Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Online lighting design site www.fold1.com goes mobile!

The last couple of years has seen a steady rise in the screen resolutions of the visitors to my online lighting calculation site Fast Online Lighting Design. In some months I see screens as large as 3200 x 1600 pixels!

Big screens keep getting bigger 
Recently however a new group of very low screen resolutions has started appearing in the visitor logs. These must be smart phones like iPhone and Android and tablets, like iPad.
Small screens now mean smart phones visit you.

So I have adjusted the screen layout to work better on iPhone and iPad, mostly by setting a viewport and by making the page elements flow to adapt to portrait or landscape orientation. I also cleaned up the jvascript using the very capable jQuery library.
iPhone in landscape mode 480 x 320
iPad in portrait 768 x 1024
Next step is to make it touch aware: swiping the design alternatives from left to right and back and increasing and decreasing sizes and values using finger gestures rather than the standard web widgets.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Version 0.7.1.v2010115 released

Today we released version 0.7.1 of EulumdatTools, Eclipse based workbench for photometric files, which included numerous improvements in parsing IES files for conversiuon to Eulumdat based on feedback and error reports received from the Google App Engine IES to Eulumdat converter. Version 0.7.1.v20101115 is available as an update to the standalone version EulumdatTools RCP and EulumdatTools plugin for use in the Eclipse IDE.

How to upgrade

To upgrade select menu Help/Check for Updates and follow from there.


Be sure to check the acceptance of the certificate.


How to install

To install for first time use you can use the upgrade site:
http://www.fold1.com/eulumdattools/