Flickr Addict gets a huge upgrade

Flickr Addict, my very cool (if I do say so myself) Dojo powered application for the Palm Pre & Pixi smartphones, has just been given a massive upgrade. Flickr Addict automatically downloads photos from Flickr and sets them as your wallpaper at set intervals.  It is completely configurable, and very easy to use.

Following some very helpful user feedback, I have added the following features:

  1. New image gallery, very similar to the Palm Photos app, which makes it very quick and simple to view all your downloaded photos.
  2. Full screen preview of all wallpapers.
  3. The ability to randomize the selection of photos from a user.
  4. The Palm Pre Wallpapers group on Flickr is now selectable, in addition to the iPhone Wallpapers group.

See the video below for a demo.  This version of Flickr Addict and Flickr Addict Lite is currently in review for the App Catalog, and will hopefully make it in soon.  However the previous version is in there now and available for download, and will be updated automatically when the new version is out.

webOS tip: Linking to an app in the App Catalog

If you’re writing a webOS application, and want to open the App Catalog to show a particular app, Palm have provided a ‘magic’ URL you can open in a browser which causes the app catalog to show an application.

For example, I have a ‘lite’ version of Flickr Addict, called imaginatively Flickr Addict Lite, that offers the user a choice to go to the full version in the app catalog.  The code for this, given that the app ID for the app is “com.chofter.flickraddict”, is:

new Mojo.Service.Request('palm://com.palm.applicationManager', {
    method: "open",
    parameters:  {
        target: ''

Huge performance increase on IE for Dojo 1.4

Performance charts have just been published for the newly released Dojo v1.4, and the focus that the team put on improving Internet Explorer performance has really paid off.

On IE6, IE7 and IE8 there are speed improvements across the board of between 25% and 40%.  That’s huge.

See the charts (courtesy of Pete Higgins) here –

Run the tests yourself here –

Flickr Addict – New Dojo powered app for the Palm Pre

Flickr Addict, my second Dojo powered mobile application for the Palm Pre and Pixi has just been released in the Palm App Catalog.  Flickr Addict automatically downloads and displays a rotating set of great wallpapers for your Palm phone.

For users who just want very high quality wallpapers on their phone, auto-downloaded and changed on a regular basis, Flickr Addict gives you all you need.

For Flickr members who want to show their own photos, or the latest images from contacts, Flickr Addict gives you the control to select users and photo sets to download.

There are also a number of other options such as searching for photos that match a particular tag, or photos from the iPhone Wallpapers group.

For those interested in technical matters, Flickr Addict was written using Palm’s SDK and the Dojo Ajax Toolkit.