Updated SOE Live iPhone/iPad App Available

Written by Feldon on . Posted in SOE Live (Fan Faire)

In time for SOE Live 2012, Greg “Rothgar” Spence has updated his Fan Faire iPhone/iPad app with a new name and updated schedule. New this year are support for the iPhone 5 longer display, retina displays, and iPad.  From the Apple Store’s product page:

SOELive is your official guide to Sony Online Entertainment’s SOE Live convention. Access the full list of panels and events and even build your own custom schedule. View maps of the convention floor, keep up-to-date with a live news feed, view a list of nearby dining options and access important travel i0nformation.

What About Android and Windows Mobile 7?

If you are familiar with Android or Windows Mobile 7 software development, the SOELive app pulls its data from this special URL in JSON format. Each event is hand-copied by Greg from the official SOE Live Schedule website and then tagged with categories like EverQuest 2, Business and Game Support, etc.

If you develop an Android or Windows Mobile 7 app for SOE Live, I will be happy to feature it on EQ2Wire and I can also bring it to SOE’s attention so they’ll mention it on their SOELive twitter feeds.

It’s important to remember that this app was developed by Greg in his limited spare time and is not an official app developed by SOE.

SOE Live takes place October 18 – 21, 2012

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Comments (22)

  • Charn

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    I REEEAAALLLY wish there was an Android version of this app . . . Not EVERYone is a slave to Apple.

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  • Feldon

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    There’s time for someone to write an Android app. Or a web app that works on all mobile devices.

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  • Trueflight

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    same complaint we had 2 years ago when Rothgar first made this program. Some people(most people, according to sales numbers these days)are smart enough to stay away from apple products. It would be nice to see an android version, but SoE likes to do things that alienate half of their subscribers (or at least that’s how things have looked for the past year or so).

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  • Aelious

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    Not everything needs to boil down to how horrible SoE is. Feldon even put in bold at the very end of this post that it has nothing to do with SoE. Rothgar probably has an iPhone and doesn’t feel like programming two seperate apps. Man, oh man.

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  • Savas

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    Yeah rothgar stop wasting your personal time alienating half of your customers at work.

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  • Feldon

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    Originally posted by Trueflight:

    Some people(most people, according to sales numbers these days)are smart enough to stay away from apple products

    So what you’re saying is, you think I’m stupid for having an iPhone and iPad?

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  • Alacus

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    Its not really being stupid enough to buy an Iphone and Ipad, my parents have Ipads and they are great for what they do, but personally, £500 for a phone!!! thats mmore than my computer cost

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    • Feldon

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      I paid $199 (£125) for my iPhone 5.

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  • Trueflight

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    When you can get any number of other tablets and phones that can do more and cost less money, yes, I think most people who buy “I” products are dumb zombies. How much does it cost for them to put that shiny apple logo on second rate products anyway?

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  • Charn

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    I, in no way, think that anyone that has, bought, borrowed, stole, or begged for an Apple product is an idiot. It’s just not for me.

    And, having spoken to Rothgar about this very subject at Fan Faire (Fan Faire Forever!!!) HE wrote the Apple version because HE had an iPhone and he did it on HIS OWN time because HE wanted to use it for himself.

    I get WHY he did it and why he doesn’t want to spend his own time for a platform he doesn’t use (I wouldn’t want to, either). He did suggest that anyone could write an Android version . . . though, not being a programmer, I’ve NO idea how to go about this . . . so anyone that knows how to write apps for Android and wants to do this . . . I’ll love you forever . . . well, at least each year during Fan Faire (Fan Faire forever!!!)

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  • Feldon

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    Originally posted by Trueflight:

    When you can get any number of other tablets and phones that can do more and cost less money, yes, I think most people who buy “I” products are dumb zombies.

    Thanks for your opinion. You might want to make your listeners aware how you feel about iPhone/iPad users. Your audience may not realize the contempt you have for 50% of them.

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  • Feldon

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    So Greg posted to his Facebook:

    So… I installed Eclipse and the Android development SDK.

    and

    Realistically I doubt there’s time to finish it this year, but it’s never too early to start.

    When it was suggested he use a resolution-agnostic toolkit like Phonegap, he said he was going to try to develop everything with the standard Android UI. I think Greg may be in for a world of hurt.

    The great thing about developing for Android is, there are over 100 different screen size resolutions with different aspect ratios to support, as well as 3 major releases of the software and numerous point releases on tens of millions of time-locked devices, most of which cannot be upgraded.

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  • Uberfuzzy

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    maybe just wrap the data in a nice html page, paint it with jQueryMobile, and make both apps just display a web frame? native apps are nice for many thing, but for something this simple, it should be easy to just webpage it, so its cross device from the start

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  • Feldon

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    The secret of the SOELive app is, it allows you to flag which events you are going to, and then view a Custom Schedule. I don’t know a way to do that in a browser without data storage. Granted that’s possible with Phonegap and maybe jQuery Mobile, but a basic website can’t do it.

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  • Charn

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    Could you make the web app require a sign in, then it could remember your preferences, so you could check off the events you want to go to and it would remember it?

    Heck, with your own EQ2U website, as long as I sign in I get a home screen with a list of all my own characters and a list of other characters I want to keep track of. I think it wouldn’t be that hard to allow a user to sign in, check off the events they want, have it generate a list, then save it that way with their user sign in? No? /shrug Again, I’m not a programmer . . .

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  • Onorem

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    How about that keyfob app for iphone and android? How’s that coming along…

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  • Trueflight

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    Hate to break it to you but Apple hardly has a 50% share of the market anymore, but I’ve made it no secret. I will mention it again on the next show if you like.

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  • Dethdlr

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    It may not have all the features, but there WILL be an android version of the schedule that will work online and offline (it’s running on my phone right now)

    :)

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    • Feldon

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      Don’t you mean an Android, iOS, Palm, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, Bada, Meego, and Symbian version of the SOE Live Schedule? ;)

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  • Dethdlr

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    I stand corrected. :)

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  • Onorem

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    I’m glad this is something worked on during personal time because it seems pretty much useless.

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    • Feldon

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      I’m glad this is something worked on during personal time because it seems pretty much useless.

      Ok, so what functionality and features do you think this FREE app that makes it possible to view the SOE Live schedule in your pocket is supposed to have that it doesn’t?

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