|Available now: my new book will tell you everything you need to know to program games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices with C# and MonoGame.||Windows 8 and Windows Phone.|
|I Can Press Keys: This fun game for children in the 1 to 3 year age range offers a large number of different animated scenes and sound effects, activated simply by pressing keys on the keyboard.|
|Highway Pursuit: An action-packed 3d blast along roads filled with enemy agents -- but also with innocent civilians that you should protect at all costs.|
30th January, 2014 WordsUp v1.0 for Windows 8 now available
My latest game for Windows 8, WordsUp, is now available to download from the Windows Store.
WordsUp is a fun strategic word game for between 2 and 4 players. Each player takes it in turns to place letter tiles on to a game board to form words and score points. Unlike other word games, WordsUp allows you to stack letters on top of those already on the board, changing those words and forming new ones.
The more tiles there are in each word you form, the more points you score. As the stacks of tiles keep getting higher, so do the scores. Can you score the most points and become the WordsUp champion?
You can play WordsUp against your friends (hot-seat or "pass and play") or against the computer. The computer has four difficulty levels, from "beginner" through to "expert" if you fancy a real challenge. You can set games up with any combination of human or computer players. Please note however that internet play is not yet supported in this version of WordsUp. I will be adding this to a future version shortly.
If you'd like to try the free trial, you can download it now from the Windows Store.
I will also be bringing WordsUp to Windows Phone too -- stay tuned for more information about this over the next couple of weeks.
24th December, 2013 RSS Central v2.12 for Windows Phone now available
The latest version of RSS Central for Windows Phone is now available from the Windows Phone Store.
Version 2.12 contains a number of additions and bug fixes, including performance improvements, the "mark all as read" function is now an app bar button instead of a menu item, fixes to tiny fonts appearing in some articles, and more. Full details can be found on the RSS Central page.
12th July, 2013 New app available for Windows 8: Frotz8
I am pleased to announce the availability of a new free app for Windows 8: Frotz8.
Frotz8 is an interpreter for "interactive fiction" games (also known as "text adventures"). This is a genre that I have loved since the 1980s, and when I realised that there was no interpreter available for Windows 8, I set about creating one.
Frotz8 is based on the popular and capable Frotz engine, and can play games written to the "Z-machine" standard. This includes all of the original Infocom adventures, as well as hundreds of newer games available from The Interactive Fiction Archive.
I have spent some time working on the user interface for Frotz8, allowing quick and easy access to adding games, integration with the IF Archive so that you can download and install games with just a couple of taps or clicks, and full support for devices with touch screens and hardware keyboards. It'll also recommend a new game for you each week giving you plenty of new experiences to try.
This first version is not perfect and has a few features missing, but it should already be quite stable enough to offer you years of adventuring -- I hope you like it!
6th July, 2013 Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development now also available in paper and for Kindle
My book is now available from Amazon too. It can be downloaded to your Kindle, or bought in good old paper form too.
I'd also be extremely grateful if you would consider leaving a review on the Amazon web site -- thank you!
25th June, 2013 Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development is now available to download
The paper version of the book is in progress and should be available from Amazon and other online retailers shortly -- I'll post another update once it is available.
I really hope you like the book and find it useful -- if you have any comments or feedback, please do let me know.
18th May, 2013 RSS Central v1.1 for Windows 8 now available
A long-overdue update to the Windows 8 version of RSS Central is now available.
Version 1.1 adds many of the features that people have requested that were missing from the initial version, including import and export of OPML files to the local file system and via SkyDrive, category filters, and a fix to the feed search function.
You can find the update to RSS Central in the Windows Store now, with a full free trial as always. I hope you like the update.
13th May, 2013 RSS Central v2.9 for Windows Phone now available
Another update to RSS Central for Windows Phone is now available. Version 2.9 fixes the problem with importing and exporting the subscription list via Dropbox, and also adds support for viewing YouTube videos directly from the article previews, there's no longer any need to open the full web page first.
The update is available now from the Windows Phone Store.
8th May, 2013 Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development now available to pre-order
My new book, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development is nearing completion and is now available to pre-order. It is also part of the Apress Alpha Program, allowing immediate access to the current unfinished book content.
The book currently has an estimated publication date of June 26th 2013.
3rd April, 2013 Segoe UI Symbol Reference
If you're developing applications for Windows 8, you've more than likely encountered the Segoe UI Symbol font, which contains a bewildering number of icons and symbols.
To help make it easier to find the symbols you need for your application, I've created a Segoe UI Symbol Reference page, I hope you find it useful!
14th March, 2013 RSS Central in a world without Google Reader
Yesterday, Google announced that they are to close their Google Reader service as of the 1st of July 2013. Personally I'm a little surprised by this and I suspect it will cause upset for quite a number of people. Rest assured that this will not affect RSS Central in any way as RSS Central is not reliant on Google Reader for any of its functionality.
If you suddenly find yourself needing an alternative to Google Reader, why not give RSS Central a try? The trial mode is completely unrestricted so you can properly evaluate it and see if it meets your requirements. RSS Central is available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
Transferring your existing subscriptions from Google Reader into RSS Central is fairly straightforward to do. You can find details on how to export your feeds to an OPML file in this article. Once you've done that, they can be imported into RSS Central via Dropbox (Windows 8 and Windows Phone) or SkyDrive (Windows Phone only for the moment, coming to Windows 8 soon).
Many people have requested the ability to synchronise the read/unread status of articles across the Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions of RSS Central. This is not currently possible, but is a feature that I am planning for a future release. I need to get my book finished first, but this synchronisation feature is the very next thing that I will be working on, so hopefully this will allow you to better manage your subscriptions in the future.