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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Touchsquid announces Theme and Skin Design Contest

The Touchsquid™ Design Awards were initiated to encourage our users to share their unique and creative ways of customizing their Touchsquid™ Screen Skins. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of screen skin and theme templates available online that can be used by Touchsquid remote app users.

Official Contest Rules
When submitting artwork for contest consideration, you agree to abide by the following rules.

1. Eligibility. No Purchase Necessary To Enter or To Win  You do not have to actually purchase a Touchsquid™ product in order to design a skin or theme for it. Contestants can download the free Touchsquid demo app and use our sample templates as a guide.

2. Void Where Prohibited by Law.  Any disputes arising under the terms and conditions of this contest will be governed by the law of the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

3. Age Requirement.  All contestants MUST be age 16 or over at time of entry.

Contest Entry Guidelines

1.  No Copyright Infringement.  All work must be released for individual usage or purpose usage grants. All entries must contain copyright-free art or art released for entrant’s and public use. No unauthorized use of any copyright images, text, or other material will be accepted.

2. All Entries Must be Submitted Online.  You must register for the contest to submit an entry. If you are under the age of 18, your parent of legal guardian must register for the contest to submit an entry.

3. Entries must be submitted via email to tina at
File types and sizes (dimensions listed below in pixels)
Contest entries must be submitted in either .PNG format, have dimensions as listed below for the type of product under which you are submitting artwork, and a file size not exceeding 2MB (2048 KB).
Touchsquid™ portrait  Screen Skin     1080 width x 1920 length pixels
Touchsquid™ landscape Screen Skin  1920 width x 1080 length pixels

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Touchsquid Remote App Version 4 Now Released May 15, 2013

Congratulations to the Touchsquid Team for delivering on time and as scheduled.  Touchsquid Remote App Version 4 is now officially released.

Version 4.00 is a complete re-write of the app aimed at making it more reliable and easier to maintain. We have responded to a lengthy list of user requests. Here are the main new features:

1. Support for Samsung and HTC phones with IR, requiring portrait mode.

2. User definable graphics. Basically there are for folders for users to add graphics which replace the built in files (only when present).
TSR/NamedViews contains button graphics and backgrounds.
TSR/ActivityIcons contains what it sounds like...
TSR/SquareButs -the small square buttons. If you want to do a special font you can build it into a button.
TSR/RectangleButs -the rectangle shaped slightly larger buttons for custom commands.

We are having a graphic designer do several "Themes" which will be posted on line. Users can share their own graphics on this forum or even sell them.

3. Drag and drop moving of favorites to make rearranging screens easier.

4. User nameable devices and activities.

5. Macros are stored in a more robust fashion, and the 10 command limit is no more.

6. Device remotes, which control only one device, are now available. They can be customized, but start with the main common buttons predefined.

7. A new "All commands" list (Squid eye/Device name) brings up a scrollable button list of every command the device has and you can touch commands multiple times without closing the list.

8. Multiple external blasters are supported, even when they are of different brands. They are identified by IP address so a fixed IP setup is recommended.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sara Martinez joins Touchsquid Programming Team

We are pleased to welcome Sara Martinez as part of the Squid programming and support team. Sara is a third year software engineering student at the Simon Fraser University. (Software Systems is a unique program at SFU that focuses on the advancement of software development and its everyday use in the modern business world).  She now works with the TouchSquid programming team as part of her co-op education.

Sara has experience working in the Android OS platform, as well as Linux and Windows operating system.   Aside from her technical skills, she's shown  leadership skills as part of the Executive Team of the Software Systems Student Society at SFU.  We are very happy to have her on our team.

Touchsquid users with technical support issues can contact Sara directly at her email address