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April Mobile App Progress Report

12 May
2015

Well, as you can tell from the date on this post May has been a bit crazy, but this post isn’t about May so let’s talk about last month. In April I only focused on one app and the name of that app is……well you’ll find out soon. It’s the numbers game that I’ve mentioned on some of these progress reports. I originally birthed the idea during a retro themed game jam I joined last year. Since then the core gameplay has remained the same but overall the game grew into something much more thorough and polished. In April I worked on finishing the last game mode(Roman numerals), difficulty, high score & combo implementations, and other random tweaks to gameplay and design.

Before this app I would normally work on apps in hour increments, but with everything else going on in my life I’ve now been doing app development in bite size chunks. When this first became the norm I wasn’t that efficient because I had to remember where I left off, and then after catching myself up my time to actually work on something was even shorter. So recently I started making to-do lists for things I can get done in like 20-40 minutes so that way I wouldn’t have to stop & start in the middle of something that’s somewhat mentally intense. I set aside things that required more time and effort for the now rare late nights were I stay up working on apps. This new simple process definitely helped speed up development on this app and I’ll be continue to use this method when possible. I still just jump in when an idea sparks though because sometimes it doesn’t feel right putting those moments in a to-do list. Overall no matter how organized app development becomes I always make sure to welcome and nourish improvisations. Until next time ∞

 

December Mobile App Progress Report

8 Jan
2015
  • Put together the Happy Holidays App Bundle for iPad that’s available on the Apple App Store. Like I’ve said before, I really like the ability to put together discounted bundles on the Apple App Store, and I’ll continue to embrace it when it makes sense. I wish the other app stores would give developers & publishers the ability to put together bundles as well.

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  • Finished Ultra Big Celebration Soundboard and released it on the Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble app stores. It’s a really neat novelty soundboard app that can be used for any kind of celebration when you feel like playing various sounds on your phone. This app has a lot of different high quality sounds which include; horns, bells, fireworks, crowds, party noises, dubstep sounds, and other great effects. I enjoyed designing this app and working on sounds in GarageBand for it. I like my soundboard apps to have a sleek minimalistic design that focuses mainly on the buttons so that’s what I went with for this one as well. I wanted to make a trailer for it, but I was incredibly busy in December outside of app development. I still might put one together sometime in the near future, but for now here’s a quick Vine video of it in action……..

  • Worked on the educational numbers game that I mentioned back in the November Mobile App Progress Report. If I weren’t so busy outside of app development right now this one would be closer to being finished, but I still have a good bit of work to do on it before it’s complete. This is the main app I’ll be working on in January when I have time. I ended up changing the art style, but I still maintained some of the minimal blocky look it had before. I’ll tweet out a screenshot of it sometime in the near future before release. Really excited to release this app, but I want to make sure it has more modes than I initially made for it so progress must continue on it.

  • Worked on the Ultra Soccer Match Soundboard 1.1 update for the Apple App Store. The update was submitted in December, but it didn’t go live until January. I forgot to fix a minor issue in it so I’ll be releasing another update for it soon. It still works great like normal, but there’s a minor graphical issue with one of the backgrounds. The newer update will also be on the other app stores that this app is available on, and it will include the improvements from the previous update.

That was it for December. I’m actually surprised I was able to get that much work done considering everything else that was going on with me in December. I’ll be writing a 2014 overview/wrap up post soon like I’ve done before for previous years. This one will probably be short because I’ve got a lot of actual app development work I need to do in January and not much time to do it. 2014 was the first year that I wrote a “progress report” for each month, and I plan on continuing to do that in 2015. I like writing these posts to go over with myself what I’ve worked, to organize future development thoughts in my mind, and I like to give anybody who’s interested a little insight on my app development. Back to work. Happy New Year! Until next time ∞

August Mobile App Progress Report

4 Sep
2014
  • Updated the free versions of Ultra Fortune Ball, Chinatown Fortune Cookie, & Jumbo Egg Hunt 2, and re-released them on the Apple App Store. I initially made free versions of these apps to test how they would perform on the Apple App Store, and see if they affected the downloads of any of my other apps. I’m not totally sure if they directly increased downloads of my other apps, but they did get a lot of downloads themselves and confirmed my thought that people would really like free apps from 8-Bit Avrin. I’ll be embracing the idea of making certain apps free(with ads and/or in-app purchases) in the future. However, they definitely won’t have annoying ads that constantly pop up or ridiculous in-app purchases that make the apps worse.
  • Completed a massive update on the Amazon App Store. More info on this can be found on this post.
  • Created a new icon for Light Up The Tree! Made the iOS version universal to work efficiently on supported iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices.
  • Also updated Gift Wrap Difference to become universal on the Apple App Store. Previously there was a separate iPhone version and iPad version. The iPad version had more downloads so I removed the iPhone version and made the iPad version universal so now it works full screen on supported iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices.
  • Added full screen support for Saving Bunnies on the Apple App Store. This update hasn’t gone live yet, but it should available soon. I also added full screen support for some of my other apps including this one on the Amazon App Store which was a part of the massive update mentioned above.
  • Started minor development on the entertainment app I mentioned in the progress report post last month. Also started working on graphics for the educational children’s app mentioned in that post. However, both of these apps will be pushed back to make way for a game that I’ve started working on. This game will feature challenging gameplay with a minimalistic design and quirky characters.  I’ll jump right back into development on the children’s educational game followed by the entertainment app after I finish this game.

 

As you can tell, August was a super busy month in app development land. I was also busy trying to make substantial progress with my full-time career, but things have been moving slow in that area so I used some of the time I had available to work extra hard on apps. App development in August mainly consisted of updates, but I improved the quality of some of my older apps, and learned a lot while working on them. Looking forward to eventually releasing new apps though. Until next time ∞

June Mobile App Progress Report

2 Jul
2014
  • Updated the pricing for all my apps on the Windows app store to 0.99 cents. When I originally started releasing apps in the Windows app store the lowest price you could list apps at was 1.49 or free. However, I discovered in June that there was a 0.99 cents option so I immediately updated all of my apps currently on Windows to that price because that’s what they’re listed at on the other app stores.
  • Finished Word Owl’s Word Search First Grade AND Second Grade edition! I finished the 1st grade version a few weeks ago and then went straight into working on the 2nd grade version and finished it on June 30th! They both will be released in the Apple & Amazon app stores on July 10th. They’ll also be available on Barnes & Noble around that time as well. They don’t have an option to set a specific date so I’m not exactly sure when it will be available there. I’m currently working on a Windows version of my Word Owl sight word apps so hopefully all three of them will be available for Windows tablets & computers soon. Most of my development time in June went towards these two apps. They’re similar to the Kindergarten Edition I released last year, but the 1st grade and 2nd grade version both feature 200 sight words each. The 2nd grade version also has some of the words displayed backwards in the word search puzzle section.
  • In June I also decided which app I’ll be working on next. It’s going to be another educational app for kids, but it’s all about colors, shapes, and numbers. I’ll post and/or tweet some images from it soon.

April Mobile App Progress Report

7 May
2014
  • Released Quiz of Medicine on the Apple, Amazon, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble app stores. It’s a neat informative app that has thousands of questions for over 400 drugs. (Finished the build of the iOS version in March, followed by the Android versions in early April.)
  • Continued working on the soccer/football/futbol themed app. Definitely aiming to release this app before the World Cup starts in June because I’m sure a lot of people will want to use it while watching the games. (Made a lot of progress on this app recently so it should be finished and released in May.)
  • Worked on the 1st Grade Edition of Word Owl’s Word Search. Put together a big compilation of sight words from different school lists. Wasn’t able to work on this app much because I was working on the soccer app during the sparse app development time I had in April.
  • Fixed a couple of issues and enhanced some of the graphics in the version 1.1 update of Word Owl Word Search: Kindergarten Edition.

 

 

March Mobile App Progress Report

5 Apr
2014
  • Finished the Apple iOS version of the medicine quiz app I’ve been working on. It will be submitted to Apple for approval once the Android version is complete and ready to be submitted also. The Android version will be finished very soon so I expect this app to be released sometime around the middle of April. 
  • Started working on a soccer/football/futbol entertainment app. I’m definitely aiming to have it released prior to the World Cup. Hopefully it will be ready for release at the end of April or beginning of May. Development has been moving along on it somewhat quickly when I actually have time to work on it.
  • Worked on some graphics for a random game idea that popped in my head. Might continue working on it, but I’m not sure. My app schedule is already super packed.
  • Started development on Word Owl’s Word Search 1st and 2nd Grade Editions. I’ll try to continue working on these two apps heavily in April and hopefully releasing them soon after in May or June!

February Mobile App Progress Report

11 Mar
2014
  • Started and finished 8-Bit Eagle Smash. In February I decided to support and join the Flappy Jam which was a Flappy Bird inspired game jam. I also wanted to challenge myself to see if I could quickly make a game similar to Flappy Bird but different. It took me around 24 hours to develop 8-Bit Eagle Smash, and I was really pleased with the outcome so I released it on a couple of app stores. It’s a neat challenging game with a minimalistic retro art style.
  • Updated my apps that had Twitter integration because of a tweet error that prevented tweets from posting within the apps.
  • Continued working on the medicine app. Should be finished with the iOS version in March. However, I won’t be releasing it until I finish the Android version which should be complete relatively soon.

January Mobile App Progress Report

5 Feb
2014

I’ve decided to start writing a post after each month were I kind of outline the progress I made in that month, and maybe also briefly write about what I’m working on in the current month. These posts will mainly be focused on what I worked on in the previous month though. Let’s do this…….

January was a super busy month that went by quickly.

  • I worked on and published several ports. I won’t be going into detail about which specific apps and what specific app store yet, but I’m interested in seeing the outcome of this once everything goes live. In total I submitted eight apps and all of them were eventually approved. I ran into some problems with a couple of them, but I was able to resolve those issues somewhat quickly. More specific details on all of this later……
  • I also worked on and completed a couple of app updates this month. Lightspeed Bit Bit received another performance improvement update to take advantage of newer devices. Jumbo Egg Hunt received some aesthetic updates for retina resolution iOS devices.
  • I made a rough schedule of what specific apps I would like to release this year. I have several app ideas, but I’ve narrowed my focus down to six for this year that I’m hoping to complete and release.
  • A fellow developer who’s working on some artwork for one of my games made some progress. This app isn’t currently one of the six apps faintly mentioned above, but it could be swapped for one of them or maybe even added to the list if time permits.
  • I started working on a neat medicine app that’s filled with useful information for those interested. I’ll be continuing to work on it this month and hopefully finishing it……