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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.

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Number of Bookmarks

One question I get a lot is “How many bookmarks can Yummy handle?” The short answer is there’s no absolute number that I can tell you but I can give you some heuristics and anecdotes. The short answer is “a lot.”

I typically do my testing with between three hundred and two thousand bookmarks, depending exactly on what I’m doing. If you are in that range you’ll be fine. I have recently been testing with nearly four thousand bookmarks and over three thousand tags, which means that version 2.1 of Yummy works acceptably well in that range. I also heard from a user with six thousand bookmarks.

At the higher end of the spectrum, you will generally find that Yummy works just fine albeit a little slowly. I’m always working to make Yummy faster and more efficient, but ultimately the iPhone has limited memory and a slow CPU. Having said that, the vast majority of users will never notice.

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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.

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Great Indie Bake Off Voting Begins

Voting for the Great Indie Bake Off started last night over on There are some great prizes so it’s well worth heading over there to cast your vote!

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Yummy 2.0 Quick Overview

I’ll be going over some of the key features of Yummy in more detail over the coming weeks, but here’s a quick overview in pictures.

Splash screen:

Main menu:

Very similar to Yummy version 1.0, the view by date screen:

And the new view by tag:

Here’s what a bookmark looks like:

Which is kind of similar to what adding a new bookmark looks like:

And here’s a web preview:

Finally here’s a quick look at the settings screen:



I first heard about Twitter shortly after it hit the web but I resisted for a long time. I couldn’t quite see the point. I have a website. Several actually. I’m on AIM and Yahoo Messenger (occasionally) and MSN (even more occasionally). I have email. Lots of it. What would Twitter add to the mix?

Brief aside for the uninitiated: what is Twitter? Think of it as public text messaging on the web. You post 140 character “tweets” that, in theory, answer the question, “What are you doing?” They are, by default, available for anyone to see. You can hide your updates but it kind of defeats the object of the exercise.

In the middle of last year I relented, but it’s only been in the last couple of months that I’ve really started to “get” it and use it more. If you’d like to make an informal comment about Yummy or want to “follow” me, please do so. I’m I don’t only talk about Yummy and but you hopefully should find something interesting there.

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Great Indie Bake Off

You’re now down to the last few days were you can submit your iPhone application inspired sugared creations to Antair Games’ Great Indie Bake-Off 2008:

“The rules are simple, bake something inspired by a game or app, and post a picture somewhere.”

If you’re looking for ideas of how not do do it, check out the Cake Wrecks blog.

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New Year Update

The big news around Yummy HQ is that we’re currently beta testing the next major release. A few users have been trying it out since late last week week and most of the feedback has been positive. Of course there have been a few bugs that I’ve had to fix, but that’s the whole point of a beta test.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be discussing the new features here (so please add this website to your RSS feed or consider subscribing by email using the widget to the right of the screen) but first let’s consider how big a change is coming to iTunes and your iPhone.

The simplest measure is the number of lines of code, and by this metric Yummy 2.0 is nearly twice the size of version 1.0.3. And that’s only half the story as I have spent a lot of time replacing some verbose, automatically generated code with shorter, hand-optimised versions.

When you write an iPhone application there are two parts. The first part is traditional computer code (written in a language called Objective C). Unless you’re a programmer, none of this will make much sense to you. That’s represented in the blue blocks in the above graph. You can also do a certain amount of work by dragging and dropping bits of your user interface, much as you would with a program like Visio. That “code” is in the green.

I didn’t include the numbers, as they’re not terribly important, but the relative sizes are obvious.

Maybe a better measure is the volume of changes. This graph represents the number of lines changed between a version and it’s predecessor.

As you can see, the move to 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 was pretty significant and the fixes in 1.0.3 were much smaller. You can’t however, miss the size of the change moving to version 2.0.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks to learn what those changes look like and how they make Yummy even more useful, convenient and powerful.

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Updates on the App Store

In the olden days, way back in September and before, a minor update to an application would put you back in the “new application” category of the App Store which would typically result in a short-term boost in sales. Apple fixed this a while back but one thing that hasn’t changed is the rate at which users take the update.

I got an email from Apple saying that version 1.0.3 of Yummy was available for sale just shy of midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 6th January. By Thursdays sales report I saw that nearly 50% of users had already downloaded it. I’m not sure exactly when the update hit iTunes nor the cut-off time for the report, but it was at most forty-eight hours and maybe as little as twenty-four.

I’ve not seen any platform where optional upgrades are accepted so quickly.

It’s tempting to say that it’s because on the iPhone it’s both easy and free, but how hard is it to take updates for the Macintosh, Windows Update or most Linux distributions? Automatic updates are typically enabled by default but many users actively refuse them, perhaps because they don’t know what they are or what benefit they would derive from them. Of maybe it’s the perceived quality? Most people have never had an update mess up their computer, but everyone knows someone who has had problems. An iPhone application is pretty low risk. At worst you’ve broken a single program.

The explanation I like most is that I have many enthusiastic users who are dying to get the next, exciting update as soon as possible. They read this blog, follow me on Twitter and sit in iTunes pressing the “Check for updates” button trying to get their latest hit.

If you know the truth, please try not to spoil my delusion.

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AppBeacon is a relatively new site that guides you to the best iPhone and iPod touch applications and I am pleased to announce that Yummy is one of their featured applications through January 2009.

There are a lot of sites that claim to help you find that key application or game but AppBeacon seems to be unusually well designed and thought out. I especially like the ability to flag applications for future reference as well as mark those you actually own — a great feature for that indecisive and forgetful demographic which I include myself in. I think.