So long, App-A-Week challenge. Hello, App-A-Month challenge!

July 18, 2012

Hello, dear readers. I have some news.

You haven’t heard much from me lately because I recently (like 3 weeks ago) got a really kick-ass job doing mobile app development with a really cool company. That means I have far less time to work on my own iOS projects.

BUT, I still intend to work on them. What I’ll have to do is modify my original challenge to have a release every month instead of every week.

This months release is the retina-graphics version of Mac Lens•Lab!

Anyway, thanks for reading!

Update and note.

May 20, 2012

Hi folks. Just want to let you know that publishing a new app (or version of an old app) once a week is actually quite a challenge with a 21 month old running around. Since I’m the primary caregiver that doesn’t leave a lot of quality, distraction-free time to code and whatnot. So I’m a little late in announcing new apps.

BUT, I still plan to publish apps and update older apps. I’ll see what I can do to make up for missing my targets the past two weeks. Thanks for your understanding.

This week’s update.

April 26, 2012

What do we have this week? My MD5 Calculator has been updated to include a way to tip the developer $0.99 (or whatever the regional equivalent is) via in-app purchase. Fun! Also, I removed the ads. Yuck is gone!

Oh, and it’s pretty cool when I have to remember what apps are still awaiting approval.

App-A-Week Challenge Update, also Font Tip! (Also, Snippets!)

April 16, 2012

PizzaPal has been updated to 1.1 with the following changes:

  • Removed iAds.
  • Added 4th pizza comparator.

Yeah, I know, that’s kind of cheap to count that as an app release. Whatever, making an app a week is no picnic.

Oh, also, if you do any kind of coding/programming, you should totally check this out:

I’ve switched my programming font of choice from the venerable Consolas for BBedit (14 pt) to the wonderful Inconsolata (15 pt). Inconsolata is simply a beautiful monospaced font that is easy to read, renders beautifully, and yet has TONS of character. My only criticism so far is that the underscore (_) character renders a bit thin. OH WELL. Seriously, download this font and give it a whirl. You shan’t be disappointed.

Also: holy crap why have I never used snippets in Xcode 4 before? Maybe because it’s not entirely obvious how to use them or maybe I was just not as smart a programmer as before. Anyway.

Here’s how to use snippets:

1) type out the thing you want to make a snippet of. Any “bubble text tab” thingees you can create with <#sometext#>. Drag it to the snippet library.

2) Give it a nice title, completion shortcut, and double-check for perfection:

3) Since snippets are sensitive to scope, you can make one for interface and one for implementation!

4) To use, just tap the completion shortcut letters, for example:

Basically, if you find yourself typing similar things over and over again in Xcode, make a snippet RIGHT NOW!


April 10, 2012

You thought I forgot about you. I didn’t. I have apps waiting on approval. I have new apps that are *this* close to being done. I have other app activity. App app app. So, yeah. App.

App-A-Week Challenge, Week 5

April 1, 2012

Hey folks. I know you’re all just on the edge of your seats waiting to find out what’s in store for this week. Here’s what’s going on:

The music/pitch app I was working on will need more work. I thought I had a good implementation of the “zero-crossing” pitch detection algorithm but, while it works great for strong, coherent pitches (like pure sine waves, voice, etc.) it fails spectacularly for stringed instruments (which is what the app is made for.)

So, that means I’ll have to take more time and figure out how to implement pitch detection using vDSP FFTs. That’ll take some time.

In the mean time, I’ve decided to do the following:

1) I’m going to remove iAds from my free apps. I added iAds to see if it would be a nice way to add some extra income for silly, low volume apps and it turns out that it’s not making any money at all. And I hate ads.

2) I’m going to add a Tier-1 “in-app purchase” option for the MD5 Calculator. It won’t change the functionality, it will merely provide an opportunity for anyone who likes the app to throw some money my way.

There are other apps in the works. This isn’t a super exciting week, but hey. They can’t all be.

App-A-Week Challenge: Week 4

March 27, 2012

Another week, another app! Here’s the one I’ve been working on for a few weeks now. I finally got it all nailed down and it got approved by Apple!

It’s called BrewTime and you can get it right here! Let’s take a look-see:

What did we learn about for this app? UITableViews, NSTimers, UILocalNotifications, etc.