If you’re a fan of my live stream who also happens to be getting an iPad, you’re going to want this app. Steve (Granit in our chat room) has come up with an app that will allow you to see the video AND the chat room right on your iPad screen – without having to click between them. You’ll be able to private message other users if you choose, and have moderation options available if you’re a channel operator. Additionally, if you click on a link within the IRC channel, it will open a browser window right inside of the app.
The app gives you the capability of viewing the live stream in the h.264 format. If I’m doing something particularly fun or interesting, you can easily switch to full-screen mode, and see me larger than life!
The IRC portion of the app is something we are very proud of. You’ll find that the options and commands have been simplified a bit, so that people who aren’t yet very comfortable with chatting on IRC will be able to find their way around quickly. There are also several optimization options, such as allowing you to change the font size and background color, showing user modes, a simplified “whisper” theme, and the ability to turn off (or on) specific channel notices and changes (such as user joins and parts).
When someone private messages you for the first time, an alert will pop up. It will ask you whether you want to accept or deny the message – and even lets you block further messages from them if you choose. When you accept a pm, a new private room is automatically created for you to talk in – away from the main one.
Last – but certainly not least – you can choose to use this app in portrait or landscape mode. In portrait mode, the chat room will appear underneath the video. When you turn your iPad the other direction, the chat and stream will appear side-by-side.
Steve did a fantastic job. The app won’t be ready for release just yet, but he’s working hard on it and adding new features. The only problem is… what should we name it?