Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Album Publisher

Album Publisher is my first iOS app. I am trying to make the task of sharing photo albums with friends and family easier by allowing you to build a single album on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and publish it to photo sharing sites with one touch of a button. 
Album Publisher currently supports Facebook and Picasa but this is only a start, more will come.

When you launch the App you can press the new button to create a new album. You will be able to select between either Create a new Album or Import an album from the photos app.

If you selected new Album you will be asked to provide a name.

If you selected import album you will get a screen with all existing albums on your device to select from

Once you create the album you could either take new photos with the device Camera or select photos from your photo library. Once you add a photo you can add a description text and this text will be published with the photo.

Once you are ready, push the publish button to go the a screen that will allow you to configure the album sharing services you are interested in and select which of them to use to share the current album. Once you are ready you can click share and this album will be published. In the example below I published my Zoo Trip album to both Picasa and Facebook. 

Regarding privacy the album will be accessible only to your Friends on Facebook and on Picasa the album will not be visible to anyone until you shared it with people via Picasa web interface. 

Once publish done, you could easily go back and either add more photos and when ready publish again. 

Please note that Facebook does not give a way to applications to changing album name or photos caption once the album is published so any changes to album name or caption of previously published photos will only be reflected in Picasa.

When you are done with an album and create a new album the old album will automatically created in your photo App so you don't lose the effort you put in preparing the album.

I am looking forward to your comments and suggestions and I hope that this app makes it easy for you to share more fun moments with your friends and family. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Search Helper

I do a lot of web searches and as a part of that I learned the advanced search syntax for Google Search engine.  I used that a lot to filter my searches by site or document type or restrict it to page title or links etc. In 2006 I wrote an IE browser extension to help doing advanced search. Since then many things happened, I worked on several projects and used a lot of technologies but one thing is still common. I still do a lot of web searches every day and advanced search still a main part of that. 

I started using Chrome browser couple of years ago and I recently felt I want to add advanced search to Chrome. I wrote a chrome extension to allow using Google Advanced Search and named it Search Helper

Search helper will allow you to do a fine grained search using google advanced search features.
You build your search using term groups. Term group is a group of words (terms) that you can use in your search and could be scoped to specific scope (title, url .. etc) as described below.

Term group scopes:
All: search in all page
Url: scope search to pages with url containing the terms
Title: scope search to pages with title containing the terms
Anchor: scope search to anchor text containing the terms
Text: scope search to pages with text containing the terms

You could have multiple term groups in your search to fine grain the search. For example if you want to search for pages with google in the url and books in title type google in the first term group terms edit box and select url in the scopes and add another group and type books in it and scope it to title (see screen shot)
You could delete a term group from your search by pressing the button "x"

Search Scope:
You could scope your entire search using one of these options:
Site: scope the search to specific site ex:
File Type: scope the search to specific file type
Within: scope the search to pages last updated within a number of days, months or years

I hope it help you do more accurate searches.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


I am starting a new blog. It is not my first but I hope that I keep this one more active than my other ones :)