Papercut updated to 1.1

Posted on May 25, 2012 in and tagged ,

The first update for Papercut has been certified yesterday and it should appear in the marketplace within 24 hours. For those of you who doesn’t know what Papercut is – it’s a small Windows Phone tool that allows you to get daily Bing photos (those awesome ones that you see on the search page) right on your phone. There is a nice video demo on Youtube.

The biggest issue that many users reported since 1.0 was the app crashing sometimes when downloading photos. This should be fixed now, however, the photos will not be grouped by countries for those users. Basically, this behavior is caused by the way the Bing images endpoint works – it relies on HTTP headers to transfer important image information, especially on ETag that works like an image hash. This ETag header is used as an image grouping key, so if there is no header in the server’s response, then the grouping is not possible.

There are several ways to solve this issue, I am trying to figure out the best one now.

Anyway, let’s get back to the topic. Here is the full changelog for version 1.1:

  • Fixed issues with background task crashing.
  • Fixed issue when application crashed during image loading.
  • Increased image quality with support for 32 bits color mode (right, the gorgeous images should look even more awesome now).
  • Added image loading animations.
  • Trial mode check is delayed to reduce startup time.
  • Fullscreen images are shown and hidden much faster now (it was really painful with 1.0 – going back from image view to the previous page took almost a second on my old Omnia 7, now it’s almost instant).

You can download the free version here.
If you want to support me, there is also a paid version here.

Get daily Bing images with Papercut

Posted on May 20, 2012 in and tagged ,

Papercut is a new app that lets you use photos from the Bing homepage as the background of your phone’s lock screen. It’s fast and easy to use, all powered by Metro UI goodness.

It also gives you a great Live Tile that shows the latest photo right on your start screen. Each image has a short headline with its description (it’s always great to learn new things, right?) – just tap the photo when it is loaded.

The best thing is that Papercut is absolutely free to use, withoud ads (but if you want to support the developer and donate 99 cents, there is a paid version in the marketplace). Enjoy!

Download FREE version here and the paid version here.

You can also follow @PapercutWP on Twitter.