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…

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.

Happy Thanksgiving and iPad Pic Daily tweets

For those here in the USA many wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving today with you and your family from myself and Wood and Wire Ware. For me I’m celebrating with my immediate family today and then traveling with my daughter tomorrow to my native land of Arkansas to celebrate with sibling, sibling spouse and parent there. Very much looking forward to both.

One area related to mobile apps and this blog is a random photo series I started several days ago taking one to two to three pictures a day made with my iPad camera documenting the day and tweeting them. I’m particularly enjoying photographing through the iPad as it feels like photographing through an 8×10 view camera.

Three images made this AM in celebration of the day and the fall are these, Thanksgiving Day Detail 1, Thanksgiving Day Detail2 and Thanksgiving Day Detail 3.

Follow me on Twitter to see my images and reflections daily at jimgoodinmusic.

Remember my first app available through the Apple store, a currency converter and tip calculator, is at Tips Across the Waters.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Just posted a walk-through video about Tips Across the Waters

This weekend I was able to put together a ‘walk-through’ how to video demoing my recently published iOS app, Tips Across the Waters.

The video is at URL Tips Across the Waters walk-through. The video is barebones and shot with the app active and running on an iPad and iPod Touch. It will give the user a good overview and ‘how to’.

With this video it’s also the official launch of a YouTube channel for Wood and Wire Ware.

Thanks for watching as well as following my news on this blog.

Using Tips Across the Waters, a User Guide

For those of you that have purchased or are thinking about purchasing Tips Across the Waters (e.g. TATW), though the interface is quite simple I wanted to offer a walk through for this entry.

The app in that it can rotate from portrait to landscape, encompasses two operating views or screens and a third view that is a help screen. In landscape view the layout is slightly different to accommodate the side view.

TATW is a percentage based tip calculator and eleven currency converter. The top and middle of the portrait screen are text fields and touch buttons that manage input from the user. The bottom portion utilizing a one segment picker wheel manages currency conversion. The user can either use the conversion inclusive of tip processing or the tip portion and. Guest share can be excluded.

Beginning at the top the user taps on the left most field labeled Amount. Doing so brings to the screen the tapping keyboard. The user enters their cost which they are calculating a tip followed by tapping the keyboard return key, an action required on all the apps input fields to tell the program the information entered is complete.

Next the user picks a tip percentage from the three preset buttons, 10, 15, 20 or in the right most field an amount of choice may be entered.

Following the percentage tap or a return key a Sub-total and Total are displayed. If the user wants to split the cost among party guests he/she will enter the number splitting the bill in the field in between. Pressing return completes that field and the Total will update.

Next the user can convert their total amount which assumes their own local currency to one of eleven including Australian Dollars, Brazilian Real, Swiss Franc, Chinese Yuan, European Euro, Great Britian Pound, New Isrealia Shekel, Indian Rupee, Turkish Lira, United States Dollar and South African Rand.

Spinning the From-To picker dial on the screens lower left to the desired currency returns the conversion. To receive a straight conversion from the initial amount without tip and guest share just enter that amount, tap the return key and spin the picker dial.

And that is a walk through of my new app Tips Across the Waters.

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