New App and other stuff

Hello everyone! After spending last few months getting my ‘c’ legs with Apple’s Core Audio I recently published my second mobile app but first audio app.

Number two from Wood and Wire Ware named the Sound-In New Music Event Player created to support the ‘new music’ internet community Sound-In (http://sound-in.org), features 19 built-in high quality audio tracks designed to be released with an added playlist or new volume release every few weeks.

The Sound-In community hosts an open call Creative Commons recording forum event each Thur – Sat where by members are invited to post recent musical works for public distribution.

Download Sound-In New Music Event Player for free at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sound-in-new-music-event-player/id694702038?mt=8.

Additionally I’m finally getting woodandwireware.com updated, visit often! Thanks to those of you who follow my work and for those that download my products.

Jim

JSON and other news

With juggling several things I come/go with working on my mobile programming meaning I work on something really focused for a few weeks then let it sit for a bit.

In August out of a simple need, lack of a native one on the iPad and inspired to do my own instead of downloading one of several from Apple, I began developing a calculator app and am near publishing. It will be free but with inApp advertising.

And last week I began playing with the idea of getting my current app Tips Across the Waters to offer real time currency updates when connected to the Internet. This has involved learning about JSON, XML based way of how this information is often carried, and how to convert and parse it. I’m making progress and hope to offer it soon. I’m also planning to offer TATW free but with inApp advertising.

The past referenced diabetes logging app is still on my radar but hit an obstacle that I have yet to resolve. Also thinking about a game so lots on my mind of late with this. Stay tuned…

Still coding…

In the Trees

In the Trees by Jim Goodin

Despite lack of entries last few months the coding continues. After dabbling with various programming languages last few years about a year/half ago on a lark suggestion by my astute 17 years son I delved in to learning Objective C with focus on Apple’s iOS.  Last fall I published my first app for iPhone and iPad in the Apple store, a combination currency converter and tip calculator I titled Tips Across the Waters.

Since that publishing I released one update in late March, v 1.08 and have worked off/on on two more app ideas but have had several stops/starts arising from job, music work (another career and see other blog here), making progress, hitting obstacles and all that goes with self teaching a programming language.

Still I’m in it to stay and while on family vacation last week I stumbled on to the idea that bore app project number 2, after realizing it was missing from the core iPad apps and I thought okay there are million of them out there but all the more reason to develop one more :).  I shan’t say what it is at this time and it’s more functional than flash right now but making progress on it and just broke through a wall I had hit the last couple days and that’s seemingly the elixir of coding.  I will say it involves numbers and will probably be a free download.

The other app project has a focus on diabetes and I hope to get back on that one this fall and too, I hope to get back to more regular posting on WordPress, both with the programming venture as well as my music work and while tooting the horn I should also mention too, one music project that was a podcast has moved to video and a channel on YouTube.  It’s a series that I co-host with Paul H. Muller on ‘new music’.  Check it out at Words On New Music.  And follow me on Twitter at jimgoodinmusic.

Plugging my other blog and new podcast…

I wanted to mention that I recently co-published a new podcast episode featuring an innovative micro tonal composer. A blog about the show and where to hear it is posted on another WordPress blog of mine, this one about my music activities at Woodandwiremusic.Wordpress.com. If you follow me on Wood and Wire Ware please consider following me at the music blog. Thanks and have a great weekend!

More Reflected Light

February 1 and settling in to a new room, new year. Though this blog started out writing about my new software venture it’s becoming more about life and day to day, thoughts, reflections. It doesn’t mean no more talk about the app(s), it just means to me another chapter, another reinventing my picture. In a sense it all connects and relates, my music, imagery, coding, all tied together.

I will say as my teenagers are maturing, moving on, it continues to feel everything is passing too quick, grasping at moments, trying to remember those elements of their childhood me as a new dad something I never dreamed or planned would happen. I come to experiences about 10 years later than most and this one no less.

At the same time all these interests and projects keeping me in a circle of creativity which I am much thankful for. It helps with recognizing that my children are yet not her element in this muse albeit a very important one. I used to say all the muses were, one was not more than the other, then that lEd to terrible feelings of guilt yet in a way maybe it’s a balance that I’m still learning to understand. I miss their younger years and at the same time realize it symbolizes my own life and mortality.

All lose rambling in this entry that has nothing to do with software development and possibly everything, depending on how you see it.

I will close with things on the radar are getting ready to record a cd, first focused in several years taking part in the RPMChallenge, feeling more and more this one will be are turn to the guitar and work similar but new to my solo Hegesquework of the 90′s. I working on a podcast release with Paul Muller featuring the work of microtonal composer and drummer Peter Thoegersen and also getting back to the updates on Tips. Stay tuned on all…

Reflected light

Wood and Wire Land

Wood and Wire Land

Funny I began this blog totally as a marketing effort for my launch into mobile app development back in the fall. Though my app and those energies, growth of the ‘ware’ division of the child company Wood and Wire Ware are all still on the radar, with the last few entries and clearly this one no less, there is on the surface a shift in focus but on another level it’s all related.

The Ware effort as explained in an earlier writing grew from my self published music ventures under the moniker of Wood and Wire Music. I have a 30 year history as a composer/acoustic guitarist/multi-instrumentalist in a sound that has ranged from what was known as New Age to the more homogeneous World to the more current New Music. Some of my early material, solo acoustic guitar stuff you can find in iTunes and my newer more experimental material can be heard on SoundCloud at http://soundcloud.com/jimgoodinmusic.

This last couple of weekends in preparation for my son to inherit a room in our apartment that I have occupied I have been downsizing and moving. This room I’ve occupied for 17 years recording and performing my music and working on projects of various kinds. As I have gone through everything, recordings, various mediums, images, photos from years spent doing photography when I lived in Arkansas, letters my now deceased father wrote to me, so many memories have occurred in this room. Many tears have flowed as I’ve mead e the process to exit. Yesterday I sat down and recorded this spontaneous reflection. http://soundcloud.com/jimgoodinmusic/17-years-countless-memories-at.

So this entry as disjointed as I. It was my plan to release a new update to Tips this month as I’ve worked out several new features but in end believe it will have to be next month, all things in time. I can tell you I’m including some extended fields that will be helpful in restaurants and some recommended tip practices and a couple other things. My challenge on it other than time right now, is as with the release getting the rotation right.

Okay time to publish….

Long Overdue and Happy New Year

I’m long overdue for an entry and will do it quickly over morning coffee a cappuccino that I have grown fond of at a local spot in Brooklyn dubbed Crespella.

For starters Happy New Year to all and wishing the very best to everyone who sees my blog.

Several thoughts my launch app for Apple mobile devices, a currency converter and tip calculator I released in October dubbed Tips Across The Waters is alive and well in the Apple store for .99. I have made several modifications to the app and am planning the first update release this month. If you haven’t already, thank you for buying. On its release you will get an update notification in your App Store icon and the update is free. Stay tuned for news on that.

Though this blog is ideally about my software ventures, in addition to this muse I am also a musician and frequent contributor to the new muisc community ImprovFriday. Along with fellow host Paul Muller I’m part of a podcast series for the community. We are on the edge of posting our first episode for the new year which will be a feature on the work of microtonal/polytempic composer/musician Peter Thoegersen. We are in final production stages and should have the episode out this month. The show is accessible in iTunes or on Podomatic at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com. Mor news on that release soon.

On a sad note regarding that community, composer, synthesist, new music pioneer Richard Lainhart passed away on December 30, 2011. Richard was based in New York and a major voice in the experimental and new music scene here and was a contributing member to ImproFriday. This news was so sad and shocking when I learned of it last weekend as I knew Richard, worked with him producing a live webcast for Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn and heard him perform several times over the last year. His passing is a tremendous loss to the local and Internet music world. ImprovFriday’s regular weekend recorded music event is inviting member musicians to post work this weekend in Richard’s memory. Visit the community this weekend at ImprovFriday.

On the music front as well I have begun some recent work with composer/trombonist/synthesis artist Paul Bailey. As with many musicians around the world that I have collaborated with the last few years, it’s all made possible by an open source software called NinJam which is just amazing. Paul and I recorded live via NinJam 3,000 miles a part earlier this week. I’m planning to post some of that session on this weekends ImprovFriday as well as on Soundcloud.

Among several resolutions for 2012 I’m trying to promote more artists I’m associated with around the world. Please visit the worlds of Daryl Shawn, Chris Blais, Rainer Straschill, Steven Moyes, Jeffrey Duke, Catherine Todd and by all means as his flame is now burned out but his spirit lives on please get to know the work of Richard Lainhart.

Memory from New Years Eve fireworks in Brooklyn…

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays from Wood and Wire Ware. I hope it’s been a good year for all in my audience. I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a great new year to to come.

If you or someone you know is traveling this holiday season please consider getting my app Tips Across the Waters, an 11 world currency converter and tip calculator. It’s available in the Apple store for .99 USD at http://iTunes.apple.com/us/app/tips-across-the-waters/id474128076?=mt8.

Should you already have purchased Tips I would like to let you know that I’m working on the first update that will include several new features, some gained from your feedback which I thank you for your input. The iTunes upload area will be down for maintenance during the holidays and I he to get this update out prior to that time otherwise it will be released in January. Updates to Tips Across the Waters are free once you have purchased the app one time.

I’m implementing additional UI fields to support showing the tip amount which should make it handier in restaurants and I’m including localization customary tip amounts for the various included currencies. Additionally there will be some design enhance and currency rate updates.

Time to get on with the day so wishing you well again this season and thank you for your interest and support in Wood and Wire Ware.

Writing Data and So Is I

Spent a lot of time last couple days working on my next app which is going to have a focus for diabetics. I have a personal interest in that in my family, designed the app initially for that need and am in process of making it for public consumption.

Writing or saving user data on the iOS mobile devices is in theory not difficult but for me in the programming it has been challenging though I think I’m seeing the light in the technical. Once this is acquired it will be very useful if not necessary in many apps to come. I didn’t deal with it perse in Tips Across the Waters , only temporary arrays holding data. On a future update there will be a use however.

I’m using picker wheels again on the new app and issues in refreshing those objects with the saved data has been partially the challenge. I may rethink the use of them in the interface but I find them very useful in this particular case.

Speaking of Tips though I’m about to shift gears and do three updates to the current version that i should release in next week or so. One will include conversion updates and the other two came from buyer suggestions and thanks very much to those folks for the suggestions.

Am image from errands today Shadows, metal, rubber and air. Taking a break to go play some fiddle…

Post Thanksgiving images, app thoughts and wanderings and caught a great podcast series

I hope everyone in the States had a great holiday weekend and that those abroad had a wonderful weekend. I spent time in my native Arkansas with my daughter visiting family. It was a wonderful time and as always I need to find more opportunities to get back more often. A few pic’s from the trip are…

Coming in to Little Rock

Coming in to Little Rock

Lights on the HIghway, near Batesville

Lights on the Highway, near Batesville

Continuing to think about my current and future app ideas for Wood and Wire Ware. As echoed earlier I’m planning the first update on Tips Across the Waters, my first app, which I released and was accepted in to the Apple store in late October (2011). An eleven currency converter and tip calculator, Tips Across the Waters, offers ease of use for both the world traveler and neighborhood diner. I’ve been offered a couple of suggestions that I’m hoping to employ in the first update. For those of you who have purchased my app, thank you! If you have please consider doing a review on iTunes. Additionally I’m working on my next app idea that will have a focus on diabetes.

I’ve recently came across a great podcast series on development, entrepreneurialism and Internet startup ventures, titled ‘Startups for the Rest of Us’ hosted by Mike Taber and Rob Walling. I’ve enjoyed four episodes thus far that is providing much food for thought as I delve in to my venture in app development. Check them out via their site at Startups for the Rest of Us as well as in iTunes.

My brother Bill's back deck

My brother Bill's back deck

All the recent images as well as these on this post were all made from the iPad. Though a few strange looks in public when I photograph from it, it so much reminds me as well as feels like I’m working with a view camera, something I always wanted in the analog world but was too costly to afford. The detail is of course not what it would be in a 4×5 or 8×10 film view camera but the feel of looking through the iPad display is both exciting as well compositionally inspiring.

Arkansas - wood cut

Arkansas - wood cut

I produced a walk through video of Tips Across the Waters recently and you can see it here on YouTube.

That’s it for this entry. Here are a couple more images from the recent trip.

Flying out on Monday - Clouds and Hidden Landscape

Flying out on Monday - Clouds and Hidden Landscape

All photographs were made by Jim Goodin.

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