Light Up The Tree 2.0 Update

11 Jun
2018

(Available on the Apple, Amazon, & Google Play App Stores)

 

A Christmas app update in….June?!? Why not?
Graphics update!
New tree and new lights!
Also, performance improvements and optimizations. Enjoy!

 

Previous tree graphic was a public domain image and the lights were created by me. New tree and lights graphics were both created by me with a goal in mind to be minimalist, bold, & practical. Happy with the outcome.

 

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New Release: Quiz of Medicine Voice Edition (Top 100 Drugs) – Amazon Echo Alexa Skill

4 Jun
2018

This voice edition of the highly downloaded Quiz of Medicine app is a condensed version that focuses on the top 100 drugs in the United States. Within this skill are questions that ask the user what the brand name is of a specific generic medication. After each question the skill presents you with four possible answers, with one of the answers being correct. Simply reply to the question at any time with the answer number that you think is correct. Quiz of Medicine Voice Edition is a neat & quick educational drug name trivia game that features over one hundred authentic questions. It’s for pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and anyone else who’s interested in furthering and/or refreshing their knowledge of brand & generic names. Enjoy! Take care!

(If this skill is received well, there may be an update later to include indication questions for the top 100 drugs as well 😉

Chinatown Fortune Cookie App 2.2 Update

15 Apr
2018

√ More fortunes added

√ Fixed issue of possible duplicate lucky numbers

√ Removed an ad provider that displayed intrusive ads

Available on the Apple App Store amazonappstore-black_badge_updatedAvailable on Google Play

 

 

(Paid version without ads available on Apple & Amazon)

New Release: Jumbo Egg Hunt 3 – Easter Egg Hunting Adventure

16 Mar
2018

   

Jumbo Egg Hunt 3 is a big, fun and artistic egg hunting adventure that can be challenging! It features thirty new areas with high quality artwork, three difficulties(casual, medium & hard), 90 total levels, and a hint system. In Jumbo Egg Hunt 3 you’ll be egg hunting in several different areas including; an aquarium, creeks, flower gardens, grocery stores, pumpkin areas, and several other different areas. A fun hidden object Easter egg hunt adventure for toddlers, kids, and adults. 

Find all 12 eggs in a level to obtain 1 star…….find them in under 60 seconds for 2 stars……..or achieve 3 stars by finding them in under 30 seconds! The timer shown at the top of the screen can be turned on or off within the app settings.The audio is fun, bright, bouncy, and a funky but both the sound and music can also be turned on or off as well.

The eggs are hidden differently depending on which difficulty you chose. You have 2 hints available for each level no matter how many eggs you’ve already found.

Casual difficulty is great for toddlers and kids, the eggs have no transparency and they’re bigger than normal in size. Parts of the eggs are somewhat hidden behind or in front of things, but they’re easy to find and provide a fun quick hidden object tapping experience.

Medium difficulty is great for kids and adults. The eggs blend in more with the background scenes and they’re around a normal size. Some levels are harder than others. The eggs provide a different hidden object challenge throughout each level. 

Hard difficulty is great for adults or kids who want a harder challenge, the eggs are small and blend in with the backgrounds even more. Playing on a smaller device makes this difficulty harder so if you’re having an extremely hard time finding eggs on a phone, try playing on a tablet for a more user-friendly experience.

• 30 Areas with Multiple Scenes (90 Total Levels)

• Awesome High Quality Artwork & Fun Audio

• Casual, Medium & Hard Difficulties

• Timer Shown, Music, & Sound Effects settings

• Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

Jumbo Egg Hunt 3 is an awesome Easter egg hidden object game that’s fun for all ages! Jumbo Egg Hunt 3 is the best of the Jumbo Egg Hunt apps and overall one of the best egg hunting apps available….if not the best!

 

New Release: Kids Coin Quiz – Amazon Echo Alexa Skill

30 Dec
2017

Kids Coin Quiz is an educational skill that was created by the developer of the Professor Piggy Bank app. This skill was built to help kids learn about coin values. It has several questions about the four main coins used in the United States. Questions are mainly about how much each coin is worth, how many coins it takes to make a specific amount, and the amounts that happen when you combine different coins.

To begin just ask Alexa to open or start “Kids Coin Quiz”
Each multiple choice question has four available answers. Each answer is spoken by Alexa as 1:, 2:, 3:, & 4:. after the question. Simply respond with the number of the corresponding answer you choose. Easy to understand and easy to use. Each quiz contains five questions from a list of several questions within the skill.

Some question examples:
Which coin is worth twenty five cents?
1: dime
2: quarter
3: nickel
4: penny

How many nickels does it take to make ten cents?
1: five
2: one
3: ten
4: two

This skill is great for kids learning about coins, coin values, and counting coins. You can also increase and further enhance their knowledge by using the Professor Piggy Bank app, which is available on Amazon App Store. Enjoy!

 

August & September Mobile App Development Report

8 Oct
2017

These past two months have been so all over the place and busy for me that I totally forgot to do a post for August and now I’ve almost forgot about September too. In this post I’m going to write about what I did in app development land in August and September. However, I’m going to try to keep it short because I need to jump back into working on various tasks. The rest of this year is going to continue being busy with app development and a lot of important things going on outside of app dev as well.

In August I finished working on Master Fantasy RPG Soundboard and released it on the Apple, Amazon, & Google Play app stores. The app turned out like I wanted it to and I enjoyed working on it overall except for the testing phase, which was the most stressful aspect of working on it. After finishing the app and testing it on various devices I ran into an issue where the app crashed on most devices except for newer ones. After trying an assortment of different fixes it turned out to be in the code in regards to the way I had sounds loading in the app. None of my other soundboard apps have long load times, but while I was working on this soundboard app I created it with a different way of loading sounds in mind. I thought it would make the app load even faster than my other soundboard apps while also delivering any sound pressed instantly like the others apps do. However, it turned out that I was asking too much of the engine I used for this app and that’s basically what caused it to crash. So to fix the issue I changed the way that I make the app load sounds back to how I do with my other soundboard apps. Which I guess lead back to the old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That saying definitely applied to this situation and I could have avoided some stress and long nights.

So after fixing the load issue that caused Master Fantasy RPG Soundboard to crash I started working on promo images and a simple trailer video. I wanted the video to be simple but also give the viewer a good idea of how efficient the app is at playing sounds instantly, and how vast the sound effect library is within the app. This app like all my other apps does not require a data connection to be used. After downloading the app you can use it anytime regardless of how bad your data connection is or lack thereof. I had the idea of this fantasy soundboard in my mind for the past couple of years, but kept pushing it back to work on other apps and updates. I’m glad that I came back to it and completed it. I think it’s a neat companion to use during board games, role-playing, and reenactments. I’m sure people will use it in those ways and other ways I haven’t even thought of like people have done with my other soundboard apps. There are some pictures of working on some of the sound and visual design of this app on the July App Development Report. I do plan on having a picture section on this site eventually that showcases some of the photos I’ve taken of my “behind the scenes” app development and design processes. As of now I mainly post those types of images on my Instagram, on these monthly progress posts, and sometimes on my Twitter.

In September I decided to work on an update to my Rest, Relax, and Reflect app. I’ve been told by some of the users of the app that they wished it had a Thunderstorm section which I agreed and thought it should as well. I’m not sure why I didn’t include that section initially. I probably rushed myself to release it so I could dedicate time on another project. It’s not a super popular app but adding a Thunderstorm section and making some other improvements wasn’t going to take long and were going to improve the app nicely so I went for it. One of the first things I did is take pictures for the Thunderstorm section and while taking some of those pictures I decided to take some pictures for some of the other sections to replace the background pics that I didn’t take myself. So now all of the background pictures in the game were taken by me except some of the fireplace photos. Taking the pictures myself for the other sections helped me incorporate the animation effects better and gave the app the perspective I wanted it to have more in those sections.

In between taking and editing the photos I also worked on the Thunderstorm section animations and sound. Audio is more important to me in this app than animation so I spent more time on it. After working on some audio I played around with some different rain and lightning effects until they felt right. Then I separated the intensity levels into low, medium, and heavy like I did for the other sections. After finishing the thunderstorm section and incorporating the new backgrounds for the rain & snow sections I decided to replace some of the fireplace photos as well. I looked around on the internet for public domain fireplace photos until I found a couple that I thought looked great and would play well into the fireplace animation that’s kind of realistic but also kind of looks computer generated.

I also made the background thumbnails in each settings section(except Space Travel) react to whether or not the Black & White option is on or off. Before, the thumbnails would stay in color regardless of if that B&W option was on or off. Now the thumbnails change to black & white or color depending on what’s chosen for that option. It’s a small change but its neat and makes sense that it should react that way. I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t do that when I initially created this app. Regardless, I finished the update last month and testing went well so I released it soon after. It’s available on the Apple & Amazon app stores, and I also released the app itself for the first time on Google Play. I decided to make it free(with ads) on Google Play since its been out for years on the other app stores. It’s still ad free on the other app stores which does deliver a more simple and less distracting experience, which is good for an app that’s main goal is to help the user relax.

Some of the new background images with effects overcast

If you would have asked me a couple of months ago what my last app of 2018 would be I would have told you Master Fantasy RPG Soundboard, but yea……..another app idea popped up in my head that I thought would be a great idea to try to finish and release this year. It’s an app that revolves around Christianity and the bible. I’m a Christian and I believe in God, but I’m not one that shoves it in peoples face. I also recognize that some Christians are hypocrites, which gives the rest of us a bad name. I’m not trying to prove anybody right or wrong, or make judgements. I just want to create a simple to use app that helps others and myself learn more about the bible, and hopefully this app will accomplish that. I’ll just leave it at that until the next progress report post. Alright, I wrote that I wanted to make this post short but I ended up writing a few long paragraphs so that’s all I’ll write for now. I’m sure I’ve left out some things that I worked on and am going to work on, but these posts are supposed to be overviews without going into a lot of details. Until next time ∞

Rest, Relax, & Reflect Version 2.0 Update

24 Sep
2017

    

√ New Thunderstorm section with five backgrounds and sound & animation options

√ New high-definition backgrounds for the Fireplace, Rainfall, & Snowfall sections

√ New music for Space Travel medium & heavy sound tones

√ Minor user interface improvements

Relax

Rest, Relax & Reflect is now also available for free(ad-supported) on Google Play!

New App Release: Master Fantasy RPG Soundboard

25 Aug
2017

    

Master Fantasy RPG Soundboard is a fantastic app filled with hundreds of high quality sound effects that will help you on your quest. You can use this app as a companion while playing board games, roleplaying, reenacting, or just randomly throughout life. Using this app as a companion to your adventures easily enhances the atmosphere. No internet connection is needed to use this app so it doesn’t matter if you have high speed internet or if you’re in the woods without a signal. This app will work regardless of your connection or lack thereof.

After the initial startup load all of the sounds are at your fingertips for instant playability without the need to load any sounds before playing. No lagging and no ads. This app can easily enhance the atmosphere during board game time at day or night. While on the main menu you can pick the category you want and quickly pull up those sounds and go back to the other categories just as quick as well. The 8 sound categories in this app are Animals, Atmosphere, Combat, Instruments, Magic, Monsters, Objects, and People. Atmosphere sounds can play in the background while you play other sound effects.

This soundboard app also has a favorites feature. Simply hold down the sound effect button you like for 5 seconds to mark it as a favorite with a shield. You can remove that sound as a favorite by holding down on it again for 5 seconds. There are no limits with how many sound effects you can mark as a favorite.

The developer of this app is a big fan of fantasy video games like Skyrim & Witcher and entertainment like Game of Thrones, Vikings & Lord of the Rings, and he made this for other people who enjoy the realm of fantasy video games, board games, cosplaying, medieval role playing, reenactments, role playing, movies, television, & etc. This awesome sound effects app is filled with the sounds of mages, knights, wizards, magicians, vikings, dungeons, medieval battles, nature, castles, forests, battles, wars, sieges, middle age actions, gameplay, dragons, other animals and various different sounds.

Sound effects within this awesome app include…

Animals: bear, bird, cat, cow, dogs, dragons, goat, horses, sheep, wolf and more

Atmosphere: beach, cave, fireplace, forest, rain, snow and more

Combat: arrows, bombs, shields, swords, spears, and more

Instruments: bagpipes, cymbals, drums, fiddles, flutes, harps, horns, and more

Magic spells: fires, heals, ice, teleports, winds, and more

Monsters: grumbles, laughs, pains and sounds from within a cave

Objects: chest opens, coins, doors, rummaging, traps, and more

People: applause, belching, bones, booing, drinking, eating, marching, sayings and more

Become the ultimate dungeon master with Master Fantasy RPG Soundboard

 

(Development, design & audio* by: Avrin Ross of 8-Bit Avrin Apps. *Some of the sounds were obtained from public domain resources like freesound.org and then edited.)