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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….

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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.

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.

Take Tips Across the Waters on Your Next Trip!

Tips Across the Waters offers much use to the traveler. I built currency conversion into it giving the user the opportunity to convert among eleven currencies. I equally designed the app so that you aren’t in a specific currency when you first start using it. As a user you enter the amount of local currency figures you are using. If you don’t need to include a tip for the service, once you enter the amount and confirm it by tapping the ‘Return’ button in the lower right corner of the device’s on-screen keyboard, you may then go to the ‘slot machine’ like wheel known in Apple terms as the ‘picker wheel’ and roll it/spin it to your desired currency to convert. The result including the exchange rate will be displayed on the right.

Tips Across the Waters currency conversions include the Australian Dollar (AUD), Brazilian Real (BRL), Swiss Franc (CHF), Chinese Yuan (CYN), European Euro (EURO), Great British Pound (GBP), Isralian New Shekel (ILS), Indian Rupee (INR), Turkish New Lira (TRY), United States Dollar (USD) and South African Rand (ZAR).

With the tipping functionality the user has set percentage options of standard 10/15/20 percent but may enter a number of his/her choice as well. This amount is then reflected in the sub total and total after an option to include a split the fare among guests.

From the total with tip and split, is then passed to the picker for conversion.

Tips Across the Waters is available in the Apple store for .99. Take a look at the title link here.

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