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Announcing: Rootn Tootn

I’m very pleased to announce Wandle Software’s latest app, Rootn Tootn. Here’s the description from the App Store:

Rootn Tootn is a quick and effective way to remind you when your baby needs feeding or changing — or as we like to say, your baby is rooting and tooting…

Especially in the first few weeks when you’re feeding around the clock, it’s easy to lose track of what needs to happen and when. The last thing you want is an app that insists on endless details just to get started. Rootn Tootn just has a single button to start or stop a timer. It automatically records all the details for your reference and sets a reminder for the next time. You can add notes if you like.

You can add as many reminders as you want and there are three different types. One records the duration of an event (feeding for example), one is a point in time (changing a diaper/nappy) and one is a left/right side reminder. Check out the website for stories of how other people use them.

In addition to customising the timers and reminders, you can personalise how it looks by adding your own picture to the background.

Rootn Tootn offers a great balance between simplicity and features that you’ll use. Created using feedback from nursing mothers, we are always happy to hear how you’re using the app.

It was inspired by the birth of my son exactly six months ago today. You can get it on the iOS App Store for the introductory price of US$1.99, ¥170, €1.59, £1.49 or your local equivalent.

You can read more about it on the product page and, of course, there will be more more in this blog in the coming days.

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Yummy 2.6.6

A week later than I had originally planned, but here is another app update that has been submitted to Apple for approval. In some ways it’s a bigger update than the 0.0.1 increment might lead you to believe. But let’s start with the user-visible changes:

  • Visual updates, including Retina graphics for the new iPad
  • Much faster “Get title” feature

The second item has pretty much the same caveats I mentioned in www.cut 3.1: it’s designed to be quicker than the functionality it replaces, though it is sometimes less accurate. That is, websites that do “clever” things with the title, such as using frames (1996 called…) or updating with Java Script after the initial load, may well fail. But overall I think the speed-gain is a net win.

The greater performance made one extra feature possible. Last month I mentioned a flaw in Delicious’ new “get links from Twitter” functionality. Namely, that those bookmarks when pulled into Yummy lack the website title. (As a quick aside, it’s only because of what’s arguably a bug in Yummy that these bookmarks could be saved at all. Normally the title is a mandatory field.)

In Yummy 2.6.6, if, when downloading a bookmark, it finds that the title is missing it uses the new “Get title” feature to populate the field as you’d expect.

Three small points: if the bookmark has already been downloaded then Yummy will not go back and get the title. You can do this manually (press ‘Edit’, then ‘Get title’ and finally ‘Done’) or, if you have a lot of them, as I did, then you can simply log out and log back in again.

Secondly, the title does not come from Delicious, so I can’t guarantee that it will be the same. It should be most of the time, but if they differ it’s (probably) not a bug.

Thirdly, Yummy gets the titles after finishing its normal sync process. There is (currently) no status update posted on the main screen but you can see that’s it’s working because the “network activity” spinner in the status bar will be going.

If you don’t like this functionality (or it causes problems for some reason) I added a setting to disable it.

Keep an eye on Twitter (or the available updates in the App Store) for when it makes it out of Cupertino.

 

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www.cut 3.1

I have just submitted www.cut 3.1 to Apple for approval, so hopefully it should be available for download some time in the next week.

It’s mainly bug fixes and cosmetic updates, including new Retina graphics for the new iPad, but there’s one new feature that I hope you’ll like.

Previously when you Tweeted a link or sent it to Facebook, it sent just the link with no information about it. In this new version, you should get the title too.

A couple of minor caveats:

  • Firstly, if the website is slow (or you’re very quick), you might press the “Twitter” or “Facebook” button faster than www.cut can figure out the title. This is deliberate. If you really do want the title, press cancel and try again. Unless…
  • Unless the website is a bit odd and www.cut can’t figure out the title. This might be because there are a lot of redirects, because the title is generated using JavaScript or some other mysterious reason. I’ll be trying to improve the algorithm as time goes on, but the objective is for it to be quick rather than 100% accurate

Still, I hope you find it useful.

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Now more Wandle-y

You’ll notice a change wherever your usual destination is.

I have merged the previously separate Wandle Software and the Yummyapp websites. It’s basically the old Yummy website with extra content, covering details about www.cut and Wandle, the company.

You should find the same (or more) content but if you find anything missing, please let me know. I’ll do what I can to put it back again.

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Welcome Wandle

Since it’s been a while since Yummy 2.6.1 came out I thought it might be worth a quick post to talk about what’s been happening behind the scenes. Despite appearances to the contrary, I’ve been very busy!

First, and I mention this for the sake of completeness, is the new website. What you’re seeing right now is probably what I’d call “Phase One” and is already a vast improvement over what came before it. In the future I will put up more content, with the intention of explaining the product to new users more effectively and allowing existing users to get the most out of it.

I have release 2.6.2 of Yummy waiting in the wings. It’s pretty much ready to go (though I do keep making minor changes) and has been for a while now. I’m waiting for two things before pressing the ‘go’ button.

It’s mostly minor bug fixes and behind the scenes changes, but one aspect that you will see is the removal of the Yahoo! ID authentication method. (Yes, Yummy was the first to add support for it and will likely be the first to remove it!) Once the sale to AVOS finally goes through, this method will be no more and will just cause confusion to new users. However, while they said that the deal would go through in July I can see no signs that this has actually happened.

Having said that, even if the deal had gone through, until yesterday I was unable to submit updates to any of my apps. This is because I am putting Yummy on a more formal footing and have formed a company, called Wandle Software Limited, to be the legal guardian of all my iOS software. Transitioning my developer account from that of an individual to a company took nearly seven weeks. For this time I was unable to make changes or work on beta releases.

For you this change makes very little difference. For me I get an awful lot of extra paperwork to fill in, but on the plus side I have a new corporate logo.

Finally, the next major version of Yummy will likely be numbered 3.0 and it will be a significant update. Major new releases take much longer to develop and test than smaller ones. I have multiple aims for this new version, spanning the UI, new features and an important overhaul of some of the technical stuff under the hood. I’ll write more about this as it nears release.

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New website!

Welcome to the new Yummy website!

Until today, this website has been hosted using Google’s Blogger service. This is nice and easy and free, but if you came here to try to understand what Yummy does or how it works it’s not entirely obvious how you would do that.

So with this iteration, I have put all the features and screenshots front and centre. I have also tried to be a little more “social,” making better use of Yummy’s Twitter feed and liberally sprinkling Facebook and Twitter buttons around. If you like Yummy I hope you’ll help trying to spread the word.

In the near future I will add some page that explain the features more and link to some of the videos that are already on YouTube (and some new ones).

I have done what I can to bring everything from the old website over but I am sure there there have been some casualties. If you find anything serious please let me know.