Touch it 1 World Plays

I decided to take a night off coding Touch It 2 tonight and instead I tried to experiment with some of the data collected with Touch It 1.

I decided it would be good to visualize where all the players are coming from as this may help when making Touch It 2.

I wanted to be able to see the plays being added to a drawing in realtime so I had a quick search around the net and came across this script.

http://www.patrick-wied.at/static/heatmapjs/

 

Heatmap.js was exactly what I was looking for, it even provided a nice way to draw at certain x y locations. After I had got a quick test knocked together the rest just fell into place.

I used PHP+MySQL to generate a Javascript array which I then looped through with a delay so I could see each dot being added. The end animation is quite good even if I do say so.

I didn’t spend much time trying to tweak the results as I feel the saved PNG shows me what I wanted to know.

Touch It World Plays

That’s it really nothing else special about it… Just a heatmap, move along, nothing more to see here…..

Adobe AIR for Android updated to 2.6

Adobe has just released an update for its Adobe Air runtime for Android bringing it to version 2.6. The update adds support for Android 3.0 Gingerbread, meaning AIR on tablets like the Motorola Xoom is a go, plus a series of performance improvements.

Highlights include up to 20% faster scrolling, H.264 video decoding at 30FPS, and GPU-accelerated animation or gaming at up to 50FPS. Greater gesture support has also been rolled in, plus Bitmap Capture for StageWebView for tighter HTML and Flash visual integration, and Asynchronous Bitmap Decoding, for improved image transitions.

The AIR 2.6 SDK is also on target for a H2 2011 release, but apps developed with the 2.5 SDK will of course run fine with the AIR 2.6 runtime.

Overall, not a bad and timely update, bringing AIR support to the incoming Honeycomb tablets. If you haven’t installed AIR on your Android device yet, considering there are loads of Android apps that require AIR to run, perhaps now is the time to see what it can offer you. A list of Android devices that support the requirements of AIR can be found here.

via Adobe AIR for Android updated to 2.6 supporting tablets.

I have updated on my HTC Desire and I have noticed that Touch it is running even more slowly? Seems weird that with all the speed improvements to rendering that Touch it would slow down. I will have a dig into it and post your results.

Touch It 1.3.9

We have just released Touch It v1.3.9!!

Nothing major in this release folks, just some general tidying up on our end, cleaning out the comments and speeding things up a little more. We did fix a few random bugs and remembered to increase the version number this time though.

We have been working on the back end a lot this weekend as we are planning on a new game mode for people who don’t want to play Timeattack or Survival modes. We have been toying around with a ‘Lights Out’ clone. Work is coming along nicely and we expect it to be ready next week with about 20 levels.

If you have any ideas for new features then as always let us know if the comments and we can definitely see about putting them in :-D