Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Try our OUYA Level

We've decided to allow individuals to play an early pre-alpha test of our OUYA work in progress.  Check it out and leave us some feedback.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Devlog Space Runner

Here is an update on our work in progress for the OUYA console.  This week we spent quite a bit of time completing our game design document.  This took us several days and it is something that we love/hate  doing.  Making design decisions is difficult and the best answers aren't always obvious, so although the design may not be the best, it is a start that will allow us to complete the game.

From the design document we were able to sketch a development roadmap that we're now following for the coming months. What follows are individual updates on the graphics and programming sides.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Our OUYA Game Entry

OUYA is giving away some dev consoles and we desperately want to acquire one to be sure we hit the performance mark for our current work in progress.

Yesterday, we spent a good couple hours making a level featuring the words OUYA as a repeated obstruction throughout the level.  Not only was this a good test of our level editor, but it was a reminder of how epicly fun this game is.

It took a solid half-hour of simultaneous attempts before we could beat the level in a single play-thru for the promotional video.  We simply can't express how addicting this game is!

Please retweet us to help us win a developer console!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Game Announcement

We've posted a video of our work in progress for the OUYA game console.

This game is being developed using the ShiVa game engine.  We have been prototyping on the Nexus 7 and Windows using an Xbox 360 controller. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

3D Christmas Interactive Wallpaper

We are pleased to announce that our second live wallpaper is officially available, just in time for the holidays!

3D Christmas Interactive Wallpaper is a real-time 3D interactive live wallpaper with a Christmas theme.  Choose how hard it snows - from a light dusting to a full blizzard!  Send reindeer prancing through the skies.  Make the snowman dance and light up the Christmas lights in this cozy wintry scene.

This live wallpaper is sure to spread some holiday cheer while showing off your high-end Android device.  It's also great for entertaining toddlers that like to tap things!

Friday, November 16, 2012

DevLog: 3D Live Wallpaper in Progress

We are working on a new 3D live wallpaper for Android devices. This one is a christmas themed wallpaper with some interactive bits, just in time for the holidays! Here is a shot of our basic scene.

I'm happy with how the models turned out.  You can see two of the cameras in the scene from this shot, camera0 and camera4.  When you swipe your homescreen to go to another virtual desktop, we translate the camera to match the rotation and position of one of these preset cameras.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jelly Bean Live Wallpaper

Our first live wallpaper for Android is now on the market.  It's 3D and cute.

Android app on Google Play

Saturday, May 12, 2012


We are pleased to announce the release of our 2nd Android title, Accelerocketer.

We originally made this game in 2 weeks for a webOS contest.  The goal of the contest was to use the device accelerometer in a unique way (note that we did not win this contest!).  After only 2 weeks, the product was a bit rough so we went back, added a bit more polish and now here it is for free in the Android market.

Back on the Google Play Market

We are back on the Google Play Market!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Companion Remote Desktop 1.3.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Companion Remote Desktop version 1.3.1.

* NOTE: You need Server version 1.3.1 to use the new features!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

CRD Server 1.3.1 Posted

Version 1.3.1 of the CRD Server is available for download.

Server Changes
  • Updated to work with SWTOR 1.2
  • Two new fields have been added to the server, these fields allow you to change which window is controlled by the server.  This allows you to:
    • Use this app for any other game
    • Prevent the server from breaking for future client updates
A note on the new feature.  By default, the new settings are empty and will look for the latest SWTOR client window.  If you ever find that this breaks or you want to use the server to play Rift or WoW, here is what you do.

First you need a tool that will show you window information, there are a number available:
  • AutoIt3 Window Spy
  • Winspector Spy
  • Spy++
Here I am running AutoIt3 Window Spy and I've clicked on the SWTOR game client.  You can see the relevant information highlighted in red.

I paste these values into the app like so:

Using this feature, you can use CRD for any game or app!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

CRD Online Edition

Many have asked for it and now it's here. You can now use Companion Remote Desktop Online Edition from the comfort of your desktop web browser, FREE!

Be sure to download server version 1.3.0 first!

Friday, February 17, 2012

CRD Development Continuing

Despite a setback in the Android Market, development of Companion Remote Desktop is continuing and will continue to be available in the following marketplaces:
Amazon (for Android and Kindle Fire)
Blackberry (Pending)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

CRD Removed From Android Market

On January 30, 2012, Lucasfilm Ltd. filed a DMCA complaint against Companion Remote Desktop claiming that we were infringing on their copyrighted works. Google responded immediately (or more likely, automatically) by removing our app from the marketplace.

After careful research, we determined that we cannot display screenshots of the SWTOR game on the android market. In a nutshell, our app was removed from the market because of the promotional screenshots that illustrate what the working product looks like.

We are obviously frustrated by this for a number of reasons.

  1. There are dozens of paid apps on the android market that are ranked much higher than ours. Not only do these apps have SWTOR in their name (infringement) but they blatantly use art assets directly from SWTOR in their UI?!?
  2. Google has locked our app entry completely. The Android market provides no way to correct infringement issues (yet another drop in the bucket of things wrong with the android market). Resolution is literally 3 clicks away to remove the infringing screenshots displayed on the android market, we simply aren't given the option to do so. 
  3. We have the option to counterfile, in which case if we are found to infringe we must pay legal fees for wasting peoples time. Since we can't correct the infringement, we can't counterfile, convenient!
Overall we can't help but feel that our app was specifically targeted. We definitely aren't lawyers but we are pretty honest folk that are trying their best to abide by the law. If you look a few posts ago, you'll see that we changed the name of our app because we learned that using SWTOR in our name was a copyright infringement. We made this change proactively, not at the demand of a lawyer. If we had known that screenshots showing the game client were infringing on Lucasfilm then we would have fixed them immediately. 

We went out of our way to be good citizens for BioWare. We read the SWTOR EULA extensively and deliberately inhibited Companion Remote Desktop functionality so that it would be fully compatible with the EULA. All things considered, we were quite possibly the most considerate and responsible developers in the SWTOR app ecosystem.

We don't know what this means for our remaining markets. For the time being, the app is still available on Amazon, HP and pending on iOS.

Companion Remote Desktop was far more popular than we imagined and the funny thing is that over half of the features in it are disabled. Image recognition, automation, macros, all things that were disabled because of the EULA.

Hypercane Studios is now working on a generic mobile remote desktop application. We are taking the fundamental concepts behind Companion Remote Desktop and applying them to the desktop as a whole. Because this app will not be specific to an MMO or application, it will not be bounded by any EULA.  We look forward to sharing more details about this and are eager to hear your thoughts and wishes.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Server 1.2.1 Posted

Version 1.2.1 has been posted, this is a server update only.

Server Changes
  • Ctrl + Right Click now functions as expected

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Version 1.2.0 Released

We are proud to release version 1.2.0.  This is a Client and a Server update.  Please download the new server.

Server Changes
  • Added support for new 1.2.0 client features
  • Added image quality setting, this changes the quality of the image sent to the handset
Client Changes
New Features
  • Added UI scale to options menu which allows for choosing 1 of 10 different UI scales to better fit the variety of screen sizes available
  • Added the "special key" menu with a variety of new options.  This menu can be toggled via the glowing square in the main buttons menu
  • Control key modifier, this modifier affects left and right click operations.  The modifier is automatically toggled off after a click is sent
  • Double left click button, it sends a double left click
  • Scroll Up/Down buttons, these scroll your mousewheel up or down on whatever window the cursor is on (you don't need to left click first before scrolling, just tap and hit scroll!)
  • Screenshot toggle, when enabled, screenshots will be captured for every command sent to the server.  When disabled, screenshots are not captured or sent back to the client after a request acknowledgement from the server
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a zooming bug that resulted in the image becoming inverted and flying off the screen in protest of SOPA

Friday, January 6, 2012

Version 1.1.0 released

We are proud to release version 1.1.0.  This is a Client and a Server update.  Please download the new server.

Server Changes

  • New! Added support for hotkey functionality
  • New! Changed name of server, this affects your desktop shortcut!
Client Changes
  • New! Added ability to define 5 hotkeys in the user interface.  Each hotkey can map to a unique keyboard button, currently only the characters a-z and 0-9 (letters and numbers) are allowed.
  • New! Added ability to toggle between fixed screen orientations for devices whose accelerometer does not behave correctly
  • New! The refresh button now moves the mouse cursor to the selected location but does not send a mouse click.  This is great for getting tooltips.
  • Bugfix! Resolved an issue where the image aspect ratio would get set incorrectly
Name Change
To be as proactive as possible and maintain good standing with the law, we have changed the name of both the server and client to Companion Remote Desktop.

For the server, this means that you should uninstall the old version and remove the shortcut from your desktop.  Please be certain that you are running version 1.1.0 going forward!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Server Bugfix 1.0.1

We have just released a bugfix for the Companion Remote Desktop Server, you will find the new server on our download page.

Version 1.0.1

  • Fixed a bug that caused the server to stop responding after ~150 requests.  This was due to a console buffer not getting emptied and eventually stalling the server.  This resulted in the client application counting from 20 to zero and then saying it could not access the server.
We do apologize for taking so long to catch this.

Monday, January 2, 2012