Thursday, September 20, 2012

Welcome to webOS onTap!

For those of you that have kept up with this project, you'll know that we're behind schedule. For that, we apologize. Not wanting to leave the community completely in the dark, we've started this blog. Through this site, you'll be able to stay updated on what's new in the webOS world, as well as read app reviews, get to know the team, and interviews with developers and the like. Even after onTap is released on your TouchPad, this site will remain, providing you with more frequent news (not to mention access if you are away from your TouchPad).

Now, for those of you who are unaware of what this is, webOS onTap is our replacement for HP's left for dead Pivot. This is 100% volunteer backed, so bear with us. The idea for onTap spurred from a post by webOS Nation forum member, GMMan. A few months ago, he posted this in the forums:
Here's an idea to throw out there: how about webOS Nation pick up Pivot so that it won't be stuck on November and we would get quality content maybe every two weeks? I looked at the download code for Pivot and it's all JavaScript, so it's easy to dispatch a patch to Preware once everything's in place. I've managed to download all the recent issues of Pivot except for #1 (dammit). It's basically a manifest, page info, a whole bunch of images and layouts, and app infos. The most recent few issues even comes with a script to generate app info from a spreadsheet. If webOS Nation can write up some material, perform layout, render into images, and host the files, we'd have a frequently updated Pivot in no time.
From there, volunteers jumped on board, hoping to keep Pivot alive by other means. Eventually, a name was chosen by the community for this replacement to Pivot: webOS onTap. Last month, a preview page appeared on the TouchPads of those who installed the patch. Unfortunately, we missed our deadline of August 2012. And now, here we are. September 2012. And alas, content! Albeit, not on your TouchPad, but we promise it will in the near future.

Without further ado, let's see what's onTap, shall we?

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