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Call to Microsoft: is there a Zune developer program?

November 17th, 2006 by Erwin

Doppler has been downloaded over 1 million times now. I’m not kidding. It shocks us. We never expected that when we started with developing Doppler back in 2004.

Now that Microsoft released the Zune in the US without podcasting support we see a new ‘market’ on the horizon (I put market between quotes as we don’t sell Doppler and as a result make no money out of it). However, that market we cannot reach because the Zune is not available in Europe.

The Zune comes with it’s own software, a bit like Apple iTunes, but as the Zune is not available we cannot test whole experience with downloading a podcast, adding it to a playlist and syncing it to a Zune device.

So our call to Microsoft:

Is there a Zune developer program? Is there a known API (what I found on my computer after installing the Zune software did resemble the WMP API in a way)? And is there a possibility for us developers living in Europe to be able to get hold of a Zune device so we can develop software that supports it?

Please take into account that we are a non-profit team. We make no money out of it, so we cannot invest in big contracts or deals. We basically just want to get hold of a Zune device so we can modify Doppler so that it works smoothly with it.

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Doppler 3.0 CTP

November 7th, 2006 by Erwin

Well, it’s out there, our first CTP. Do not expect this build to be

1. Feature complete
2. Bug free

We’re running it ourselves on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista (various builds). It requires, as the previous beta versions, the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Download it from http://www.dopplerradio.net/doppler-30-ctp-2006-11-01-release/

If you found a bug, please email it to us.

So what is happening…

November 1st, 2006 by Erwin

A lot.

Among others I moved fulltime to Sweden. That took a lot of time. Time I didn’t and couldn’t spend on Doppler.

Still. I finally decided to freeze the features in Doppler. I was running a beta for several months already for with with I myself was quite happy, but was simply lacking ‘production quality’. Crashes (especially on Windows Vista) did happen regularly, but I got used to it. Still I didn’t want to put you out there in the frontline with that version.

I did some clean up in the code the last couple of days and removed some features I’ve been working on but I decided not to implement them in the end, as they would require full-time availability from us. Maybe in a future release, but not in 3.0.

So, what I will do: early next week I will post a so called CTP version of Doppler. Please realize: it’s buggy. It’s unfinished, but it works better than the last beta. If you want to post bugs, please be my guest, but I simply don’t have the time currently to reply to them all. I don’t like that, but it’s a fact unfortunately.

I have currently a few users out there running the pre-CTP version of the upcoming build and from them I get good reports back, so it seems a go for early next week.

Check out this space around Monday and Tuesday to find the link to the download of the CTP.

A manual in the works!

August 4th, 2006 by Erwin

Already a while ago we set up a wiki which we created to start a manual for Doppler. Until now we didn’t post about it. Clem took action and he started to fill in the section regarding Doppler 3.x. Great work, thanks! Check it out.

Looking for Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone owners

June 24th, 2006 by Erwin

dopplermobileb5.jpgWe’re working on a new version of DopplerMobile (it’s beta 5, we’re skipping 4). DopplerMobile beta 5 will support a few features that require some additional testing with a small -known- group of people. If you are interested in helping us out with this, please drop us a line. We are looking for around 10 persons to keep it manageable.

What you need to participate:

  • A Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone (e.q. QTEK 8310, QTEK 8300, IMATE SP5, IMATE SP5m, etc. etc.). Please take notice, we’re currently only testing the Smartphone edition. At a later stage we will release versions for other Windows Mobile devices. If you are unsure if you have a Smartphone: you can usually recognize a Smartphone by the fact that it has a keypad. Windows Mobile phones without a keypad are usually Pocket PC phones, for which we will release a version at a later stage.
  • Either an unlimited data plan or a wifi connection (not a requirement for the final version, however it is recommended to keep the costs down)
  • Some time to play around with it, and some time to report issues and/or feature ideas to us.

If you are interested to test this version, please contact us

117! Wow!

June 20th, 2006 by Erwin

Since a few weeks we started to record to which countries people downloaded Doppler. Right now we recorded 117 countries! WOW!

Just imagine, somewhere in Papua New Guinea there is someone using Doppler. Great!

click below to see if your country is in the list :-)

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Arvato Technology GMBH

June 20th, 2006 by Erwin

Recently we where offered a package sended by Arvato Technology GMBH, but as we where not around (being abroad) UPS returned the package to the sender. As Arvato is a rather large company (understatement), we have no clue who to contact on this.

So, if you are working at Arvato Technology GMBH, know about this specific issue, or can bring us in contact with the responsible person, please contact us by email.

Doppler Download Map

May 23rd, 2006 by Erwin

Did you notice the new entry in the “Areas” section of this website? It links to the Doppler Download Map. It’s a world map showing the downloads per country. The larger the Doppler logo, the more downloads occurred in that specific country. Right now we only show an icon per country, but we’re working on an additional map that actually highlights the city where Doppler was downloaded to. Drag the map around with your mouse to see the world.

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2006 SIA Nominee

May 22nd, 2006 by Cindy

We just found out, and are proud to announce that Doppler has been nominated by the Shareware Industry Awards Foundation (SIAF).

Doppler will be running against “IDAutomation Barcode Image Generator” and “ShareAlarmPro” in the “Best Utility Using .Net” category. Winners will be announced at the Shareware Industry Awards Banquet on July 15.

Shareware Industry Conference

We are definately looking forward to the Shareware Industry Awards ceremony.

Doppler 3.0 Beta 2

May 6th, 2006 by Erwin

Doppler 3.0 Beta 2 has been released. Check it out here:

http://www.dopplerradio.net/doppler-30-beta-2

There are numerous fixes. An overview of the new features and main fixes:

  • Conversion to bookmarkable AAC (M4B) files is back
  • You can now cancel multiple downloads (control click or shift click the current downloads and right click to show the menu to cancel them)
  • Double clicking an ongoing download will cancel that download
  • After you cancel a download you will be asked what to do with it, cancel and retrieve later, or cancel and never download again
  • You can now control the history from the posts view. Right click a post and select the appropriate menu option.
  • You can use a new ‘remote storage’ feature, which allows you to upload you feed subscriptions and download history to either an FTP site or a windows share or directory (for instance to an USB stick). Using that you can run multiple instances of Doppler (say, at home or at work) and still make sure those instances stay in sync so you don’t download the same podcast twice.
  • We’ve added an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) column in the downloads pane, which tells you how many minutes to wait.
  • When adding a playlist to iTunes, those playlists will end up in the Doppler category/folder. This will be configurable in an upcoming release.
  • You can opt now to not show the ’site icons’ (favicons) in the list of feeds.
  • You can opt now to never show the embedded media player (that option is in the ‘view’ menu)
  • Scheduling downloads has been fixed
  • Double clicking a feed which reports an error will open the log.
  • You can active a spacesaver that will remove podcasts you’ve listened to. The spacesaver will monitor the playcount of the podcast in either iTunes or Windows Media Player.
  • We’ve split up the ‘Add to Windows Media Player/M3U’ option in two separate options.