The second and third things I've forgotten are the code signing passwords to Sketch-a-bit and apparently Impressionist Fingerpaint. In my defense, Adam picked out and typed those passwords, but did show them to me. So they're not in my muscle memory anywhere at all.
Why this sucksIt means we can't update the Sketch-a-bit application at all.
It used to be that you could use a new key and the update would require people to remove the app and reinstall instead of just normal updating. Apparently this happened to Twitter and a few other apps and it was mostly inconvenient and embarrassing.
Now, security in the Google Play store seems tighter. If I try to upgrade my APK file, it yells at me and says, "The apk must be signed with the same certificates as the previous version."
It also means that we can't update Impressionist Fingerpaint, either. I have a feeling that password (since it was invented much more recently) will be easier/possible to recover from someone's brainmeat, though, and it doesn't have very many users.
But I wanted to make Sketch-a-bit suuuuper awesome!!I still do!! Ahhh, I wish I could just upgrade the main app!
Now that we've seen how people cope with starting from another random user's random image, I kind of want to see what artistry people are capable of if they get to have more choice and agency. To achieve this, I was thinking of having a gallery and letting people select which sketches they want to start from.
I also want to make the system a little less anonymous by having random user ids instead of no identity whatsoever. Right now I can hypothesize about the same artist drawing several images in a row, but there's no way to know for sure.
At a retreat for my lab at UW, I learned that the color red was probably the first color people were aware of after dark and light. Here's a link to a wikipedia page with more info. Adam and I thought it would be totally awesome to introduce RED into Sketch-a-bit, then.
Decisions, decisionsThe questions now are whether or not to spend more time trying to remember those passwords. We tried cracking one and learned that it's probably longer than 5 characters.
And then whether or not to release a Sketch-a-bit 2 and how many features to add. Just the bug fixes? Or more of those desired features that I don't really have time to implement? Seems like an entirely new version warrants some significant changes.
Good enough solution: put the APK onlineI realized on the bus this morning that this is what I should do to get the fixes that I'd made to the two people who were requesting them. So now it's online. In a slightly secret location. I want to add the user ids and something on the server that tracks users and version numbers, and THEN I'll publicize the location.
Currently there are 3 people out there in the world capable of drawing in red. Here's what one of them made!