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nobbie

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As I forage around here trying to eke out the most I can from my iPhone, I thought I would stop and share my thoughts on various aspects of the journey. Keep in mind that, while I am on the bleeding edge here, I am nowhere near as tech saavy or competent as most others. Let's just agree that I am at the back of this class, riding the coattails of my smarter brothers and sisters. I rely on their tips, hints and hardwork for my personal gain. With that in mind, here's a QUICKIE on the PXL (package management tool) Breezy that Mike (aka Tinman) turned me onto. Thanks, Mike!

Well, first of all, here where you can download Breezy: http://code.google.com/p/pxl/

Now, what is Breezy? You've most likely read all the gushing here over iBrickr. Well, Breezy is the Mac OSX version of iBrickr.

Here's an excerpt from the PXL page:

PXL (pronounced 'pixel') is a package management tool for iPhone. It is still in the early stages, however. The primary component is a service called PXLdaemon, which runs on your iPhone; various client services (Breezy, iBrickr, Shimmer and so on) then speak to PXLdaemon in order to install or uninstall packages.

The goal is not only to have a reasonably extensible and sane format, but also keep the entire thing open source so that it can be a community effort to maintain and expand it.


Basically, this is to help you get third party applications, utilities and more onto your iPhone.

The download was easy. The install was, ahem, breezy. Firing it up, as with anything iPhone, I'm discovering had its hiccups. It's like the iPhone resists hooking up with strange apps. Must be Daddy Jobs' chastity belt or whatever. But, after a couple tries, iPhone gave it up and allowed Breezy in.

Once there, you can go online the the iBrickr repository (http://pxl.ibrickr.com/) and download various third party applications like Apollo IM and the Nintendo Entertainment System emulator.

After installing NES, though, I realized Breezy, unlike iBrickr, had no way of getting ROMs onto the iPhone. Strike One. Then, I realized that Installer, which lives on the iPhone does what Breezy does WITHOUT having to have a Mac computer around! Strike Two. For me, I didn't need to wait for a third strike. I moved on.

Final Thoughts: Breezy is a great start for someone with Mac wanting iBrickr-like desktop PXL. But, you'd be better served using AppTap to load Installer onto your iPhone and get updates and new apps on the fly directly on your iPhone via wireless!
 

Tinman

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Sorry to hear that Breezy doesn't do file transfers. Hopefully it will get updated to stay current with iBrickr.

But even for those using iBrickr, I still recommend they just install Installer and then use that for installing apps right on the iPhone.

Plus Installer lets you know when there are updated versions of your installed apps. Not sure iBrickr/Breezy do that.

OTOH, there are apps available via iBrickr/Breezy that are not listed in Installer (the Zork games, etc.).

So I've installed the PXL MobileSafari Plugin and can install apps on the iPhone by downloading straight from Safari (I bookmarked http://pxl.ibrickr.com/ and download from that page).

Can you verify if the Safari plug in works with Breezy? (Not with Breezy per se, but whatever PXL support files Breezy installs--as that's what seems to make it work with iBrickr.)

It doesn't look like creating PXLs is all that hard. Might be a good way to share self-installing files--would be great if this forum allowed PXL attachments.


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Mike
 

Tinman

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Installer app is the best
The Safary plugin is actually quite good. Considering the amount of progress Nate True has made with iBrickr, and now the Safari plugin, I'd venture to say it will surpass Installer within a month or two (functionality wise!).

I already prefer the interface when viewing http://pxl.ibrickr.com/ on the iPhone. With the Safari plugin you can install those apps right from Safari. Some cannot be found in Installer's app list.


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neph19d

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The Safary plugin is actually quite good. Considering the amount of progress Nate True has made with iBrickr, and now the Safari plugin, I'd venture to say it will surpass Installer within a month or two (functionality wise!).

I already prefer the interface when viewing http://pxl.ibrickr.com/ on the iPhone. With the Safari plugin you can install those apps right from Safari. Some cannot be found in Installer's app list.


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Mike
hmm i know nothing of this safari plug in. I tried breezy and don't know what the hell i was doing. The new ifuntastic is dumb. I like to keep it simple. I have a mac so I can't use ibrickr
 

Tinman

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hmm i know nothing of this safari plug in. I tried breezy and don't know what the hell i was doing. The new ifuntastic is dumb. I like to keep it simple. I have a mac so I can't use ibrickr
Well if you still have Breezy around, try installing the Safari plugin. It's not very big and doesn't get in the way of normal Safari operation. Unfortunately, the Safari Plugin is not available via Installer. :(


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neph19d

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Well if you still have Breezy around, try installing the Safari plugin. It's not very big and doesn't get in the way of normal Safari operation. Unfortunately, the Safari Plugin is not available via Installer. :(


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Mike
hmm i dunno mike whats this plug in do?
 

awad

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i had a weird issue with demoapp that wouldn't go away, and wouldn't show any of the 3rd party programs i installed. so i restored it, which meant updating the phone, and now breezy wont jailbreak anymore, it fails then shuts down. it worked flawlessly the first time, but its not doing anything now. any ideas?
 

nobbie

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You might want to delete Breezy and reinstall it. Then, I find having the iPhone connected first. Quitting iTunes. THEN starting up Breezy works. I leave iPhoto running. Doesn't seem to have any affect. But it lets me know the iPhone is being recognized by the computer.

Try that and let us know.
 

awad

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You might want to delete Breezy and reinstall it. Then, I find having the iPhone connected first. Quitting iTunes. THEN starting up Breezy works. I leave iPhoto running. Doesn't seem to have any affect. But it lets me know the iPhone is being recognized by the computer.

Try that and let us know.
yeah, that fixed it. thanks!
 
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