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Archive for December, 2009

  • Out now: J1CK Wikipedia Mobile App, and J1CK.Tweet in 8 More Languages!

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    Posted December 16th 2009 under Uncategorized

    — by Jon

    jtlangsandwToday’s a big day for us. We are releasing our Wikipedia mobile app for Java phones, and we are also releasing J1CK.Tweet 1.0 fully translated into the eight following languages: French, Italian, German, Finnish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

    Here are the links you have to type on your Java mobile phone to install each of the versions:

    This translations are done in the J1CK goal of making the web more and more accessible in mobile, including universal platform, phone model, and now user-language support!

    All versions now include a language selection screen from the “Accounts” menu, so all of them can work in all languages. Your phone needs to have the relevant fonts for non-latin-alphabet languages.

    It’s thanks to the following amazing people that we’ve been able to get all the user interface translated in each language:

    • @taike_hk for the Japanese version
    • @kengao for the Traditional Chinese version
    • @danielvieirads for the Brazilian Portuguese version
    • @jovaz21 for the French version
    • Alex Vitores for the Italian version
    • Aitor Elizondo for the German version
    • Jari Nevala for the Finnish version
    • Judy Zhu for the Simplified Chinese version (via Enrique Perez)

    Many thanks to you all, and may a lot of karma fly your way!

    Together with the already released English, Spanish and Basque versions, this means j1ck.tweet is now available in 11 languages. I think I can safely say we are the most multilingual Twitter interface in existence, including the twitter.com web site in the competition : ) We are planning to release other language versions too in the near future. Get in touch if you are interested in a specific version (you can use the support form at j1ck.com).

    You can go to http://j1ck.com/mobile-twitter.php for all the details on j1ck.tweet, links to download each version, etc…

    Apart from this, we are also happy to announce the release our Wikipedia client app for Java phones! It’s a very clean and simple app that searches wikipedia for a term you type (you can choose what Wikipedia language), and lets you see the article adapted for the best mobile viewing. You can go to http://j1ck.com/mobile-wikipedia.php for all the details and the download link (actually, you can just visit wikipedia.j1ck.com on your Java mobile to install it).

    And if you’re into scuba diving or ocean-related info, and you can read Spanish, you can visit bajoelagua.j1ck.com to install our new Bajo El Agua app to access the news from our friends at http://www.bajoelagua.com, the top ocean-related and diving related web site in Spanish.

    We’ll be happy to hear your feedback, including j1ck.tweet translation errors, of course. And now we’re off to cover other platforms and web sites!

  • j1ck.tweet 1.0 for java mobiles is out now!

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    Posted December 10th 2009 under Uncategorized

    — by Jon

    And at long last, we are happy to announce version 1.0 of j1ck.tweet, our Twitter client application for Java phones! Here is the official product page:

    http://j1ck.com/mobile-twitter.php

    And here is the address you need to visit on your mobile phone to install the application:

    http://tw.j1ck.com

    We have fixed all critical problems that were reported for Beta 1. We will address the rest of reports and suggestions in future versions. Thanks to everyone who sent feedback!

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    Here is a (more or less) complete list of issues we have fixed and areas we have improved:

    • Added “Tweet” to options menu everywhere, so that you can tweet without going back to “Home”
    • Screen rotation properly supported (Nokia 5800, N95, etc…)
    • Fixed issues with non-latin alphabets in retweets and saved searches
    • Better direct-typing support for QWERTY phones in the login screen, uppercase and symbols can be typed now. Also, if you press and hold “#” in this screen, it will bring up a built-in form which should fix any other typing problem
    • Improved touch-support: invisible but larger areas for scrollbars, soft-buttons, etc…
    • Better layout of the log-in form
    • Left/Right now work in list views to move faster than Up/Down
    • Better handling when you cancel a load halfway
    • Better progressive rendering while  a load is in progress
    • Proper tagging of new-style retweets
    • Fixed timestamps in some cases (”1 hour ago”…)
    • Fail whale now shows properly (could disappear quickly in some cases)
    • Improved layout of account options menu on some phones
    • Fixed inserting the reference when doing RT and Reply from other people’s profiles
    • Moved to using port 80, which should fix communication issues with some rare rogue carriers that don’t let you use other ports
    • …and a lot of other improvements which, while minor, should nonetheless help you really enjoy the experience of using j1ck.tweet!

    Hope you enjoy it. The current version out there will start notifying the 1.0 update tomorrow (or maybe on Monday), and existing users will just have to follow the link to update. We don’t want to start rolling it out yet until everything’s settled. But if you go to the installation URL above (tw.j1ck.com), the new version should just install on top of your existing one, keep all the accounts info, and get you all the newest features.

    Watch out for new announcements here in the next few days. The oven is about to finish several interesting things we’ll publish as soon as they’re ready!

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