This week in V.E. (Feb 10th 2018)

audio only

 

Intro:

With all that is happening here at Vague Entertainment it was high time  to give everyone a low down of all the work and projects that are brewing here at VE along with highlights from our users . I am, of course, Ben Flanagin. lead developer and founder of Vague Entertainment.  This broadcast will be released every weekend  and will be available for download as an audio only podcast, as well a video version to highlight visual aspects of the content talked about within the show. My goal is to hit the 15 minute mark minus intro and outro music, but sometimes it might go over depending on the topics. I will be posting this on Vague Entertainments main site as a blog post with a text only version of the transcript.  that way users that prefer to read can access it  on the site, or if you are using CafeSync you will find it on my card by swiping to the Vague Entertainment page. If you’re unfamiliar with CafeSync stay tuned as it will be talked about in this very show.

Company News:

Vague Entertainment is embarking on a new model of development and funding, one that I hope will benefit the company, its contributors, and its users.  It is quite a risk and I have lost sleep wrestling with this idea for some time, but everything leads somewhere and this is where the path leads.

So how it works, we are aiming to be a completely user funded company, no ads, no selling of user data, no shadow company lording over the creative process. the software is free for everyone, and to the extent that we can, the software will be Open Source and available on GitHub.  Those that help fund Vague Entertainment will get to vote on what softwares we work on, and what new features the software will have, and as the network of pledges and backers grow we will recruit new developers and designers to further projects, speed up return on investment, and be able to tackle bigger projects. My aim is to democratize freelance development and to create a equal pay for equal work environment for all contributors to the network.  So check out what all we have created in the past, and consider pledging on Liberapay.

A link to the team account  is available in the transcript and in the description below.

App Updates:

CafeSync,  our location based professional networking platform and service, that is designed to connect the world around you. has had several major updates the last few weeks. The theme is now continued through out the application giving a more unified look. The location code has been cleaned up, and the time between updates has been decreased which gives the interface a snappier feel.   And for android at least, the camera code is being reworked to help mitigate bugs found there.

As for sources, the latest version of CafeSync has better support for twitter, and tumblr, and can parse RSS feeds from various blogging platforms most notably WordPress and Medium. I’m super excited about this feature because it turns CafeSync into a great tool for those looking for new blogs to read, and in turn gives bloggers more  traffic to their content. Oh, as an aside, WordPress’s RSS feed is very simple by default but there are plugins you can download to make them shine. I haven’t tried them all but I leave it up to you to find and install the one that works best for you.  For those crafters and caft consumers the new Etsy source is working well in our tests, and I hope to see more people with Etsy shops picking up the software and getting more traffic from other CafeSync users.  Oh, I also have added in a preview of the up coming chat features that will be included in CafeSync.  I’m calling It a preview because there are certain aspects that need to be finished before I would add it to the store listings.

CafeSync, like all location based, social networking tools, it depends on users. So download it, setup you card and see where it takes you.

You can find out more about CafeSync on our site vagueentertainment.com. Or clicking on the link in the show notes ( https://www.vagueentertainment.com/?page_id=434)

Also,HelioGraph, Vague Entertainment’s photo sharing application, has had a small revival. With all the updates to the back-end services developed by Vague Entertainment. HelioGraph was left broken and in a sad state. Though it is still buggy, and somewhat broken you can now take pictures and share them on the network once more and I plan to repair and add features as we continue to move forward with our community minded approach .

You can find out more about HelioGraph on our site (https://www.vagueentertainment.com/?page_id=437)

For those that have followed Vague Entertainment for a while we have various programs that were created under the App-A-Week series. these applications where designed,developed, and distributed in only seven days. As such many of them were proof of concept at best. However, and because of the commitment to creating free and interesting software I have been going through them and updating their ability to connect to our back end services and will talk more about them when the updates warrant broadcast.

Highlight of the week:

Here I want to talk about users and contributors, that have made our software worth using.  However,  as this is a new broadcast, and the user base for all VE’s software is  small, I haven’t much to report. So instead, I would like to acknowledge those that have been helping test CafeSync and continue to show Vague Entertainment support both monetarily and through testing the software as the network grows.

In no particular order:

Melody Leinbach, Sam Flanagin, Robbie Sipes,Edie Flanagin, Jared “mouse” Smith, Denice Herrera, James Soileau, Chris Heasley, Ryan Sipes, Kalyn Flanagin, and Alina Goldner. and to the handful of other users that opt to keep their accounts private, I assume you do it for a reason so I’m keeping you out of the list as well.

Closing:

thats it for this week, thank you for tuning in and remember to like, subscribe, follow, etc. Vague Entertainment, and if you’re on Android or iOS check out CafeSync and feel free to submit bugs. If you want to try HelioGraph Its on the Google play store as well.