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VisonSim; simulator for visual impairments

Do you know someone with a visual impairment? Are you trying to learn a little more about conditions for sight loss and how vision can be affected? VisonSim is a good start to discovering some of the ways people can be affected by sight loss. cialis 20

If you are a friend, family, carer or just interested to know more, then you should check out this app… Continue reading VisonSim; simulator for visual impairments

Aipoly Vision versus Tap Tap See

Aipoly Vision and Tap Tap See do very similar things.

They are object recognise apps for visually impaired,  to help someone understand their surroundings. You only need to point your phone or iPad at the object and press a large on-screen button to turn on the artificial intelligence. Brilliant for visually impaired and sighted who can use the app but also help improve it.

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Basic MapKit Integration

I’ve been working on an app that needed only the most basic map presentation and was looking for some straightforward information about how best to implement this.

Most of the information I found was way overboard for what I was wanting, and also there wasn’t a lot of information about it – it could be my searches but I really couldn’t find all that much.

My requirements were :

Present a simple map of a set location, so people could find it and be able to visit.

I came across several tutorials that I looked into, that had some great information: icodeblog the iCode Blog had a great tutorial with video and slides to accompany, and it’s around an hour to watch it but you’ll want to stop the video to implement what they are teaching you.

The one I finally used for reference and ideas was technobuffalo I modified it to suit what I was after, and this post will go through the basics of how to get the MapKit working in a really simple way.

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Yo iOS

Almost a year ago I had an app idea for an app that I would like to use with / for my students. I got very excited at the idea, and set out to map it out and around six months ago, after brainstorming with a Twitter mate the app name of  ”Yo! Create” came up. It was a brilliant idea and I had to go with it, so I booked it up on the app store.

Meanwhile, (back at the bat cave and all that), I set to design it for iPad, and decided to use the shiny new beta of Xcode, which I knew would probably mean apps would be able to be submitted for October time. ‘No problem’, I though, because I wanted to get this first version right and lay down the foundations for updating it too. I tried a few alternative interfaces and finally settled on one particular design.

I started building it with the new StoryBoards feature in Xcode and then by the time it was looking alright and like I was making progress I got an email saying that I was going to loose the name for ever if I didn’t submit my binary within two weeks. There had been other notices but it was going to an email address that hadn’t been working so I didn’t realise this was about to happen. By the time I realised, I had over a week to submit my unfinished app.

The problem was- I’d done it in the Xcode that wasn’t able to be used to submit an app with yet, and it had Storyboards, which wasn’t backwards compatible *pulls out hair*. So I had to go into an old Xcode and start fresh, just make a quick iPhone version and get it submitted so I didn’t lose that name.

Long story short… I managed to get a working – and not to shabby version of Yo! for iPhone submitted and approved. I have not made it live on the store just yet as I am now in a dilemma – do I resurrect the original iPad version and build upon that, resubmit and go from my initial plans? Or do I work with what was approved as it’s actually a good base to the app anyway and add the iPad version as was intended?

I am bordering on just releasing the initial app as it is for free to get some feedback and make decisions from there… but just to send a little reminder out there- plan in the timeframe for your reserved app names as you may find you lose it forever.

New &Noteworthy: Travel Cash

Just came across Travel Cash in the New & Noteworthy section on the App Store which is always great news.

New Noteworthy

I haven’t yet actively promoted it in any way which may be a mistake but there was a slight issue with it I noticed when testing it that I wasn’t happy with. It is only a very small issue – that when you launch the app there is a slight black screen delay for a second or so, meaning it isn’t loading my Default image when it starts. I realise it will be seen as a minor thing – literally a 1 second black delay, but I’m not happy with it.

I am currently fixing that and I will add a few other bits to it and submit a 1.1 fix for that.

Updating Allowance

1.2 News:

I am in the process of updating Allowance. Features I have planned to implement with this update are DELETE an account, have up to 5 ACCOUNTS, and some modifications to the reminder view.

DELETE ACCOUNTS: I have had some requests for deleting accounts so this is the bulk of what I have been working on. You will now be able to delete accounts with a swipe gesture if you need to. This was the longest area for development time wise. I had been able to get parts of it working and as I did more bugs would surface. It required a lot of testing and trying different data and combinations to be sure all aspects of it were working correctly. I am really pleased that this is now ready to go! The delete feature required new assets to be created as well in order to be able to see how to delete and there are some glitchy issues with these buttons that also needed sorting out. (Just issues on styling as there is a slight flicker when you swipe, I am in the process of working out ways to eliminate this.)

CREATE 5 ACCOUNTS: Once the delete and basic swipe feature was made I then have added the capability to create 5 accounts now. I did actually have requests for this and I think it really should be implemented anyway so I have been able to add this to the 1.2 version so I can’t wait to ship it.

I realise now that the way it is implemented, I actually have gone about it in a slightly longer process way and I would do it differently next time. I will hope to add the possibility of 6 accounts in version 1.3 or 1.4 though as it would be nice for the users to have the choice of too many.

REMINDERS > alteration: In addition to that I have been looking at the way reminders are created and how they are acknowledged. The image to the left shows how it is in the current version. I still think there is some slight confusion with creating the reminder so I have had a rework of this area. I want to clean up the interface for this and make it work seamlessly.

I think at the moment it is a bit weak in the way that you are slightly unclear that it will definitely work according to the options set. This isn’t really good enough and so I have put in a lot of time and effort to get this working how I expect it to, and how you expect it to as well.

That update isn’t really seen as essential and one that needs to be out there right away but I thought since I had released an update in December I will get this sorted as well and submit it hopefully by January 23rd, so it should be on the app store for the first week in February.

Already planning the updates for the 1.3 version so if there are any features or requests that you would like me to consider then please do send me an email.

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