[mythtv-users] MythTV Companion for iPad Update

Robert McNamara robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 21:40:18 UTC 2011

On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 3:53 PM, adrinux <adrinux at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Forget the donations, just go for the usual low app price - if it
>> makes you embarrassingly rich you can donate some to mythtv ;)
>> Just got an iPad and your app sounds perfect!
> I agree - put it on the app store for $4.99 or something. If it does well,
> not only will you make some money but it will add some validity to MythTV
> as a product and may even get more developers on board. My HP TouchPad was
> just delivered and is waiting for me at home, and the promise of this app
> is the only reason I'm considering not selling my iPad.

Just to circle back on the cost issue, I have more or less settled on
offering it for $1.99... I'd need to sell about 500 copies to offset the
cost of the iPad and dev license.  Thereafter, I had intended to take the
first few hundred to purchase android hardware to explore a port/equivalent.

There may not be 500 interested buyers out there, or I might be surprised.
 My goal had been to finish the basics and be polishing by January 15th,
but that has slipped somewhat as work has kept me too busy to look at it in
my spare time this month.  As it will also probably be a few months before
.25 is in circulation, and since I would rather be aiming at a static
Services API target, I will probably try to time App store submission for
right around when we declare what looks like a final release candidate.

My list of outstanding "major" issues is, off the top of my head:

* Rework the UI of the video/recording library browser slightly
* Add a "common" remote to become visible when playback is not in progress
* Possible/Depends on available time: Add Service API calls for scheduling,
rework guide, add features to perform recording rule editing (This one is a
major maybe for V1).
* Thoroughly test streaming behaviors, which will require some work on both
the API and application side.
* Slightly rework settings screens

Other than that, I've been making my less technical loved ones use the app
without any instruction to uncover potential usability improvements-- since
the app is aimed at all Myth users, and hopes to provide a UI that needs to
explanation, this has been a very enlightening process.

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