Tag Archives: Apple

New Release: 8-Bit Eagle Smash

19 Feb
2014

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Available on the Apple App Store

Tap the screen to fly. 
Fly into every pipe to destroy it.
See how long you can fly before missing a pipe.
Are you ready for this challenge?

8-Bit Eagle Smash is a challenging endless runner/flyer with a retro art style. The goal in this game is to fly into every pipe before it goes off the screen. 8-Bit Eagle isn’t afraid of pipes. Pipes are afraid of 8-Bit Eagle. 8-Bit Eagle don’t care!

Smooth one finger gameplay that’s fun and challenging.

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8-Bit Avrin Apps 2013 Overview

18 Jan
2014

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2013 was a year of great forward progress for my old and new apps. Some of my older apps received updates that improved their performance, and some of them received updates that added content and/or features. In 2013 I also went from being in three app stores to being in five by expanding into the Windows and Barnes & Noble app stores. My app development time in 2013 was all over the place. Porting apps to new app stores, updating apps with improvements, and developing new apps that were released in 2013. Definitely a busy and successful year.

2013 wasn’t by any means perfect though. I had a few set backs in development, and some of my apps didn’t perform as well as I thought they should. Marketing is still the hardest aspect to grasp in the mobile apps business for me. I still plan on concentrating mainly on the app itself though because if the app isn’t great it doesn’t matter much if the marketing is good. However, I did release some of my best apps ever in 2013, and some of them performed very well on some of the app stores. I’m very pleased with most of my new apps and the outcome of 2013 overall. I’m learning from mistakes I made as well as learning & thriving on the positive leaps and bounds I made. My development and design skills are continuing to improve greatly and they’ve shown through the apps I released in 2013 on the inside and outside.

Amazon and Apple continue to be the best outlets for my apps. However, things started off fairly bright on Windows and Barnes & Noble was definitely a nice addition for my apps. Below I’ll list the top 5 countries where I received the most downloads and my top 5 apps that were downloaded the most. As usual I won’t be posting any specific numbers because I don’t do that. I’m not rich though so don’t get that idea.

Top 5 Counties That Downloaded My Apps:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Australia
  4. Canada
  5. Germany

My Overall Top 5 Downloaded Apps:

  1. Jumbo Egg Hunt
  2. Jumbo Egg Hunt 2
  3. Professor Piggy Bank
  4. Raven’s Hidden Hollows
  5. Ultra Retro Game Soundboard

I’m planning & working on some great things for 2014 and beyond when time permits, and I can’t wait to share more info on them. I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who has downloaded any of my apps, and another big THANK YOU to the people in my life that have been supportive. I develop apps for you random people out there and because I have a bunch of ideas that pop in my head that I need to eventually get out. Have fun!

2012 Overview: https://8bitavrin.com/2013/01/05/my-top-downloads-in-2012-etc/

Top 8 Most Used Apps in 2013

8 Jan
2014

Well I’m going to begin my personal “Top 8” lists with the top 8 apps I used the most in 2013. My other top 8 lists will be for media that was released in 2013, but this app list won’t have a release date requirement. This list will not include any of my own apps because that wouldn’t be fair. If I did it would probably be filled with 8-Bit Avrin Apps because of testing time, and because they’re awesome. Anyways, here are my top 8 most used apps in 2013;

8. Rayman Jungle Run – I haven’t played a ton of them but it’s the second best endless runner mobile game I’ve ever played. Jetpack Joyride is still number 1, but I didn’t play it as much as this game in 2013. Great visuals with a sharp art style. Controls are simple and they work very well.

7. Wordament – I actually don’t play many mobile games, mainly due to lack of time. I usually play console games when I have time to play games at home. However, Wordament is a really neat app that I had fun jumping into when I had a few minutes to spare while waiting somewhere and etc.

6. MLS Matchday – This app helped me stay up to date with the happenings of this past Major League Soccer season. It’s also received a nice update that made it more functional.

5. Epocrates – Great health/medicine app. I also use it to help myself learn more about the medicine I’ve learned about in school.

4. Twitter – It’s the social media outlet I use the most and it’s an excellent source that I use to find interesting articles about technology, health, video games, finance, science, and etc. It’s received a few prominent updates that have moved it forwards, but also backwards a bit in some areas.

3. Clear – My favorite to-do list app. Neat, efficient and simple.

2. Camera + – Easily my favorite photo editing app. It’s also been improved greatly throughout last year with new updates.

1. Spotify – Great app that does what it needs to do. This free service lets me listen to a ton a different music without using up a ton of space on my phone. I use it in my car, in the gym, at work, at home, and etc.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

24 Dec
2013

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Happy Holidays and/or Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to everyone out there and a special THANK YOU to everyone who downloaded any of my apps and/or spread the word about them. It’s not easy developing apps, but I enjoy doing it and I hope you enjoyed any of them that you played or used. 2013 was a super busy yet awesome year and I plan on making 2014 even greater!

The banner above highlights my three holiday themed apps, and also my inspirational quote app that you can use to help motivate yourself and others to have a great 2014! Check out the right side of the site for where you can download these apps on your mobile and tablet devices.

I’ll be posting a 2013 wrap up for my apps next month and my “Top 8” movies and music lists as well. I didn’t play many video games this year so I’ll be doing a Game of the Year & runner-ups post instead of a Top 8 for it.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

Word Owl’s Wordsearch: Kindergarten Edition now on iOS for iPad

15 Nov
2013

Word Owl’s Wordsearch: Kindergarten Edition is now available on the Apple iOS App Store for iPad! I was previously unable to release this app on Apple due to an issue with iOS 7, but that issue has been resolved so now it’s available.

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Word Owl’s WordSearch is a neat, big, and colorful word search for children. This Kindergarten Edition of Word Owl’s Wordsearch features over 100 sight words for children in or around Kindergarten. These words have been gathered from numerous sight word lists provided by real Kindergarten classes in different schools. Help your kid learn and retain several words while having fun! 

√ Over 100 different sight words 
√ 10 words to find per puzzle 
√ Customizable letter and background colors 
√ Sharp colorful retina resolution graphics 

(Sight words are commonly used words that children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words when they see them without having to use any distracting strategies. Sight words account for a large percentage of the words used in literature for children. One advantage for children being able to recognize sight words automatically is that the child will be able to identify the majority of words in a book before they even attempt to read it. When the child is able to do that they’ll be able to concentrate on the meaning and comprehension instead of trying to figure out the word.)

New Release: Motivational Quotes to Inspire

8 Nov
2013

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Quotes to inspire, motivate, and make you think. Quotes for entrepreneurs, teachers, writers, artists, students, executives, creatives, developers, parents, activists, and any other category you can think of. Quotes for the good times, bad times, and everything in-between. Quotes for the past, present, and future. Motivational Quotes to Inspire is the ultimate motivational quote app. Simple, sleek, and sophisticated. 

Motivational Quotes to Inspire has an enormous assortment of quotes from well known famous people, and lesser known people who lived inspirational lives in the past and present. Featuring quotes from Bill Gates, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Mark Zuckerberg, Vince Lombardi, Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Lee, Martin Luther King Jr., Oscar Wilde, Dr. Seuss, Socrates, Aristotle, Albert Einstein, and a ton of other people. 

– Sleek minimalistic design. 

– Enormous volume of quotes. 

– Swipe or shake for a new quote. 

– Hashtag, text, design, & capitalization settings. 

– Choose a different background color or let it change randomly. 

– No data connection required to use this app after downloading. Data connection needed only if you want to tweet a quote.

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iOS 7 – Likes & Dislikes

22 Sep
2013

Like millions of other Apple device owners I eagerly updated my iPhone 4S to iOS 7 a few days ago. After exploring it some for the past few days and using my phone like normal I’ve discovered some things I like and dislike about iOS 7. Some of the things are major and some are minor. I develop apps so I had access to the betas a while ago, but I held off on updating my phone with any of them because it was certain that some of my apps could randomly crash because of one of the engines I use. However, there was nothing I could do about it on my end until the developers of that engine updated their software to function properly with iOS 7. So my biggest gripe with iOS 7 is the fact that several of my apps along with many others from different developers are crashing, but that’s a totally different issue. For this list I compiled I’m just focusing on the normal everyday user functions and elements I like and dislike about iOS 7. I’m an optimistic guy so lets start with the likes….

Likes

  • Control center (This feature comes up when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It’s a neat way to quickly gain access to a few different controls, the calculator, and a flashlight.)
  • Notification center redesign (This feature comes up when you swipe down from the top of the screen. It was present in the last version of iOS, but its been redesigned and I like it more now.)
  • Bigger folders (You can now place more apps in a folder.)
  • Being able to edit which apps use cellular data. (Settings > Cellular > scroll down)
  • Swiping down to search
  • Subtle opening and closing animations (They’re minor and unnecessary, but I like them. I have an iPhone 4S and I haven’t noticed any lag due to them.)
  • Parallax motion effect (Another feature that’s unnecessary, but it looks neat sometimes. It can be turned off in the settings. Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion)
  • Safari webpage tabs (Additional tabs now show horizontally. You can also swipe a page to close it when viewing tabs.)
  • Images app (Videos are now also located in their own album in the Images app. An album like this could have been created before, but now all videos are automatically placed in this Videos album. The Images app now also has a section that summarizes your photos chronologically.)
  • Flat minimalistic design (I like the new flat minimalistic design of iOS 7 so I’m a fan of the new designs for the standard Apple apps icons and the apps themselves like Notes and the other ones listed below.  Also, if you think the text is too thin in some of the standard apps you can make it bold which I think improves the overall look. Settings > General > Accessibility > Bold Text. Simple color change options for the icons and app interfaces would have been nice too, but I didn’t expect that given Apples reputation.)
  • Notes app redesign
  • Calculator app redesign
  • Clock app redesign
  • Messages app redesign

Dislikes

  • Calendar (I like the aesthetic redesign, but not the overall functionality or lack thereof. Pressing on a day no longer shows the events at the bottom. Also, I don’t like the gray dots and not being able to edit their color or shape depending on the event entered. There’s more missing from the Calendar app but I’ll stop there. The calendar app needs help.)
  • Transparent folder design (Still not sure about this design choice. It made me change my background to a simple default gradient background instead of using pictures like I normally do. I think it only looks nice and streamlined if you have a simple background.)
  • Keyboard (The letters on the keyboard don’t change to reflect whether or not the shift button is pressed. I know the shift arrow changes, but it would be nice to know when the letters are capitalized or not.)
  • Background app refresh (This is a feature that will destroy your battery and it was automatically turned on after the update, but it can be turned off in the settings so it’s no big deal. Settings > General > Background App Refresh)
  • App Store design (Search results are still poorly implemented. Only one app is visible after a search and you have to continue swiping to see more apps. Search results should be displayed as a list or a grid.)
  • No new features overview (I was surprised there was no startup menu or something that went over some of the main new features in iOS 7. I was familiar with some of the features before updating to iOS 7 and I also pay attention to a few tech blogs, but there are many other people who probably had no idea what to expect with iOS 7 except for maybe the overall look redesign. Some people will read different articles to find out about different features, but a lot people might just go about their day and not realize that their phone has new features that they may find useful.)

As you see, the pros outnumber the cons for me, and the cons are mostly minor. Overall I like the iOS 7 update, especially the flat minimalistic design elements. The worse thing about iOS 7 is the app crashing situation that it brought on. The App Store search results display seriously needs to be changed though, but it first took a turn for the worse during iOS 6. As I continue to use iOS 7 on a daily basis I may run into more things that I like or dislike, and if they’re important enough I may update this list as needed.

New Release: Word Owl’s Word Search – Kindergarten Edition

8 Sep
2013

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Available on Google Play

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Word Owl’s Word Search is a neat, big, and colorful word search for children. This Kindergarten Edition of Word Owl’s Word Search features over 100 sight words for children in or around Kindergarten. These words have been gathered from numerous sight word lists provided by real Kindergarten classes in different schools. Help your kindergartener or soon to be kindergartener learn and retain several words while having fun! 

√ Over 100 different sight words 
√ 10 words to find per puzzle 
√ Customizable letter and background colors 
√ Sharp & colorful high quality graphics 

(Sight words are commonly used words that children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words when they see them without having to use any distracting strategies. Sight words account for a large percentage of the words used in literature for children. One advantage for children being able to recognize sight words automatically is that the child will be able to identify the majority of words in a book before they even attempt to read it. When the child is able to do that they’ll be able to concentrate on the meaning and comprehension as they read without having to stop to figure out the actual word.)

 

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