Yummy 2.7.9

Another minor update to Yummy should be on its way to the App Store very soon. It addresses a couple of crashing bugs that were introduced in the last release and restores the ability to save the state of the “edit bookmark” screen which got lost in the iOS 7 version. Restoring the edit screen doesn’t result in 100% fidelity but you shouldn’t lose any information. I recognise that this is not ideal but I am trying to dedicate most of my effort to Yummy 3.0, which is, pretty much, a ground-up rewrite.

The most common bug took me longer to track down than I would have liked and, typically, resulted in the change to a single line of code!

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What you forgot from your Computer Science Degree

On Wednesday evening I did a quick presentation at the London iOS Developer Group meeting at the Regent Street Apple Store in London.

It’s about how I implemented a small feature in both Yummy and www.cut.

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CameraGPS 1.0.1

Before release I found a couple of minor bugs in CameraGPS — not enough to stop the release but enough that I wanted to fix them before many people managed to find them.

Hence: CameraGPS 1.0.1. It’s now available in the App Store. If you’ve not already bought a copy, what are you waiting for?

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Rootn Tootn 2.0.1

Rootn Tootn 2.0.1 has just hit the App Store and should be available to download. If you’ve not already downloaded a copy you should — it’s free!

There are a couple of very minor updates in this release:

  • Based on feedback from a lactation consultant, I have reduced the default reminder from four hours down to two
  • Various minor improvements to the look and feel of the app, including less dense icons and enhancements to the “photo blur” feature

Regarding the reminder, I should add that I have changed the App Store description slightly to make it clearer how the app was intended to be used.

As the risk of stating the obvious, Rootn Tootn is not designed as a substitute for paying attention to your child’s needs. The reminders should absolutely not be the only cue you use to decide whether or not to feed (or change a diaper/nappy, provide medication or whatever other reminders you set). I would expect that, in normal use, you would only occasionally see a reminder.

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Introducing CameraGPS

London, United Kingdom – Wandle Software Limited is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its latest app for iPhone: CameraGPS, a GPS logger for people who want to geotag their photographs.

CameraGPS - MapDesigned exclusively for iOS 7, it has an interface focused on the only two things that matter in a GPS logger to photographers: recording a trail and exporting it to applications that can make use of them, such as Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture.

Unlike many other apps there’s no need to sign up for third party fitness websites or enter superfluous information. Just enter the trail name and tap “Start” to begin recording a trail.

CameraGPS runs in the background and has some simple presets so you can get the compromise between battery life and accuracy that works for you.

Once your trail is recorded you can make minor edits — CameraGPS helps you identify any suspect points — and save straight to Dropbox in the industry-standard GPX format. No need to email it to yourself, though you can if you like.

By avoiding clutter and complexity, CameraGPS keeps out of your way and allows you to focus on your photography.

It is available immediately on the App Store for $1.99, £1.49, €1.79 or your local equivalent. You’ll need a device that supports iOS 7 and has a GPS chip (iPhone 4S and above).

This follows the recent relaunch of Rootn Tootn, the baby feed timer and diary app without all the pastel blues and pinks, as a free app with an in-app purchase.

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Yummy 2.7.8

The last update to Yummy — the iOS 7 update — was pretty well received. Unfortunately it shipped with a bug where if you tapped the “Add bookmark” button on the web preview screen it would crash.

I’m not sure how that made it “into the wild” as that’s a feature I use myself all the time. But it did, and that’s what’s fixed in this new version.

You can download it from the usual place.

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Rootn Tootn 2.0: Out now!

What you need to know about Rootn Tootn 2.0, our baby feed timer and reminder app, in four bullet points:

  • It launches today
  • It still allows you to record your baby’s eating and sleeping routine, setting reminders, writing notes, and all without the boring pastel pinks and blues
  • It’s a substantial update that optimises the app for iOS 7 and puts your most important content front and centre
  • It’s now free for new users with an in-app purchase that unlocks the full functionality

For both new and existing users, Rootn Tootn 2.0 offers the following changes:

  • New, cleaner look for iOS 7, including improved blur effect and more space for your reminders on the home screen
  • Enhanced contrast between the background image and your data so you can see what’s important to you more quickly than ever
  • Rejigged interface, with a more logical layout, putting the information you want to see more prominently
  • Tap and hold when finishing a timer to go straight to the notes screen

The free version – did I say that Rootn Tootn is now free to download? – gives you all the updates, all the enhancements, all the features of the full version but limits you to the two standard reminders and and the default background image. There is no advertising, no limits of how much data you can enter or how long you can use it.

A lot of work has gone into this release. We hope you like it.

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Yummy 2.7.7

Last, but by no means least, in my programme to update all Wandle apps for iOS 7 is Yummy.

Yummy 2.7.7 Date List

I’ll be the first to admit that it has taken a long time to arrive. Yummy is a deceptively large and complex app, and the fact that it was originally written for iPhone OS 2 in 2008 has not helped matters. This means that this update has had much more work “under the hood” that you can’t see than changes that you can see.

That’s not to say that there’s no Good Stuff. The “edit bookmark” screen has seen another facelift — moving the tabs to the top rather than the bottom of the screen, adding a character count for the notes.

In bullet points:

  • Updates for iOS7
  • Enhanced edit screen
  • Notes character count
  • Removed “shake to refresh” function
  • Bug fixes
  • Note: the earliest supported iOS version is now 6.0.

I am currently evaluating the possibility of an update that is a better iOS 7 citizen, including background updates. This will likely involve dropping support for iOS 6 and below.

Keep an eye out for the new version on Twitter and, of course, your device.

Update (2 January 2014): Apple approved the update in almost record time and it’s not wending its way to the App Store.

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www.cut version 3.2.1

I’m pleased to announce www.cut version 3.2.1, which I like to call the Ted Rogers release. (Actually, I just made that up.) In fact it’s a very small update with just a couple of changes:

  • Fix for uCut.it
  • Improved visual feedback when shortening URLs

For the first bullet-point, it seems that uCut.it changed hands since I used it last and they managed to change the API — the mechanism apps use to communicate — in the process. This update allows uCut.it to work again.

The second it, well, part of the peril of developing on a fast WiFi network and using a decent 3G connection most of the time when I use it out and about. Shortening a URL typically requires a single network request so on a good connection it takes almost no time. So I didn’t put up any visual feedback that anything was happening. Eventually — and this would typically be a fraction of a second normally — the shortened URL or an error would appear. But when dealing with a poor network there was no indication that anything was happening. This version now shows an activity indicator so it’s clear that something is happening, even if that something is taking a while for some reason.

Unfortunately it’s unlikely to make it onto the App Store before the iTunes Connect shutdown (and therefore Christmas), but hopefully it will be available shortly after it opens again.

Update: Oddly, the shutdown was suspended on the 24th just long enough for the update to be approved just in time for Christmas.

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Coming soon: Rootn Tootn 2.0

I have just submitted a new version of Rootn Tootn to Apple for review. Due to the Christmas holidays the update won’t make it onto your phone until next year but I thought it was worth letting you know what’s coming!

Rootn Tootn 2.0 - Statistics Screen

Rootn Tootn 2.0 – Statistics Screen

It started out as a quick and simple update mostly to bring it in line for iOS 7 but it ended up being a lot more than that.

In terms of its aesthetics, it was already pretty close to being ready — since it already contained a lot of translucency — but I wanted to make it a good citizen and really make it fit in. To the left you can see what the new timer statistics screen looks like.

Now the toolbars and navigation bars use the new iOS 7-style semi-translucent look and the timers have an enhanced blur effect. I also increased the contrast between the background and the text making it easier to see all your details even when very dark images.

To make the app easier and faster to use I moved around some of the screens. In general, things that are used often are emphasised and the order of information is more logical. A simple example is the statistics screen which now has a drill down to the underlying data (rather than being at the same level).

Along the same lines are a few helpful shortcuts. The one you’ll likely use the most is tapping and holding the button to stop a timer brings you directly to the notes screen. This means you can add a comment without having to first go through the “history” screen. I always find that it’s these small details that make all the difference.

It will be a free update for all existing users.

I’ll release more details shortly before launch. Stay tuned!

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