Credit: @BoldNinja / Medium Nov 3rd, 2016

Did you know that ARK has a special feature known as SmartBridge? When you hear the crew members of ARK discuss our goals and strengths you will often hear SmartBridge mentioned. However, the reader may say to himself, “what exactly is a SmartBridge”?

Well, if you are one of those people, then this blog post will help you learn about the benefits of SmartBridges. The SmartBridge is a bit of code which helps ARK to be extremely diverse in the functionality provided by the ARK network. SmartBridges connect different blockchains to the core of ARK. This allows linked blockchains to send and receive a wide variety of data. This aspect can also be utilized by centralized services as well to provide Blockchain as a Service (BaaS), outside of the blockchain ecosystem.

The way in which this groundbreaking feature is able to achieve these significant features is through ‘Encoded Listeners’, which respond to specific triggers found within the SmartBridge. These listeners allow for their coded autonomous systems to recognize any trigger function notices created by a user. They subsequently process the information accordingly, and relay the information intended to be sent or received.

These Encoded Listeners will be developed by the administrators of the connecting blockchains. However, ARK intends on supplying a Rapid Deployment Engine, which will assist in creating these Encoded Listeners. This will make this process flow in the most efficient manner.

To discuss all of the potential use cases which can be utilized by SmartBridge would take volumes. So, instead, we will present examples to help put our explanation of SmartBridges into perspective.

One great example is the transfer of payments through various blockchain networks. This allows users to send a transaction with a specific amount of ETH from ARK, directly to the holder of the ETH account, once the information is processed and verified. Other applications will eventually lead to the transfer of data for user profiles, service ratings, contracts, and other applications. The use cases really are endless.

Another use case could be a 3rd party coin exchange service may look for specific triggers and handle cross blockchain payments for their customers. For example, You have ARK but want to pay for a movie using Netflix Credits but you don’t have any Netflix Credits. You could go through multiple steps to transfer into these credits to watch a movie but because you are a member of Bob’s coinshift platform, you can send an ARK transaction to bob with the instructions to pay for the video you want to watch with Netflix Credits on your behalf. This would not require Bob to be there and would be handled by the Centralized and Decentralized system that Bob’s Coinshift provides instantly for the consumer.

To more easily grasp the concept of SmartBridges, please review this image (full link to bigger image ):

In this blog post, we have only scratched the surface of what can be achieved through SmartBridge technology. However, I hope it has helped to clarify any misunderstandings and given the reader some insight into its application and its potential. SmartBridges — connecting isolated blockchain technologies within blockchain ecosystem. We don’t build walls, we build bridges.

Credit: BoldNinja May 11th, 2017
ARK Wallet Update — 1.2.2 Brings a Ton of New Features and the Option to Add Cloneable Networks

# 1 — “REMAINING BALANCE” and “SEND ALL” have been added to the send page

When sending ARK from the desktop wallet you will now see the remaining balance in the lower left corner. This new feature auto-calculates the remaining wallet balance as you enter a value in the send field.

**note that 0.1ARK will remain to be used as the ARK TX(transaction) fee, which will be deducted when sending.

Another new feature is the SEND ALL button which will auto-populate the amount field with the maximum amount you can send (again, 0.1ARK will remain to be used as the ARK TX fee which will be deducted when sending).

#2 — QR code scanner added

You can now scan an ARK passphrase via webcam for importing an address into your wallet by clicking on the QR CODE button. You can also scan a QR Code for sending a TX as well, in destination(recipient) address section.
#3 — Custom backgrounds

You can now customize your ARK Desktop Wallet with patterned backgrounds.

Click on gear icon in the upper right menu
click on “BACKGROUND”
Select your preferred background and click SAVE

#4 — Error messages appear in red

Error messages are now more visible and appear red (lower left corner). Sending to an invalid ARK address or sending a non-viable ARK amount will generate a red error message.
# 5 — Support for multiple cloned networks and auto-configuration

One of the biggest new features (paving the way for cloned ARK networks to be incorporated into the ARK desktop wallet) is the ability to add other networks to the ARK wallet. A simple IP will auto-configure the ARK desktop wallet for that network! Yeah, within the ARK wallet, you will be able to add ARK forked projects and send your ARK, paving the way for multi-wallet support!

For testing purposes DEVNET* will be added as a public testnet for ARK. We will write more about this in an upcoming guide for testers, developers and hobbyists.

*This is not mandatory and is only for those who would like to play/test an ARK cloned network.

Click on gear icon
Click on manage networks

“Manage Networks” will open – click NEW

Under Name* write : devnet
Under Seed Server* write :
Click Create
Click Save

This will auto-configure the ARK client (Yeah! Get all settings from a single IP! — address generator prefix, token symbol, explorer address — how cool is that?). Also, it will add devnet to the available networks you can interact with.

Now to access DEVNET in ARK Desktop:

On the main menu, click on the Network name until you reach DEVNET (note that MAINNET is the default network and DEVNET is for development purposes ONLY and completely independent from MAINNET).

Why is that so cool? Now you can automatically generate an address on DEVNET and interact with it using the ARK Desktop Wallet.

Let’s make a new DARK (Developmental ARK) address:

DEVNET token symbols and addresses start with capital “D” (MAINNET ARK addresses start with capital “A”).

**note that for each network you can set different backgrounds. If you want to switch back to MAINNET just click on DEVNET until you see MAINNET on the main page in the lower right box.

Click on CREATE ACCOUNT and save / copy passphrase to confirm. The DARK account will open:

Some of the other features and bug fixes added in this release:

Save last price in localStorage
Add a directive for valid amount
Add png file icon
Angular Material and translate tag issue fix
Renamed Fullscreen
Rebroadcast if tx stay unconfirmed
Added new terms and adjusted others
Fixing typo in deb synopsis and improving documentation
Comparison bug fix
Code linting
Removed cold wallet warning
More patterns to choose for background
Few fixes on account refresh

Thanks to all contributors who provided help in making this wallet even more user friendly!

This wallet advances ARK’s mission to become an Ecosystem of connected networks and is a stepping stone for exciting things to come!

Thanks to all — we have achieved so much in the weeks since ARK has launched!

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