LPLayer for the BlackBerry Playbook

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a recent addition to the tablet market, which has promised to be a real game changer in respect to the hardware available on the device. This has yet to be seen, but it is a pretty neat little tablet and with the announcement of a FREE PlayBook to any developers who submitted an application to their App World before the products release date, I found it hard to refuse. RIM have worked very closely with Adobe on the spec of the PlayBook and both have worked very ard to get Flash to perform well on the machine and thankfully the main development platform for the PlayBook before release was Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime). This of course enabled thousands of Flash developers to be able to develop for the platform and of course made it easy for me to port one of my old applications to the PlayBook and cash in with a free one.

LPlayer was initially a streamlined media player for last.fm and its main selling point was its simple unobtrusive UI and minimal look, however, the layout and size did not work well on a tablet device and so a redesign was needed. The PlayBook sports a 1024 x 600 pixels screen resolution and I felt it best to use up as much of this real estate as possible. The overall design elements have been kept the same, although buttons have been made slightly bigger to cater for fatter fingers and some of the elements that were hidden on the desktop version have become visible by default taking up all of the screen as well as some extra features thrown in to make this application unique for the PlayBook.

Needless to say that the application was accepted into the BlackBerry PlayBook App World and I received a new toy shortly after the device was released :)

You can view the application in the BlackBerry App World here