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A developer's tool : Screenshot Cleaner

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 02 june 2014 - no comments

When deploying an app on a Store, be it Google's Play Store or Amazon's, or any other, a developer needs to create goodlooking screenshots. And often, the screenshot is not as clean as it can, mainly because of the status bar, showing a low battery, or numerous icons (unread mails, social network notifications, ...).

Screenshot Cleaner

Screenshot Cleaner takes your screenshot and cleans the status bar, making your screenshots look professional.

Source : @francoisblavoet

My own Muzei extension : MuzeiDeezerAlbums

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 25 february 2014 - no comments

So, a couple of weeks earlier, Roman Nurik released an Android Live Wallpaper allowing other developers to create plugins. If you don't know it already, check it out, as well as the extensions.

As soon as it got out, I knew I wanted to play with this new toy, and it was not hard to get an idea of extension to do. As I work at Deezer, I thought "Hey, let's use album covers as wallpapers!". A little bit of code later, and here is my contribution to Muzei : MuzeiDeezerAlbums.

MuzeiDeezerAlbums

Albums displayed can be selected four different ways :

  • from Deezer's weekly selection, categorized by genres;
  • from your own selection of album covers;
  • from the last track you listen to with Deezer (if you don't have it, check it out here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=deezer.android.app);
  • from your favorite albums (requires you to log in).

And as always, if you have any trouble with one of my app or one of my repo on github, please let me know.

Android app on Google Play Fork me on GitHub

A developer's tool : Grid Wichterle

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 12 november 2013 - no comments

Many apps exists to enforce good UI design in Android Apps, some embedded in the developper settings screen. This app is a small simple app that you can add to your toolbox.

Grid Wichterle

As you can see on the screenshot above, the app draws a grid above your Android UI, to let you see if your views are aligned following the design guidelines.

The project is Open Sourced on Github and can be downloaded on the Google Play Store

Un nouveau design pour le Kamoulox

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 30 march 2013 - 1 comment

This article is written in French as the app is in French only

Kamoulox est une de mes applications les plus loufoques. Directement inspirée des vidéos absurdes de Kad et Olivier, l'application permet de générer des milliers de phrases permettant de jouer au Kamoulox selon les règles officielles du jeu, ainsi que les règles locales de Bourcefranc le Chapus (Charente-Maritime), d’Arnac-la-Poste (Haute-Vienne) et évidemment Bézaudun-sur-Bîne (Drome).

Kamoulox, version 2010

Cette application a été écrite en 2010, et malgré quelques mises à jour, a peu évolué en terme de design. Aujourd'hui, grâce à l'aide de JF Tolaguera, je vous propose une toute nouvelle version du Kamoulox entièrement redesigné.

Kamoulox, version 2013

Bien évidemment vous pouvez retrouver l'application depuis le Google Play Store en cliquant sur le lien ci dessous. Et si vous avez un souci, une remarque, ou une question sur les règles du Kamoulox à Chaumont sur Tharonne, n'hésitez pas à me contacter !

Kamoulox on Google Play

A developer tool : DevApps Direct

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 29 march 2013 - no comments

This is a somewhat similar app to Android UI Patterns (which I talked about earlier). The aim of DevApps Direct is to list available libraries for Android developpers, with again a live demo feature.

DevAppsDirect

What is really interesting is that it is built around an RSS feed, which you can still follow in any RSS Reader (well, not Google Reader obviously). The app itself will then be able to get new libraries without having to update the app itself.

DevAppsDirect

It will also download the libraries' demo on demand, meaning that it won't use much of your space for nothing. Although it's still in beta, this app is very usefull to test many libraris, and keep some in your favorites

As always, you can download it from the Google Play Store.

A developer tool : Stanley (beta)

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 22 march 2013 - no comments

Recently I needed to know what intents were used by an app on my phone, simply out of curiosity and to learn how to have similar features in one of my app.

There aren't so many way to do this, and so I designed and developped an App to take a look at an App, from a developper point of view. So here it is, in public beta.

Stanley Preview

Stanley can list all package installed on any device, and for any given package, lets one see the Activities, Services, Broadcast Receivers, Content Providers, and more.

More over, it can export the package's original manifest into a readable XML, to see what lies in the intent filters for instance.

It is not yet available on the Play Store, but you can already try it by downloading the APK attached to this post. Any feedback on this app will be welcomed.

Stanley 1.0 (Beta) APK (562 Kb)

Stanley on Google Play