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SlothCam for iOS7

This week, updates to both SlothCam and SlothCam free were released for iOS7! Both of these updates provide minor stability improvements, and make SlothCam conform to iOS7’s new style. Also, there’s a new icon! You can download both updates on the app store.

SlothCam Free
SlothCam WebCam Browser


SlothCam 1.74 released

SlothCam 1.74 went live on the iOS app store yesterday with support for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Check it out here!

Version 1.74, iPhone 5 compatibility!

I got my iPhone 5 yesterday and by the end of the day I had an iPhone 5 optimized version of SlothCam submitted to Apple. It should be out on the App Store shortly!

SlothCam 3.43 Released

Version 3.43 of the SlothCam dashboard widget has been released! Check it out here.

SlothCam 1.72 is out with a new bandwidth saving feature

SlothCam 1.72 is out on the App Store with a new bandwidth saving feature. If you regularly use the app on 3G and find that loading all cam images on startup is too slow, you can enable a new option in "Settings" (the Settings app) which allows you to only load all cams on startup when you are on Wifi. You can download this update on the App Store now!

SlothCam 1.70 coming soon with new image series feature

Any day now, the SlothCam 1.70 update should go live in the App Store. This update features many improvements for the international versions of SlothCam (better translations etc) as well as a new feature - image series. Now you can save a series of any number of images to your film roll rather than just one single image. This feature will only work if you keep the currently selected webcam active after starting the image sequence. It also will not save images when SlothCam is in the background due to Apple’s multitasking limitations. If you use this feature to make a time lapse movie, please consider sharing it with me and I’ll post it in this blog.

Also, once 1.70 is approved, I can submit the next update, 1.71 to Apple. 1.71 is almost ready and includes iPad retina display support, and background task completion. With background task completion, the currently loading webcam(s) will finish loading when SlothCam is in the background. Stay tuned for this update in the next week or so after 1.70 goes live.

SlothCam localization in Spanish and German

I just submitted an update to SlothCam to the app store yesterday. It has some minor bug fixes but also includes Spanish and German localizations! If anybody wants to help me write a localization for their native language, please let me know. It’s hard to translate my app into a language I don’t know.

SlothCam 1.66 released

SlothCam 1.66 is now live in the App Store. The latest update adds support for gifs and png images. Animated gifs are not supported at this time, however you can use an animated gif and it will show the first frame of the animation. The main reason I wanted to add support for these formats was that charts and graphs are often in these formats. For example, you could add this NOAA wave chart chart to SlothCam and always see an updated image which shows the swell height off of Galveston. Or you could add this Weather Underground weather graph to see what the current conditions are at a particular location (this one is near where I live).

SlothCam 1.65 is live

Slothcam 1.65 was released today, which fixes a slideshow bug when viewing slideshows of webcams on your Apple TV, and fixes a bug which prevented some webcams images from showing if the MIME type of the jpeg image was abnormal. Download it in the app store!

SlothCam 1.64

SlothCam 1.64 is out on the app store now! This version has external display and Apple TV support! If you enable apple TV mirroring on your iOS device and then launch SlothCam, you’ll see your webcam images full screen on your TV. Here’s an article on how to enable AirPlay mirroring.

Here’s a video of SlothCam and an Apple TV. I’ll try to post a better demo video and tutorial later.

SlothCam 1.62 is live in the App Store with iCloud Support

SlothCam 1.62 is live in the App Store with support for iCloud. You can back up your webcams to the cloud by clicking on the button in the lower right of your webcam list and restore them onto any device in the same way. For this to work you need to have iOS 5 and you need to be logged into iCloud. Let me know if anybody has any comments or questions about it.


SlothCam with iCloud syncing, coming soon!

I will soon be releasing a version of SlothCam with iCloud syncing. So if you add a webcam to your iPad it will appear on your iPhone automatically and vice versa. Of course this requires iOS 5 which is necessary to use iCloud. Thanks to Mugunth Kumar for his iCloud code which I would definitely recommend to any other developers looking for quick and easy iCloud syncing.

SlothCam 1.61 update

SlothCam Webcam Browser has been updated to version 1.61 today. The new version fixes several memory leaks (no more memory leaks, thanks to Lion’s new compiler which helped me a lot with that). Also I made the placeholder text in the name, url, and rate fields more clear to help people who are entering their own webcams for the first time. Get the update from the app store!

SlothCam Free 1.4 Update and SlothCam WebCam Browser 1.58 Submited

An update to SlothCam free has been submitted which adds the new error handling method from the recently released SlothCam 1.57. This means that when a webcam fails to load, you will soon continue to see the previous webcam image until a new image can be requested. You should expect to see it within the next few days, as soon as it is approved by Apple.

Also SlothCam WebCam Browser will shortly be updated to 1.58. This new version adds new loading and error screens which I think looks much nicer, and the error messages are also more useful. It should hit the app store some time this week.

SlothCam Dashboard Widget 3.3 released

I just uploaded a new version of the SlothCam dashboard widget. This update is fairly minor. It adds a new mode which disables the error screen when a webcam doesn’t load properly due to connection problems and will instead keep showing the previous image until a new image can be downloaded. Right now this new feature isn’t accessibly on the widget preferences screen, but it can be enabled via the terminal.

To enable this new feature, just close SlothCam, then go into your Applications/Utilities folder and find Terminal.

Open Terminal and paste the following line:
defaults write widget-net.webhop.glorioussloth.widget.SlothCam noErrorScreen true

Then re-launch SlothCam and from now on you'll never seen the error screen again. Let me know if you need any more help with that.

To re-enable the error screen, just type the following line into the terminal:
widget-net.webhop.glorioussloth.widget.SlothCam noErrorScreen false

SlothCam 1.57 Submitted

I submitted an update of SlothCam Webcam Browser to the App store today, and it should be available for download shortly. This update contains a fix for a bug in the previous version that would cause images that failed to download properly to display as a black box. It also fixes the swipe gestures in iOS 4.3 (did you know you can swipe right or left across the screen to skip to the first or last webcam in SlothCam?).

SlothCam 1.56

The latest update just hit the app store yesterday. This version fixes a problem with importing webcams that had international characters in the titles. Apparently there are a lot of international users of SlothCam, so I’m glad I was able to fix this issue. Also, it prevents a possible crash that could occur while importing webcams. I recommend that all users of SlothCam download this update. Please continue to let me know if you find any bugs in SlothCam so I can keep fixing them.

SlothCam WebCam Browser 1.55 Update

The latest update to SlothCam modifies the import function so that now when importing cams from a URL (either using the export function or using SlothCam Helper) SlothCam now asks you whether you want to add the webcams you are importing, or replace your entire webcam list. I hope this makes it easier for people to import webcams to SlothCam. Let me know if you have any questions.

SlothCam Webcam Browser 1.54 Update Adds "append" Ability to Import Function

With the latest SlothCam Webcam Browser update for iOS, users can now import a list of webcams into the app via email which will be added to the user’s current webcam list (rather than replacing their current webcams). This will allow users to share webcam lists with their friends, etc. I am going to try to make a more elegant implementation of this feature in the next update, but for now you can go to this page to create a custom URL which when clicked on your iPhone or iPad will add a custom list of webcams into SlothCam by appending them. You can also create a custom SlothCam import URL here which will completely replace your current webcam list with the new cams.

In the future I will make it so that SlothCam will ask you when importing whether you want to replace or add the webcams from the link rather than requiring two different types of links. Stay tuned for an update next week.

SlothCam Dashboard Widget 3.1 Update

I updated the SlothCam widget to version 3.1 last night. This update fixes a few bugs with version 3.0 including problems with the “auto cycle” mode, and manually refreshing webcams using the space bar. I recommend all SlothCam users download this update.

SlothCam Dashboard Widget Reaches Version 3.0!

The SlothCam Dashboard Widget has finally reached version 3.0 today! This new version squashes a bunch of bugs that were in the 2.x version since back in 2005, and it now transitions smoothly between the front side and back side when entering/exiting the preferences. This might be the last update I make to the Dashboard Widget for a while since Dashboard’s popularity seems to be waning, but if there are people out there who are still using the Dashboard widget who would like to see future updates, please let me know.

Click here to download SlothCam Dashboard Widget 3.0

SlothCam Webcam Browser 1.53 with Multitouch Gestures

The latest version of SlothCam Webcam Browser introduces some new multi-touch controls. You can now skip back to the first webcam with a two finger swipe gesture to the right, and you can skip to the last webcam with a two finger swipe to the left. Also, you can now reload any webcam with a double tap anywhere on the image. If anybody can think of any gestures that would be useful for navigating SlothCam, please let me know!

SlothCam Free 1.2

On Saturday, SlothCam Free was updated to version 1.2. This version fixes a crash that was occurring for people who didn’t have the latest version of iOS. It also made some minor changes to the way banner ads are displayed. You can download the update for free on the App Store!

SlothCam 1.5 Released

Apple approved of the version 1.5 update of SlothCam tonight and it should be live on the App Store now. The biggest change in this version is the addition of a new slideshow mode which can be accessed via the action menu in the lower left corner. Slideshow mode will show each cam for a few seconds before automatically switching to the next cam. During the time the cam is showed, it will be updated normally, however you are not able to manually change cams in slideshow mode. Check it out on the app store and let me know what you think!

iPhone Action Menu

SlothCam WebCam Browser Udpated to Version 1.3

SlothCam WebCam Browser for IOS was updated to version 1.3 tonight. The major feature of this update is the ability to change the order of your WebCam list. The user interface now looks a bit different. Instead of a delete button, there is now an edit button below the webcam list. When you click edit, you will have the option of re-ordering or deleting webcams. If you have already purchased SlothCam from the App Store, this update is free! If not, you can buy SlothCam by clicking here, or click here for more information.


SlothCam Widget Updated

I updated the SlothCam Dashboard Widget to version 2.98 today. I made some minor changes including the addition of info about the new iOS app. I also fixed some broken URL links and made some other minor adjustments. Download it here!


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