All bugfixes to date have been built into the next version of Live Cams and submitted to Apple for review. No major changes other than a few camera profiles added (3xLOGIC and Axis Q6032), some PTZ controls for LILIN devices and the PTZ buttons and window are refined. It will likely be several days before Apple has a chance to review this.
Finally, the time has arrived and Live Cams HD has been live on the App Store for a few hours.
In just a few hours the ranks for the app are incredible:
#59 iPad app overall in the United States (#5 utility)
#8 utility in Canada
#8 utility in Australia
#10 utility in the UK
#11 utility in Spain
#13 utility in France
#16 utility in Deutschland
#16 utility in Chile
#18 utility in Japan
There are a few bugs that have been reported in Live Cams 4.0 and these have already been corrected in our development release. We will complete testing and release a patch for both the iPhone and the iPad shortly.
Please remember that there is a new import feature available (find it under the settings screen). If you have Live Cams installed on more than one device it’s very handy to be able to pull your favorites and private cameras to the other devices without having to type anything in. On the master device you simply click “Allow others to import” and then on your secondary device you just click import.
Live Cams HD – get it now! 🙂
New ranks as of 1:49pm EST:
Top 100 Paid Apps (iPad)
#22 in Turkey (#2 util)
#42 in the US (#3 util)
#46 in Canada (#3 util)
#73 in Norway (#6 util)
#88 in Australia (#8 util)
#98 in the UK (#6 util)
Top 100 Paid Utilities
#7 in Deutschland
#7 in Japan
#7 in Nederland
#9 in Espana
#13 in France
(and many more)
Live Cams releases for both iPhone and iPad are now ready for Apple to review. During the past two days we have resolved the interface glitches that we discovered during testing and we also took time to add an important new feature.
Using Bluetooth radio the app will be able to transfer private cameras and favorites to other devices. This will be handy if you have an iPad and want to pull your camera settings from an iPhone or iPod touch. It will also allow you to use one device as a master and then pull the data to other devices (perhaps you have dozens of private cameras and a team of people who need to have the same data). Simply bring the devices within range (for bluetooth signal) and with one click on each one it will transfer the data.
We understand that it has been about two months since our last release and that many have been waiting patiently for various fixes. Now that the laborious process of implementing these engine changes is complete we will be able to return to our frequent smaller updates on both platforms.
Expect a week or so before Apple (hopefully) approves the two releases.
We have a few more user interface glitches to resolve before we are satisfied with the quality of the release. We expect a few more days of development and testing before we submit the software to Apple for review.
This delay also applies to Live Cams 4.0 which is partly tied to the same source code and therefore subject to a similar timeline. The products are feature-complete and are being held back due to display issues during orientation changes.
Thanks again for your support and patience!
This is all I see as a developer, no idea what’s taking so long…..
UPDATE: Late on April 19th I was phoned by Apple to let me know that the submission was rejected. They asked me to remove the popup that says I’m pulling less bandwidth on 3G connections under “Apple guidelines”. They didn’t want any references to their guidelines in the app. I’ve already resubmitted the app without this popup but it means that the review will start over again.
Also, it will mean that I have to answer a lot of emails about the “slowness” of the app now that the message is gone. People will once again assume that the poor 3G performance is due to my lack of programming skills 🙂 Thanks Apple, I appreciate this.
Just a quick note to everyone with MayGion cameras. I’ve just added a new camera profile and PTZ support for IP cameras using the latest firmware from www.maygion.com
Many thanks to Anthony Diehlman for allowing us to use his camera for testing. It’s largely due to customers like Anthony that we are able to continuously add support for new (and often obscure) camera models.
Keep the requests coming, iPad development starts shortly!
PS – The 3.6 release is still under review by Apple.
I’ve been a little slow to get the next release out but after many spot-checks and continued testing I’ve finally put it into Apple’s hands for review. Here’s the release notes:
- Added DLink 5220 preset support.
- Added Compro camera profile.
- Axis devices were not always showing the full list of presets.
- Linksys WVC200 default resolution is now higher on 3G connections.
- Fixed crashes on Linksys WVC200 when resolution is set to 640×480.
- Trendnet 301 camera profile added.
- Panasonic i-Pro profile altered, now there are 2 profiles so please check the models supported for each.
- Vivotek multichannel support (using basic “Vivotek” profile and camera number field).
- Lorex LNZ4001 PTZ support (directional controls only, no zoom in/out).
- IVC Relay camera import added (initial support, long term plan is to sync with server on every startup).
- Abelcam import added (same as IVC Relay Server).
- Moved all of the thrid-party PC/Mac software to a single NVR group in the camera selection screen.
- Beginnings of Sony PTZ support added, queued PTZ not yet supported.
- Performance improvements during transition from thumbnails to fullscreen video for some camera models.
Some notables include the camera imports for IVC Relay Server and Abelcam. This is a temporary solution for those users who are trying to pull in data for hundreds of cameras at a time. It is implemented as a one-time option during the “add camera” phase so that you can choose to enter data for a single camera or simply import all of the cameras found on the server. Long-term I hope to have the server information synced on every startup. This would be the proper approach so that camera maintenance can be completely server side and Live Cams only needs to point at the server to find the data.
As always, if I’ve messed something up or there are any issues that arise with this release, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. I hope to see Apple release the software within the next few days. My plans are to start work on Live Cams HD (the iPad-specific version of the app). I have also been preparing ideas for Live Cams on OS 4.0 which will add some incredible new features for all application developers and consumers alike.
See the new features in OS 4.0 here:
I’ve been very hard at work since the 3.2 release went out and can finally announce that the 3.5 release is almost ready for submission to Apple! I’ve added support for many new cameras, adjusted the gui for preset lists, added a battery level indicator and clock, and more!
Here are my release notes so far:
- Preset order corrected, now based on the order received from the cameras
- IVC Relay Server – removed home position from preset list
- Added Iris (Mac software) camera profile
- Abelcam PTZ support added
- Added clock and battery indicator to video view on lower titlebar
- LevelOne camera profiles (3) added
- i-Pro PTZ controls corrected
- JVC camera profile (no PTZ yet)
- PTZ Preset GUI modified, menu is now transparent
- Blue Iris PTZ support (no presets)
I have also been very focused on putting some materials together for a security conference in Las Vegas. I will be attending the ISC West conference in Las Vegas on March 24-26. If anyone else is planning to attend I’d be happy to arrange a face-to-face meeting (most likely on the 24th). I do not have a booth but will be represented in the ACTi booth (thanks to ACTi for helping me with this) and perhaps a few other manufacturers as well.
I look forward to meeting those who attend!