If you’re reading this, then you’re one of twelve people on the Tidepool “shakedown team.” This means you get the dubious honor of testing software that’s quite simply not ready yet 🙂
Go to the download page on http://projectkismet.com with the account you already made (Chris, shoot me an email when yours is made.)
Things I already know:
1) the installer is too big (it will get smaller)
2) it takes too long to load (it will get faster)
3) the Skedaddle game takes too long to start (it will get quicker)
Here’s the official list of bugs and change requests:
(if you don’t have an account, let me know and I’ll add you to the group).
Feel free to add things in the tracker, or you can send bugs or feature requests to [HIDDEN-FROM-SPAMMERS] and it will automatically get entered.
One last thing … starting tomorrow, I’ll be in Tidepool from noon to one new-york-time. Henceforth this is called Tidepool Time, which is when we can get together and try things together.
I’ll be logging in from the top of the Kittitinny (“endless mountain”) on the Appalacian Trail.
Hope to see you in Tidepool!
It’s sunny, cool, and verdant here on the trail. I’ll stay here for another fifteen minutes or so. Log in to say hi!
So far during the shakedown, we’ve found 17 bugs and made 7 improvement requests. Thank you to those who logged in yesterday and tried things out.
Please scan the list before adding new bugs and improvements:
You can then email [HIDDEN-FROM-SPAMMERS] to add to the tracker (or log in and do it from there).
If you email, make your subject line descriptive, since this is the title of the issue. Also, put *one* thing in each email. Don’t make a list.
I’ll see you at noon again, in 3 hours. I’ll be at Isabel’s school, but should be able to log in. Come say hi!
I’ve made a scheduler doodle thing to help me determine the best times to meet. I’ve made it for two days … just indicate your *normal* weekday and weekend times free (they’re not just for today and tomorrow).
If you’re getting this email, then you’re either a software developer I trust or an educator on the courseware team.
Either way, you’re invited to try next week’s Tidepool release candidate, which will have full programmability, so you can code your sketches to make fully interactive stories.
Are you able to set aside a few hours next week to test Tidepool? I’d much rather have people I know find the inevitable bugs, so I can fix them before strangers arrive.
This is a make-or-break release … the most important of the alphas. It’s also the first time we’re inviting people from outside our little group of 99 to try Tidepool, specifically the hundreds I spoke to at the ISTE conference last month.
The testing time will be between Monday and Sunday of next week. Let me know if you can spare a few hours to download and test Tidepool in that time.
Thank you for the gift of your time, even if it’s just to read this email.