Posts Tagged iOS

Flapalope Easter Update

Flapalope

Flapalope available on the App Store

For anyone who has ever dreamed a jackalope could fly… pilot the world’s finest cryptozoological creature through perilous terrain, with Flapalope!


The Flapalope v1.1 Easter update flaps its way onto the App Store today! For more about the game, see my previous blog post.

New in this version:

– Collect golden jackalope eggs to unlock a one-time-use mystery item
– Added Game Center achievements
– Added landscape cacti

I’ve updated the Flapalope Press Kit with new screenshots. You can reach me with any game-related enquiries via email at games at andrewnicolle dot com, or on Twitter I’m @andrewnicolle. Like Flapalope at the Facebook page.

If you’re enjoying Flapalope, please spare a moment to leave a review, or update your existing review (they get reset with every update). Reviews really help. Thanks, and enjoy!

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Here comes the Flapalope!

Flapalope

Flapalope available on the App Store

For anyone who has ever dreamed a jackalope could fly… you’ll soon get your chance to pilot the world’s finest cryptozoological creature through perilous terrain, with Flapalope!

Flapalope is my first-ever iOS game. I’ve been developing productivity apps since the early days of the App Store, but for some reason never got around to working on a game. Flapalope is my take on the ‘Flappy-genre’, and hopefully you’ll find it a little more polished than most. It’ll soon be released as a free ad-supported game on the App Store for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 5.1.1 or higher.

Why a jackalope, you may ask? They’re not merely rabbits in antler hats. In my opinion they’re the finest of cryptozoogical creatures, and are too often unappreciated by the general public. I think they’re fascinating creatures, so much so that we made a day trip to Douglas, Wyoming (birthplace of the jackalope legend) during our South Dakota trip a few years back. They appear in my fiction, and we even have one mounted above our mantelpiece! I hope this absurd level of appreciation comes across in my rendition of this most magnificent of creatures.

Flapalope has a Western theme throughout, from the desert landscape through to the use of fonts and “ear-wormish” harmonica and banjo solos. It even has cacti and tumbleweeds! Playing the game should be fairly simple – just keep tapping! Getting a high score may be a little trickier, however. Flapalope includes Game Center support to track high scores. It’s also a universal app, with higher-res artwork for iPad.

I wrote the initial version using Sprite Kit, following a tutorial on Ray Wenderlich’s site. Sprite Kit is Apple’s answer to 2D game engines and it has a lot in common with Cocos2D. It’s fantastic for anyone looking to get a start at making iOS games, and it can only get better with future iterations.

Toward the end of development it became apparent there were still a few bugs with Sprite Kit. I also wasn’t satisfied with only being able to support iOS7 or higher. Enter: Cocos2D. This open-source 2D game framework has been around for years, and it solved both issues for me. The conversion from Sprite Kit took me longer than expected (about 23 hours), but I’m happy with the end result. The game now runs on iOS 5.1.1 or higher, and works pretty well even on the original iPad.

I’ve added a Flapalope Press Kit to my site with more screenshots and so forth, to grease the wheels of the inevitable media coverage. I can dream, can’t I? 😉 You can reach me with any game-related enquiries via email at games at andrewnicolle dot com, or on Twitter I’m @andrewnicolle.

UPDATE: Flapalope is now available on the App Store!

I hope everyone enjoys the game, and I look forward to the day when I finally beat my brother’s Flapalope high score of 42!

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Orchid Album Preview

Track your orchid collection on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – Coming Soon!

Development on Orchid Album is coming along well, so today I’m posting a few early screenshots, along with the just-completed app icon.

Orchid Album is my forthcoming iOS app for orchid enthusiasts. It’s a great tool for keeping track of all the details and milestones in the lives of your orchids, and everything is stored on your iOS device for quick reference and easy record updates.

If Orchid Album sounds interesting and you’d like to either participate in the Beta test or be notified when the app launches, head on over to the email sign-up page. There’s also an Orchid Album Facebook page. If you’ve got any questions, suggestions, or other comments, I’d love to hear them either here or via email: OrchidAlbum AT andrewnicolle DOT com.

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Announcing Orchid Album for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

“Orchid

With my forthcoming app, Cactus Album, still pending approval by Apple, I’ve been thinking about my next iOS project. Around the same time I commenced development on Cactus Album, I’d been considering another insistent idea. For years now I’ve received emails from people wishing I’d make apps covering some interest or other. Most of these ideas are well-served by existing apps in the App Store, and don’t typically sound like the sorts of things I’d care to invest months of effort into and years of support. However, some email last year piqued my interest, but I had to mull it over for awhile before deciding to proceed.

Since today is still Valentine’s Day in this part of the world, I figured it was the perfect time to announce my next iOS app, Orchid Album, coming to the App Store in Spring 2014.

For those who know me either personally or via Twitter, you’d be aware I have a bunch of interests in addition to app development. My interests lean heavily toward gardening-related hobbies, with bonsai, cacti and veggie gardening being chief among them. I’ve created a well-received bonsai app, and the aforementioned app for cacti and succulent collectors.

I was first introduced to the world of orchids during my childhood in Australia whilst enjoying the garden of some elderly neighbours. They had quite a collection in a shaded enclosure in their huge backyard, and it was always fun to see how their plants were progressing. Since then I’ve admired the collection in the greenhouses at the Chicago Botanic Garden, but hadn’t considered owning any until recently.

What changed was the announcement a few months back by the Chicago Botanic Garden of their forthcoming orchid show. I’ve been following their updates with keen interest as organization of the show progressed, and I’ve done some of my own research into these fascinating plants. I’ve since learned that northern Illinois is home to some great orchid nurseries within driving distance, as well as an upcoming show this weekend. With this nightmarishly cold winter we’ve been having, a taste of the tropics certainly sounds appealing! As of today, we have some nice Phalaenopsis orchids under lights in our basement, and have plans to attend the orchid show at the DuPage County Fairground this weekend.

During my research over the past few months, I’ve discovered that mobile options for tracking orchid blooms and other milestones are rather thin on the ground in the App Store. People seem to be getting by with spreadsheets and databases on their PCs, or they’re using specialist orchid applications for tracking their collections. These are often pricey, and quite possibly more than most people need. Since there seems to be demand for such an app, I’ve decided to make Orchid Album my next project.

I’m still considering the feature list, but you can get some idea of my plans for the general look and feel from my other gardening apps. Orchid Album will be a universal app, meaning it’ll work on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you’re interested in learning more about Orchid Album, visit the Orchid Album Facebook page or sign up at my website to be notified via email when the app launches (and also when the Beta test begins).

I can’t wait to get started on Orchid Album, and I look forward to providing more information closer to launch!

P.S. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, pay a visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden over the next few weeks. Their orchid show is in full swing, and it sounds absolutely fantastic.

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Cactus Album icon

“Cactus Album

This weekend I completed the icon for my new app, Cactus Album, coming soon to the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. I went for a more realistic approach, in-keeping with the album theme of my other app, Bonsai Album.

As far as development goes, I’m working on the last few features including the iPad interface, CSV import / export, and local notifications for watering. The app should be feature-complete sometime this week, with a Beta test to follow shortly thereafter.

If you’re interested in participating in the Beta test, or would like to be notified when the app launches, you can sign-up for email announcements via the Cactus Album page.

For more information about Cactus Album, see my earlier blog posts, or visit the Cactus Album Facebook page.

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Cactus Album Preview #2

Track your cacti and succulent collection on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – Coming Soon!

Last year I announced Cactus Album, my forthcoming iOS app for cacti enthusiasts. Development is progressing well, so today I’m posting a few more screenshots from the app.

Cactus Album is great for keeping track of the unique requirements and milestones of all your cacti and succulents. Better still, it’s all stored on your iOS device for quick reference and easy record updates.

If Cactus Album interests you and you’d like to either participate in the Beta test or be notified when the app launches, head on over to the email sign-up page. There’s also a Cactus Album Facebook page. If you’ve got any questions, suggestions, or other comments, I’d love to hear them either here or via email: CactusAlbum AT andrewnicolle DOT com.

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Cactus Album Preview

Track your cacti and succulent collection on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – Coming Soon!

Last month I announced Cactus Album, my forthcoming iOS app for cacti enthusiasts. It’s still early in development, but I thought I’d give you an early peek at how the app is progressing so far.

Cactus Album is the app I wish I’d had back when I first caught the cactus bug. It quickly becomes overwhelming to keep track of the unique requirements and milestones of every plant in your collection, and having such an app on your iOS device is a great timer-saver for record-keeping.

If Cactus Album interests you and you’d like to either participate in the Beta test or be notified when the app launches, head on over to the email sign-up page. There’s also a Cactus Album Facebook page. If you’ve got any questions, suggestions, or other comments, I’d love to hear them either here or via email: CactusAlbum AT andrewnicolle DOT com.

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Bonsai Album v2.2 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Bonsai Album v2.2 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:

  • Camera view now appears in full-screen instead of a popup on iPad
  • Fixed add button tap issues on iOS 7

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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Artwork Tracker v2.0 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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

Artwork Tracker is an indispensable mobile app for artists, art collectors, or art dealers. Keep track of artwork and submissions on the go, with access to all your data and full-screen artwork at your fingertips.

Artwork Tracker

This update contains the following changes:

  • Upgraded the database to remove the 2 photo per Artwork limitation. The only limit is the space available on your device (or 5 photos with the Lite version). The app may take much longer to launch the first time following the update, especially if you have a large database
  • The Artwork Report now allows more than 2 photos per Artwork
  • Added a photo grid screen accessible from the Photos button on the Artwork Info screen. This shows all photos associated with a particular Artwork
  • Photos can now be rearranged. In the photo grid view for any Artwork, long press (not tap) the photo and drag it to the new position
  • The Artwork Info screen now has 5 main photo slots on iPad. To view the complete set of photos for any Artwork, tap the Photos button on the Artwork Info screen
  • The main photo slots reflect the order on the Artwork Info Photos screen
  • Added support for text captions for each photo. These can be edited by tapping the speech balloon icon when viewing photos full-screen
  • Added a search bar on the Artwork, Clients, and Submissions lists
  • Updated the CSV template to remove the photo index fields for Artworks (these fields are now unsupported)
  • Improved Bluetooth keyboard support
  • Bug fixes
  • The database can now be transferred directly from Artwork Tracker Lite to the full version. Use the “Export to Full App” button on the Tools screen
  • Renamed the Artwork Tracker DB format to ADBI and added ADBI file-type association
  • Transfer the complete database between devices (iPad / iPhone / iPod) over WiFi via Artwork Tracker ADBI-format support:
    1. Select Backup Database on the first device.
    2. Enter the address into the web browser on the second device.
    3. Tap the “artworktracker.adbi” link and wait for the file to download.
    4. Tap the Open in “ArtworkTrack” button.
    5. Artwork Tracker will load. Tap Restore to transfer the complete database.

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

You can learn more about Artwork Tracker at my website or on the Artwork Tracker Facebook group.

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Story Tracker v2.6 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Story Tracker v2.6 is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Story Tracker

This update contains the following changes:

  • Added search bar feature on the Stories, Markets, and Submissions lists
  • Improved Bluetooth keyboard support
  • Added “character” pay rate unit for Markets

If you like what you see, please spare a moment to rate or review the app on the App Store!

You can learn more about Story Tracker at my website or on the Story Tracker Facebook group.

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