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More Word Owl’s Word Search Apps on Google Play

26 Nov
2016

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Word Owl’s Word Search First Grade and Christmas editions are both now available on the Google Play app store! The Second Grade & Third Grade editions will also be available on that app store as well in the near future….

8-Bit Eagle Smash 1.1 Update

14 Aug
2016

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√ 64-bit support

√ Faster initial load times

√ Updated score font

√ Fixed tweet bug

 

(This update went live earlier this month, but I forgot to make a quick post on it 🙂 )

April Mobile App Development Report

8 May
2016

App development work in April continued my current trend of working on updates. The first part of the month consisted of making new screenshots to go along with the major Ultra Soccer Match Soundboard 2.0 update. Only one of the previous screenshots would look outdated due to the update but I went ahead and made all new screenshots. Previously some of the screenshots were just plain screenshots and some consisted of a screenshot inside of a phone frame with written details. So this time I decided to use a screenshot mock-up frame app by using real in app screenshots and placing them in iPhone, iPad, & Android tablet frames. Then I used Pixelmator to arrange them and add written details pertaining to each screenshot. Doing this maximized the promo screenshot section since I made most of the screenshot images have two devices embedded with different screenshots and then each image also had additional typed info on it.

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A collage of some screenshots and images used in the final Ultra Soccer Match Soundboard screenshots.

I’ve read in different articles that a lot of app consumers mostly pay attention to the app icon and promo screenshots when deciding to download an app which also helped me understand the importance of app presentation. My app icons have always been top-notch in my opinion. I usually try to make them somewhat minimalistic but also present a great first impression of the app itself. I used to mainly just take a few different screenshots of the app and then use them as is in the promo screenshot sections. Lately I’ve been putting more work into my screenshots to make sure they do a good job of explaining what the app is about and its features. Previously, I didn’t work on screenshots until I was finished with the app and at that point I’ve just been ready to quickly publish and submit for review. However, in the past year or so I’ve been pushing back new release & update dates or initially setting them up for later to give myself more time if needed to work on screenshots & etc.

In April I also started working on an update for Chinatown Fortune Cookie. This update will feature higher resolution graphics, 64 bit support, and more fortunes! I’ll also be changing the main ad provider for the free versions. As usual though, the ads won’t be really annoying nor take away from the usability  of the app itself. Previously the real fortune cookie photos were changed to retina size for older iPhones at 960×640, and then I used a Corel painting program to give the oil painting effect. For the update though I’ve gone back to the orignal 3456×2304 photo size, changed them to the iPhone 6 plus retina size of 2208×1242 and then used the painting program to add an oil painting effect similar to the one I used initially. The difference will be very noticeable especially on the newer bigger phones & tablets. This update will probably be finished in May or June and then set for release soon after.

App dev progress in May will consist of more app update work containing minor & major improvements. That’s all for now. Until next time ∞

Back to School Apps

15 Aug
2015

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Help kids learn and retain sight words with the Word Owl Word Search apps….

Word Owl’s Word Search – Kindergarten

Word Owl’s Word Search – First Grade

Word Owl’s Word Search – Second Grade

 

Study medicine brands & generics, indications, and drug categories with…

Quiz of Medicine

 

Learn about the four main coins used in the United States, count & save money, and more…

Professor Piggy Bank

 

A quick challenging math app with primes, multiples, factors, and roman numerals….

Crunchy Numbers Math Arcade

 

 

February Mobile App Progress Report

11 Mar
2015

Usually I write these posts during the first week of the month, but March is becoming an extremely busy month inside and outside app development like February was. Here’s an overview of what I accomplished in app dev land during February.

  • During the beginning of February I worked a little bit on my numbers game I’ve been working on. I finally decided on an art style to use for it, and I started making changes to the main graphics to reflect that decision. I’m very pleased with how it’s looking and playing so far. I can’t wait to eventually jump back into development on it, which will be after I finish a couple more updates in March.
  • Speaking of updates, the rest of February was filled with iOS updates that included 64-support, and some of the apps received additional features. The first app I updated with 64-bit support was Ultra Soccer Match Soundboard. It recently received a few improvements in prior updates so for this update I just focused on 64-bit support for iOS.
  • Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 received a 64-bit support and faster load time update. I also implemented full screen support on this update so now there are no wide black bars on the Apple versions.
  • Word Owl’s Word Search Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, & Christmas editions all received updates in February as well. All of these updates included 64-bit support, faster load times, themed loading icons, and…..universal support! Previously all four of these apps were iPad only on the Apple App Store, but now they’re playable on newer iPhone & iPod Touch devices. Click here to read more about the Word Owl’s Word Search app updates.
  • I also worked on the awesome Ultra Retro Game Soundboard 1.4 update in February. This update included 64-bit support(iOS only), a favorites feature, full screen support, a themed loading icon, and new custom backgrounds because the original custom ones weren’t retro enough. The iOS version of the update was released in February and the Android(Amazon & Google Play) versions were released in the first week of March.

So yea February was packed with updates, and March has been also dedicated to updates so far. I didn’t have a lot of development time in February, but I worked hard when I did have it, and I tried to work as efficiently as possible. Some of the things taking up my time outside of app development are really important so I wouldn’t be upset if I didn’t get much done. However, I’m pleased and surprised with the amount of work I did in February given the small amount of time I had to do it. Until next time ∞

Word Owl’s Word Search App Bundle

21 Sep

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(This bundle is no longer available. However, new Word Owl word search bundles are in the making….:)

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The Word Owl’s Word Search bundle is available on the Apple App Store. Four great apps for the price of two!

Word Owl Word Search apps are neat educational and colorful word search games for kids of various ages. The Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade editions feature popular sight words that account for a large percentage of the words used in literature for children at each grade level. The Kindergarten edition has slightly over 150 sight words, and the First Grade and Second Grade editions have 200 sight words each. Also included in the bundle is the Christmas edition of Word Owl’s Word Search. The Christmas edition features over 100 Christmas holiday related words, big and small. This edition also has an additional “Show Words” option and hint button that can both be used to affect the difficulty.

All of these apps also have different letter and background colors that can be changed in the options menu as well as settings for the sound. For all of the apps you simply slide your finger across the letters to form a word that’s displayed on the left side of the screen. The words are in the word search vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. All of the words are displayed in a forward facing manner, except the Second Grade and Christmas editions, they both also have words that are displayed backwards for increased difficulty.

(App bundles are a new feature on the Apple App Store, and I will be embracing them as much of possible for related apps. I’m going to try having a minimum of four apps for all of my bundles, but there may be a couple with only three apps. Regardless of size, all of them will be listed at a discounted price. Enjoy!)

Apps For Easter

17 Apr
2014

Easter is arriving in a few days, but you don’t have to wait for one day every year to have some Easter egg hunting fun. You can go on a fun Easter egg hunting adventure anytime you like with Jumbo Egg Hunt 1 or Jumbo Egg Hunt 2! If you liked Jumbo Egg Hunt 1 then you’ll probably enjoy Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 even more! Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is an improvement over Jumbo Egg Hunt 1 with all new levels and a hint system, however, they’re both fun and colorful. Both of these games also have two different difficulty settings for casual players and for players who want more of a challenge.

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 1

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Grocery Store Forest Flower Shop

  • 20 Unique Locations (40 Levels Total)

  • Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

  • Earn Up To 3 Stars On Each Level

  • Awesome Photorealistic Artwork

  • Normal & Hard Difficulty

  • Fun Music & Sound Effects

Available on the Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Windows app stores!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 2

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The Creek Rocky River In The Leaves

  • 30 Great Locations (60 Total Levels)

  • Awesome High Quality Artwork & Fun Audio

  • Casual & Challenge Difficulty

  • Earn Up To Three Stars On Each Level

  • Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

  • Two Hints Per Level

Available on the Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Windows app stores!

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If you don’t want to go on an egg hunting adventure or if you’re looking for more Easter fun check out Saving Bunnies. The goal of this game is to save as many bunnies as possible. It’s another fun, colorful, and challenging game for all ages, but the gameplay is completely different from the Jumbo Egg Hunt games.

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  • Frantic awesome fun!

  • Sharp colorful graphics!

  • Realistic sound effects!

  • Innovative, unique gameplay!

  • Simple, smooth controls!

  • Two challenging game modes!

  • Personal high scores & achievements!

  • Single player or 2 player co-op!

Available on the Apple and Amazon app stores!

 

Have Fun!!

Top 8 Movies of 2013

5 Feb
2014

There were several great movies released in 2013. I had to leave a couple of other good ones I saw out to make this a list of eight, but oh well, here it goes….

#8
Prisoners

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#7
Thor: The Dark World

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#6
Pacific Rim

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#5
The Great Gatsby

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#4
Star Trek Into Darkness

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#3
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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#2
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#1
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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(My Top 8 Movies of 2012: https://8bitavrin.com/2013/01/18/my-top-8-movies-of-2012/)

(My Best of 2011 Picks: https://8bitavrin.com/2012/01/29/my-best-favorite-of-2011/)