Monday, November 08, 2010

Yes, we're still alive and kicking!

From the frequency of our blog posts, it would be fair for you to assume we’d picked up and moved to Antarctica, thereby limiting our internet access, and, in turn, our ability to let you know what we’re currently up to. Surprisingly, that’s not the case, and we are still in San Francisco and we do have internets and we have been working–not only on bug fixes and feature additions to Delicious Library 2, but on some brand new projects both for Mac and for iOS.

Just a couple weeks ago we released Noogle Noggles for iPhone–a Google Goggles client which allows you to do a visual search just by snapping a picture with your iPhone. You take the picture, we send the picture to Goggles for processing, and then we tell you what it is you took a picture of. Pretty cool, huh? Right now Noggles isn’t hooked up to Delicious Library 2 as an input system, but we think it definitely has some potential.

In addition to Noggles, we have a couple other projects up our sleeves that we can’t wait to share with you. Not only are we analyzing all your feedback about Delicious Library 2 to try to make an even better product, but we’re working on another completely new project that you don’t even know you need, but you do. Take our word for it!

Last but not least, our number one project right now is getting iSight scanning for late-model iMacs working. We recognize this is a huge problem with Delicious Library 2 at the moment, and it’s one that we’re working to fix before everything else. In late 2008, Apple changed the iSight cameras that went into iMac computers, making them focus much further away than the other iMac and laptop iSights. On top of that, the iMac screens are so ginormous, that they emit tons of light, and that light means glare on the item you’re trying to scan. We tried a number of things to try to work around these issues, including using the edge of the iSight’s light of sight to focus, turning down the brightness on monitor while the scanning window was open, and completely re-writing the scanning algorithm altogether. You’ve said it’s still not good enough, and we agree with you. Recently we’ve made some breakthroughs which we hope will fix the problem, so please bear with us as we try to get that new code available for you to test in yet another beta. We’re sincerely sorry for the frustration that many iMac users have faced, and please rest assured we’re doing everything we can to resolve the issue to everyone’s satisfaction.