Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Development notes VI

KooRaRoo Media development is in full swing and new features are being added daily. Very soon the feature set will be frozen and the first version released!

Meanwhile, there's a lot of testing going in multiple environments with various machines, operating systems and devices.

I'm happy to say that KooRaRoo Media has been tested and works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, the upcoming Windows 8, Windows Home Server, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Marketing notes III

Our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KooRaRoo) now has a very nice cover image! Check it out and please "Like" us while you are there.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Marketing notes II

I just want to point out that those who subscribe to our pre-release mailing list (by visiting either: http://www.kooraroo.com or http://www.kooraroo.com/download.php) will not only be the first to know and try the best, brand new, multimedia organizer with a DLNA-compliant media server, but will also be able to purchase it at a very low special price. So, don't wait - sign up now!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Development notes V

I believe that one of the most important features that a great software product should have (well, apart from being useful in the first place) is simplicity and elegance in execution. This means finding the best, simplest, fastest way to achieve the task at hand. In software development this translates to two things, basically - a great, friendly, easy-to-use UI and an efficient and well-optimized engine underneath to run things.

I'm spending a lot of time on getting both of those just right, but I'd like KooRaRoo Media (http://www.kooraroo.com) to really shine once it's released and I believe it will.

You are welcome to sign up to our mailing list (just visit the site) and you'll get a special introductory discount for being on the mailing list when the program hits the market!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Development notes IV

Ok, back to blogging for a few minutes while the latest tests of KooRaRoo Media are running...

Trying to build the best in its class is not an easy task, but something that I want to achieve, so lots of attention goes into details, which will hopefully make it all worthwhile once KRR is released.

Things are still looking good for a June release, albeit it won't happen by my initial planned date (which is tomorrow). Stay tuned for more exciting news as we approach the release!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Marketing notes I

Whenever I have a spare moment (as in when all my computers are tied up in testing mode and it's too dark outside to mow the lawn), I try to work out the best marketing techniques for KooRaRoo Media and so far have a mix of a bit of everything. It's interesting how Google Ads, that I use a little, tend to bring in better results for the ads I'd think wouldn't work at all. This may mean that I need to work on my marketing skills a bit more :)

Development notes III

Past few days have been spent optimizing internal workings, such as database queries, metadata processing, threading, etc... I think I've gone through at least a million files now (yes, same set, but over and over again), tweaking and tuning things. It's getting better :)

Beta testing is still open, so sign up through the forum: http://forum.kooraroo.com if you are interested and enjoy doing this kind of thing.

The to-do list is getting smaller, so release is getting closer! Sign up to the mailing list: http://kooraroo.com/download.php to among the first to give the new version a go!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Development notes II

Just a short note to say that I've been working on KooRaRoo's UI for the past few days - I think it's now at a point where I can show it to someone :) Things are progressing well, so stay tuned for more news soon!

Updated the site with some new pages

Ive' uploaded a few new pages to the site and while they are also still far from complete, the site now at least has a click-able structure :)

Updates include:

http://kooraroo.com/features.php
http://kooraroo.com/download.php
http://kooraroo.com/purchase.php
http://kooraroo.com/support.php
http://kooraroo.com/aboutus.php

Hope you like them!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Join our new mailing list!

There is now a mailing list available to join on the site: kooraroo.com - feel free to join it and you'll get an e-mail as soon as the first official version of KooRaRoo Media is released! It's not a spam list, so you'll only get a (very) occasional e-mail about some new feature or a handy tip or trick or information about a new device.

Development notes I

I will try to do something that I haven't really done properly before - keep some notes on what I'm doing and how development of KooRaRoo Media is progressing.

I've spent the last three days tweaking the UI and optimizing general performance. I think the end result is not bad, but let's see what early beta testers have to say about this :)

The server is highly optimized to deliver files to your DLNA (and UPnP) devices as quickly and efficiently as possible. There are no limits on the number of files or devices you can deliver to at the same time, so it will all come down to your computer and network hardware.


I've been doing tests on a wide range of CPUs and it works well even on an Intel Atom netbook.


There are lots of items still on my to-do list before the first release, but it's all coming together nicely.

Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

KooRaRoo - how do you say it?

If you're wondering how to pronounce "KooRaRoo", then take a look at this forum post that shows you how: http://forum.kooraroo.com/showthread.php/3-How-to-pronounce-KooRaRoo

I know that it may seem like a strange name for a software product, but hopefully you'll grow to like it (if you don't love it already!) :)