New ItemBrowser Released

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I appreciate everyone who put up with me teasing ItemBrowser for most of the month of April. Yesterday, it launched.

(Because WallaBee is an iPhone game, the site was optimized for use on that device. We’re planning to make the layout more responsive over the next coming weeks. It’ll work fine in modern browsers and on the iPad, but we can and will deliver a better experience for both soon.)

We love WallaBee. We want people to play the game. We want to help new players find the items they’re missing. We wanted tools that would help us find what we’re missing as well. I think ItemBrowser delivers.

We’re not done with the site. We know it can get better. We’re using it to learn and to push ourselves. It’s been amazingly fun to work on.

If you have a chance, I’d love it if you’d check it out.

Campfire

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It’s funny how what’s old is new again. I used to use lots of 37Signals’ products and – over time – gradually stopped. Now I’m coming back to them again.

Inspired by a recent talk that Steve Smith gave at ConvergeSE, the team I work with has incorporated Campfire more heavily into their daily development lives. How are we hoping to use it? General chat, code reviews, asset and resource sharing, cat pictures… I’m hoping it improves communication between our developers and helps to decrease some of the email overload we all suffer from.

Most of our team is Mac-based and I’ve encouraged them to use Propane for Campfire or the Campfire iPhone app but it works fine in-browser as well.