Y u no Skydrive Kaalus?

I’ve had a lot of people ask why not use Skydrive instead of Dropbox.

Look there: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/live/hh561489.aspx#guidelines.

As you see, Microsoft states that Skydrive is not designed to be used for storage of proprietary application files that only one specific application can use. Instead, they have a list of files they “support”. Images, videos, audio and documents (Office+PDFs). The Skydrive API will not let you upload any other type of file without some tricks.

I know I could have cheated the system by using fake .doc or .pdf file extensions. This could work. But I don’t feel comfortable doing that. Microsoft can screw up any such attempts at any time by looking inside of a file instead of just relying on file extensions. Or they can start failing applications that do it.

Skydrive sometimes meddles with the files you upload. For example if you upload an image larger than 2048×2048, they will downscale it whether you want it or not. I am not sure about that, but they may also recompress all uploaded images to JPG – as if all the images you ever wanted to use were photos! That would definitely screw the texture packs, which need lossless compression and alpha channel, none of which is provided by jpgs.

Personally I think Microsoft are shooting themselves in the foot trying to exert too much control here, and thus limiting the use of the service in a lot of legitimate cases. They believe that average Joe only cares about pictures, videos and mp3’s, and has absolutely no use for anything else. That’s probably true in 90% of cases, but why throw away more hardcore users? They are who makes the platform fly by creating apps that hook more users in.

33 Comments

  1. jriot10
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 04:36 | Permalink | Reply

    @Kaalus how do i send u my corrupted world?

  2. Tanner
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 05:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Dropbox is fine with me but I don’t know how to use it yet.

  3. Afuzzybuttcrust
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Has anyone uploaded any worlds yet?

    • survivaler
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:57 | Permalink | Reply

      I have

  4. survivaler
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:27 | Permalink | Reply

    Got the update

  5. Afuzzybuttcrust
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:32 | Permalink | Reply

    Sorry if I missed something, but how are you supposed to download other people’s worlds through dropbox?

    • survivaler
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:34 | Permalink | Reply

      It will come up in dropbox screen in survival raft when lots of people have the update

    • Tanner
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:37 | Permalink | Reply

      Go download free version of Box files make an account then search survivalcraft and you should get a folder with my work stairs2heaven in it. If not I did update tell me if you get it.

      • Afuzzybuttcrust
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:50 | Permalink | Reply

        I uploaded two worlds already.

      • survivaler
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:51 | Permalink | Reply

        How?

      • survivaler
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:52 | Permalink | Reply

        what they called?

        • Tanner
          Posted March 31, 2012 at 07:02 | Permalink

          Its called Box files the app.

  6. Afuzzybuttcrust
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:54 | Permalink | Reply

    Dropbox is only letting me view the worlds that I upload. I dont see anyone else’s worlds.

    • survivaler
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:56 | Permalink | Reply

      yeah me to. i can only see my worlds. or becouase we are in different places it will take rime to reach each other

      • Afuzzybuttcrust
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 06:59 | Permalink | Reply

        Mu worlds names are Clidios and Suzuhon by the way.

      • survivaler
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 07:00 | Permalink | Reply

        Cool. My world is called survivalworld although it is creative!

  7. Afuzzybuttcrust
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 07:04 | Permalink | Reply

    @Kaalus please address this problem.

    • survivaler
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 07:05 | Permalink | Reply

      yes plz. Or is it just us…

      • survivaler
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 08:25 | Permalink | Reply

        I can’t see people’s worlds and texture packs. Plz help kaalus!

  8. Nikpol22
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 07:05 | Permalink | Reply

    I was trying to get a wildboar in my farm. He was in place surrounded by fences, jumped on a fence! Kaalus, how? How did it do that? You said: “player can jump over th fences, but animals can’t”, and wildboar jump over fences. Am I right or not? I guess you can solve this problem. (sorry if I’m having any mistakes.

    • survivaler
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 07:06 | Permalink | Reply

      Lol we posted at the same time!

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 12:26 | Permalink | Reply

      I said they theoretically should not jump over fences, but in practice it may happen :-) I think if the fence is near another block Wildboar may jump over it.

  9. StoneSmoker420
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 07:59 | Permalink | Reply

    When are u gonna give out the texture packs kaalus?????? Still dont really get how dropbox works yet need help some one please upload a video showing how it works and if u do ill subscribe and like the video

    • jriot10
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 14:37 | Permalink | Reply

      We have to make them ourselves i made one but there are a couple of glitches so i will send it to you via email if you want when it is done (that means you have to give me your email by the way)

  10. usviituten
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 10:23 | Permalink | Reply

    If you’re confused on how to upload and download worlds go to survivalcraft.lefora.com
    scroll down, and there is a section to upload worlds to (you have to do this on your CPU then save to your survivalcraft folder) after you save your selected game in the SC folder then go to your game and you can download it there… Hope it helps

    • pippyo03
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 13:50 | Permalink | Reply

      Ya I get all that but when I download it and put it in my sc folder its still zip and I can’t unzip it.

      • jriot10
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 14:38 | Permalink | Reply

        I believe the game does that for you and if it doesn’t download 7-zip, right click the folder and choose 7-zip. and then it is self-explanatory from there.

    • survivaler
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 14:51 | Permalink | Reply

      Thx man. Will try when I get home

  11. StoneSmoker420
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 17:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Can every one send me their texture pack and also explain to me how to make one email: sk8ter4evr.56@gmail.com

  12. Posted July 20, 2014 at 02:20 | Permalink | Reply

    What’s a Skydrive?

One Trackback

  1. […] Dlaczego uważam, że SkyDrive ma być chmurą nie dla bardziej wymagających użytkowników, a prostą usługą przeznaczoną do przyzwyczajania użytkowników do usług chmurowych? SkyDrive nie oferuje możliwości wyboru folderów do synchronizacji na swoim rodzimym systemie, a sama chmura ma spore ograniczenia. Kaalus, deweloper, który stworzył świetną grę Survivalcraft na Windows Phone 7 postanowił wykorzystać chmurę jako platformę do udostępniania i dzielenia się mapami światów gry. Chociaż logiczne byłoby użycie w tym celu SkyDrive’a, skoro gra przeznaczona jest jedynie na telefony z systemem Microsoftu, to ten jednak zdecydował się na Dropboksa z jednego, prostego powodu: Dropbox nie ma ograniczeń odnośnie plików. Korzystając ze SkyDrive w aplikacjach deweloperzy muszą ograniczyć się do konkretnych formatów plików, które obsługuje Windows Phone 7, więc mapy byłyby naruszeniem zasad. Więcej o tym tutaj i tutaj. […]

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