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USyd Architecture Exhibition website released

Today I’d like to officially release the Usyd Architecture Exhibition website.

USyd Graduation Exhibition Website Homepage

USyd Graduation Exhibition Website Catalogue

Taken from the site itself:

The University of Sydney Architecture Faculty puts together an annual exhibition for its graduating Bachelors and Masters students. This gives students an opportunity to showcase their best projects. An event is held to exhibit these works, and along with this a hardcopy curated catalogue and a digital catalogue is released.

So as expected, the site hosts this year’s digital catalogue, and will continue to host future year’s submissions. There are currently about 100 submissions listed across five diverse project briefs. Feel free to look around, but I’d like to issue a word of warning to my readers that you might find the project descriptions more affiliated towards the romantic and social science-esque narrative.

If you’re wondering why a lot of the work is more art than design, I’d like to highlight that we aren’t incapable of making functional, logical and real-world problem solving designs. However it does seem that a lot of students aren’t taught how to write, and end up romanticizing the design into an artwork. That said, some designs do aim to be utopian and speculative, but I guess if you’re going to be spending the rest of your life looking at glazing and bolts, you’re excused for a little fun during university.

I’d also like to get the chance to highlight my own submission on the website.

Flinders Street Hotel Proposal Render

My project this semester involved proposing a Flinders St Hotel. It’s a rather large scale project, and would take too long to explain fully, even for the generous space that the online catalogue allows. I recommend viewing my project page and reading the full description there. It gives an overview of the project.

Finally, I’d like to quickly highlight the under-the-hood of the website. The website runs on vtemplate, is responsive, and has it’s technology colophon visible at its humans.txt. In particular, it was designed to be quite generic and highlight the work itself, and function on a phone or iPad as you scanned QR codes during the event itself. The entire website is open-source (view repository), and I’ve just tagged 1.0.0 today :)

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WIPUP 11.11.11 released!

WIPUP.org is an open-source web application built for one reason: to show the world what you’re working on.

If you’re impatient, click here to check out the fresh WIPUP.org.

I’m very happy to announce version 11.11.11 being released today. It’s the first non-alpha/beta release, which means that I’m confident that it does what it’s meant to do, and so it’s ripe for the public to use it.

This release’s splash image is created courtesy of Erik Kylen from Blackmaze.

For those who are interested, you can read the release notes here which describe all the new stuff in this release.

I’m very curious to see where WIPUP goes to from here. Being the first non-testing release, it satisfies all of my personal needs for the system. There really isn’t anything else it needs to do. The only ones I can think of is the ability to mark projects as complete, or to download archives of projects, but both of those aren’t necessities.

It’s really been a joy developing WIPUP. I hope other people enjoy using it just as much as I do.

Enjoy the update, and I’m off for the day :)

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WIPUP 23.09.10b released!

Yep, WIPUP, the lightweight, open-source way to share your works-in-progresses just got a lovely update today. It’s a minor update but minor updates are needed sometimes. Check it out here, and read the release notes.

The charming splash screen above was done by me on The GIMP. If enough people like it (just drop me a comment/mail/whatever) I will probably create a tutorial for some of it.

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WIPUP 25.07.10 beta released.

What began as a project motivated by the Open Collaboration Services API has really come a long way since it began as a concept submission to KDE’s openDesktop competition. This project was a unique concept for people to share and record what they were working on. Not about showcasing your latest creation – no, rather it is about showcasing the processes behind it: the different ideas, the development, and things that didn’t quite work out in the end. This project is for people who make stuff. People who constantly have ideas bouncing around, juggle their time between various projects and start more than they finish. This project is called WIPUP. WIPUP is a way to conveniently share, critique and track progress on your projects.

WIPUP attained an important milestone today – its beta release. It’s now available for the public to use. WIPUP is a "web 2.0" technology application, to use the cliche term. However more importantly it’s the infrastructure behind and towards a unique Social Desktop tool. For those unfamiliar with what the Social Desktop embodies, allow me to quote:

[The] core idea of the Social Desktop is to connect to your peers in the community, making sharing and exchanging knowledge easier to integrate into applications and the desktop itself. The concept behind the Social Desktop is to bring the power of online communities and group collaboration to desktop applications and the desktop shell itself.

WIPUP is (in terms of this final goal) still in its infancy – there is no desktop client (yet), my plans for KDE integration are still on the drawing board, and no currently existing API implementation. But more important is what does exist, which is the tool – the platform behind all of these future possible interfaces which provides added convenience and flexibility towards any workflow. As such, I’m immensely happy to share this beta with all of you and invite you all to check it out and start using it. WIPUP is also open source and free software – so any interested developers (or anybody wanting to contribute) are welcome to join as well!

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WIPUP 27.06.10a released!

It’s super, it’s amazing, and it’s released. It’s WIPUP 27.06.10a. For the uninitiated, WIPUP is a flexible and easy way for people to share, critique, and track works-in-progresses.

To quote some random person, this release truly brings out the “hey, it’s like a working site now“. This release sports super fancy upgrades courtesy of my schedule, which is now free from exams and school. Check out the WIPUP website now, and read the release notes.

Of course it’s also open-source, so not only do we welcome new users, but developers too! This is hopefully the last “alpha” release, so feel free to join.

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WIPUP 19.03.10a released!

WIPUP is a flexible and easy way for people to share, critique, and track works-in-progresses.

Every month, the WIPUP website gets synchronised with the Git repository hosting the code. It wasn’t long ago at all since the February sync was performed (21.02.10) and since I’ve been having mock exams that generally means I have a lot of free time (well, a couple all-days after the mocks) which I’ve been a busy little bee whacking down features. So while I was initially fearing a "maintenance sync" I’m happy to announce a feature-packed release.

Release notes are in their full glory in the WIPUP Release, and comments should be left there, not here.

This is a massive update, and I highly recommend people to start checking out the rest of the site and try it out themselves.

Well, time for a break from updates then!

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The WIPUP 21.02.10 stats are out.

It’s midweek, 3 mock exams later, and it’s been quite some time since the WIPUP 21.02.10a was released. Yep, that means it’s time to look at the statistics. The reason this didn’t happen earlier is because the WIPUP dashboard stats only update themselves at the beginning of the week in order to save server power (it’s quite strenuous you know). As a result the last pull was on the 22nd, which meant that it was quite likely that a few visitors could’ve been pulled over into the next week of statistics.

Anyways, here’s the image speaks a 1000:

As you can see I’ve been rather actively dogfooding WIPUP, especially noticable in the latest upsurge in update activity due to the porting over of The ThoughtScore project. The obvious thing this proves is that update quantity doesn’t necessarily mean update interest. Looking at the number of views optimistically realistically this update, even though even more feature packed and with a more mature system did on par with the 14.01.10a update. Pessimistically we could assume a division of views over all our updates and no rollover spectators in the next week and report that the 21.02.10a update was a complete failure. On the other extreme we could assume the complete opposite and say we achieved a modest increase in interest.

The obvious conclusion is that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.

User-wise things are still slow with little of the feedback system in use – I’ve still got those 2 stalkers, hit a new high of 2 comments in a week (by 1 user, though) and it looks as though a kudos system was a good idea.

However of course this doesn’t mean that the future is completely bleak, WIPUP still has far to go, we’ve recruited a new contributor (Kamal) and we see a few interesting uses of WIPUP by the user Sandking, who shows us some rendering tests, by C0mBineD, who is apparently working on a painting, and jonas, who’s got one of his digital orchestra test pieces up.

Seeing as that they’re rather dormant this is a sign that WIPUP still isn’t ready for the crowds, but we invite anybody else interested to give it a spin as a regular user to do so!

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WIPUP 21.02.10 released and out in the wild.

WIPUP is a way to conveniently share progress on your projects. Given the mix of solutions used before such as work-in-progress forum threads, blog posts, mailing lists and microblogging, we’re creating a flexible and friendly solution to answer the question “what’s up?”.

People focus so much on the finished product they ignore the beauty of the creation process behind it.

Yep, it’s WIPUP 21.02.10a and it’s still (denoted by the postfix “a”) alpha. This means it’s unfinished and not yet ready for the general public. However despite this a huge amount of progress has been made since the first and a lot of polish along with it. I highly recommend those who’ve been edging towards trying WIPUP out to take the leap. The full details are given in the release notes (comments appreciated).

After you’ve skimmed through the release notes go check out the site. Or if you’re curious you can check out my profile, which serves as a pretty good demo of WIPUP in use.

As for potential developers, here’s a friendly reminder that WIPUP is open-source and I’d love to see a few new faces.

Time for a break.

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WIPUP February release date revealed. Ooooh.

Now that all the hubbub over the KDE SC 4.4 release and KDE website redesign is over it’s back to regular blog posts and other pet projects. This, some of you would’ve realised by now, includes WIPUP – which I’ve really tried to turn into an incremental release project. So yes, I’m announcing the February release date: 21.02.10.

Read the full news here.

Oh, and happy Chinese New Year!

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WIPUP 14.01.10 released!

It’s party time! After a long break from development in November and a few more commits creeping through in January and late December I’ve decided to update the web version to the latest and greatest – the so-called 14.01.10 version. Yes, it’s the one and only WIPUP.

For the unaware, WIPUP is a website that allows you to log updates and unfinished progress on any project in a very flexible manner – a version control for the average joe for the massive collection of hits and misses from your random musings. It’s a way to answer the age-old question of “what’s up, doc?” and finally realise how much time you’ve been wasting instead of creating that awesome Lego city. But so what? Let the site itself be self-explanatory. (if it isn’t, it’s a bug!)

I don’t want to fall into the dogfooding trap again, so I’m just going to leave any potential developers with an opportunity. For the rest, including comments, the real update, click here to check out the WIPUP 14.01.10 release announcement. For those who want a sneak preview of the new timeline project view, you can check out my WIPUP profile as an example.