16 August 2007

Undercover in The Mac Observer podcast

Dave Hamilton & John Braun talk about Undercover and other theft recovery software for the Mac. They have some nice things to say about our product, so check out their podcast. You can listen to episode #114 directly in your browser, or subscribe to the podcast using iTunes. The section about Undercover starts at about 25:52, although the entire podcast is worth listening to.

07 August 2007

Undercover in Clickx

It's great to see Undercover being discussed in a Belgian computer magazine. The scoop is for Clickx, one of the most popular multimedia magazines in our home country. The article is available below for your reading pleasure, at least if you understand Dutch....

01 August 2007

Animation design contest

As mentioned in our previous post, the development of the next - Leopard compatible - Undercover release keeps us pretty busy at the moment. Although the application itself takes up most of the development resources, we don't want to forget the UI and graphical aspect of the application either. As you probably know, the current version of Undercover plays a Quicktime movie when the registration screen comes up. If you haven't already installed Undercover, you can view the movie below. [Or even better, simply download and install Undercover, it will even get your Mac back in case of theft...]

For the next Undercover release, we would like to replace this Quicktime movie with something more lightweight and more easily localizable, such as a Flash animation. While at it, the animation could be spiced up a bit as well. Instead of simply outsourcing this animation, we decided to organise an animation design contest.

Here are the rules:

  • The information provided should be similar to that in the current version (see movie above), although you are free to make the message more creative and appealing

  • There should be a sound track. You can either use the current sound track, or compose a new one (what a great way to put Garageband to good use)!

  • The file size should not exceed 2 Megabytes and should be easily editable (in order to make small adjustments or do the localisation).

  • The animation should include the Undercover logo.

The winner will receive:

  • A free Undercover household license (worth $59)

  • Free Undercover updates for life (worth: err well)

  • His/her name featured on this weblog (we receive about 12,000 unique hits every day)

  • His/her name name mentioned in the application's documentation

  • $400 in cash!

All submissions must be received before Aug 20 2007 23:59 GMT. Send them to info@orbicule.com. The winner will be announced on this weblog.