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Bonsai Album v2.1 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Bonsai Album v2.1 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Bonsai Album makes keeping track of your bonsai or penjing collection easy, whether you’re new to bonsai, a collector, a dealer, or even a bonsai master.

Bonsai Album

This update contains the following changes:

Note: This update requires iOS 5.0 or higher!

  • Added iOS 7 support
  • New iOS 7-style minimalist interface
  • Bug fixes

If you’re enjoying the app, please take a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Bonsai Album at my website or on the Bonsai Album Facebook group.

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Bonsai Album v2.0 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Bonsai Album v2.0 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Bonsai Album makes keeping track of your bonsai or penjing collection easy, whether you’re new to bonsai, a collector, a dealer, or even a bonsai master.

Bonsai Album

This update contains the following changes:

  • Photos can now be rearranged. In the photo grid view for any Bonsai, Pot or Log, long press (not tap) the photo and drag it to the new position
  • Added a search bar on the Bonsai, Pots, and Logs lists
  • Improved Bluetooth keyboard support
  • Removed the photo slot selection button on the full-screen photo view. The main photo slots now reflect the order of photos on the Photos screen
  • Updated database transfer alerts to mention the ability to connect with the Mac version of Bonsai Album
  • Added Oldest Tree statistic
  • Bug fixes

If you’re enjoying the app, please take a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Bonsai Album at my website or on the Bonsai Album Facebook group.

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Bonsai Album for Mac – Now Available!

Bonsai Album for Mac is now available for direct download from my site. Bonsai Album makes keeping track of your bonsai or penjing collection easy. Track development of your trees throughout their lives, on your Mac!

Bonsai Album for Mac

Today I’m pleased to present my new Mac app, Bonsai Album. It brings the features of the iOS app to the Mac platform, with some nice additions including photo organization, enhanced search, and printing capabilities. If you’ve got a Mac with Retina display, you’ll also appreciate how Bonsai Album looks in glorious high-resolution.

Bonsai is an art and science with international appeal, a fact that was heavily reinforced after I released the iOS version of Bonsai Album in English back in 2011. Over the following seven months I received many emails and reviews from across the world requesting localization into other languages. Shortly thereafter I released multiple app updates providing support for an additional six of the most popular languages used by my customers. Like the iOS version, Bonsai Album for Mac has been localized into English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. To assist international visitors to this site, I’ll soon be adding a series of posts containing localized versions of the app description and screenshots.

To run Bonsai Album, you’ll need a Mac with either Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.6), Lion (OS X 10.7.x), or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.x).

The download version initially runs in an unregistered trial mode, limited to 3 bonsai, 3 pots, and 3 logs, with 3 photos each. In this mode it also only allows a single database window, and database import is disabled. You may purchase a license either within the app or via the Web Store to unlock the app’s full functionality. After it’s unlocked, this version contains the same features as the forthcoming Mac App Store version, including an automatic software updating feature.

You can find more details including screenshots and the full list of features on the Bonsai Album for Mac page of my site.

What about the Mac App Store, you may ask? I submitted the app to Apple yesterday, so it’ll probably be another few weeks before approval. Meanwhile, feel free to download the trial version here and take the app for a spin while you wait.

I’d like to thank all the wonderful Beta testers who helped refine the app into its final form. I received a lot of great feedback over the last month that helped improve the app and allowed me to identify some issues I might otherwise have missed.

I’d also like to thank the open source community, including Andy Matuschak for the indispensable Sparkle updating system, Andy Kim and Matt Gallagher for LetsMove, Bit Stadium GmbH for HockeyApp, Gleb Dolgich for the fantastic CocoaFob, and FastSpring for their customer service and handy FastSpring Embedded Store. If you’re a Mac developer, I highly recommend you check out all of the above.

I hope bonsai fans around the world find Bonsai Album for Mac a useful and enjoyable tool for tracking your bonsai collections, and I welcome any feature suggestions or comments you may have. Enjoy!

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An update on Bonsai Album for Mac

Track your Bonsai tree collection on your Mac – Coming Soon!

If you’re into bonsai and you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’re probably familiar with my bonsai app, Bonsai Album. Last year I announced I’d begun work on a Mac version, and I posted an early preview screenshot.

Since last year I’ve been busily working on the app, and now it’s almost feature-complete! The Mac version includes some additional features over and above the iOS version, like photo organization, printing, enhanced search capabilities, and support for Mac Retina displays. You’ll also be able to transfer data between the Mac and iOS versions over WiFi. The screenshot above shows the captioned photo display feature, similar to the iOS version.

The app is currently being localized into multiple languages, including English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. All of these languages will be supported at launch.

Bonsai Album for Mac will be available for purchase directly via my website, as well as through the Mac App Store. There’ll also be a free trial version available for download, with similar limitations to the iOS Lite version.

I’m still working on a release date, but I anticipate it should be ready sometime in March, 2013. Beta-testing will commence shortly. If Bonsai Album for Mac sounds interesting, you might want to sign up to the mailing list below to be notified about the Beta-test and app launch.

I can’t wait to bring this exciting new app to bonsai fans around the world!


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2012 Retrospective

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time for another retrospective blog post!

Personally, I don’t have too many complaints about 2012. I accomplished some of my goals for the year, fell short in others, and learned a whole bunch. Work at the day job was interesting and challenging, yet I still managed to carve out time for my after-hours hobbies. I finally released my first Mac app, released a heap of updates for my iOS apps, learned even more about Bonsai than I’d hoped, and came to terms with some truths about my writing. I’m disappointed I didn’t accomplish some of my goals, but that just gives me something to strive for next year.

For many years I’ve drifted in and out of fiction writing, since my first efforts in 2003 where I changed from a mindset of writing for my own enjoyment to writing for publication. Over the past 4 years my efforts have dwindled to the point where I’m really just keeping stories in circulation, and not actively writing much new material. I spend most of my spare time working on apps these days, leaving little time for fiction writing.

Last year I took part in my first NaNoWriMo and learned a lot about the craft of novel-writing, despite not reaching the 50,000 word goal. What I ended up with was two-thirds of a novel and a decent outline for the rest. It was the longest single piece of fiction I’d ever written, and I was understandably chuffed and looking forward to finishing it in 2012. Due to apps eating my spare time, I never got around to it. As November approached, I again decided to participate in NaNoWriMo, and in keeping with the spirit of the thing, I planned to work on my 2nd novel. Unfortunately I didn’t get started until a few days into November, and progress was painfully slow. It took a further week before ideas started to gel, but by then I’d begun to get discouraged and felt little motivation to plow ahead for the rest of the month. It didn’t help that I still had some urgent app updates to work on, along with a strong desire to get started on a new Mac app.

So writing-wise, 2012 was a huge disappointment. That said, a few days before Christmas I received a nice email: an acceptance from an editor of a cool online fiction market for a short story I’d collaborated on with Samantha Henderson. We were both pleased our little tale found the perfect home. I look forward to announcing the story and venue closer to actual publication.

I’d planned to do a lot more reading this year, but this didn’t work out too well, as you can see from the extremely short list below:

Horns by Joe Hill
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

All were fantastic reads, so I’m pleased that what little reading time I had was well-spent.

I made good use of my daily commutes. I found myself drifting away from the comics podcasts I’d typically listen to, instead switching to a regular dose of short fiction through a wonderful trio of podcasts: Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and PodCastle. It was like revisiting an old friend after a long absence, finding them to be just as delightful as you’d remembered. If you’re an avid genre fiction reader with time for podcasts, I recommend these three wholeheartedly. Not only do they showcase some excellent work, but they’re also free, operating on a donation model. Throw a few bucks their way, if you can. You’ll be helping to fund some of the best short fiction produced today.

No retrospective would be complete without some stats:

2012 Stats:

New apps released: 1
App updates released: 28 (includes Lite and Paid versions)
2012 Word count: 4,382
Stories written: 0 (novels still in progress!)
Total submissions: 3
Total acceptances: 1
Total rejections: 2
Waiting for response: 0
Books read: 3
Comics read: 42

My app plans for 2012 were fairly aggressive. I planned to release my first Mac app, Story Tracker for Mac, along with releasing a bunch of updates to my three existing iOS apps: Story Tracker, Artwork Tracker, and Bonsai Album. For the latter, I planned to localize the app into several languages.

The Mac app took longer than expected, but I finally released it for direct-sale and via the Mac App Store in September. You can read all about the trials and tribulations of Mac app development here and here. It’s already received some good reviews from AppStorm and AppModo. Having gained a good feel for Mac development, in mid-July I announced a Mac version of Bonsai Album. That’s coming along nicely. I’ve posted an early screenshot, and I’m on track to release the app in spring 2013.

From May through October, I localized Bonsai Album into six languages, including Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Portuguese. While it wasn’t a trivial exercise, the process was made much easier by using the app localization services of iCanLocalize and managing the translated strings using the superb Linguan app. Feedback from customers was fantastic, which was one of the key reasons behind my decision to bring the app to the Mac. If you’re curious about what localization can do for your app, consider this: over 60% of the sales of Bonsai Album come from outside the US, and over 40% are from non English-speaking countries. The app market is global, and your customers definitely appreciate localization efforts.

In addition to putting a lot of effort into the user interface on Story Tracker for Mac, I tried to improve my icon design skills. I found the Icon Resource videos to be quite useful, and spent many hours translating what I’d learned into designing icons in Inkscape. While it’s by no means perfect, I’m pleased with how the icon for Story Tracker for Mac turned out. I’ve come a long way from my first effort on the iOS version of Story Tracker! I took what I’d learned from the Mac icon and gave the iOS version a much needed update, too.

This year I attended a handful of monthly meetings of the Midwest Bonsai Society, along with the shows they run at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This year I visited 3 Bonsai shows, two of which were at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and one at Morton Arboretum. I attended more workshops than in years past (Satsuki Azalea, Kingsville Boxwood, Bring-Your-Own-Tree, and Ponderosa Pine) and added a new tree to my growing collection (a Brazilian Raintree). I especially enjoyed Andy Smith’s Ponderosa Pine workshop – he really has an eye for great material and knows how to bring out the best in any tree of this species. For the Bring-Your-Own-Tree workshop with visiting master, Peter Warren, I brought along my Bald Cypress, and got some great hands-on tips and styling advice. Peter Warren’s exhibit critique of the August show was interesting and informative, which you can see here. While looking for bonsai pots online, I came across Iker Bonsai Pottery and found some great hand-crafted work. I ordered a nice pot for my new Boxwood there. This is one of those aspects of the hobby I haven’t paid much attention to until now. It’s like a whole other hobby in itself!

Things were pretty quiet travel-wise this year. We made some short road trips to Michigan and spent some time in Milwaukee and Door County in Wisconsin. Closer to home, we stayed at the incredible Ravenstone Castle B&B in Harvard, Illinois.

As usual, my personal fitness varied throughout 2012. I was off to a strong start, keeping a regular routine until May or June when I began putting even more time into the apps. I returned to my regular workouts in late November and again learned why it’s always better to avoid long gaps between workouts.

Though I always seem to have trouble meeting my personal goals for the New Year, I just can’t help myself from coming up with more. So here I go for 2013…

I got a bit out of shape later in the year, so I want to try to avoid that in future. I intend to maintain my workouts in 2013, but most definitely do not plan to participate in any marathons or other extreme contests of strength or endurance!

For apps, it goes without saying I’ll need to work on updates for my existing apps. In particular, I have some cool stuff in mind for Story Tracker and Bonsai Album. Bonsai Album for Mac will be my first priority, though. I’d also like to come up with something new. The financial return from my huge time investment in apps is still very modest indeed, and it’d be great to come up with some app ideas that really take off.

I enjoy working on the app stuff, but would like to dedicate more time to writing in 2013. I also need to read more than a paltry handful of books! At this stage I can’t see myself participating in NaNoWriMo next year, since I have more than enough on my plate with two novels to finish. I also plan to write some new short stories and get some of my inventory out into circulation again. It’s going to be a tough juggling act, for sure.

Best wishes for 2013, and I hope you have a happy and productive New Year!

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Bonsai Album v1.8 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Bonsai Album v1.8 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Bonsai Album makes keeping track of your bonsai or penjing collection easy, whether you’re new to bonsai, a collector, a dealer, or even a bonsai master.

Bonsai Album

This update contains the following changes:

  • Fixed purchase price truncation bug
  • Added button to view pot information on the Bonsai Info screen
  • Added buttons to view bonsai and pot information on the Log Info screen
  • Bug fixes

If you’re enjoying the app, please take a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Bonsai Album at my website or on the Bonsai Album Facebook group.

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Bonsai Album v1.7 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Bonsai Album v1.7 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Bonsai Album makes keeping track of your bonsai or penjing collection easy, whether you’re new to bonsai, a collector, a dealer, or even a bonsai master.

Bonsai Album

This update contains the following changes:

Note: This update requires iOS 4.3 or higher!

  • Added iOS 6 support
  • Support for new high-resolution iPhone 5 and iPod touch displays
  • Greatly improved app startup time with large databases. The app will take longer to start the first time after updating to this version, but will start faster thereafter. This is due to the database upgrade
  • Added Portuguese localization
  • Improved German localization of bonsai terms
  • Updated German CSV template
  • Improved data saving behavior
  • Fixed non-Retina iPad tab bar texture
  • Added database integrity check and repair of database corruption
  • Prevent automatic screen-locking during database transfer over WiFi
  • Added iTunes File Sharing support
  • Bug fixes

If you’re enjoying the app, please take a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Bonsai Album at my website or on the Bonsai Album Facebook group.

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Announcing Bonsai Album for Mac

Bonsai Album

Ever since Bonsai Album was released last year I’ve had people wondering when it might be coming to other platforms. I’ve always said I would consider a Mac version if there was sufficient demand for it. There was also the small matter of not having worked on any Mac apps previously.

Here we are just over a year since I started working on the iOS version of Bonsai Album, and I can now say there seems to be demand for such an app, and I have the ability to create it. Bonsai Album will soon be coming to the Mac via the Mac App Store!

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on one of my other Mac apps, Story Tracker, so once that’s complete I’m planning to get rolling on Bonsai Album for Mac. I’m aiming to have it completed by early in 2013, if not sooner.

If you’re interested in learning more about Bonsai Album for Mac, visit the Bonsai Album Facebook page or sign up here to be notified via email when the app launches. I’m keen to get started on Bonsai Album for Mac, and I look forward to providing more information closer to launch!

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Bonsai Album v1.6 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Bonsai Album v1.6 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Bonsai Album makes keeping track of your bonsai or penjing collection easy, whether you’re new to bonsai, a collector, a dealer, or even a bonsai master.

Bonsai Album

This update contains the following changes:

  • Added French localization
  • Added German localization
  • Existing Species and Events can now be edited

If you’re enjoying the app, please take a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Bonsai Album at my website or on the Bonsai Album Facebook group.

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Bonsai Album – Erfassen Sie Ihre Bonsai-Baum-Sammlung

Bonsai Album macht das Erfassen Ihrer Bonsai- oder Penjing-Sammlung einfach. Erfassen Sie die Entwicklung Ihrer Bäume im Laufe ihres Lebens auf Ihrem iPhone, iPad oder iPod touch!

Egal, ob Bonsai für Sie neu ist, Sie ein Sammler oder Händler sind, Bonsai Album ist das ideale Tool zur Verwaltung Ihrer Bäume, Töpfe und Notizen.

Dies können Sie mit Bonsai Album machen:

– Zeichnen Sie Details über Ihre Bäume, inklusive Alter, Quelle, Stile, Spezies und Maße, auf.
– Wählen Sie aus über 200 Speziesnamen (mit gewöhnlichen und botanischen Namen) oder fügen Sie neue Spezies hinzu.
– Speichern Sie Topfdetails mit Fotos.
– Erfassen Sie Gestaltung, Düngung und andere Ereignisse für jeden Baum und Topf in datierten Protokolleinträgen.
– Erstellen und bearbeiten Sie Protokolleintragserinnerungen, die mit Ihrem Kalender verknüpft sind.
– Fügen Sie mehrere Fotos per Baum, Topf und Protokolleintrag hinzu.
– Fügen Sie jedem Foto eine Bildunterschrift hinzu.
– Wählen Sie Fotos aus, die für jeden Baum oder Topf in der Haupt-Miniaturansicht erscheinen sollen.
– Scrollen Sie in einer Vollbild-Galerieansicht oder im Miniaturformat durch die Fotos.
– Sehen Sie sich Ihre Bonsai- und Topf-Sammlungen in Tabellenform oder nach Bild an.
– Sehen Sie sich für jeden Baum oder Topf den Protokollverlauf, sortiert nach Datum, an.
– Prüfen Sie Statistiken für Ihre Sammlung.
– Schützen Sie Ihre Daten mit einer Zugangscode-Sperre.
– iOS4-Multitasking- und Retina-Grafik-Unterstützung.
– Datenbank-Sicherung, -Wiederherstellung, -Import, -Export über WLAN an den Webbrowser Ihres Computers.
– CSV-Format-Unterstützung zum Import/Export Ihrer Bonsai-Album-Datenbank in und aus Desktop-Tabellen-Anwendungen.
– Bonsai-Bericht-Exportfunktion. Sehen Sie sich Ihre Bonsai- und Topfsammlung im Webbrowser Ihres Computers an. Toll, um die Übersicht über den Bestand Ihrer Sammlung zu behalten oder zu Versicherungszwecken.
– kostenfreie iPad-Unterstützung!

Bitte beachten Sie, dass in Bonsai Album keine vorgeladenen Fotos sind und dass die App auch keine Bonsai-Pflegeinformationen und so weiter enthält. Sie erfasst nur Informationen und zeigt Fotos an, die Sie selbst hinzugefügt haben.

Bitte besuchen Sie http://BonsaiAlbum.com um weitere Informationen über Bonsai Album zu erhalten, inklusive Kontaktdetails, um Fragen zu stellen, Funktionswünsche zu äußern oder Probleme zu melden. Werden Sie Fan unserer Facebook-Seite, um mit anderen Fans über Bonsai Album zu sprechen.

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