Technology, Uncategorized

Box art of FF7About time! Earlier today, PEGI’s website lists a release date of August 14 2012, which is….yes, today!

Available from the Square Enix store, the RPG classic returns to PC, now with brand new online features.

On top of that, the remake re-release offers the following features:

  • Achievements – Whether you´re a seasoned FINAL FANTASY VII veteran or exploring this RPG classic for the very first time, show off your in-game accomplishments and put your gaming skills to the test with 36 brand new achievements to unlock. Share your profile with friends online to find out who is the ultimate FINAL FANTASY fan.
  • Cloud Saves (no, not “Cloud” Saves) – If you´re away from home or simply using a different computer to play, enjoy FINAL FANTASY VII wherever you are. With cloud save support in FINAL FANTASY VII you can continue your game progress right where you left off (Requires Internet Connection).
  • Character Booster – Find yourself stuck on a difficult section or lacking the funds to buy that vital Phoenix Down? With the Character Booster you can increase your HP, MP and Gil levels to their maximum, all with the simple click of a button, leaving you to enjoy your adventure.
  • Optimized for PC – FINAL FANTASY VII has been updated to support the latest hardware and Windows Operating Systems.

The game will set you back £7.99 and is available on the Square Enix store here.

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Technology

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Aside from PHPSession cookies, I use Google Analytics for research and use journeys and AddThis for sharing my content I also use WordPress Jetpack which creates a cookie to track users in a similar fashion as Google Analytics I believe. More information about cookies can be found here.

Technology, Web development

Show me Wales app iconWe have just launched the Show me Wales iPhone / iPad app!

Show Me Wales is a comprehensive tourist guide to Wales including full details of hundreds of attractions, activities, places to eat, towns & villages and places to stay. With plenty of ideas about great places to visit whatever your interests, this app will be an invaluable guide to Wales. The data is fully cached on the phone so you don’t need a signal to use it.

The app allows you to plan a trip to Wales or to find nearby entries when in Wales. The search functionality allows you to:

  • Choose an area
  • Search near a town
  • Search near your current location
  • Drop a pin
  • Filter the data to highlight specific interests

Each entry describes the attraction with pictures, opening times and full contact details, and if you’re looking for accommodation it even allows you to book!

If that is not enough, you can also add places to your favourites, email places of interest to your friends, and a quick link shows directions from your current location by car or on foot.

Screenshot:

ipad and ipone screenshot

 

Download the app (its free!)

 

Information Architecture, Technology

The popular wireframing tool has just been updated to v6!

Aside from a number of fixes, the most notable features of this version are:

  • Sketch Effects – Sketch Effects enable you to give your wireframes a more sketchy, grayscale look and feel to allow the audience to focus on the information architecture, interactions, and functions of the prototype more than the “finished” look
  • New Wireframing Tools – wireframes are now faster to build and easier to maintain by adding Global and Page Guides, a Location and Size tooltip, Format Painter, ability to Copy and Paste. Annotations, and a new Custom Style engine where custom styles can be applied to rollovers.
  • Improved Text Editing – Axure RP was upgraded to use WPF in the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0.  The new text engine allows information architects to add text editing at zoomed levels, line spacing, and Open Type Fonts. There is also some text padding in shape widgets.
  • Page Styles – you can finally center pages, apply background colours and background images without having to do it manually!
  • Richer Prototypes – Axure RP6 now has animations for moving and fading, Math and String functions, Drag and Drop interactions, and new Dynamic Panel Events to respond to moving, changes in visibility, and changes in state.
  • More Specification Control – You are now able to organize the content, optionally include headers, filter widget tables by annotation values, generate a master usage report, generate all of the widget text, configure column widths for two column layout, and configure the screenshot size. And you can also format the page notes and annotate master instances.
  • AxShare integration – You can now manage an account of up to 10 active prototypes. It supports RP files (up to 10 MB) created in version 6 or earlier and all generated prototypes will have the version 6 skin. You now also have access to a new Discuss tab next to the sitemap in the prototype (which you can disable), as well as a page for viewing the discussion topics in your AxShare account.

Axure RP 6 is available for both PC and MAC here.

Good times! 🙂

 

Technology

Wow, those were a couple of amazing days at the ENTER 2011 conference in Innsbruck, Austria! Fantastic keynotes from the guys from Lastminute.com, TripAdvisor, VisitWales, Visit Norway, Visit Britain, and more. And not to forget some really amazing industry case studies (including mine 😉 ) and some fantastic and inspiring PhD research papers, I was really impressed!

If you’re interested, here are some photos I took from the conference:

Overall, a worthwhile trip, and I’ll definetly come to the ENTER 2012 in Sweden!

Technology

Just at Gatwick, chilling and having a tea. Flight is in about an hour.

Presentation on mobile technology for destinations is pretty much ready to go, just need to practice it at some stage during the flight.

Technology, Web Design

I am looking forward to this! Next week I’ll be at the ENTER2011@Innsbruck!

The 18th ENTER eTourism Conference will bring together international experts in all aspects of Information and Communication Technologies in Travel & Tourism – the technologies which are changing the world of tourism and hospitality. And I’ll be there presenting an industry case for the use of mobile technology for tourism destinations!

For more information regarding the ENTER 2011, to view the porgram or to find out more about sponsorship click here.

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If you want to catch up on either of the 3 days (26-28 January 2011) then contact me either here to tweet me @alexanderrehm and let’s catch up 🙂

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Technology

My top iPad app reviewsIn my last blog post I was talking about my latest purchase, the iPad. Obviously, the cool thing about the iPad / iPod / iPhone family is not the functionality of the device on its own, but rather the apps people make for it.

So, which apps would I, a web designer, project manager and information architect buy in my first week of buying the iPad? Let’s have a look:

My Top iPad apps – for work

2Do for the iPad (£2.39)

This is a great app, it integrates nicely with Outlook and allows for a number of nice features such as map locations, contacts, etc. The only thing it doesn’t do (and where it falls down) is the fact that  Continue Reading