Changes in Europe

You may have noticed some changes on the App Store last week:

Apple has increased the prices of apps sold through its iTunes App Store in Europe because of exchange rate changes, it said on Friday. The minimum price for an app in the Euro zone rose to €0.89 ($1.15) from €0.79.

That means that the following prices apply to our apps:

  • Yummy: €1.79
  • Rootn Tootn: €1.79
  • www.cut: €0.89

In a handful of other countries you can also pay in your local currency rather than US Dollars.


Rootn Tootn version 1.1

I have just submitted the first feature update of Rootn Tootn to Apple for review. Hopefully it will be available for download from the App Store in the next week or so.

The theme for version 1.1 is “stuff that I didn’t have time for last time.” In addition to a lot of small tweaks, there are three big features: statistics, data export and accessibility.

Version 1.0 allowed you to record and view lots of information but there was no way to see it all in context. With this update you will be able to see some statistics, showing what happened on average over the last week and for all time.

This is what it looks like:

Rootn Tootn Statistics screen

At the top there’s a graph showing averages for each day of the last week. The bars show the number of events (feeds, changes); the line shows the average duration. Press and hold on a day to see the actual numbers.

Below the graph are text summaries of the average number of events and the average duration per day for all time and just for the last week. I thought that these would be the most interesting and useful statistics but, of course, you might have other ideas of things you’d like to see.

This brings me to the second feature: data export. You can export all the data that Rootn Tootn records as simple CSV (comma separated variable) files that can be imported into most text editing and spreadsheet apps, or even Dropbox so you can open in a “full” application on your Mac or PC.

While I’m sure that you can think of other benefits, the two main ones I see are: you can analyse the figures in arbitrary ways that I can’t imagine. And secondly, I don’t want you to feel that Rootn Tootn is holding your data hostage. If you want to get extract it and use it elsewhere, you should be able to do so.

The final thing is something I’m not sure I should describe as a “feature,” but is pretty neat nevertheless: accessibility. That’s the name that Apple use to describe the feature, but what does it really mean? In short, it means that partially sighted people can work with apps just as well as those with perfect eyesight. It works by “speaking” the user interface. You can read more about how it works in general here.

What I would say is that I have good (albeit corrected) eyesight so I’m not completely confident that I have correctly made every part of the app fully accessible. Please let me know if you find an area that needs work.

So that’s Rootn Tootn 1.1: easier to use, better visualisation of your data and the ability to export it.

Update: Apple approved it on 30 October.


Rootn Tootn 1.0.1

I have just submitted the first maintenance release for Rootn Tootn since its arrival on the App Store in June. This is a very minor update, mainly designed so that it works optimally on the new iPhone and the latest iPod touches.

Rootn Tootn home screen on the iPhone 5

As you can see, Rootn Tootn 1.0.1 will use the full screen of these new devices, allowing you to either add more reminders that you can see on one screen or see more of your pictures.

If you upgrade to an iPhone 5, you’ll probably find that your old picture isn’t quite big enough and you’ll get a dark grey bar at the bottom of each screen. If you just select the picture again it will re-size it correctly for your new device.

In addition to support for the new devices, I have also added a couple of minor bug fixes and one small feature. I very much doubt you’ll notice the fixes — a far as I know, no serious defects made it into the released version — but the feature is nice. In version one, you had to press the small, green plus sign to add a new reminder. In 1.0.1 you can press anywhere in the “Add new reminder” button.

Hopefully it will make it into the App Store before the iPhone 5 hits the shelves or at least very shortly afterwards. Fingers crossed.

Update: It made it onto the App Store on the 20th September.


Rootn Tootn is half price for World Breastfeeding Week

Today marks the  start of both “National Breastfeeding Month” if you’re in the US and “World Breastfeeding Week” if you’re resident on the Earth (I assume you are if you’re reading this).

As a small way of supporting and recognising these events we’re offering our baby feed feed reminder and timer app, Rootn Tootn, for half the usual price for this week only. That’s only 99c in the US, 69p in the UK or your local equivalent.


Rootn Tootn Screencast

You’ve seen the description. You’ve seen some screenshots. But you’ve not seen Rootn Toon in action yet.


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.