works quite differently. For version 4 specifically, it's a shorten URL like http://goo.gl/abcdefgh; for version 3, the cam value is a very long string which normally over 600 characters;

The phone version supports all versions while the WinRT only support version 4.

IP CAM Controller for Windows 8 Store is on its way

15. March 2014 17:24 by Jerry in IP CAM, Windows Store

Finally, we are hereCool

The first release have just been submitted to Windows Store for verification. It might take a few days if I'm not breaking anythingEmbarassed.

 

The first version is always challenging, with a lot of things need to be done and a lot of testing. I admit that there are only a few screens in this version with "multi-view" is missing:( However, the tile experience in this version is great in my own opinion, I guess this is because the device has much large screen space than the phone version (obviouslyLaughing), here is a peek of the live tile on my Surface 2:

 

There are 3 IP CAM Controller tiles in this screen, you will notice there is an app icon at the bottom-left corner. The smaller 2 are camera tile - by tapping them will enter to the single viewer screen directly (same as WP8). While the larger tile is the app's main tile, for now, the app supports 4 different size: Large square, Wide, Medium square (same size as camera tile) and Small. Let's have a better look at the large tile:

 

It could take up to 5 images in the tile, the biggest one is latest snapshot and the 2 lines description shows the camera name and when the snapshot was captured. In the top area of the tile will have up to 4 snapshot in the past updates (latest at the right) from all cameras that you had added.

 

Other features available in this release:

  • one way audio for selected cameras
  • a light weight preview for multiple cameras on main screen
  • in app snapshot (tiles)
  • digital zoom on the fly in single view
  • motion detection