New animation features underway

3 11 2015

One of the biggest feature requests we get is having the ability to have a unique play drawing or text per keyframe or step in the play.  It helps walk players through a more complex series of plays.  Sports Dood apps up until now have always supported a single drawing per play.  The below video illustrates the capability although likely not a very interesting play.  You can see some drawing being added in mid animation play back.  The process works the same as regular play creation, if you change or add new layers of drawings, they will be recorded to the keyframe.

One of the draw backs of this is that undo may not work as expected.  Once you record a frame, that drawing becomes an image associated with that particular keyframe.  As long as you continue to add frames, undo works as expected but if you go back to edit a frame, you will need to use the eraser to edit the drawing.  We are making this process as seamless as possible.

Android ‘donate’ apps are being discontinued

26 10 2015

Sports Dood apps launched a long time before in-app purchases were available for Android so we had to maintain 2 versions of the product, a full and an ad supported version.  This meant double the app listings and double the amount of compile effort on every revision across every sport.  On iOS, we launched those apps after in-app purchasing was available so there is only 1 version of every app and this makes it much easier to test and deploy new features.  In order to get new updates and bug fixes to you quickly, you will need to transition to the free version of the app (and in-app purchase to donate to remove ads.  To make this easier, last year we added support to export your play and formation databases.  So now, you can easily move your paid plays and formations over to the free version of the app.

This transition to a single app will allow us to focus on developing features instead of administrating double the amount of applications.  We realize that some of you may have recently purchased the ‘donate’ version so if you move to the free version and perform the in-app purchase, we will refund that purchase if you bought within the last year.  Please shoot an email if you are in this situation so we can figure it out.

Play Recording coming to iOS!

30 09 2015

Currently, recording a video of your play was feature of the Desktop Sports Dood Beta app.  The file format was not a standard or widely supported format but it did work with Youtube.  We are excited to announce that creating videos from your plays will be coming to iOS over the next few weeks starting with Football Dood (already submitted to Apple).  You will be able to select between 3 different formats including a lower definition SD (576p), HD (720p) and Full HD (1080p).  Note that we have worked hard to optimize the video performance for all device models but you can tweak the delay between keyframes to speed up or slow down the animation by editing the timer setting.

For those users on Android, we are looking at options to include this feature as well.  It is not a trivial task.  There are many video recording apps, most need root access and those like Mirror are still in beta as there are some Android kinks to work out.  We will eventually get there.

Below is a sample video recorded on an iPad 3rd generation using the new feature, make sure you choose the 1080p video playback setting to see the quality:

Importing Databases to Sports Dood Desktop

16 07 2015

Recently I added capability to export plays and formation databases from the mobile apps so you can share entire databases instead of one at a time.  I have had a few emails asking how to import a database into the desktop app since there is currently no import capability.  Here is the workaround, below are the paths of where the DB’s are on both OSX and Windows.  Simply copy your database here and make sure to rename it to the correct database name.

OSX:  /Users/<userName>/Library/Application Support/com.sportsdood.desktop/Local Store

Windows:  C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\com.sportsdood.desktop\Local Store

Note that ‘animations’ is the play DB and ‘formations’ are for formations (duh?).  So for example, lets say I exported my plays from android and I name it ‘myplays.db’.

1. Close Sports Dood.  Navigate to the folder above
2. Locate ‘animationsHKY.db’ and rename that to something like ‘animationsHKYold.db’ (you could also delete it)
3. Copy in myplays.db
4. Rename myplays.db to animationsHKY.db
5. Reopen Sports Dood

The file names are pretty self explanatory, so the suffix indicates the Sport, so HKY is hockey, FB is Football, SCR is Soccer, BB is basketball, FH is Field Hockey, RG is Rugby, UL is Ultimate, VB is Volleyball and BaseB is Baseball.

New Android version rolling out!

10 10 2014

Key new features:

– custom backgrounds.  Simply copy an image to the sports dood directory into a new folder called backgrounds (image recommended 500w by 700h or similar aspect ratio)
– support for android immersive mode where device supports
– option to enable drawing and moving players at the same time
– ability to delete any animation frame (not just from end)
– ability to overwrite plays and formations (no longer allowed duplicates)


Basketball Dood Featured on Intel Commercial

29 07 2014

Check out this coach video and see a coach using Basketball Dood including an animation!

Sports Dood for Desktop

12 12 2013

Just in time for the holidays, there is a new Sports Dood desktop application in beta and it has been added to the download section to replace the old play viewer. It has ALL the capability of the mobile app including drawing, sharing and animating. It is multi-sport so you get 8 sports all for FREE!! This beta will so check back for updates.

Dec 15th – beta version 1.2 released, fixes a few issues such as soccer ball was used for all sports, pucks and refs not saving correctly in plays.




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