Tag Archives: Image

Creating an Interesting Places application – take and share media in Windows Phone 7

I wrote a new article to Nokia Developer Wiki. This code example demonstrate how to take an image, record audio or video and save these captured media files to the Isolated Storage with the location information. These Interesting Places with media files can be later viewed and shared to the server side. This code example uses PHP server as a back end of this application. All captured media files are send 500 kB chucks with RestSharp and parsed together in the server side with PHP. This application is tested with 5 min recorded video (for example), then video file size was 55 MB and sent chucks count was more than 110. Sent was tested over normal cellular network and sending takes about 8 minutes. It worked really nice in Windows Phone 7 without Background Agents.

You can read the whole article and download source codes from here: Creating an Interesting Places application - take and share media in WP7.

Picasa Image Gallery with JSON in Windows Phone 7

I wrote a new article to Nokia Developer Wiki. In this article, I will show how you can access to your public and private image albums in Google Picasa (or albums which your friends has shared to you). Google offers many different ways to get image albums data, in this article I will cover JSON to get data from Google.

Windows Phone Application - MyPicasa Login Page Windows Phone Application - MyPicasa Albums Page Windows Phone Application - MyPicasa Album Page
Windows Phone Application - MyPicasa Images Page

You can read whole article and download source code here: Picasa Image Gallery with JSON in WP7

Nokia Developer Wiki administrator added this article to Nokia Developer Wiki "Featured" articles at 6.5.2012.

Send pictures from Android device to Windows with AIR applications

In this example I will show how you can take and send pictures from Android phone to Windows application using Adobe AIR in Android and Windows.

Create AIR for Android application (to take and send picture)

In Adobe AIR 2.5 there is Camera UI class that allows you to capture a still image or video using the default camera application on a device. First check that Camera is supported and create a new Camera UI object and register MediaEvent.COMPLETE to call onComplete function when picture is taken.

After that establish a new NetConnection for P2P in the local network (LAN). This can be done by specifying connection string as "rtmpf:" in NetConnection.

private function init():void {
  if (CameraUI.isSupported){
    myCam = new CameraUI();
    myCam.addEventListener(MediaEvent.COMPLETE, onComplete);
  }
  nc = new NetConnection();
  nc.addEventListener(NetStatusEvent.NET_STATUS, netStatus);
  nc.connect("rtmfp:");
}

When connection is made netStatus function will be called. If NetConnection is ok it is time to setup own group for multicasting. You can set up your own NetGroup with GroupSpecifier. Enable local connections between peers and set your IP address and port for multicasting. You can find more details about multitasking for example here: www.flashrealtime.com (Tom Krcha - thanks about your excellent demos and work with Flash based Technologies).

private function netStatus(event:NetStatusEvent):void {
  switch(event.info.code) {
    case "NetConnection.Connect.Success":
       var groupspec:GroupSpecifier = new GroupSpecifier("fi.ptm.imageApp/myChannel");
       groupspec.postingEnabled = true;
       groupspec.ipMulticastMemberUpdatesEnabled = true;
       groupspec.addIPMulticastAddress("225.225.0.1:30000");
       group = new NetGroup(nc,groupspec.groupspecWithAuthorizations());
       group.addEventListener(NetStatusEvent.NET_STATUS, netStatus);
       break;
  }
}

A new picture is taken when user presses Take Picture Button in device's screen. Picture is taken with Android Native Camera Application (using with Camera UI class) and onComplete will be called when picture is taken.

In this example image is shown with <mx:Image id="image"> and image URL is used when image is sent to Windows AIR application.

private function takePicture():void {
  image.filters = [];
  if (CameraUI.isSupported) myCam.launch(MediaType.IMAGE);
}

private function onComplete(evt:MediaEvent):void{
  image.source = evt.data.file.url;
  imageURL = evt.data.file.url;
}

Image is converted to ByteArray and all of those bytes is sent to Windows AIR application when user clicks send button in the devices screen.

private function sendPicture():void {
  var fs:FileStream = new FileStream();
  fs.open(new File(imageURL), FileMode.READ);
  var bytes:ByteArray = new ByteArray();
  fs.readBytes(bytes);
  fs.close();
  if (bytes == null) {
    trace("Image bytes is null!");
  } else {
    // create a new object with image data and image count (sent)
    var message:Object = new Object();
    message.bytes = bytes;
    message.images = ++imagesSent;
    group.post(message);
    trace("Pictures sent:"+imagesSent);
  }
}

Create AIR local client in Windows (receive images)

Windows AIR application is connected to same group and it is waiting for images from AIR for Android application. If we get a new netStatus with NetGroup.Posting.Notify message then a new image is received from Android. First new Sprite is created and all of those image bytes is loaded with Loader.

public function receivePicture(message:Object):void {
  imageContainer = new Sprite();
  var loaderContext:LoaderContext = new LoaderContext();
  loaderContext.allowCodeImport = false;
  var loader:Loader = new Loader();
  loader.contentLoaderInfo.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE, onPicLoaded,false,0,true);
  loader.loadBytes(message.bytes, loaderContext);
  // add a new sprite to hold image
  imageSprite = new Sprite();
  imageSprite.addChild(loader);
  imageContainer.addChild(imageSprite);
  wrapper.addChild(imageContainer);
}

ImageSprite is a wrapped for a new image sprite to get Parallel image animation into it (scaling, positioning and sizing) for 4 seconds.

private function onPicLoaded(e:Event):void {
  imageSprite.x = -imageContainer.width / 2;
  imageSprite.y = -imageContainer.height / 2;
  imageContainer.x += imageContainer.width / 2;
  imageContainer.y += imageContainer.height / 2;
  startX = imageContainer.width / 2;
  startY = imageContainer.height / 2;
  targetX = Math.floor(Math.random()*frame.width);
  var borderSize:uint = 100;
  if (targetX < borderSize) targetX = borderSize;
  if (targetX > (frame.width-borderSize)) targetX = frame.width - borderSize;
  targetY = Math.floor(Math.random()*frame.height);
  if (targetY < borderSize) targetY = borderSize;
  if (targetY > (frame.height-borderSize)) targetY = frame.height - borderSize;
  startRotation = Math.floor(Math.random()*360);
  if (Math.random() > .5) targetRotation = startRotation + 180;
  else targetRotation = startRotation - 180;
  imageAnimation.play();
}

Here is a basic parallel animation used to make a cool sliding effect with a new images. All previous taken images will be visible there too.

<mx:Parallel id="imageAnimation" target="{imageContainer}" >
  <mx:AnimateProperty property="scaleX" fromValue="1" toValue="0.2" duration="4000" />
  <mx:AnimateProperty property="scaleY" fromValue="1" toValue="0.2" duration="4000" />
  <mx:AnimateProperty property="x" fromValue="{startX}" toValue="{targetX}" duration="4000" />
  <mx:AnimateProperty property="y" fromValue="{startY}" toValue="{targetY}" duration="4000" />
  <mx:AnimateProperty property="rotation" fromValue="{startRotation}" toValue="{targetRotation}" duration="4000" />
</mx:Parallel>

Testing and source codes

You have to install Flex 4.1 (or newer) and AIR 2.5 SDK to try these examples (just copy/overwrite AIR SDK 2.5 to Flash Builder sdks/4.1.0 folder, or make copy from 4.1.0 to for example FlexAIR2.5 folder and overwrite there).

AIRSendingImageFromAndroid.zip
AIRReceiveImageFromAndroid.zip