Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mac beta nearly over

With the release of beta 34 yesterday (30th October 2011), I think we are very near the end of the beta stage for version 2.0 of Pic-a-POD.

I only have one pending issue: the icon in the Dock menu is showing at a lower res than expected. I hope to get that fixed over the next day or two and then plan to start the submission process to the App Store.

Update: I think I have fixed the dock icon issue. Tim has done a great job proof-reading the help while Jacques tracks down the remaining bugs. I need to run a test over-night to check the calendar, but then I think we are just about ready for release.

Pic-a-POD 2 for Mac now in beta

Pic-a-POD 2 for Mac

Pic-a-POD version 2 is now in beta. The interface has been completely re-designed and the application is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or 10.7 (Lion).

Update: the first release candidate is now available from the link above.

Further update: the app is now available in the Mac App Store, so the beta is no longer available.

Pic-a-POD for iOS

Pic-a-POD for iPad & iPhone is under construction. Here is a screen shot of the iPad version:

Pic-a-POD for iPadUnlike the desktop version, the iOS version will have no ability to set the devices wallpaper directly. Instead it has a feature that allows saving any picture to the Camera Roll. The Settings app can then be used to apply that pic to either the lock screen, the home pages or both.

What’s a POD?

POD (sometimes also referred to as POTD) is an acronym for Picture Of (The) Day.

Some web sites publish a new image every day and Pic-a-POD is designed to gather these PODs for you easily and quickly every day.

If you know of any other sites that have a POD, please let me know. The site must have a regular format with new pictures at least every week day, and they must have a large version of the picture available for download.

What happened to Pic-a-POD for Windows?

I am unable to support Windows properly so there will be no Pic-a-POD 2 for Windows.

As the web sites change their structure, the existing version of Pic-a-POD, for Windows and older Macs, will gradually cease to function.

I was using a cross-platofrm development tool which allowed me to code for Mac & Windows, but I found that it gave a result that was unsatisfactory for both platforms – an app that didn’t look or feel quite like a Mac app or a Windows app. So I decided to concentrate on my preferred platform and make a Mac app that I could be proud of.

If you migrate from Windows to a Mac, any old Pic-a-POD pictures will be migrated too and will be available to the new version of Pic-a-POD.