Miraculously we are back online again. There are a lot of reasons that it took so long that I won’t bother going into, but it’s good to be back, and most of the data has been recovered, so the history of videos back to around page 116 are completely new(ly published)! We may have lost a few months but it could be worse.

As for plans I am planning on a VidzBigger for GM 1.0…. we the vidzbigger community are still battling with the firefox bug that makes videos restart when their css position is changed to fixed. To get an idea of how the new version will work, the chrome extension of VidzBigger somewhat illustrates the change of video css position while video is playing. If you want to use the old version’s method instead that’s your prerogative (and still supported) however maintaining support for the old version is increasingly time consuming and difficult and not financially viable. You will notice that in the Chrome version that there is a tab of “unsupported” features and also under Display there is “Classic Configurable Column Mode (on reload)” which brings back the possibility of 3 column layout. The gains of this edition were too minimal on other platforms to merit release across the board in the minimal time that was available to work on vidzbigger this year.

The major benefit of the new display method is that the video is never removed from the page and then added to the rigid vidzbigger display framework. Removing page elements and adding them to the rigid vidzbigger framework allowed a lot of layout flexibility, and JSAPI features, but had a nasty habit of breaking other page functionality. The new method leaves page elements to flow as they are, and simply uses CSS styling to make them act like vidzbigger without moving them into any foreign dom framework. The good news is that most users will not be effected by this approach. The bad news is firefox cannot perform this method seamlessly without some hacks, since changing the video’s css position from relative to fixed as is required by vidzbigger layout engine restarts the video, however this is an age old problem, and may not be a big issue for many users. Also I may attempt to use document-start to mitigate this issue.

Time that can be spent in development is minimal. I am up to my neck in debt and financial obligations as usual and do not expect VidzBigger will become profitable any time soon, however I expect I will find some time for a major update, hopefully by sometime early next year. As always I have tons of plans but very little means with which to implement them.

Sorry for all the boring details however since some people may be interested in the plans moving forward with this, that’s what I have in mind. I am considering that we may need to trim a lot of the old features out of VidzBigger so that the new version performs as fast as possible. It has been a long considered option that I may eventually release a lite version of the program, however it has always been the goal of VidzBigger to never remove features or functionality, but it seems like the speed of hardware does not allow for this.

In other news, check out my new site http://vidsbee.com and you will see that I have released a windows and mac OS version of my ColorPick program. This tool should be useful for web developers and visual artists, and there is an easy to pirate free demo version available on the download page. An official license for a single location costs $0.99.

Thanks for checking in and I hope this has been informative and held your attention.