Introducing Jamcloud

At Skyward Interactive, we’re always glad when one of our clients reaches a milestone and today we’re proud to announce that one of our clients, Jamcloud, has gone public beta.

Jamcloud asked us to help them with user interaction and design for an app that would allow users to enjoy and share music with friends. It’s been a long time to wait, but we are excited to see the product get into users hands.

From Jamcloud.com:

JamCloud is a free social music app that lets you play music and watch videos with your friends in real time. Create listening rooms with an international audience where you can chat about what’s playing and vote up or down. With a library of over 325 million songs and videos, JamCloud’s awesome music discovery tools make it easy to find what’s hot.

Jamcloud - Spread the web!

Jamcloud - Spread the web!

  • Enjoy the freedom of watching what you want, when you want, as often as you want
  • Create playlists and share them with the world
  • Share what you’re watching on Facebook and Twitter
  • Easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface
  • Supports YouTube and SoundCloud® (with more to come)
  • Import videos from your friends’ Facebook walls
  • Import YouTube® playlists
  • Sync your content on both Windows® and Mac OS X®
  • Works worldwide with no international restrictions
  • Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
  • Jamcloud is a “Public” beta, but you will still have to sign up before you can download, and Jamcloud is only adding users every so often. The sooner you sign up, the more likely you will be to get a chance to use the app.

    For more detail on Jamcloud, the Jamcloud music player and to add yourself to the public beta list, visit http://www.jamcloud.com right now!

    August 11th, 2012

    Skyward builds the Avatar player for 20th Century Fox

    avatar playerWe’re really excited to have been able to provide the player for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming blockbuster movie, Avatar!

    Fox knew that they needed more than just a High Definition trailer, they also needed a high quality experience with built in sharing, a great user experience and rock solid playback! Naturally, they approached Skyward to help out!

    In addition to the basics, the custom Avatar player includes HD/SD switching, 480p, 720p and 1080p high definition downloads, sharing to the most popular social networks and is dynamically translated to display the correct languages all over the world!

    We’re looking forward to seeing Avatar when it’s released later this year, but in the meantime, it was very cool to be a part of the process of giving you a sneak peek and it’s a joy to again be working with our friends at Fox!

    November 3rd, 2009

    Introducing Tweetery

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    We at Skyward Interactive are really big fans of Twitter and feel that it is probably the first social network that has the chance to not only become a household name, but that has a chance to change the world.

    No doubt about it, Twitter is huge and going to get bigger. Because of this, we feel that there is room for one more Twitter app. Yes, we know there are already a lot of them out there, but just like in Goldilocks and the three bears, some are too hot and some are too cold. We wanted one that is just right, so we made our own!

    “‘Think simple’ as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”

    ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

    Tweetery is an astonishingly easy to use Twitter client. We’ve packed in a lot of features that you’ll use everyday, and in our quest for that app that is “just right”, we’ve also purposefully left out much of what makes most other iPhone Twitter apps overwhelming or confusing. We think you’ll like it because of it’s simplicity.

    – Elegant, Clean Design: Design is important. Apple knows it, and we believe in it. Tweetery offers great features without being overcrowded by lots of buttons. The simple interface puts the spotlight where it should be – on the tweets.

    – Muting Users: Our exclusive quick mute function is a lifesaver! You can easily hide someone’s tweets temporarily without un-following them when they talk too much. Mute people for a day, for a week or for as long as you want!

    – Quick Action Panel: The revolutionary “Quick action panel” is very simple to use and makes interacting with tweets a joy. By far the easiest way to tweet on the iPhone. Quickly and easily reply, retweet, direct message, favorite, jump to a user profile, mute a user, or email a link to a tweet– all within a tap.

    FEATURES:

    • Clean, elegant interface
    • Ad free!
    • Mute users temporarily, no un-follow needed!
    • View friend tweets and your mentions
    • Post new tweets, retweet, and replies
    • Photo support
    • Edit or delete your tweets
    • Send, reply to, and delete direct messages
    • Add, view, and delete favorite tweets
    • Follow and un-follow people
    • In-app web browser for viewing links
    • View friend profiles
    • Email a link to a tweet
    • Intelligent caching recognizes updated avatars
    • Seemless Refreshing
    • Quick Action Panel
    • Manual refresh

    I’m sure that we’ll add to this list over time. But since our goal is to keep the app simple, hopefully the list won’t grow too long.

    We look forward to making this the best way to Tweet on the iPhone and we hope that we can convince you to make this your default Twitter app. Follow @TweeteryApp on Twitter to join in the discussion about Tweetery.

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    You can find out more about the app in the app store or by visiting Tweeteryapp.com.

    If you pick up a copy, a great review from your on the iTunes store would really help us out!

    Thanks!

    October 15th, 2009

    Skyward has been caught Speeding (in a good way)

    speedWe drive a lot of fast cars and bikes here at Skyward (while wearing the appropriate safety gear of course) and when we got the chance to help speedTV go just a little bit faster, we had to take it.

    Speedtv.com knows about the experience the crew at Skyward has with widgets and apps and asked us to create the Speed TV Speedwire Widget so they could share the Speed schedule everywhere.

    Speed understands the importance of social media integration into their site, so users of Facebook, MySpace Bloggers and people who have Konfabulator installed can grab the schedule and take it with them and never miss an episode.

    Now if we can just talk the nice people at Speedtv.com into letting us find a way to take a race car out for a spin.

    You can find the Speedwire widget at: http://www.speedtv.com/feature/speedwire/ or see it in action on the Nascar page: http://www.nascar.com/promos/speed/

    Remember to tell them Skyward sent you!

    September 15th, 2009

    Skyward launches the American Idol widget for Fox

    American Idol and Fox chose Skyward Interactive to build the official American Idol widget for the 2009 season. As you can imagine, we have been pretty excited about the opportunity since we’ve always been big fans of American Idol and have enjoyed working with the team at Fox previously.American Idol Widget

    • The widget features a count down to the upcoming show so that you don’t miss any of the action!
    • Follow the top 12 as the Idol judges count down to the ultimate winner and watch behind the scenes footage and photos for insights and drama that you won’t find on TV.
    • Share the American Idol widget on your blog or with your friends through Facebook, Myspace and nearly everywhere else.

    We had a blast working on the widget and hope that you enjoy sharing it! Check it out: visit AmericanIdol.com now to grab the widget!

    By the way, without bragging too much, we do widgets and apps well. In addition to working with American Idol on this widget and a few others for earlier years, we produced over 200 widget campaigns for MySpace and IGN in the last couple years. View some of the other widget work that the Skyward team has performed in the past here, or  contact us and we’ll  help you figure out exactly the right widget or app strategy.

    March 1st, 2009

    3…2…1… Liftoff!

    It’s with great joy that we officially launch Skyward Interactive, an interactive agency focused on Mobile development and social networking.

    In January of 2009, a group of innovative thinkers specializing in advertising R&D left MySpace for the great unknown. Taking with them the knowledge and experience that can only be gained from helping some of the worlds largest brands make the largest splash in what was at the time, the worlds largest social network.

    rocketsWhy “Skyward Interactive” and why a Toy Rocket? Simple, and maybe a bit corny; We want to take you higher and faster than anyone else can take you, wherever you want to go and whatever you want to accomplish.

    Back in the 1960’s when the world looked on in wonder at the Space race, Rockets lifted off from launchpads all the time. Each country sprinting ahead with every invention. Images of rockets were used by ad agencies everywhere to show the futuristic vision behind a product or brand. The future was so alive that if you tried, the power of imagination and a toy rocket could take you to the moon.

    When you are ready, contact us. We’d love to learn about your needs and see if there are ways that we can help you launch something great.

    - The Skyward Interactive team.

    p.s.  In reality, those early moon trips were powered by imagination.

    From the dreams of storytellers like Jules Verne to the first applications by scientists Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Robert Goddard, it took a lot of imagination to reach the sky. And while we limit our use of actual rockets to an occasional fourth of July picnic and some secret experiments involving a lawn chair, we tend to bring a lot of imagination wherever we go.

    January 30th, 2009