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  1. APL transition property

    The AnimateItem command can be used to create animations for the opacity and transform properties. With the release of APL 1.6, many more properties have been unlocked for dynamic updates, such as the height and width of a component.However, the AnimateItem command does not support these properties, instead you have to use for example Easing Functions to implement animations for these properties. In my opinion, the Easing Functions are relatively complex in terms of their structure, and furthermore they can currently only be defined statically, which means that, as with the AnimateItem command, I have to define the initial and…

    1 vote

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  2. Auto duck support in APLA Mixer

    Auto duck is a popular feature in audio mixing software like Audacity; it allows a track (A) to play at a desired volume while there is silence on another track (B). Whenever track B is NOT silent, track A automatically reduces its volume, allowing track B to be heard clearly, and both tracks to continue uninterrupted. A automatically returns to its default volume when B is silent once again, and so on for the duration of the track(s).

    Example:

    Track A: background music
    Track B: voiceover (VO) track - spoken phrases separated by variable-length periods of silence.
    This use case…

    8 votes

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  3. Show installed skill icons on echo show home screen like a tablet or phone does

    Lots of wasted space. Help out skill developers by providing a visual reminder of what skills they've used in the past.

    2 votes

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  4. Stereo Support for APL for Audio

    APL-A touts higher sample rates and uncompressed audio, but that only pertains to the input format. Any high quality audio file gets mixed down to an output format of mono 48 kbps, meaning that it is actually ultimately worse than the potentially stereo format possibly with the audio tag.

    Please consider adding stereo support for Mixer & Sequencer events, if not actually increasing the end output quality.

    1 vote

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  5. APL Events Console (APL Authoring Tool)

    It would be very useful, when using the APL Authoring Tool and in play mode, having a separate console that logs all the fired commands. Especially the SendEvent command could be very useful to get more details on (a list of all the listed arguments), especially when working with dynamic values that might change throughout interaction with the APL document.

    1 vote

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  6. Web API for Games Support for NOT Games

    Currently, Web API for Games support requires that the skill be a Game.
    I would like to use the Web API functionality for visuals for NOT games. For example, voice controlled charts and maps. So, if I have a Skill showing the location of the nearest hardware store and the user says, Not that One, I want the map to move, and Web API is a great way to do that.

    1 vote

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  7. APL functions to retrieve properties of elements

    APL functions to retrieve properties of elements would be very helpful.

    For example:

    Document.getScrollTop();

    Element.getOffsetTop('id')
    Element.getOffsetLeft('id')
    Element.getWidth('id')
    Element.getHeight('id')

    7 votes

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  8. AWS IOT device shadow integration to show real time data

    I'm working on Alexa skill. I need to have real time data in my visual cards. I was planning to integrate with AWS device shadow so I will be able to show device state changes in realtime or I can implement real time data pulling using HTTP request.

    Any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks in advance

    1 vote

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  9. launch Alexa skills with GUI click

    If I build an APL skill with rich visuals and multimodal click support, I want to be able to have it feature visually on Fire devices for customers to click to launch. This extra discovery would incentivise development of rich visuals.

    3 votes

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  10. Alexa visual indicator

    I have a set of 5 Lifx tiles. It would be amazing to see Alexa speak and acknowledge when she is listening via visual methods versus auditory only.

    1 vote

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  11. APL - Don't stop skill when a user interacts with components

    Presenting an APL document that includes components such as a ScrollView, for example, invites the user to interact with that component. Unfortunately, as soon as the user touches the screen, the skill stops. If Alexa was speaking, she abruptly stops speaking. If the user does nothing more, the skill comes to an end and the user is kicked out. This is a horrible experience.

    Add the ability, for developers to present either certain components that won't interrupt the skill, or a full document that won't react to touch.

    14 votes

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  12. screenshot

    Alexa, take a screenshot.

    Would be helpful in documentation and marketing/promotion of APL-driven skills to be able to take a screenshot directly off the device.

    Saying something like "Alexa, take a screenshot" could take the screenshot and save it to Amazon Photos, just as "take a selfie" does with the front-facing camera.

    4 votes

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  13. Turn on the power to the TV connected to a FireTV Cube from a skill

    When a user invokes a Skill on a Fire TV Cube, provide a way for our fulfillment webhook to determine that the device is a Fire TV Cube. We know we can determine that the skill was invoked on a device that has a screen, but we need a way to determine that it is not an Echo Show or Spot, but instead a TV connected to a FireTV Cube.

    Then, provide a way to determine whether or not the TV power is on or off. If it is off, provide a way for us to tell the Cube to…

    1 vote

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  14. APL Sequence row formatting (alternate or custom)

    Outputting a sequence for touch choices is nice - but it would be great if there were some visual styling controls to help differentiate the rows (other than being able to use a single color and spacing).

    For instance, being able to specify two colors, and have every other row be different - or being able to submit an array of colors that are used in sequence, which would be used cyclically (IOW, if the number of choices in a sequence were greater than the number of colors, it would use all of the colors, then start over from the…

    1 vote

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  15. Allow multi-modal pages to refresh in-place with different data

    I want to create a skill that shows an image with some text a la the "Today's Cheese" sample app, but I want this skill to be able to periodically update the images and text based on a server-side push.

    3 votes

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  16. APL Support for smartphones

    Hey,

    I don't understand why APL is not available on smartphones. Smartphones are able to display simple cards but not to show APL-rendered screens. I understand the difficulty of different screen sizes here but it would be really cool if you could implment APL in your Alexa-App (especially for testing).

    16 votes

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  17. Web fonts for displays

    The release of APL is great, but we are stuck to using the Amazon Ember font, which is now the only thing that makes multimodal designs seen too Amazon-ish for some requirements.

    It would be great it we could define custom typeface in the APL JSON and be able to use this font in containers and text fields in APL.

    Cheers!

    8 votes

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  18. Allow voice conversation to continue after a user touches the screen

    On devices with screens when you use the List template we observe the following: Once a list is displayed, it puts the Echo in a state where you can’t continue voice commands. For example, if a user invokes an intent that brings up a menu of options on the screen that is displayed with the List template and the user touches the screen to scroll, the voice interaction with the user comes to an end. They have to say “Alexa” first to return to the voice conversation. This should not be the case - please remove the need to say…

    8 votes

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  19. Allow skills to display large images in home cards

    Currently, there is no good way to display graphs, charts, or maps in a home card. The current icon size is simply too small to make it readable.

    4 votes

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  20. Provide HTML like styling to the card

    It would be a good if we can style our card in CSS way. Default search implementation like Yelp is doing it internally. We should be allowed that too. We should be allowed to design our image and content the way we want. we should be freely use margin, padding, color, font and other style too.

    7 votes

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