New versions underway

Posted: January 31st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Applications, AppStore, My Applications, PwGen, PwGen Pro | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on New versions underway

After a loooooong period of silence I uploaded new version of PwGen and PwGen Pro to Apple today.

I hope they will be approved this time. You might remember that I had some serious problems when I tried to updated the pro version last time. That days I couldn’t find the problem because of which the new version way rejected by Apple. But I’m pretty sure I found it today (sometimes you just need an outtime of one year  to getting things done, right?) and so I fixed that.

When I finished that I thought that it might be a good idea to also implement some things that have changed since the last version. So I decided to put some more effort into it and implemented support for the pasteboard and in-app emails.

The update for the pro version is of course free for all customers who already purchased it.

Internally I eventually cleaned up my subversion and brought everything to the right revision. So I’m ready to do some more stuff in the future if anyone comes up with a brilliant idea for a new feature.


Updates / Past and Future

Posted: January 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Applications, My Applications, PwGen, PwGen Pro | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Updates / Past and Future

First of all I really have to apology for the silence the last months. I somehow lost the motivation to work on the applications over the trouble I had with the Apple review process. Anyhow, I have a new and in my eyes neat idea to realize and so I restarted iPhone developing. It’s much harder than I thought it would be. I really have to start from scratch in many areas. But I think it will just take a few days to get back on track.

Believe me, I would rather release new PwGen versions today than tomorrow but I have to wait what Apple says about the new version. You know the game.

Anyway, I hope I have something more to tell here over the next days and / or weeks.

Greets,
Thomas


Apple publishes new NDA

Posted: October 24th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | Tags: | Comments Off on Apple publishes new NDA

As announced, Apple has posted a new version of the iPhone NDA (PDF). The new version lifts the NDA in that way that is now allowed to the developers to talk about the SDK but only for already released versions.

Greets,
Thomas


Apple lifts NDA

Posted: October 1st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Apple lifts NDA

A great news just dropped in. Apple will lift the NDA for iPhone development. Isn’t that great?
Now it’s possible to talk to other developers about development problems and related stuff. Well, the NDA is only lifted for already released applications but this great anyway.
I’m happy and I hope it will become easier now to get information and help from others who already solved common problems.

Greets,
Thomas


Apple changed AppStore [update]

Posted: September 29th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Apple changed AppStore [update]

This weekend, Apple has changed the behavior of the AppStore. Number one is the comment change. In “the old days” everyone with an iTunes account could comment and rate an application. Fortunately, this is history now. Apple has changed this and now you can only rate an application if you actually bought it. I hope that really keeps that trolls away that rate an application with 1 star because it is too expensive in their eyes.

The second change is not that nice. Apple removed the “All iPhone applications”, “All iPod touch applications” and the “All free applications” links. Bad decision!

I mean, how can one keep an overview if you don’t have the ability to check for new apps? It also seems like the pinchmedia RSS feeds fetched their data from this pages!? I didn’t get any updates from this feeds since friday what is pretty strange. I can’t believe, that now new apps where released this weekend!?

I really hope that Apple makes overview links available again. Without them, the AppStore will become unusable.

A lot of ideas made their way through the net, why Apple is acting like it actually does. Many of them say, Apple is stupid and needs some time to check that they are on the wrong road. I really hope so, but can such a company be that stupid?

[update]
Macrumors just posted a page where feeds for the AppStore are available. Check out http://appshopper.com.
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Greets,
Thomas


AppStore – iTunes sync rant

Posted: September 24th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on AppStore – iTunes sync rant

Hi,

I just noted, that iTunes syncs your iTunes account to the iPhone. Well, that sounds not that critical on the first read but it becomes very odd if you don’t know the consequences.

Here is the situation. I have a german iTunes account as I live in Germany. From time to time, I check out the US store to see the US comments for PwGen. By the way, it’s a pity that it is not possible for AppStore developers to review *all* comments from all stores! But back to the story.

If you set your iTunes store to US for example and forget to set it back to german you will have a very (at least for me) strange behavior on your iPhone. The AppStore will be set to US! On my iPhone I have now the US prices in dollar and not longer the EURO prices. That is not the bad thing, because I know corresponding prices. What really is a mess, is that you can’t by anything because the AppStore tries to buy the apps in the US store. Even worse is, that you can’t set the AppStore back to german. This is only possible by setting the correct store in iTunes and sync your phone.

This is not really a solution if you are far away from your “sync-station”. I think Apple will sell this as feature but IMHO this is really an annoying bug. *narf*

Greets,
Thomas


Firmware 2.1 on friday

Posted: September 10th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Yesterday, Apple had it’s “Let’s rock” event. They introduced new iPod nano and an overhauled iPod touch. For me, the most interesting news was the announcement of iPhone firmware 2.1 which should be available on friday.

Apple says it’s much more stable (no more crashes of third party apps!?) and increases the battery lifetime dramatically. Even the backup process should become much faster. I’m very curious about this update. But not today? ^^

Greets,
Thomas