Prepare your MeeGo and Harmattan apps for apps.formeego.org launch
Editor: Andrew Olmsted
Niels Breet has announced that developers can start getting their applications ready to put into apps.formeego.org: The development of apps.formeego.org is nearing the point where we want to go to public tests. Apps will fetch all metadata for your package from OBS, so we ask you to already prepare your package in OBS according to Apps Packaging guidelines. We ask developers to add screenshots, icons and a proper description to your package now, so we can start the community QA process testing next week. With the recent website makeover and now user submitable applications we are getting a nicely usable community site for MeeGo participation.
Harmattan: inactive doesn't have to be boring
Editor: Ryan Abel
One of your editors, Andrew Olmsted, has been working out the intricacies of the inactive application state and how it can be used to make the "Open Applications" view in Harmattan more useful: When an application has focus in Harmattan - that is to say it is the currently shown application - it is said to be "active". Only one application can be active at a time, which given the small size of the screen makes a lot of sense for the platform. All other running applications are "inactive". When looking at the open application view all applications are inactive. As an application developer there are ways to make your application a bit more useful when it is inactive. In the second screenshot here I have added a simple overlay to display some basic information about the application that can help a user distinguish it in the task switcher. A book title. A list name. A contact name. Follow the link to read about how to use this feature in your applications on his blog.
Harmattan PR 1.1 Quick Fix - Inverted Menu
Editor: Andrew Flegg
Andrew Olmsted, one of your editors, has posted a fix for anyone using PR1.1 of Harmattan who may have noticed that applications using the inverted theme (black background and dark components with light text) have a problem with the menu background. The background it is trying to load doesn't exist on the system, so the menu is completely transparent except for the actual menu contents.
This makes it difficult to use applications with a busy background and an inverted menu. Fortunately for us this has been fixed in later versions of Qt Components, and there is an easy fix you can do on your device.
The fix involves editing one of the core QML files of Qt Quick Components.