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Archive for June, 2008

FaceDown “Cease and Desist”

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Facebook has demanded that FaceDown be taken down as it violates Facebook’s Terms of Use.  FaceDown, in its current state, is no longer available.

I do believe that what FaceDown does (downloads photos from Facebook) is highly useful and I believe that information and data should not be locked inside one proprietary system.  If in the future, Facebook allows this functionality of data portability, then FaceDown may reappear in one form or another.

Upcoming Release: Shape Collage Version 1.1

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I’m out of town right now, but when I get back and do some testing, I will be releasing the next version of Shape Collage.  This version has a bunch of nice new features, like using drag-and-drop to add photos to the collage, being able to change the background colour of the collage or use a photo as the background, and an option to change the colour of the photo border.  There are also some performance improvements and some bug fixes to go along with the new version.  If you have any comments, suggestions, or bugs to report, I am happy to hear them (email or leave a comment).  Look for the new version by the end of the month!

FaceDown 1.4.1

Friday, June 6th, 2008

This is a minor update that fixes a weird url redirection thing that Facebook has recently added that wasn’t handled by previous versions of FaceDown (eg. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo_search.php?id=28100486 is actually the Facebook homepage, but redirects using Javascript to http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?id=28100486).  As an added bonus, I added an extra box in the interface that shows the URLs that have been downloaded so far.

FaceDown 1.4.1 Release Notes
June 6, 2008

  • Fixed downloading errors in version 1.4
  • Added additional downloading status information
  • Improved the interface for small resolution screens

FaceDown 1.4

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

After much delay, FaceDown version 1.4 is finally out!  I’ve neglected this project a bit because lately I have been working on another project.  In the last little while, facebook made some minor changes and broke the previous version of FaceDown and I had to fix it so that people would stop emailing me about it.  I also took the chance to push out a few other updates that have been done for a while, but just didn’t make it out of the beta testing until now.

There are a few interface changes in this version, most noticeably, the removal of the download directory text field since the save directory is now requested when the download button is pressed.  The caption saved inside of the photo (in the metadata) is now compatible with the Windows Vista Photo Gallery, iPhoto, Mac OS X Preview, in addition to the previously supported Picasa and other programs.  Non-English characters are still a bit tricky because there is no standard (at least with IPTC) and each program does things slightly differently.  Currently, the webpage output shows the caption exactly the same as in facebook and the metadata caption correctly shows non-english characters in iPhoto and Mac OS X’s Preview.  Also, if you upload photos downloaded through FaceDown to Flickr (using the web interface), the caption, even non-English ones, appear in Flickr automatically!  A few under the hood changes were made which should improve the stability of the downloading procedure.  Lastly, as a final bonus, the installation of FaceDown on all platforms is now a lot nicer than before!

FaceDown 1.4 Release Notes
June 1, 2008

  • Fixed downloading errors in version 1.3
  • Better support for photo captions in Windows Vista and Mac OS X
  • Better support for non-English photo captions (Mac OS X Preview and iPhoto and Flickr)
  • Changed “Overwrite existing files” to “Skip existing files”
  • Added right-click menu for copying and pasting
  • Renamed folders from “you” to “My Photos”
  • Enhanced downloading procedure
  • Improved program installation