11-18-2013 03:14 PM
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  1. aenbacka's Avatar
    Hello,

    This will be the official forum thread for the Picit for Windows Phone application, which provides real-time photos with an expiration time attached. Picit is available for Windows Phone 7.x/8, and can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store, the URL is as follows:

    Picit | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

    Currently, Picit allows the user to send photos (so called picits) to other Picit users; these photos have an attached viewing time limit (currently between 1 and 15 seconds), after which the photo disappears from the recipient's phone. The user can apply custom effects to the picit before sending it off, such as text, filters, stickers etc. (courtesy of Aviary).

    As soon as the recipient has retrieved the photo for viewing, it is also permanently removed from the backend server (i.e., nothing is preserved on the service side). The picits are also stored using strong encryption on the service backend.

    Picit also supports the Unification notification center, which allows you to easily manage your Picit notifications (in addition to standard push notifications (toasts and live tile)).

    This forum thread is intended for feedback, questions, and comments regarding Picit for Windows Phone; all feedback is welcome! Below you'll find some screenshots from the current Picit version.

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    Last edited by aenbacka; 05-28-2013 at 03:06 PM.
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    04-17-2013 05:13 AM
  2. Jazmac's Avatar
    Sound entertaining as hell. I could see jokers sending "the finger" across the net for a 15 second blast across the bow. lol. "supports Unification notification" Hey, I like that.
    Question, seems the idea of a momentary image could be defeated with a screen shot. Does this app disable the screen shot functionality while the image is on screen?
    aenbacka likes this.
    04-17-2013 09:54 AM
  3. aenbacka's Avatar
    Sound entertaining as hell. I could see jokers sending "the finger" across the net for a 15 second blast across the bow. lol. "supports Unification notification" Hey, I like that.
    Question, seems the idea of a momentary image could be defeated with a screen shot. Does this app disable the screen shot functionality while the image is on screen?
    Thanks a lot for your comments :) The screenshot functionality (on WP8) cannot currently be disabled; however, I am looking into alternative methods for making screenshot taking difficult in forthcoming updates. In WP7, screenshots cannot be taken at all (without a dev-unlocked unit).
    04-17-2013 11:03 AM
  4. hamzie11's Avatar
    So pretty much a SnapChat app for wp users?
    is the app exclusive to wp or do ios android have it too
    aenbacka likes this.
    04-17-2013 11:18 AM
  5. aenbacka's Avatar
    So pretty much a SnapChat app for wp users?
    is the app exclusive to wp or do ios android have it too
    Yes you coud say so :) I do hope to add some additional features in upcoming versions. Currently the app is WP exclusive, but it is possible that it will be ported to other OSs as well (e.g., Android). My goal was to try to fill a current gap in the Windows Phone app ecosystem :) Thanks for the feedback!
    James8561 likes this.
    04-17-2013 11:25 AM
  6. PLenjoy's Avatar
    Love this app.
    aenbacka likes this.
    04-20-2013 03:11 AM
  7. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    I will wait till a no screenshot version hits the store! Sounds incredibly tempting app!
    aenbacka likes this.
    04-20-2013 04:07 AM
  8. aenbacka's Avatar
    Thanks for the feedback, very much appreciated :) I am looking into ways to prevent screenshot taking / making screenshots more difficult to capture at the moment. On WP7, screenshots can only be taken using a special app on a dev-unlocked phone. However, on WP8 screenshots can be taken; currently this is managed on OS level when the specific hardware key combination is detected. Unfortunately, this key combination cannot be intercepted in any way to prevent screenshots, and the OS does not provide any notification to the app that a screenshot was captured. Therefore, I need to look into other possible ways to get around this problem.
    04-20-2013 11:57 AM
  9. PippinTook's Avatar
    Any chance you could port to Blackberry 10 to void the gap?
    04-20-2013 12:49 PM
  10. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    Thanks for the feedback, very much appreciated :) I am looking into ways to prevent screenshot taking / making screenshots more difficult to capture at the moment. On WP7, screenshots can only be taken using a special app on a dev-unlocked phone. However, on WP8 screenshots can be taken; currently this is managed on OS level when the specific hardware key combination is detected. Unfortunately, this key combination cannot be intercepted in any way to prevent screenshots, and the OS does not provide any notification to the app that a screenshot was captured. Therefore, I need to look into other possible ways to get around this problem.
    Anyway to introduce a massive watermark on screenshot screen with the app name or user name?
    Jazmac likes this.
    04-20-2013 03:29 PM
  11. aenbacka's Avatar
    Anyway to introduce a massive watermark on screenshot screen with the app name or user name?
    Well that could be one possibility to investigate. The main issue is to get the notification when the user invokes the screen capture function (so e.g., the watermark could be displayed on top of the image, or the image could be completely hidden). I really hope some solution could be found for this issue :)
    04-21-2013 04:20 AM
  12. aenbacka's Avatar
    Any chance you could port to Blackberry 10 to void the gap?
    Other platforms are under consideration, BB10 could be a good candidate for porting :)
    04-21-2013 04:20 AM
  13. aenbacka's Avatar
    In case you have suggestions / comments how Picit could be developed further, feel free to write in this thread. I will look into the suggestions, and see what can be done in forthcoming updates.
    04-21-2013 04:22 AM
  14. Flagz's Avatar
    How about a Random option? I have NO ONE added and posted in the review sections for adds but no go.
    aenbacka likes this.
    04-21-2013 07:04 AM
  15. aenbacka's Avatar
    How about a Random option? I have NO ONE added and posted in the review sections for adds but no go.
    Yes, I think that sounds like a good idea :) I have considered a search function, so that you could search for users using different conditions such as distance etc :)
    04-21-2013 02:34 PM
  16. PLenjoy's Avatar
    Hi,
    Could it be possible to choose multiple receivers in one pic in a future version?
    04-22-2013 03:37 PM
  17. aenbacka's Avatar
    Hi,
    Could it be possible to choose multiple receivers in one pic in a future version?
    Yes, multiple recipients are planned for a future update :)
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    04-22-2013 05:09 PM
  18. aenbacka's Avatar
    A minor update (1.1) has been submitted to WP Store, hopefully will show up soon (bug fixes,e.g. fixes some UI alignment issue on 720p devices).

    Also, I have been looking at methods for preventing screenshot taking on WP8 for a forthcoming version. As it is not currently possible at all to disable screenshots, or even to get a notification that a screenshot has been taken, I have considered a solution as follows. The picit sender can optionally set a flag to enable a special "do not touch" mode, which means that the recipient needs to keep the phone still on a flat surface while viewing the picit. Moving the device (e.g, trying to capture a screenshot) will cause the picture to be hidden, and return only when phone back into still state. I have done preliminary tests with multiple devices, and it seems to work ok (i.e., I was not able to capture screenshot of picit, only black screen). The recipient will see an indication in the received picits list when "do not touch" is enabled for a picit, and an informative popup will explain the concept (so that user possibly can cancel and postpone to later moment in case it is not possible to put phone at a suitable surface). This do not touch mode would not be enabled by default (and it is possible to send picits normally with only the expiration time limit).
    04-23-2013 04:50 AM
  19. aenbacka's Avatar
    An update to Picit (1.1) is now available for download from WP Store. This update fixes a UI misalignment issue on 720p devices, and introduces misc. bug fixes.
    04-25-2013 02:41 AM
  20. Localhorst86's Avatar
    Yes you coud say so :) I do hope to add some additional features in upcoming versions. Currently the app is WP exclusive, but it is possible that it will be ported to other OSs as well (e.g., Android). My goal was to try to fill a current gap in the Windows Phone app ecosystem :) Thanks for the feedback!
    While I appreciate independent developers trying to fill such gaps, I believe that making social apps (like picit) available as WP exclusive will not help us fill that gap or be part of the whole trend/experience. I still can't communicate/SnapChat with iPhone or Android users considerably limitting the audience for my picit activities.

    Hope you will release an Android/iOS Version soon :-)

    EDIT: In regards to the screenshots: Don't iOS and Android suffer from the same issue? According to Wikipedia, you have to leave your finger on the touchscreen to show the image. Maybe you can implement that as well.
    Last edited by Localhorst86; 04-25-2013 at 03:05 AM.
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    04-25-2013 02:54 AM
  21. aenbacka's Avatar
    While I appreciate independent developers trying to fill such gaps, I believe that making social apps (like picit) available as WP exclusive will not help us fill that gap or be part of the whole trend/experience. I still can't communicate/SnapChat with iPhone or Android users considerably limitting the audience for my picit activities.

    Hope you will release an Android/iOS Version soon :-)

    EDIT: In regards to the screenshots: Don't iOS and Android suffer from the same issue? According to Wikipedia, you have to leave your finger on the touchscreen to show the image. Maybe you can implement that as well.
    Thanks for your feedback. You do have a valid point, being WP exclusive will limit the audience. However, I am definitely thinking of porting Picit to e.g., Android :) The requirement that the user needs to hold a finger in contact with the display while viewing a picit could be added, but that alone cannot prevent screenshot capturing on WP8, as you can still easily invoke the required key combination.
    04-25-2013 05:39 AM
  22. aenbacka's Avatar
    An update to Picit has now been submitted for certification. This update fixes a few minor issues, as well as introduces a new "Do Not Touch" mode for picits for helping to prevent screenshot taking (this has been a requested feature) :)

    Edit: For latest updates via Twitter, follow @PicitForWP :)
    Last edited by aenbacka; 05-06-2013 at 05:54 AM. Reason: Added twitter info
    05-05-2013 03:53 PM
  23. aenbacka's Avatar
    Picit version 1.5 is now available for download in the WP Store, with the new Do Not Touch mode for screenshot prevention.
    05-09-2013 07:59 AM
  24. BlackSheriff84's Avatar
    Hi would it be possible to link picit with snapchat so that we can connect with eachother?
    05-27-2013 07:34 PM
  25. aenbacka's Avatar
    Hi would it be possible to link picit with snapchat so that we can connect with eachother?
    Well technically it would be possible to implement such linking, however there might be legal aspects involved with accessing the Snapchat API (as they do not have any public API). Reverse-engineered implemetations of the Snapchat API do exist. I am definitely considering the best way to integrate Picit with other platforms such as Android and iOS, to reach more users :)

    PS. A new update has been submitted to WP Store for certification, including functionality to search for users by different criteria (such as distance) :)
    05-28-2013 03:11 PM
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