[LiveWallpaper] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

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[LiveWallpaper] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby SIAS87 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:45 am

Pixel Ants simulates animal life in the form of a scientifically accurate Ant Colony!

- Ants gather food on your home screen
- Feed, Confuse, Kill or Create your ants by touching the screen
- Options allow every aspect of the colony to be changed, including:
  • Frames per second
  • Zoom level
  • Colors
  • Ant movement, behaviour and amount
  • Ant death and reproduction based on food collected by ants
  • Food generation
  • Pheromone trails and the ants reactions to them
  • Whether to show a main nest and where it should be position
  • Action to perform on touch - allows placing food, pheromones and killing or creating ants

Click this link to be taken straight to the store and download this free app!

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Below shows a quick demo of what is possible in the app



And iSys Labs' blog has more information and download links

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated
Thanks

Dan
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby jgittins » Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:23 pm

I tried it on my HTC Desire, it works well and it's quite interesting to watch.

I have one tip you might find useful since I've produced a few live wallpapers myself.

I think you must be using this method from the cube live wallpaper demo, which causes the screen to lag a bit when swiping from one homescreen to another.

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@Override
        public void onOffsetsChanged(float xOffset, float yOffset,
                float xStep, float yStep, int xPixels, int yPixels) {
            mOffset = xOffset;
            drawFrame();
        }


I find it works best with the drawFrame(); call taken out, this stops it redrawing the livewallpaper constantly as the homescreens are sliding around and it will look much smoother.

And if you're not adjusting your wallpaper based on the offset (which you aren't) you should remove the entire method since it's a waste of CPU if you don't care about the offset changing.
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby SIAS87 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:15 pm

Hi jgittins,

Yes I am using that method, and forgot about removing it - well spotted :)
Thanks so much for the feedback!

As you have produced a few live wallpapers, have you found any good ways of promoting them? I have emailed round news sites which generated a bit of traffic but only a burst.

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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby jgittins » Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:29 pm

All I did to promote mine was make a thread for it on xda-developers.com forums. The editors of the main site liked it enough to make a blog post about it and it got written about in a few other places as well.

Now it's just been posted on the front page of engadget, which is probably the biggest technology blog there is. But I think mine will have broader appeal than yours because it uses graphics from a well known videogame.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/20/doom ... -into-a-p/
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby SIAS87 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:15 pm

Wow that's incredible well done!
Thanks for the tips and the feedback, I wish you the best of luck with your wallpaper - it looks like its gna be a hit :)
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby blundell » Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:34 pm

jgittins I love your doom LW had it from the start :-) just to throw this thread off a bit, I wouldn't mind an option for doom guy to stand still!! Or just move if I drag him.

Loving the ant's wallpaper as well it's a bit like the zombie one. I'd like to have it set up like an ant colony in one of those glass cases where it has loads of tunnels couldnt really see tthat on the youtube video GJ
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby jgittins » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:29 pm

I think it might be cool to have 2 competing ant nests, so they could send out soldier ants to fight over the food.

blundell wrote:jgittins I love your doom LW had it from the start :-) just to throw this thread off a bit, I wouldn't mind an option for doom guy to stand still!! Or just move if I drag him.


Your request will have to join the queue :p I've had a lot of requests since the engadget post, the doom app has gone from 4k downloads to 25k in just 3 days. I'm still getting daily emails from people asking if I can do a halo 3 version, which seems odd to me but I guess the guy from doom looks a bit like the guy from halo.
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby blundell » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:44 pm

Competing ants would be cool, or termites vs ants!

Hehe aw queue :-( just realised the guy never whips out his knuckle duster or chainsaw.. missin a trick :-p
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby jgittins » Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:28 pm

The original doom sprites don't have any animation for player melee attacks, they just used the same rifle shooting sprites. I tried doing a fist/chainsaw on my live wallpaper but it looked really bad so I gave him infinite pistol ammo instead.
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby blundell » Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:43 pm

noclip and your done then ;-)
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby SIAS87 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:08 pm

Hi guys sorry on only getting back to you.

I have actually been programming a future version which features competing ants, each nest is going to be on a separate home screen and they can travel between the home screens. Watch this gap!....
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Re: [LW] Pixel Ants Live Wallpaper

Postby SIAS87 » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:18 pm

Update 1.1.0 Released!

First off let me say thanks for all the positive feedback we have recieved.
Several people mentioned that the wallpaper was a system hog and got boring quite quickly - this update will hopefully solve both these issues.

Performance
- Performance increased by 20% !
- Touch interaction much smoother
- Moving between homescreens much smoother (thanks jgittins)
Interaction
- [Pro Version] Watching and feeding your ants gets old quick for some of you, so now you can feed, control, destroy and create with customizable touch interaction!
--Customization options found within the 'General' sub menu
--Options include adding pheromones and killing or creating ants (depending on your mood I suppose)
Other
- [Pro Version] Nest location can now be changed - look under 'Nest' sub menu
Slider inputs within preferences now correctly show default values on install
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