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    The goal of the Auto App Mart is to make it easy to find the free and paid software that members here have been developing, downloading and selling for years. People have been asking for this for some time now.

    We have a huge technical challenge ahead of in order to make it:
    1) easy for developers to upload and sell or give away software
    2) easy for everyone else to access and download/pay for software they way
    3) identifying trends for developers to know about so that they can create the software that does not exists.

    But...I like challenges.

    And more importantly, this is about driving innovation. It is too difficult to find the software that people need right now.

    So, the Auto App Mart is open for developers to upload. Let me know if you all have thoughts, or opinions etc. This store is for you, so we will build it in the way that you want it. It is to everyone's benefit to come together and have an Auto App Mart that caters to all OSs, needs and price points.

    And I can get the attention of the major industry players once i can easily point to where all of the developers and types of software are. Many companies at CES inquired about an easier way to find developers that are o the forums. This store will make that happen as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderStick View Post
    Maybe,
    But it is going to take quite a bit of work to integrate that. Maintaining a web store that integrates with multiple types of 3rd party software (front ends) would take serious resources. To justify those resources you would need software that is not just free, but paid for. From what I gather most in this hobby are not very interested in paid for plugins for a free front end. I dont think RR users are going to jump on the wagon of paying for plugins and or skins.
    Maybe I'm wrong, but you pointed this out to me a few months ago... You may be able to snag a few CF users, but even then you allready paid over $100 for the front end why should you have to pay for the features of that front end as well?
    i dont think its as hard as it may initially seem. I had a RR plugin not too long ago which allowed plugin browsing/downloading that was based on a pretty simple .xml file that maintained and updated list of plugins and there attributes. If I could manage that then a similar application could be developed just as easy... provided Mp3car provided the hooks to access app data from an external source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    i dont think its as hard as it may initially seem. I had a RR plugin not too long ago which allowed plugin browsing/downloading that was based on a pretty simple .xml file that maintained and updated list of plugins and there attributes. If I could manage that then a similar application could be developed just as easy... provided Mp3car provided the hooks to access app data from an external source.
    Both openMobile and linuxICE have online automated app stores (aka one click download and installation). But something completely automated will never happen for rr or cf without significant changes. Right now theres about 10 different ways to install a rr plugin depending on where its from. Some come with installers, some require you to manually copy stuff, some require you to copy stuff and then register dlls. But rr users are used to that kinda thing so asking them to download the plugins from 1 website instead of 15 or digging through forum threads will probably be a welcome change.

    Having to then go to a website and register said download or deal with the tracking scripts embedded in it might not be

    I'm hoping we can branch out beyond just a one stop shop for plugins (as nice as that would be) into more custom software for carPCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    Interesting comments bearing in mind one of you signature links
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    Funny i don't remember seeing that link before this thread started...
    IT was there a few months ago, then I erased it to make space so I could pimp my eBay ad for my Jag. Jag sold, App store open.

    The app store I currently have allows for affiliate payments. Meaning, if the item is purchased a certain percentage of the sale automatically goes to that affiliates paypal account.
    If you want to list an item for free, that can be done as well.
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    mp3cars app store allows the same thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    mp3cars app store allows the same thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderStick View Post
    IT was there a few months ago, then I erased it to make space so I could pimp my eBay ad for my Jag. Jag sold, App store open.

    The app store I currently have allows for affiliate payments. Meaning, if the item is purchased a certain percentage of the sale automatically goes to that affiliates paypal account.
    If you want to list an item for free, that can be done as well.
    Well I'm glad you have clarified that.


    However I am afraid I will have to ask you to remove as it breaks the forum signature rules.

    Cheers

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    Just to let you guys know, autoappmart.com is ready for apps. Its only intended to be used by developers at the moment.

    So addressing some of the items in this thread
    1) integration with front ends.
    Im actually really excited about this part. Its not that difficult to do either. See when apps go up on autoappmart they get tagged with a category. Lets say there are 20 RR Plugins. They would all be tagged RR plugins. So RR would add a button for "buy plugins".

    When you click that it requests a URL from autoappmart asking for plugins for RR. I return that list in a way that would be easy readable, like XML.
    Code:
    <plugin>
    <name>plugin name</name>
    <desc>Descript</desc>
    <thumbnail>http://autoappmart.com/images/12312/hey.jpg</thumbnail>
    </plugin>
    RR would read that feed, and when you click on an app, you leave RR and enter the "made for 7 inch display" appstore, already on the product you clicked. You can buy and download right there!

    It would be pretty neat, and maybe down the line we can even do the buying process right within the apps, but for that I would probably make a c#, c++, .net library for the buying process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by optikalefx View Post
    RR would read that feed, and when you click on an app, you leave RR and enter the "made for 7 inch display" appstore, already on the product you clicked. You can buy and download right there!

    It would be pretty neat, and maybe down the line we can even do the buying process right within the apps, but for that I would probably make a c#, c++, .net library for the buying process.
    I hate to burst your bubble but how useful is a 7" buying experience if you need a mouse and keyboard to do the actual installation?

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    I hate to burst your bubble but how useful is a 7" buying experience if you need a mouse and keyboard to do the actual installation?
    Very true sir, very true.


    You may NOT need a keyboard and mouse though. Say its a free app that doesn't require user input. Tap to download, double tap to run the installer, tap to launch the application. maybe.

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