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webOS Nation community stepping up to fill in the void left by Pivot 17

by Derek Kessler Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:44 pm EDT

webOS Nation community stepping up to fill in the void left by Pivot

HP Pivot was so unique in its application that it ended up a finalist in the 2011 Digital Magazine Awards. That uniqueness of the App Catalog magazine was severely hampered by the decisions made through the latter third of 2011, so much so that December saw Pivot replaced with a more generic "featured apps" brochure.

Oddly, that replacement only happened in the USA, with the other locales served by the App Catalog getting the short end of the App Catalog stick: they've been staring at the late-delivered November issue of Pivot for more than five months now. As you can imagine, that's gotten a little old in more ways than one.

GMMan in the webOS Nation Forums decided he'd had enough of his Pivot-less existence and set out to figure out how the magazine worked and if he could replace it. Turns out Pivot is just a collection of Javascript, images, layouts, and app infos, and redirecting it to a new server is a trivial matter of patching.

GMMan's put together a basic proof-of-concept test issue for a homebrewed Pivot just to prove it could be done, with remotely-hosted files for the magazine and a Preware-available patch to handle the redirect. There's some Lorem Ipsum-ing going on in the test issue - like we said, proof of concept - but it's a promising start to reinvigorating the dreary Featured Apps or outdated Pivot existence TouchPad owners have to deal with currently. For the concept to work, the new Pivot will need some new content producers since The Science Project isn't doing that job anymore. Plus, we think it might need a new name...



Lame and pretty simple, but something like "webUS"? Keeps it related to the OS and represents the community that's keeping it alive.

I see what you did with the link. :-)

This is a great idea! I'd like to see this get expanded by the community. I would think that with HTML5 video we could include videos and interactivity too? Now that a lot of OpenwebOS interactivity widgets are making their way to the browsers outside of webOS itself (http://enyojs.com/samples/onyxsampler/), maybe this will really take off? Here's hoping...I am so looking forward to September!

For me this is great! Although I've enjoyed the "Featured Apps" brochure, knowing the greatest community out there (Homebrew off course) is behind this, I'm all into it! Like in the forum, I suggest that -if possible- each edition maintains available on the menu. Like if for example, one wants to review its first edition and see how far it has gone or just to view some well remembered edition.
I also have some names to suggest "webOS World", "webOS illustrated" or "webOS Phnx" since we are ressurecting from the ashes! But since webOS has always been surrounded by Greek gods and goddesses (Ares, Enyo, Iris, etcetera if any other) I can suggest some others that I think would be good to use:
1.- Atlas - The Primordial Titan who carried the world on his back. This in reference of webOS world. So the magazine will carry webOS world on its back. "webOS Atlas".
2.- Attis - The (minor) god of rebirth. No need to explain here; webOS is being rebirth by its community. "webOS Attis"
3.- Chronos - (a.k.a. Chronus, Khronos) God of time. I think this looks and sounds good, "webOS Chronos".
4.- Clio - One of the Muses. She represented History. Good since this magazine would somewhat hold/represent webOS history. "webOS Clio".
5.- Elpis - (a.k.a. Spes) The spirit of Hope. What never dies in us webOS "die hard" lovers. "webOS Elpis".
6.- Momus - (a.k.a. Momos) God of satire, writers, and poets. Just for the reference of what'll be: a magazine. I don't like the name though -but that's just me- "webOS Momus".
7.- Nike - (a.k.a. Victoria, Nice) Goddess of victory. This is a victory itself (having Pivot HE (Homebrew Edition). So "webOS Nike".
8.- Pheme - (a.k.a. Fama) Goddess of fame and gossip. I think articles will have some of this (fame to apps/developers and gossip too. "webOS Pheme".
9.- Sterope - (a.k.a. Asterope) One of the seven Pleiades, who bore a child of Ares. I like the name and it's also related to one of the actual webOS Greek gods (Ares). "webOS Sterope".
10.- Styx - A Naiad who was the first to aid Zeus in the Titan war. The other webOS Greek gods are related to war and like the name. "webOS Styx"
11.- Tyche - (a.k.a. Fortuna, Nortia) Goddess of fortune and prosperity. What we need: fortune and prosperity in having more webOS apps -and it sounds like tech-, so, "webOS Tyche".
A contest like the one with the "open webOS" logo image would be nice (with a little (or big) webOS gadget along).
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I like atlas a lot, especially as it is also like the map books that, like you mentioned, show a rough guide to the world (just like the magazine). But I think that Styx is better as it not just follows the war theme of the others, but also follows the four letter theme. Also, not directly related, I would like to see this for all webOS devices (I've only got a pre3)

I kinda like Atlas too.

Installed the patch but don't see the Homebrew-issue screen, still the HP Pivot (did a Luna restart though).

It didn't work on my Touchpad until I rebooted.

Just like the original Pivot I think it downloads new editions in the background so you have to give it time for the new edition to show. Or maybe a reboot helps.

There's a thread in the forums, if you're having issues....no pun intended..:)..you might want to try there.

I'm liking Styx, the river that formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld, (land of the dead), and also following the Greek 4 letter word theme.

Glad to see a write up on this finally. :)

Let's call it Divot. That might be too golfy.
"Shaft" is listed as a synonym for pivot :)
I guess I'll keep calling it "The super awesome webOS apps for enlightened individuals , semi-regularly updated, check your country, super fun pack -- now with universal coolness update"

Have they licensed the design from the science project? Because the way the article is written it appears this project simply rips off their work and replaces the text and images with new content? If that is not the case and the image at the top is simply a mock-up what does it actually look like?

Google "proof of concept" and you'll see exactly how the project looks.

Besides, however it ends up looking and whether or not they "rip off" the look and feel of Pivot at least they are taking it forward and giving something to the webOS community.

version in spanish????

I'm just glad to see somebody picked up on a great idea "in theory" by the numbnuts at HP and is willing to bring it back....with the support of US...the community. Thank you for making the webOS experience that much better! I have an android phone...not by choice but because Sprint dropped Palm. My TouchPad is and always will be webOS. I don't want that half-assed OS on my baby! Keep up the good work guys!

Good news.

I like the thought behind webUS, but it has unwanted connotations for those of us outside the US of A.

make it webOSours :)