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Blaq for PlayBook v1.1

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Great news, all! Blaq for PlayBook v1.1 is now available in App World! This one’s a biggie, adding multi-account support, lists, search and much, much more. Check the full press release after the jump for the full changelog!

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Blaq for PlayBook Has Landed

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We couldn’t be more pleased to be announcing that Blaq is officially available for your BlackBerry PlayBook in App World!

Seeing as how the PlayBook scene has thus-far been devoid of any real fuller-featured Twitter apps, we wanted to make sure that we got Blaq to market as quickly as possible. Therefore, the app you see in App World today is far from the extent of our goals for its development.

In fact, thanks in large part to Adobe’s AIR platform (and in larger part to the awesome development skills of our dev Jerome Carty), we were able to move from initial concept to App World in a matter of about a month.

We still have a lot of work to do, but PlayBook users finally have an app that they can truly experience Twitter with. Here are a few cool features you’ll find in Blaq today:

  • Gestures: swipe the tweet card down to access the composing box, or swipe it off to the right to get rid of it all together
  • Tap and hold: hold the reply button to choose whether to reply or reply all, holding the RT button will allow you to edit your retweets before sending them
  • Embed.ly support baked in: load a whole mess of links from hundreds of different services, ranging from all your standard photo sharing services and YouTube, to more exotic content from sites like SoundForge and Dribbble

We have tons of additional features planned for Blaq, too. We’ll be updating the app as quickly as possible until all of our planned features are in place. Some of these include but are absolutely not limited to:

  • List support: Yeah, sorry guys…it being in the features list was an accident, but it will be present in the first update!
  • More advanced notifications: there are still some limitations regarding native notifications on the PlayBook platform, but we’re working on some stellar solutions
  • Multi-account support: we wanted to make sure you had a solid app to use one account with first, but multi-account support is a major focus for us — just requires more testing
  • Customization: since one of the bigger benefits of our original BlackBerry app was extensive customization, expect deep menus with lots of fun options in a near-future update

Stay tuned to this blog, the @Blaq Twitter account, @Hamrick (designer) and @jcarty (developer) for all the latest updates!

All the best, and all. Blaq. Everything.

Breaking Down the Blaq/BlaqLite Difference – Why Buy Blaq?

If there’s one question I’ve been asked more than any other since the launch of Blaq, it would have to be — “When will the touch/OS6 version be available?” :)

The second most popular inquiry would have to be from people curious as to what the differences are between the free and paid versions of Blaq, aside from the presence of ads. The features that didn’t make it into BlaqLite are explicitly listed in the “Features” section of the BlaqLite MobiHand page, but let’s take a closer look at what those are exactly, and what they mean for the overall Blaq experience.

Quick Tweet

This is one that especially confuses people, because both versions have Quick Tweet. However, there is a major key difference in what Quick Tweet offers the user between versions. In BlaqLite, a “Quick Tweet” option is in the BlackBerry menu from every screen in the OS, with the exception of one — the homescreen. With Blaq, you have the same capability, but in addition, you can download what we call the Quick Tweet plug-in. This is actually a separate, super-lightweight (10kb) application available from within the settings screen of Blaq. This plug-in then gives you the ability to set Quick Tweet as a convenience key, set it up with the very popular QuickLaunch application, or even build custom shortcuts to its module from your BlackBerry themes. One of the coolest things about this functionality is, if you’re one of many people who always come back to their homescreen, you can tweet from right there, never leaving home. Also, if you’re the battery-saving type, get this — Blaq doesn’t even have to be running to use Quick Tweet.

Individual Timeline Refreshing

Another big difference between Blaq and BlaqLite is the depth at which a user can customize his or her auto-refresh settings. In Blaq, like we showed you in our post, Blaq Introduction Series: Account Control, you can individually set the refresh rate for each of your three main timelines — Home (all friends), Mentions and Direct Messages. This gives you fantastic control of how much battery life you want to consume. In BlaqLite, however, you’ll just find the same type of setting found in all other BlackBerry Twitter apps — one setting for all of them.

Cross-account Posting

Multi-account support in Blaq is like no other Twitter client available on the BlackBerry platform. Not only can you set up multiple accounts simultaneously in the app (I have 4 set up currently), but with Blaq, you can actually update your status from any or all of them at the same time without ever having to type the same message more than once. There’s an account picker that lets you check a box next to each account that you want the tweet to be sent from. That’s right, you don’t even have to be “logged-in” to the other accounts, they just need to be authorized and in your accounts list!

In BlaqLite, however, while multiple account support is still included, posting from more than one account at the same time is not an option in the compose screen.

If those stand-out features weren’t enough to push you over the edge, don’t forget that you will get free updates for life.

Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about what buying Blaq can do for you. :)

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Blaq Updated – Version 1.01.2

The number may seem like a very small change, but much has been accomplished in the past week.

While we haven’t forgotten about you, this update isn’t accompanied by touch or Bold 9000 support just yet. We really wanted to get the other versions out within a week of the original ones, but opening up to users around the globe hipped us to a fun new little round of errors and bugs that we’ve been working night and day to try and fix.

The good news is, this update is a very important step in getting to those versions. I’ve explained to many of you individually on Twitter over the past week that the main reason we’ve delayed the other versions is to avoid the carrying over of the same issues early users experienced to everyone else. Now that we feel like we’ve reached a point of real solidarity, we can now move on to making all other versions as awesome as you deserve them to be.

But for now, we bring you version 1.01.2. Find the links below, immediately followed by the changelog.

As always, let us know what you think and if you have any problems, use the “Send Feedback” option in the menu and reach out to us! Anyone who has thus far should tell you that we’ve done our very best to provide quick, helpful responses, and we take everyone’s feedback to heart. We want Blaq to be the best app for you, and if it’s not, we’d love to have to opportunity to try and make it that way.

BlaqLite (FREE)

Blaq ($4.99)

New Additions:

- Profile editing
- Avatar updating
- New “G” shortcut for Go to User Profile
- “Connection” setting in Settings screen
- “Animate Timeline” has been changed to “Swipe to Switch”
- “Get more” in user timeline and list timeline

Fixes:

- Fixed BIS support
- Fixed TwitLonger support
- Fixed manager.insert error
- Fixed local timeout error
- Many optimizations for increased speed

Blaq Friday – Still Working…

We’re here. It’s Blaq Friday, and we couldn’t be more excited about giving you all the chance to see what we’ve dedicated our lives to for the past three months.

Before you go crazy, we will indeed be launching today! The App World links may be a bit behind, but our MobiHand link should be available very soon.

Now here’s the deal. In order to meet this #BlaqFriday and not have to make it next week, we simply weren’t able to get to a point that we were happy with on the touch and BlackBerry 6-compatible versions. But not to worry, we’re close, and we will be right back in the coming days with the rest of the versions.

Today, we’ll be bringing you the 480 x 360 resolution (9700, 96xx and 89xx) and the 320 x 240 resolution (93xx, 85xx and 83xx) in both the full, paid version for $4.99, and also BlaqLite, our free version.

Which brings us to the last thing we wanted to mention before we go. Blaq updates and upgrades will be free…for life. :)

With all that said, bear with us and keep your eyes peeled. Believe us, if we could’ve given you Blaq at Midnight last night we would have. We’re just at the mercy of others now. If your phone isn’t supported today, it won’t be long at all, we promise. We wanted to give you what we have now, instead of making everyone wait. We love you all and appreciate your support and patience.

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Blaq Launch Details

There have been countless comments and questions on Twitter lately from people wondering when Blaq will be available to the masses. So much so that we just can’t keep up with replying to everyone every time, no matter how much we’d love to.

So instead, I figured I’d post some details here to give everyone an update and let you all know where things stand.

We were originally planning on trying to have everything done by September 6th, the last day for submissions to the Super App Developer Challenge. However, as more details developed about the challenge, and we discovered that submitted apps don’t have to actually be live, available apps in App World to be eligible, we shifted our focus toward making our main submission version as solid as possible.

Now, having been a Storm user for some time myself, I know all too well what it feels like when an application launches without proper touchscreen support from day one. It sucks. That said, we want to make sure that when Blaq is available, it’s available to everyone. After all, it’s a BlackBerry app, not a BlackBerry Bold app.

As of Friday morning, Blaq was submitted to both App World and the Super App Dev Challenge as well. Assuming everything with the App World approval goes smoothly, our plan is to take this week and finish readying all other versions so that all possible models can be supported.

As far as a launch date, we’re looking TENTATIVELY at next Friday, September 10th — Blaq Friday. :)

Did I say TENTATIVELY? We would love to launch today if we could, but how well this package is prepared is very important to not only the application’s success, but ultimately your satisfaction, and we can’t risk rushing that. We will be doing everything we can to make sure this timeframe sticks, but since it’s TENTATIVE, please don’t hate us if we don’t feel that it’s perfect enough for you by then.

Here’s hoping we see you again in about five or six days when Blaq Friday comes a bit early this year…

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

The Final Pre-launch Beta Contest

Alright guys, here we go. Like the tweet said, to enter this contest, all you have to do is retweet this tweet…

http://twitter.com/Blaq/status/21778628386

…ensuring that the #BlaqIsComing and #SuperApp tags are there and visible (beware of twitlonger links), and make sure you’re following @Blaq, @kfow35 and @Hamrick.

That’s all there is to it! The contest will run until 8:00 PM EDT tomorrow night, Sunday, August 22nd, and five winners will be selected at random from those that qualify.

Like the title says, with the small amount of time we have left until Blaq™ needs to be submitted to App World, this will be the last and final pre-launch contest for beta testing invites. If you don’t win this weekend, though, don’t get discouraged. There will be plenty of giveaways and contests for lots of goodies after launch as well.

So what are you waiting for? Get to retweeting! Best of luck to everyone, and we can’t wait to have you on our beta team!

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Celebrating a Milestone – Blaq v0.1

Today, we’ve officially reached the milestone of version 0.1.0!

This may not seem like much to many of you, but if you only knew the slow, painstakingly methodical pace at with the previous versions have progressed thus far…let’s just say, it’s a very big deal to us.

So what does v0.1 mean to you? Well, a couple of things.

For one, it means we’re a huge step closer to an official release build. A Twitter follower asked a great question this morning. He said, “Will you wait to launch at v1.0, or stick with v0.x?” The answer is this: We simply do not have time (especially at the pace we’ve progressed to this point) to go all the way from 0.1 to 1.o. The reason we don’t have time is because the deadline for the Super Apps Developer Challenge is September 6th — which we absolutely plan on entering. Submitted apps must be in BlackBerry App World, so therefore, Blaq will be available to users all over the world by no later than that time.

Version 0.1 also means a reason for celebration! We’re feeling pretty good today, not only because of this silly little number, but also because we really have an excellent build on our hands, here. The list of remaining tweaks and improvements keeps getting smaller and smaller, while big features keep getting added and added.

So because we’re feeling so good about everything today, we’re going to be announcing a contest later on for what will probably be the last batch of invites to join our beta before this bad boy goes live to the public. We’re not 100% set on what to do to determine winners yet, so if you have any great ideas, please share them in the comments! Who knows, if we like and use your idea, you might just win regardless of the contest. :)

So that’s it! We hope you’re as excited about Blaq as we are, and we can’t wait for everyone to be able to experience Twitter on BlackBerry — the way it should be.

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Want to Test Blaq? Here’s Your Chance!

So you’ve been wanting to test Blaq, huh? Well, here’s your opportunity.

Like the tweet said, all you have to do it retweet and follow @Hamrick, @kfow35 and @Blaq. It’s that simple!

The contest will run from now until Wednesday at 5:00 PM EDT. At that time, we’ll pick three winners and send them an invitation email with download details and instructions.

Pretty easy, right?

We look forward to adding a few new folks to the testing team. A little new perspective is always a good thing.

Also, feel free to leave a comment and tell us how excited you are for the official release of Blaq!

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Blaq is Coming…

If you haven’t heard, Blaq has secured development and is well on it’s way to finding itself in your hands.

If you’re on Twitter (which, let’s face it, if you aren’t, you’re probably not reading this), be sure to follow @Blaq, @Hamrick and @kfow35 for all updates, leaks and contests regarding Blaq.

We will be working on putting a timeline together for when you can expect to start seeing Blaq in person, and we’ll share that as soon as we can deduce a good window.

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

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