[App]Neko 1.3b build 62210 for Windows Mobile 6.5 / 6.5.x (ONLY!!)

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Neko
Remember NEKO? Ok after reading that wiki, now you do.. :)



and here's the video preview of Neko. Thanks to the0ne from 1800pocketpc.com


Boring days while in vacation and I was playing this old dos games from my sister's flash drive and I was so happy when I saw this little old program called "Neko". I first played with it way back Windows 3.1 or I think that was 95. So I runned it and I was so happy when It worked on Windows 7. Suddenly this bulb of mine suddenly turned on again and I thought .. why not make a Windows Mobile version of it? and that day I started coding!!

A bit challenging because I have to deal with form transparency which it did not work well due to some irritating form tearing and I also tried custom shaped form which it did not work as well because of delay of reshaping and form refreshing.

So I looked for some reference in Pinvoke.net, Googled, bindump coredll.dll and I saw this one method which helps a lot and done a great job of making a the form transparent .. sadly .. it works only for Windows Mobile 6.5 and up (I guess)

So! what does Neko do?
- Neko can chase your finger

- and while Neko is not doing anything, Neko does different things
-- Run in different direction
-- Yawn
-- scratch
-- sleep
-- lick

What you can do with Neko?
Icon designs are now exposed and that means you can now create and change how Neko look. You can probably make a Dog version, or sheep, or whatever you want or something the runs.

A little bit of NOTE:
DO NOT USE BLACK COLOR in your design because BLACK is the transparency key. Instead use #101010.

Icon Editor
You can use either Corel or Adobe Photoshop and import those PNG or PSD to ArtIcons Pro or try IcoFx

and keep in mind that Neko needs 32 Icons and must be named "Icon_1.ico" - "Icon_32.ico"
check "%installpath%\nekoimages\Default" folder

Deploying your custom theme - 1.2b
Neko is now theme-able. If you have created your own Neko look, then put them in a folder and name it whatever you want and save it in "%installpath%\nekoimages".

Setting up Neko - 1.2b
Well, you have to tap on Neko to bring Settings Window up.
If ever you set Neko into smaller size .. well, I suggest use something pointy (stylus) to tap on Neko :p (bleh)



sampe code on form transparency
WM6.5 - Creating custom shaped form with animation and set opacity level

THEMES
from Sony Xepria X1
--
Psyduck

from thedicemaster
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Gardevoir

Known Bugs
for Windows Mobile 6.5.x
- Neko wont stay on top!!
---- am not sure why HWND_TOPMOST doesn't work with 6.5.x

REPORTING AN ERROR
it would really help a lot if you include something important such as error details or screenshots or both.

History
June 22, 2010 - version 1.3b build 62210
- hope this fixed the "flickering" issue when using Sense 2.5
- Quit Neko bug fixed
- Neko running updated
- Globalization issue fixed - about that parsing error issue

June 20, 2010 - version 1.3b
- improved graphical performance
--- am not sure if this fixed some "flickering" issue on other phones
- fixed Neko's running bug.

June 19, 2010 - version 1.2b
- can now be customized
--- change theme
--- Size
--- Neko can now be quit
--- Run speed
- fixed bug

June 19, 2010 - almost 1 am
- exposed icons for redesign
- fixed graphics issue
- fixed IndexOutOfBounds issue

June 18, 2010 - (just before midnight)
initial release

here's the beta version of
Neko
 

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otherworld

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Brought back a fond memory!

Wasn't there one with bouncing sheep as well?

Loving the retro-ness :) Be also cool to see one with more modern day graphics.

Thanks!!

Ian
 

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updated version is now available

latest note:
What you can do with Neko?
Icon designs are now exposed and that means you can now create and change how Neko look. You can probably make a Dog version, or sheep, or whatever you want or something the runs.
A little bit of NOTE:
DO NOT USE BLACK COLOR in your design because BLACK is the transparency key. Instead use #101010.
 

znial

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kawaii

kawaii!!!

now there is a white neko that jumping around my sliding panels
cool!
(love the cats!)
ty

the app work fine on my betouch e101 (WQVGA WM6.5.3) but sometimes it crashes
 

cortk

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Wow, this is cool. Nice work.
It reminds me of the machichara on Jap phones xD

I think the character should be clickthrough so if I click on it instead of opening the settings program i can open what's under it.

Does the character show if there's a new email or a missed call? That'd be cool.

There's also some performance issues (which are expected), with it running slowly especially under Sense. It disappears from the homescreen sometimes on the HD2, but I don't know what is causing this.

It's a very fun program. Thanks for making it.
 

Lycox

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Oh I love neko. But for me it's a bit buggy. Very "flickery" animation and Neko runs out of the screen as if he don't like me :(


(P.S.: Running an HD2 so my device has enough power)
 

Nullstring

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1.3 beta is now available for download.

June 20, 2010 - version 1.3b
- improved graphical performance
--- am not sure if this fixed some "flickering" issue on other phones
- fixed Neko's running bug.

@Lycox, can you check it out if the "flickering" issue is solved? Thanks!
 

Lycox

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1.3 beta is now available for download.

June 20, 2010 - version 1.3b
- improved graphical performance
--- am not sure if this fixed some "flickering" issue on other phones
- fixed Neko's running bug.

@Lycox, can you check it out if the "flickering" issue is solved? Thanks!
Flickering is still present :(
Leaving screen bug is fixed :)
New Bug: Neko tries to catch my finger but he stays at the same place :( won't follow