Yummy Browser 1.0

I am pleased to announce a new version of Yummy, Yummy Browser 1.0.

Yummy Browser is an iPhone application that allows you to view your bookmarks. Key features:

  • Browse by date
  • Browse by tag
  • View all Delicious meta data, including the tags, date and notes fields
  • Open bookmarks in Safari
  • Mail bookmarks
  • Synchronise your Delicious bookmarks on demand

Yummy Browser is free and is available immediately in the App Store. If you need to add, edit or delete your bookmarks, want more sophisticated searching functionality, want to preview your bookmarks without launching Safari or send them to Twitter, have a look at the full version of Yummy.


Half Price Promotion ending soon

When, a few hours ago, I said that “Apple could approve Yummy Browser at any time, maybe an hour, a day or a month from now” I kind of assumed that it would be more like a few days than a few hours, but Apple were as unpredictable as ever and I just got this:

As promised, the full version of Yummy will be returning to its usual price ($1.99 or local equivalent) shortly.


Half Price Promotion

Rumour has it that patience is a virtue. But it’s not one that I have ever acquired, especially for things outside my control. (Maybe that makes me a control freak rather than impatient, but the end result is the same.)

How does this relate to Yummy? Well, those with good memories will recall that I announced a free version called Yummy Browser a couple of weeks ago.

I’ve not mentioned it since because it’s still in Apple’s review queue. Unfortunately there’s not very much I can do about that. But maybe there’s another way to get Yummy out to more people:

Until Apple approves Yummy Browser, the full version of Yummy will be half price.

Of course Apple could approve Yummy Browser at any time, maybe an hour, a day or a month from now. If you want to get Yummy for 99c (US, Canada), 59p (UK), 79c (Euro), 115Y (Japan) or $1.19 (Australia), now is the time.

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A week in review

It’s been a quiet week for the public face of Yummy but a lot has been going on behind the scenes. First, a couple of things that have not happened.

Yummy Browser has now been in Apple’s review queue for ten days and, unfortunately, is still not available for download. This is the longest I’ve had to wait for a a response from Apple, even including the initial version back in August. Given that the last couple of updates to Yummy have gone through in a few hours I am a little surprised. I’m hoping that publicly whinging works as well as it did for Owen Goss and his game, Dapple.

Secondly a user reported a problem where “blank” tags appeared in the “View by Tags” screen of version 2.1 of Yummy. I have been unable to reproduce this myself and have not got any further information. If you have seen this bug and would like to help me track it down and eliminate it, please let me know.

Back to things that did happen.

I made a few changes to Yummy that you’ll see in the coming months. As ever, there are some internal changes that I won’t bore you with. But I have also altered how the bookmark lists looks:

As you can see, there’s part of the URL and an icon indicating that a bookmark is private. I’m trying to balance the restricted amount of space with genuinely useful information. I considered, for example, adding a tiny preview or a favicon but in the end decided that they’d look neat in screenshots and videos but would take up valuable screen real-estate and not have enough utility to be worth the effort involved implementing them. What do you think? Is that the right call?

Finally, it’s always nice to hear from people who use Yummy. There have been some good suggestions on my Uservoice page, but this time I want to mention some reviews. Yummy only just fell out of Paul Boag’s top five iPhone applications and was also listed as one of klmontgomery‘s favourite apps.

Twitter has also been a great source of feedback. I like being able to say that Yummy is “100% anti-KRAPPS Certified app.” It has also been declared “iPhone app of the day” and “Cracking!

Anyway, that’s the end of this brief immodest interlude and the last of this weeks blogs. See you next week.


Yummy 2.1.1

I just uploaded a minor update to Yummy to Apple. It should be available in the next few days. It fixes a problem where adding or editing a bookmark would occasionally cause Yummy to crash. No data was lost (syncing would bring the bookmark back again) but obviously it wasn’t right.

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Give Away

If you are on Twitter and were online last night, you may have seen that @KRAPPS and @148Apps were giving away a few copies of Yummy. (I had no idea that they’d do the promotion on the same day!) If you’re reading this because you won or heard of Yummy from there, Hello and welcome. If you didn’t win, well I’m sure those won’t be the last promotions we’ll hold and, of course, you can always pick up a copy in iTunes.

I was a little worried that KRAPPS would think that Yummy was only as good as another fart app, but I need not have worried. They said, “you have a winner and a 100% anti-KRAPPS Certified app.” Thanks guys.

While we’re talking about “give aways,” I thought that this might be a good time to pre-announce Yummy Browser, Yummy’s little brother. It will be available very shortly from the iTunes App Store as a free download.

Yummy Browser is built from the same code-base as the full version of Yummy and is ideal for people who only need to view their bookmarks on their phone. It’s also great if you like the idea of Yummy but would like to try before you buy a copy.

More news and details when it completes its route through Apple’s review process.


Yummy 2.1.0

You can think of this as the “tidy up” release after the major update to 2.0. Nevertheless there are some nice new features:

  • Suggest tags when adding or editing bookmarks
  • Save searches
  • Send bookmarks to Twittelator
  • Tags now display as you type them but are organised in a case-insensitive manner
  • Performance enhancements

More in the coming days, but the “Suggest Tags” feature looks like this:

Simply press the “bookmarks” button (the only active button in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen) and the tags field will be populated with Delicious’ suggestions in a couple of seconds. You can edit them once populated.

And the saved search starts here:

Press the little blue “Bookmarks” button to the right of the search bar and you get here:

By default every search is saved here, so it’s as well to trim down your search term occasionally. The edit button works just as it does in other iPhone applications and the “Delete all” button does exactly what you’d guess.


Just submitted…

I am in the process of uploading a new version of Yummy to Apple. It should be available for download to your iPhone or iPod touch some time in the next week or so.

Although mainly a bug fix release, I have added a few new features:

  • Suggest tags
  • Saved search
  • Post links to Twitter using Twittelator

The bug fixes are pretty significant:

  • Blank tags appearing, which when selected cause Yummy to crash
  • A crash on sync, caused, believe it or not, by manually selecting 12-hour time in the Settings application

For the latter I am indebted to Peter from Byteclub who went far above and beyond would could have been expected to help me get to the bottom of it. A temporary work-around until 2.1 is available for download is to switch to a 24-hour clock.

(Not that this is an excuse for Yummy crashing, but it turned out to be a bug in the iPhone OS. If you want to see the details check out this question.)

People with over 1500 tags should also be happier with the performance in this version.

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Yummy and iPhone 2.2.1

You may be aware that Apple just released a new version of the iPhone OS. It is only a small update and so I do not anticipate any problems when using Yummy with it, but you never know. I’ll be testing myself as soon as I can. Please let me know if you see anything untoward.

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Review from AppVee

AppVee today published a nice review of Yummy. I confess that I’ve been on tenterhooks all weekend since Bryan Barletta let me know that the review was forthcoming!

It’s worth clicking through to the full post, but if you’re inpatient you’ll want to know that Yummy gets four stars and the following conclusion:

If you’re looking for a way to get your bookmarks all in one place, this is definitely an app you should check out.

And the neat YouTube clip make me wish that I had a video camera! I thought my little screen capture was pretty good, but it’s better to see it running on a real iPhone.