iPhone software development

iOS 4 update

Updated ImDrunk for iOS 4.0 today. You can now turn off the sound for the application in the settings application. I have also switched to Apple’s iAds ad network. Let’s see how that goes. As always, let me know what you think

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We broke 2k downloads today for "ImDrunk"

“ImDrunk” the simplest BAC calculator broke two thousand downloads. I am quite happy to say, it has been a bigger hit then I should have dreamed. Thanks to all of you for your support and suggestions. I am working a new project right now, but I am not ignoring “ImDrunk” so look for some cool new features in the next month.

New version is available

The new version is available on iTunes. Leave feedback on iTunes. I will accommodate all reasonable requests. Thanks.

Waiting for Approval of 1.1

So I am waiting for apple to approve version 1.1 of ImDrunk. I think I made a mistake, when I submitted my application for approval this time. iTuneConnect had a section to submit new screenshots for the application, I thought the iTunes would be using those - I would be changing the screenshots that were on the store (which would not match), so I decided that I would wait to change the screenshots until after approval. Wrong. The screenshots are unique to each version (makes much more sense that way), so that may be the delay. I submitted screenshots for the new version, hopefully this will clear up eventually.

Anyway heres a new screencast for ImDrunk

new verions of ImDrunk posted

Version 1.01 is available on iTunes now. Fixes some problems with rotation and corrects some spelling mistakes, yes spelling mistakes. Can’t wait for 1.1 to make it to the store. Submitting it today.

A new screencast

Here’s a new screencast showing the UI improvements for ImDrunk. I am going to wait for Apple to approve my current bug fix update, before posting this version to iTunesConnect. The version on the store has a very funky problem with rotation. I only found the problem when I dropped the iPhone when demoing the ImDrunk application to a friend. What was I saying about coding defensively, man I thought I tested the thing to death and thought never occurred to me that you might be able to rotate the phone quicker than the views can change. When you do that, it found some weaknesses in my code, ah assumptions. Anyway, the code waiting on approval should fix that problem, and this new code makes ImDrunk look better. At least thats what I think.

Big UI changes coming for ImDrunk

So for most of my professional career I have been a ‘backend’ server programmer. This UI stuff is hard. I have made some changes to the ‘look and feel’ of ImDrunk. I think it makes the ‘Breathalyzer 3000” more fun, and better looking. So its better, but now I now I’m torn between waiting for my pending update to be approved, and posting this update to iTunesConnect. On the on the one hand, the update sitting in the queue fixes some funky rotation issues, and thats usability. On the other hand, this update has those fixes plus it looks a whole bunch better, and if I don’t wait for the first update to be approved I lose my spot in the queue.

So I am not sure. I’m thinking about it.

Thanks Apple

Lost in the shuffle of rolling out my first application to iTunes, was a special thank you to Apple’s Application review people. I didn’t speak to them, I made no special appeal, I was content to take my chances. I had heard horror stories about weeks wait, and I had been told 10 days best case scenario. I had also heard that Apple was making a special effort to get applications onto the store in time for the “Holidays”. Well “Thank you, app store review team”. They got my app up on the store in less than 24 hours, in time for New Year’s eve. Probably the most important date for a Blood Alcohol Content calculator.

Enjoy your holiday.

Pushed an update to iTunes

It has only been one day on the store. Already I’m pushing an update? Yes, found some problems with grammar, and a funky rotation issue. I think I fixed the rotation issues, and thanks to some friends I’ve corrected the grammar stuff. I also added Lbs. to weight display - to make that clearer. I avoided mixing in metric because, I don’t want to deal with internationalizing just yet. I will, just not yet. Thanks to computermatt, check out his blog.

It's alive

So here we go .. ImDrunk is live on Apple’s iTunes store. Admob my “Ad” supplier says it can’t find it, I can find it! Hopefully it just takes a little while for their servers to catch up. Hey It’s alive. 8)

I have submitted my application

So it is done. It has been submitted. Wow. The submission process was as hard as many have warned me about. Last minute stuff, like someone was already using the name I had chosen - So the app is now called ImDrunk. Its Cool. I’m good with that. Anyway in a few days, I’ll post a video of the app. They say the average time to approval or rejection is 10 days, so I have some time.

Almost ready, I mean I'm ready

So tonight is the night before submitting my application. Apple closing iTunes connect for the holidays has caused a bit nervousness for me, I am ready to submit the application, but I am checking everything twice. So I have spent the night testing, prepping icons for both the store and the app, making screens prettier, chasing down memory leaks. ... I’m ready will see how this goes.

A long hard road, but I'm almost done.

So after almost a year of talking about writing an application for the iPhone, I have finally finished an application for the iPhone. It’s not going to set the world on fire, maybe thats good - who needs a burning world, but I am mostly happy with the state of it. When I started this, I didn’t know Objective C, I didn’t know Cocoa, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I did like the idea of creating useful software for a new platform.

I am a long time computer professional - I have been a software developer in mostly the “IT” or business world. Mostly, I have been consumer of those desktop applications, and a developer of big enterprise. The past several years I have worked as a Database Administrator Consultant for some major organizations. All of that has been fun, but now I am excited for the first time in years to be working on something that’s just plain fun.

So the first application is called “Amidrunk”, and its a very simple Blood Alcohol Content calculator.

I’ll post more details when it goes live on the store. I am going to make a screencast of it’s short feature list, and how to use it.