Cubelogic News

ChessNote 1.2.2

Filed under: apps,bugs by Cubelogic — 20110731 2325 Sunday

The new 1.2.2 release of ChessNote focuses again on bug fixes. Among others, we fixed a long standing bug in the Game Info screen, where captures were sometimes mistakenly reported. For instance it was sometimes possible to see 2 black queens captured even if the white player captured only one in the actual game. Please note: this issue never affected gameplay, just the game information screen.

Another issue was the notification badge count (the red number in the App icon), that some users reported as always increasing. That’s now fixed, and it should always reflect the number of games where a move is needed from you.

So, please update now!


ChessNote 1.2.1

Filed under: apps by Cubelogic — 20110719 2236 Tuesday

What? You didn’t update to ChessNote 1.2.1 yet? Well, do it now! In this release we mostly fixed issues to make the app more stable, which is the main reason why you should update. But we did add one thing: the remaining time of each game is now displayed directly on the Games list screen, to make it more clear which games need your attention the most. I personally found this small change very useful, so I added it.

As always, happy checkmating!


Refreshing your games on ChessNote

Filed under: apps by Cubelogic — 2227 Tuesday

A few users have asked how to force a refresh on their games list in ChessNote. Normally you don’t really need to do this, since the list is updated automatically after you make a move and each time you come back to the app. However, if you think your opponent might have already moved and absolutely need to check, simply go to the Games tab, then tap again on the Games tab icon. Et voilĂ , your games are fresh again! A similar trick applies for the Updates tab.

So there you have it. Happy checkmating!

(For the curious, this feature has been there since version 1.)


ChessNote 1.2

Filed under: apps by Cubelogic — 20110613 1944 Monday

If you haven’t updated to ChessNote 1.2, you should do so! This new version features:

  • a new Updates tab, to stay up-to-date with your games,
  • Moves History for each game, so you can quickly go back in time and review each position,
  • and other retouches here and there.

Click here to download ChessNote on your iPhone or iPod Touch!

ChessNote is compatible with every version of iOS 3.0 and higher.

List of chess games in ChessNote app

ChessNote app board screen


ChessNote resign bug

Filed under: apps,bugs by Cubelogic — 20110407 2151 Thursday

I just fixed a bug on the ChessNote servers that was happening when a player resigned. If you had noticed problems while attempting to resign from a game, those should now be resolved. Sorry for the glitch!


ChessNote: a new app for playing correspondence chess

Filed under: apps by Cubelogic — 20110126 2151 Wednesday

ChessNote logo

Download ChessNote from the App Store!

ChessNote is a new app by Cubelogic to play correspondence chess on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It is compatible with iOS 3 and 4, and completely free. It’s the easiest way to play chess on your iPhone.

Like all other products by Cubelogic it focuses on doing less, instead of everything. Because ChessNote is only for one thing: playing chess when you want, when you have time, without hassles or delays.

The user interface couldn’t be clearer: you have your list of games, one tap to see the game, two taps to make a move, and one extra tap to confirm. Next. Or back to whatever you were doing. And if you feel particularly proud about how you stand in your game, you can post your board on Twitter.

ChessNote cares for what’s really important: all official rules and situations of the game of Chess are accounted for, including en passant, stalemate and rather unusual scenarios such as the fifty moves rule.

We have stripped ChessNote of all chagrins that typically slip into games of this sort: ads, pointless chatting, annoyances, distractions. We leave those to other apps. We just care to play chess, and don’t want to be bothered.

Because ChessNote is built by chess lovers for chess lovers. We built a chess application we’d like to use ourselves.

If you are a chess player with no time to lose, you’ve come to the right app.

Download ChessNote for free from the App Store

ChessNote game list screenshot

ChessNote board


CLutils routines released

Filed under: libs by Cubelogic — 20100913 0759 Monday

CLutils is an informal library of shared code used across Cubelogic projects. It’s basically a collection of C, C++, Objective-C functions developed across the years for different tasks, mainly around Mac OS X, iOS and some cross platform development. I have finally found the time to import the existing svn repository to the more easily accessible GitHub.

You can find more info on the release here.

The GitHub repository is here.


SimpleTimer code now on GitHub

Filed under: apps by Cubelogic — 20100912 2256 Sunday

I just imported the SimpleTimer code to a public repository on github.com:

http://github.com/ettore/SimpleTimer/

The old svn repository will continue to remain available (including the source code for the old versions), but I think new development will continue on github.


SimpleTimer 1.3 is out!

Filed under: apps by Cubelogic — 20100719 1542 Monday

After many, many, years, I still see people using SimpleTimer and writing me about it. This gave me the push to look at that old code and clear all the dust away (together with a couple nasty bugs). The result is SimpleTimer 1.3! Version 1.3 includes some significant changes, mostly under the hood.

First of all, the code base has gone through a significant refactoring and cleanup. This resulted in cutting a lot of dead code, reducing the size of the app by almost 50%. So now, SimpleTimer 1.3 is less than half a Meg in total, and 437 KB to be precise! I hate when simple apps are huge beyond need, even if space is cheap. If there is no need to make it big, make it small. That’s my thinking anyway.

Secondly, I have extended backward compatibility to 10.1. Yes, Puma. How many developers these days support anything older than 10.4 ? Well, we go to 11 and reach every single Mac OS X installation out there possible. (We did ignore 10.0 (Cheetah) because Apple doesn’t really provide tools to support it, and besides, 10.0 was awfully unusable.) I don’t know exactly why but I am proud of this.

Lastly, a bunch of evil bugs were eradicated. This includes crashes (closing app while timer still running, crash when creating new timers) and major functionality loss (autostart not working sometimes, etc).

Also, for the developers out there I have made public the SVN repository. Go ahead and gleefully loot it at http://cubelogic.org/stimer/.

Finally I have to say this: if you like SimpleTimer, please consider a donation. This is free software in every sense of the word, but showing appreciation will always be… appreciated.

Go check it out already!


SimpleTimer update coming up soon

Filed under: apps,work-in-progress by Cubelogic — 20100717 0107 Saturday

Yes, it’s been a while. I’m still here. SimpleTimer is still here and apparently still used by a few people. I have an update coming up very soon that fixes a few issues with (Snow) Leopard, and a bug with timer-autostart. I expect to be releasing a new version in a couple days, late Monday at the latest. To the users experiencing problems, thanks for your patience. Stay tuned!


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