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Two Weeks

It all started with an innocuous looking email to Yummy’s support email address:

Tagging seams a bit buggy. When I try to correct a typo with the cursor it works the first time (laggy though) but the second time I’m not able to move the cursor anymore.

Without getting too technical (visit my question on StackOverflow if you want to see them), the way the iPhone works is that it tells the application when events happen and the application can respond appropriately. When certain events occur, you are expected to behave in a particular way in addition to your own actions.

Of course there are lots of events that happen that the application is not interested in. I could rotate the phone into portrait mode or touch in the middle of the toolbar where there are no buttons or hold the phone to my ear, all of which the phone can detect but I don’t care about.

So, inside Yummy I could be responding to events incorrectly or I could be ignoring events that I should be listening for. I was pretty sure that it wasn’t the former, though I did spend some time checking. It took me nearly two weeks to convince myself that it wasn’t the latter either.

So what’s left? As far as I can see, the only code running at the time of the “laggy cursor” is Apple’s so I raised a bug report with them.

Of course even if Apple decide to help, that doesn’t help you immediately.

In the end I got lucky. After getting nowhere for those two weeks the fix that you should be seeing very shortly came to me in the middle of the night. It’s not a complete solution but it works significantly better than before and I also managed to sneak in another smaller fix while I was putting the release together. More details when it hits iTunes.


What would you like to see next?

Although activity here recently might lead you to conclude otherwise, I am busy working on the next version of Yummy. I have my own internal hit-list of features that I want to include — I use Yummy as well as write it — but I thought now might be a good time to solicit feedback.

What new features would you like to see in the next version?

Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below or directly by email. I won’t make any promises but I will always do what I can.

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Yummy Screencast

One of the hard things about buying an iPhone application is that, unlike Mac or Windows programs, there is no way that you can see the program in action without actually buying it. Even when the cost is less than a latte at your local coffee franchise, the thought of putting down money for something without seeing it in action makes the process harder than it might be.

Much is in Apple’s court. There is no way, for example, that I can make available a demo version. I can, however, do one better one better than screenshots. With apologies for the poor audio quality, here is a “screencast,” a quick overview of Yummy’s key features in video form.

What do you think? Does this give you a better idea of what Yummy is like to use?

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New feature: Mail Link

In addition to all the little details that you don’t see behind the scenes, I managed to include one visible change to the recent 1.0.2 release of Yummy: the ability to mail links. This was a very popular request, so I hope you find it useful.

Simply find the link you want to mail by browsing or searching for it, open the bookmark and press the “Mail Link” button. Mail will open with the subject line populated and the URL in the body of the message,

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MyPhoneApps Forum

Recently Yummy has been added MyPhoneApps Forum, a web site dedicated to iPhone and iPod touch applications.

The main threads of interest to owners (or potential owners) of Yummy are as follows:

These threads are dedicated to Yummy. Of course the site has a similar set up for lots of other applications. Hopefully it will be a great resource for all iPhone developers and users and I’m happy to be an early supporter of it.

I hope you’ll never need to post in the bug reports thread, but it’s there if you do find something! I’ll be as active as I can be, answering questions and keeping an eye out for your great feedback.


Yummy Version 1.0.2

A minor update to Yummy will hopefully be available for download in the next few days. It has the following changes:

  • Fix crash on start up bug that was affecting a small number of users
  • Works with a much larger number of bookmarks
  • Improved compatibility with version 2.1 of the iPhone OS
  • Mail bookmarks as well as view them in Safari
  • Bug fixes

It should be a seamless upgrade from the previous version, although the initial refresh may take a little longer this time.

Please let me know how you get on.

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One nice thing about Apple’s AppStore is that users can review their downloads. One of the disadvantages is that the reviews only appear on the store of the user, which means that I can only really see reviews posted in the UK.

[Update: I have been reminded that you can see reviews without being logged in. Still, switching to each of the countries where there’s an App Store and looking for reviews would quickly get tedious.]

But there are other ways. Thanks to Erica Sadun’s excellent AppStore Review Scraper I’ve been able to look at what’s happening everywhere.

Many thanks to the people that wrote good things about Yummy. It is greatly appreciated.

However in this post I really want to concentrate on people who have not had such a positive experience. As long as it’s fair and true I have no problem with people posting bad reviews. What’s interesting is that both reviews (on the US store) report what sounds like the same problem — it saying “Loading data” on startup and then crashes — and yet neither user reported the problem to me directly. Unfortunately I can’t fix bugs that I don’t know about.

Luckily I do have one set of crash logs. It would seem that the recent iPhone 2.1 release leaves applications with less memory than before, meaning that users with a lot of bookmarks can have problems. I am working on the assumption that all three bugs have the same root cause and am currently in the process of putting together a new release.

This should be complete in the next day or two and will be on your iPhone as soon as Apple have reviewed it.

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Yummy Version 1.0.1

A minor update to Yummy will hopefully be available for download in the next few days. It has the following changes:

  • Search by title
  • Fix to allow “unusual” URLs
  • Cosmetic changes