Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Picasa Photo Hub v2.1 : A New Update With A New Name

I've just released a new update for Picasa Photo Hub, bringing the app to version 2.1. This update was meant to be a small update to fix the notifications raised by Picasa Photo Hub that resulted in app crashes.

Unfortunately, Microsoft decided again that it didn't like the name of my app. After attempting several times to submit the update and contacting Microsoft support, I was finally told that the name having Picasa was the problem. This is due to the name being copyrighted by Google. Their naming conventions for app names (from what I can understand) allows you to use copyrighted names, but they can't be the prominent part. Meaning you can have names like "Client for Picasa", but not "Picasa Client". After a few days of brainstorming I decided on the new name of Pix Casa. Hopefully I won't be hit by the certification team again.

While I was waiting for the response on why the app was failing certification, I thought I would make the app a bit more meaty and add a feature that several users were asking for that was omitted in the transition to Windows 10. You can now once again save photos to your local device and share them with other installed apps. Why wasn't this in the original update? Originally, this was not provided by my app but instead the native photo app. So when I was doing the update, I didn't have any code that prompted me of these missing features. Maybe a good example of some needed BDD?

The app also now features in app notifications about updates from myself relating to the app. You may have even made your way to this post from these notifications :) Like with search, this new feature is only available in the Windows 10 version of the app.

Now that this update has been released, an update for My Daily Wallpaper is in the works...