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.

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…

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!

Blazing the Path and Growing with the Muse

This weekend I spent some time researching review sites to pitch Tips to for reviews and try to grow/broaden my traffic to the store. I discovered and pitched to several places including AppCarver, AppStorm, AppShopper and few others. Also have been thinking about investing in some advertising. It’s a big puddle I have jumped in to but feels very good to be part of this and have brought an idea from first glimmer to product. It is and will continue to be learning process but getting there.

I’m also beginning to work on two new ideas, one is a collaboration with a bandmate from past projects and another is an app that like Tips Across the Waters, is starting as a personal need that I can apply in the commercial sense. That one will focus on diabetes.

And also putting word out about Tips by word-of-mouth as much as possible. It’s all another chapter of marketing akin to what I did for years in my music. Hopefully this will be a wider market and direction which is my goal. I have dabbled in programming over the years but have not until now been able to make the jump from learning to ‘doing it’. Feels great to have gotten to a level of that stage. Many thanks to Apple for opening these doors for all of us as well as on a personal level friend and mentor Chris Roberts.

Stay tuned for more on the growth of Wood and Wire Ware.

Just tap on ‘Return’

Okay glitches and accidentally hit publish prematurely but as I was saying I’ve had a couple of comments from buyers of my app who have said ‘I enter the amount and tap 20 percent and nothing happens’, what’s up?

Well the way I wrote Tips Across the Waters after you have entered a number in either the amount field, the ‘other’ percent or the guest share, you have to tap on Return on the iPhone/Touch/iPad keyboard or the field of stuff you just entered will not complete and the app will appear not to work.

To my understanding this is the best way of ‘hiding or dimissing’ the keyboard and completing the action, moving the user on to the next part of the program, In this case processing the tip amount. There are a couple of other ways to do this from a programming standpoint but from my research and experience so far the idea of completing the field of information by tapping the Return button on the graphical i(device) keyboard parallels the way we type.

Well possibly not worthy of a blog entry but naturally I’m concerned users of my app[lication] ‘get’ this to have the most successful and enjoyable experience. I’m also wanting this blog to play part of a FAQ for my apps, sort of a FAQ with a human touch. 🙂

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.

Tips Across the Waters released!

Wood and Wire Ware is a new mobile apps development company that I founded during 2011. My first iOS application, a lifestyle app titled Tips Across the Waters is officially out, released yesterday October 27, 2011.

Tips Across the Waters is a combination tip calculator and currency converter, offering integration of the two or can be used independently.

Tips Across the Waters home screen

Tips Across the Waters features include…

– Low light visibility friendly screen
– Rotatable views (portrait/landscape)
– 10/15/20 percent as well as your choice of tip amount entry
– Currency conversion among 11 currencies

Find out more and purchase via iTunes.

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