Last week’s big news from video2brain was the launch of a new subscription model for ALL video trainings in the English-language course library!
Take a look at this short video to find out more:
The subscriptions are available in either Platinum, Gold or Standard form and give you instant, unlimited access to the English-language Video Training Library™. There are currently 132 courses available, with 5,877 video lessons, with new courses added throughout the month. A subscription lets you learn anytime you’d like and keep up to date with the latest software and techniques.
There’s also a special $12.99 per month launch promotion running for a limited time so sign up quickly to take advantage of the offer!
Have fun learning!
This week I received an exciting parcel from my friends at video2brain:
Yes – the Facebook Application Development : Learn By Video Workshop DVD and book is here! I’ve checked around a few booksellers online and it’s shipping now!!!
Amazon.co.uk appear to be currently out of stock (good news for us, but not so good for you I’m afraid) but the .com link above should find some copies still in stock at the moment. Grab one quick – they’re going fast!
The benefit of owning the DVD course, apart from the nice packaging, is that you’ll also receive a copy of the accompanying 48-page book which builds on course content to discuss in more detail the building, and integration, of Flash/Actionscript-based Facebook applications – including a chapter on building a Facebook PHP framework and AMFPHP Gateway for use in Flash-based applications by my friend and daily colleague in the world of Facebook Development, Neil Young. Thanks Neil!
The book adds a lot of value to the course if you’re going to be involved in creating interactive Flash-based Facebook applications and I’d certainly recommend buying this edition of the course!
Don’t forget – Christmas is coming!
Still not checked out my “iPhone and iOS Application Development Workshop” video training?
Now you’ve got no excuse as I’ve organised a special 20% discount offer for all readers of my blog!
Keep reading for the special discount code…
If you’re an iOS developer and want to learn how to take advantage of ANY of the following advanced APIs or device features, then the video training is for you:
- - Core Location and Map Kit
- - AddressBook
- - Event Kit
- - Camera and Media libraries (including the Assets Library)
- - Email and Messaging
- - an introduction to Universal Apps
This 3hr 45m on-demand course was released in July this year and has been very popular – not least because the contents are still totally applicable following the release of iOS 5!
Give yourself a pre-Christmas treat and purchase the course online from my video courses link above or using the following link:
Don’t forget to enter the special discount code during checkout to get 20% off!
Special discount code: IOSD20
My second video2brain course is due to be released soon!
The course is the fruit of more than 3 years’ worth of Facebook Application development experience and a fun week’s stay in Graz last month and is packed full of example code and tips for everybody who wants to get into Facebook App development!
The course will, as you may have guessed from the box shot, be available in boxed DVD form together with an accompanying booklet packed with extra tips for Flash Application development for Facebook – an area that I’ve been heavily involved in from the beginnings of the Facebook Platform for Developers. One chapter in the booklet was written by my colleague and partner in crime at Substance, Neil Young, and covers more PHP and specifically AMFPHP Gateway implementation for Facebook Applications.
Drop me a line with your email address if you’d like a heads-up when the course is available or watch this space for news!
As of today, there’s a new section open on my site: Video Courses!
Here you’ll be able to browse through the contents of courses I’ve created with video2brain (currently only the one, but more are in preparation!) or courses which I particularly recommend, watch free lessons and sample HD videos and also purchase the courses for both online and offline viewing!
The little TV icon appears on all pages of my site and allows you to jump straight into the video training centre.
For those of you wondering if you should check out my “iPhone and iOS Application Development Workshop” course or not, take a look at the free sample videos or just go for it straight off – it’s yours for the bargain price of only £21.99 – for nearly four hours of HD video training!!
You know it makes sense
There it is – up on the top right of this page…
I was browsing through the usual selection of design websites and email links this morning when I found something new, exciting and simply clever:
Evernote Peek is an iPad 2 App which works with Apple’s Smart Cover to create an absolutely brilliant and oh-so-simple learning experience: Lift the Smart Cover edge to see a clue or question. Think of the answer and lift the next section of the cover to see the answer and check if you were right or not!
Such a simple and intuitive way to test yourself and learn a new language or swot up on grammar, equations, anything.
I really had one of those “gah!!!! why didn’t I think of this??” moments.
Excellent. Respect. Here’s a little video to show you more:
The App is, of course, available from the App Store:
As hinted at in my last post, not only have I rekindled my joy of teaching and combined it with my love for code, but other changes are on the cards for this year. As if coming back to the UK after 18 years living in Switzerland, setting up a new home smack in the middle of London with my wonderful girlfriend Daša and embarking on multiple new personal projects is not enough:
I now have a job
That’s right – I’m no longer working 100% freelance.
If you take a look back through projects I’ve worked on over the last 4 years you’ll see one name popping up over and over: Substance.
Substance is a multi-award winning digital media and publicity agency specialising in the film & entertainment industry sector. As an established provider of on-line promotional and marketing materials to leading film distributors such as Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers, Substance have handled campaigns for recent titles such as Inception, Avatar and the forth coming Green Lantern. Substance also works closely with a number of commercial clients such as ATOC and the UK arm of the US broadcaster HBO, makers of shows such as True Blood and Boardwalk Empire.
Much of the freelance work I’ve been involved with for Substance has been for films and campaigns for Fox, Warner Brothers and HBO – including some True Blood work that’s running globally and should be seen in the UK later this year. In fact, my first Facebook App, the “Garfield Photo Invader”, was created for Substance. (alas, no longer online, as is the way of the fickle Facebook World).
As of 7th of this month I am now officially working with a fantastic team over at Substance in the role of Creative Technologist, with a focus on introducing more mobile and other new technologies into the mix of services we can offer our clients. It’s going to be exciting and there are already some very interesting projects set to keep me busy!
You’ll find me at Substance around 60% of the time and find me hacking away on my own projects, making stuff, working on select client projects from time to time and putting together more courses and tutorials with the lovely people from video2brain (to name but a few of the activities that fight for my attention )
Watch this space for exciting project news, new App announcements and more courses and tutorials!
Some of you may have read my review of 2010, containing a few hints about changes and new things to come in 2011.
One of the new exciting areas I have moved into during the year so far is that of training/publishing and my first video training course, published by the lovely people at video2brain, will be shipping very soon!
Taking advantage of the experience I’ve been able to gather developing iOS Apps, the course will take you step-by-step through the use of Core Location and MapKit, Contacts, Events, Camera and Media and more – all in lovely HD video! I also wrote the accompanying booklet to include more Core Location tips and some useful notes about testing and preparing your App for a successful launch in the App Store.
— EDIT: Banner removed, course renamed!!! Please use the link below — You’ll probably see that there’s now a link to the course in the right-hand sidebar on this blog. Go ahead: You can pre-order the course already. — END EDIT —
Here’s another link so that you don’t have to leave this post
On a serious note, I’m looking forward to hearing what people have to say about the course and you can rest assured that it’s not the last one I’ll produce: Other courses are already being planned and I’m aiming to be able to cover not only further advanced topics but also some of the more basic ones – not to mention iOS 5 topics as it becomes available (and I’m able to write freely about it!). You’ll also find other iOS development tutorials and notes on this blog from time to time, as an accompaniment to the course(s).
I’m really excited about this as it marks a return to teaching for me – and a new entry into what I myself have found to be a great way to learn new skills. Learning by video allows you to work through a course in your own time, with your code editor open at the same time, and make quick progress.
I hope that those of you who decide to try the course find it both educational and fun!
Meanwhile, watch this space for more news…
I’m excited that I’ll soon be attending “beyond tellerrand” – the new mobile conference which will take place in February, in Cologne!
It’s exciting enough that I’ll see a few familiar faces (such as Marc Thiele, one of the conference organisers), meet co-organiser Sascha Wolter, whom I only know through his excellent DVD Training Courses from video2brain, and get the chance to speak some German again. What’s more exciting is that this conference sets a milestone in the history of German-based technical conferences. After the popular Flash Forum (FFK) conference has been running for for 10 years, Marc & Sascha’s new mobile conference is set to be very exciting.
I wrote to Marc and asked him what the thinking was behind organising this conference now – and their choice of name, which itself hints at the wider thinking behind the idea:
The market for mobile devices and software for these is growing rapidly. There’s iOS, Android, Window Phone 7, QNX and even more on the horizon. What platforms should you place your bets on? What are the similarities and differences among the vendors?
beyond tellerand – mobile seeks to answer these and many more questions regarding this emerging market. This will be our first conference dedicated to mobile application development. The event will present more than the platforms and how to develop for them. We will also focus on how to meet the new design and technical challenges that comes with new formats, as well as inspire you. If you don’t want to miss the mobile train, this is the event to attend!
Why now, in 2001?
2011 is just a matter of fact as now all this stuff is going on
Well, you can’t argue with either of those points!
As to the name. The name hints at a far-reaching philosophy… “beyond tellerrand” is a cool name – it hints at taking the discussions about mobile to another level – beyond the “tellerrand” (“edge of the plate” would be a rough English translation). Is this the thinking behind the name?
You are more or less right. But we take it a step further than just for the mobile event. We called the event “beyond tellerrand – mobile” where “beyond tellerrand” is the name of the event series and “mobile” the topic. FFK11 this year has the subtitle “beyond tellerrand”. which brings the connection: Over the last years Sascha and I always have been talking about looking over the edge (“Über den Tellerrand hinaus schauen”). With this first “beyond tellerrand” event we start bringing our idea to reality.
Well. It sounds like there are some more ideas lurking there that we’ll be hearing about over time. It’s exciting – and I’m looking forward to being in Cologne and enjoying the conference and maybe one or two glasses of Kölsch!
My new iPhone/iPod Touch App TicTacTomato is now available for purchase from the App Store as of today!
I’m particularly excited about this as it is, in my (totally unbiassed, of course) opinion, a perfect App for Christmas – guaranteed to entertain the whole family and most likely to totally infuriate them too! It’s a game we all know, whether we call it Tic Tac Toe or Noughts and Crosses – BUT it has a surprise twist, or rather splat, to it… Who knows when your winning game may be completely destroyed by an evil hidden tomato! Play, win and hope you don’t get splatted!
I actually started to develop the App months ago as a Flash CS5 beta project – to try out the Flash iPhone builder/exporter/whatever it’s called now. After a while, I decided that I really wanted to produce it as a native Objective-C iPhone App and rewrote the whole project, including reworking most of the visuals. Taking into account the disruption that a couple of other projects and my move back to the UK from Switzerland caused, it’s great to see the App now live and “in the wild”.
Today marks the launch of version 1.0 of the App and I’m hoping you’ll all pop along to the App Store and buy it, give me lots of positive feedback and send me your thoughts for what you’d like it to do in version 2.0!! A couple of things already planned are multiplayer capabilities and configurable game complexity. Whatever comes in the next version, the game will stay true to it’s simple philosophy: Entertain and infuriate
So, here we go: Click the button to download the App!
Looking forward to your feedback. Enjoy playing TicTacTomato!