The Smartphone and Pocket PC magazine published by Thaddeus Computing from Fairfield is one of the most prominent print- and online-magazine for PocketPC’s and touchscreen devices (phone and non-phone) and they (together with prominent peoples as Board of Experts) yearly nominate new, popular and innovative software for such devices with the Best Software Award.
I’ve just discovered that BatteryStatus Advanced [which is called HomeScreen PlusPlus UI now] (a software developed by me) is on the preliminary list for the nominees 2008 in the category “Today Information plug-in” for touchscreen phone and non-phone devices and that’s great :)
What’s worth to mention is that BatteryStatus Advanced is listed along with SBSH PocketBreeze or SPB Diary, which are very popular software-packages in the scene around windows mobile based touchscreen devices and there are only 5 projects nominated in this category.
BatteryStatus Advanced is a 100% C/C++ coded application with some less asm-object-mods, therefore it runs very fast and without the need for additional frameworks. Furthermore BatteryStatus has an extremely low and optimized memory-usage on runtime (even with big-xml-themes).
BatteryStatus was one of the first (or maybe the first) using an xml-based Row/View-concept and derived classes for UI-design on PPC-devices and some more (still) experimental concepts.
BatteryStatus was nominated 2007, but didn’t get further to the finals, so let’s see whether BatteryStatus gets to the next step (the list of Nominees :) ). If so, then i will give a prospect of the further developments of BatteryStatus-Plugin hehe
The Nominees for the Best Software Award 2007 have been announced by Smartphone and Pocket PC magazine, that is the preliminary list isn’t preliminary any longer… and guess… yes a project of mine is still nominated ;)
As of writing these lines, BatteryStatus Advanced (the code-base is build on top of BatteryStatus Free) is on the list and therefore nominated for this Award in the category “Today information plug-ins”.
I’ve seen a lot of today-plugins released 2006/2007 with novel and/or innovative ideas and by great and enthusiastically developers, so it’s a great honor BatteryStatus being nominated :)
Maybe some background/history about BatteryStatus could fit in here. Project BatteryStatus started end of 2006. At this time i got my prophet and after some time of playing with i missed a bunch of less but quite useful functions, hence i started a very very small today-plugin for these quite handy functions. Then with great help of and in collaboration with forum.xda-developers.com which by and by got to a source of innovative and brilliant ideas, BatteryStatus got more and more functions and now there is an Advanced version with fully customization support by state-of-the-art xml-application and multi-language support and more … (and i got a lot of much appreciated online contacts too ;) ).
There were some simple and hopefully reasonably design principles since starting of BatteryStatus Free (in consideration of embedded systems with less system resources). Some of them are a small footprint, less usage of system resources by using notifications or avoiding unnecessary/redundant codepaths and so on. In fact even the advanced versions dll is occupying about 128 kB of memory only (regardless of runtime resources of stack/heap..). I didn’t and don’t want BatteryStatus taking 1MB or more memory only for some simple and useful things.
The advanced version is about to get from development beta status to a shareware version and we will see what comes next on stage hehe
In short: i’m very glad about Batterystatus being nominated for this award :)
Of course there is much more i could write about BatteryStatus, but .. maybe you should try it and see what community collaboration could create..
Great news i’ve seen at Smartphone and Pocket PC magazine (a well known and popular magazine for ppc scene). BatteryStatus Free (a freeware project of mine) and BatteryStatus Advanced (a project of mine too) have been listed on the preliminary list for the nominees for “Best Software Award 2007” in the category Today-screen Plug-in :)
Well let’s see what comes next and for the time being head over to pocketpcmag.com and have a look at what’s going on there.