Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Version (1.0.1)

I just released this version to the xda forums for testing.

-  option to save nickname and room last used (you can clear it by set the fields to blank, then save).
-  added new field to enter the Server ip address, in case you want to run your own server (if not set, it defaults to the last used server)
-  hide that annoying red TOS box when you check it, and click Save.
-  when you enable the webcam, you can set its resolution and frame rate.

After a few days of testing, I will upload it to AppsLib market.  The executable for the Server (version 1.0.1) should be available shortly.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Android Testing

So far the ReelPortal software seems to be most usable on the Viewsonic G Tablet.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a couple of major issues:  can't access front camera, and poor performance.  The first issue is common for Android 2.2 devices with dual cameras, because the OS doesn't support 2 cameras natively.  However, Android 2.3 will have support, so it would be a non-issue once that's released.  The poor performance is probably due to the single core, whereas the Viewsonic has a Tegra 2 dual-core CPU.  The Viewsonic also has a single front camera, so it works for ReelPortal.  Someone was able to do a 4-way video conference using the Viewsonic G Tablet and 3 PCs.

Link to Viewsonic thread:

Remember to join room "xda" (all lower case) if you want to test with other xda members!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Published to AppsLib

The Android version is currently available on AppsLib market:

If you can't access AppsLib, you can download the apk file here:

You'd need to have Android 2.2 (froyo) on
your device. Please follow these steps to install:

1) Install the free Adobe AIR 2.5 runtime from the Android Market

2) Enable you device to install apps outside of Android Market
(Go to Applications—> Settings –> Applications—> Turn ON “Unknown sources”)

3) Download and install the reelportal.apk file from

Reelportal is a room-centric application. While you can call other
people if you know their nicks, you will automatically connect to
everyone in a room when you enter it, without knowing their nicks.

Audio test:

a) On your computer, go to
b) Join/create a room "X" (or any room name you want)
c) Enable the microphone (button 9 should go green)

d) On your android device, launch the reelportal app
e) Join the same room "X", to automatically connect to your computer
f) Enable the microphone (button 9 should go green)

Your computer and android device should now be connected and streaming
audio to each other. Is the audio intelligible on both devices? Is there echo on either?

If the audio test was OK, then follow on with the webcam test: enable webcam (button 9 & 10 should go green) on both devices.

Your computer and android device should now be streaming video/audio to each other. Video puts a very heavy burden on the CPU, so it may not work well, depending on your device.