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Use This App to Cheer for your Teams in the Women’s World Cup, Copa America, & Gold Cup Tournaments

28 Jun
2019

Cheer for your teams by playing their national anthems while waving their flags with the Ultra Soccer Match Soundboard app. See a foul on the field? You can use this app to quickly give out yellow & red cards. This app also features several sound effects including crowd noise, horns, drums and more! 64 countries flags with their respective national anthems, various sound effects, yellow & red cards with whistles, and there’s no data connection needed to do any of this with the app after downloading! Have fun and enhance your atmosphere my app Ultra Soccer Match Soundboard!

Available on the Apple App Store

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Such a wonderful time to be a fan of international soccer with these tournaments going on at the same time! Wow! I’ve been watching different matches and highlights when I can from all of the tournaments, but the Women’s World Cup 2019 has been my favorite to watch so far. In the Women’s World Cup I’m mainly rooting for U.S.A., but I’ve also been slightly going for Brazil(I know they’re out as of now) & England. In Copa America I’m mainly going for Brazil, but I’ve also slightly been going for Venezuela(go Josef Martinez!), and Paraguay(go Miguel Almiron!…but they’re out as of now). In the Gold Cup I’m mainly going for U.S.A, but I’m definitely aware that Mexico may possibly be the best team in this tournament. The final match could even be Mexico vs U.S.A if they both continue to win their respective matches!

Regardless of who wins each tournament, this has truly been some great soccer to watch so far and I’m looking forward to the remaining matches in these tournaments! Also, Euro 2020 qualifiers have been going on! Wow! So much soccer!! Enjoy!

(: *Yes I know soccer is referred to as Football/Futbol in countries outside of the U.S.* ūüôā )

September Mobile App Development Report

9 Oct
2015

September development time consisted of a lot work on two new apps. Most of that time went to working on and finishing Word Owl’s Word Search Halloween Edition, but work also continued on my new educational medical app.

  • In the beginning of the month¬†I continued working on organizing words for¬†Word Owl’s Word Search Halloween Edition. I grouped the words into similar categories for some of the puzzles and then eventually randomly jumbled some of them together. There’s an option to hide the words to seek out to make the game more challenging so I wanted the earlier puzzles to have similar words. By doing this the players will get the idea of what words to possibly look for in later¬†puzzles if they’re playing with the Show Words option off.

 

  • During the beginning and middle of the month A LOT of design work went into effect for the Word Owl Halloween app. I completed the look of the main menu which consisted of working on button graphics and the overall layout. On my previous Word Owl word search apps I have the owl popping up on different areas of the main menu screen but I decided to have a window where it could pop up from in different areas. I ran into some problems with layering and transparency on the main menu, but ended up working those out during a late night session. I also worked on the ghost costume for the owl and its candy bucket that shows up after puzzles and on the loading screen. I already had white and black letter blocks from previous apps so I just had to make orange ones this time and then incorporate some rules in game to have a mixed color block option.¬†I also made different backgrounds, some really simple, and some more elaborate.¬†
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Eventually ended up removing the ears from the owl while in costume, and changing the color on the main menu window to a layered gray instead of white.

  • I was able to use a lot of the code from my previous word search apps so I saved a lot of time in that area during development of this game, but I still had a decent¬†amount of work to do in that area though. It definitely wasn’t just graphics and audio work for this app. After completing the game and finishing testing I submitted the app to the app stores and set the release date to October 1st. The app was released earlier on Barnes & Noble store because there’s no way to set a future release date on that store. I also submitted to the Barnes & Noble store earlier than I wanted to because I tried to make a promotion deadline for them but ended up missing it by a day. Apple and Amazon are usually my main stores in terms of downloads, so it wasn’t a big deal that I ended up missing that deadline. While the app was waiting on review I made some promo images, a gameplay video trailer, and wrote the press release.¬†

 

  • I really like the design of my word owl games and how they all have things in common, but they also each have their own identify. The sight word apps have their playful classroom feel, the Christmas edition¬†is wrapped in Christmas joy with the art and sound, and now this Halloween edition has a definite kid friendly Halloween focus¬†with its look and sound. I like for the design of these apps to be big & bold,¬†approachable, and colorful in their own theme. I try not to make them¬†look too detailed, but I also make sure they don’t turn out plain and/or bland.¬†I plan on making two more Word Owl apps eventually, and then that will probably be all for the Word Owl Word Search series. I’m planning on making a third¬†grade sight words edition, and then an Easter edition. On the iOS App Store there will eventually be a classroom bundle and then a Holiday bundle, and they both will be available at discounted prices. If any of the other app stores they’re on give developers the option of making bundles then I will definitely share the bundle love with their stores customers too.

 

  • Throughout the month during dev time I took a couple of breaks from the word search app to continue working on my new pharmacy quiz app. There are going to be six quiz types, plus a mixed/assorted option. I finished the questions for the brands, generics, indications, and drug class category quiz modes. There will also be a top 100 or 200 drugs option for those quiz types to narrow down or widen the scope of questions. I also worked on questions & answers for the other two quiz types. Hopefully I’ll finish this app in October, but I’m not sure what exact date I’ll release it….probably towards the beginning of November.

 

I would like¬†to finish and release at least three new apps by the end of 2015, including the pharmacy app mentioned above. However, with everything going on in life there’s a chance that number may be lowered to two, but then there’s also a chance that number could be four! We’ll see. Until next time ‚ąě

Results from My First Facebook Ad Campaign

12 May
2013

Shortly after the release of Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 I decided to try promoting it with ads on Facebook. After researching the possible outcomes, and analyzing the process and costs, I decided to set up three separate ads for this one app.  This was my first ad experience on Facebook, but their process was very easy for me to understand and I was able to quickly set up targeted ads.

I only spent $22.36 but my ads had a combined campaign reach of over 90,000 in 12 days. The campaign reach amount is the number of unique users that saw the ad. The total number of ad impressions was over 190,000. I wish the CTR(click-through rate) would have been better, but considering my total amount spent, I’m still satisfied with the number of clicks received. I decided on having a small budget for each campaign since I was mainly using this as an experiment to test the waters of advertising on Facebook. I know some people absolutely avoid clicking on ads even if the product or service interests them. So there’s actually a good chance some people may have checked out the app without clicking on the advertisement.

I decided to post the graphs and data below for other independent app developers and/or anybody else that might be interested in advertising on Facebook. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me. I don’t disclose downloads/sales so please don’t ask about those numbers. Overall, I’m satisfied with my results, and I will consider setting up ads on Facebook again in the future. Well, its Mothers Day and I’m about the to meet up with my awesome mom & grandma so that’s it for this post. Happy Mothers Day to all the other wonderful moms out there!

JumboEggHunt2 Apple Facebook ad1

This ad targeted 80,182,460 people:
who live in one of the countries: United States or United Kingdom
who are in the broad category iOS/Apple (All) (Mobile users)

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JumboEggHunt2 Amazon Facebook ad1

This ad targeted 102,620,020 people:
who live in one of the countries: United States or United Kingdom

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JumboEggHunt2 Barnes&Noble Facebook ad1

This ad targeted 1,106,560 people:
who live in the United States
who like #Barnes & Noble Nook

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My Best / Favorite of 2011

29 Jan
2012

Best Video Game:

Portal 2 (Developed by Valve)

Portal 2 is a video game masterpiece. ¬†From the beginning to end it delivers on everything that it’s going for. ¬†This game has challenging mind bending puzzles, clean sharp visuals, great dialogue, humor, and great sound that fits the game perfectly. ¬†I had a great time playing the single player and co-op. ¬†It’s everything a sequel should be, building upon the strengths of its predecessor while adding great, but completely different content that helps it develop into its own entity.

The story of the game was very interesting and the turns and twists were done very well. ¬†I won’t spoil anything but I must say the ending was also great. ¬†My wife and I also had a great time with the co-op. ¬†After completing it I must say it was the best implementation of co-op that I’ve ever experienced. ¬†You really have to work together to get through the puzzles and teamwork is key to completing them. ¬†It was fun bouncing ideas back and forth and experimenting with those ideas in the game and seeing the outcome turn successful or unsuccessful. ¬†The story is separate from the single player but it was also neat.

Like Portal 1, Portal 2 made me feel like a genius. ¬†Now I’m not saying the game was completely easy to me, but I felt a real sense accomplishment when I completed several of the puzzles and after I beat the game. ¬†Some puzzles can take a relatively long time to figure it out, but once you figure it out and complete it the feeling is euphoric. ¬†Sometimes I could walk into a test chamber and almost instantly figure out a puzzle and then there were other times were it would take longer or I would have to use trail and error to come to the conclusion. ¬†If you like the idea of using your brain to solve creative puzzles in a video game I highly recommend playing this game.

The graphics and art style are both impressive and they help create a great immersive atmosphere that fits the story and gameplay well. This was also one of the most polished games I’ve ever played. ¬†I never ran into any glitches or bugs. ¬†In a land were some developers ship games with numerous bugs, Portal 2 set itself above and beyond by shipping a very clean game.¬†¬†The main protagonist doesn’t speak, but the dialogue throughout the game is great. ¬†I know that sounds a bit odd, but it’s completely true. ¬†Glados, Cave Johnson and Wheatley deliver the goods when it comes to dialogue and I found myself laughing and smirking several times while playing. ¬†The voice acting is awesome, and the music and sound effects were great and definitely add the icing to this delicious cake….

In my opinion 2011 was the best year for video games so far. ¬†I’ve been gaming since the Atari, and the original Nintendo is the system that thrust me into becoming a gamer, but 2011 was a golden year. ¬†There were several great titles released for several different genres and there was something special for every gamer. ¬†I’m a fan of several genres so I was swamped with great release after great release this year. ¬†

I still have a backlog of some 2011 titles that I actually own but haven’t had the time to play yet like; Bastion, Rayman Origins, and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. ¬†I’m also no were near completion of Skyrim or Saints Row The Third but I played enough to know that they are both awesome games but not my personal GOTY. ¬†I was very impressed with several games this year and my decision for GOTY was hard mainly due to my runner-ups. ¬†However, I could go on and on about how great Portal 2 is, and scrolling up I can see that I have kind of already done that so I’m going to stop now. ¬†Portal 2 is my 2011 game of the year!

Runner-ups: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim & Batman: Arkham City

Honorable mentions: Mortal Kombat 9, Saints Row The Third, LittleBigPlanet 2

Up next after the click–Movie, album, and mobile game best of the year picks, runner-ups and honorable mentions………

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