Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mature App Submitted

Well, I got tired of waiting for Apple and went ahead and submitted the more mature version of my app. This one is NOT for kids. So right now they are both in the review process. The main app which is just bumper stickers, about 350 of them, was submitted on Wednesday 24 June and will be available for $1.

The mature version, if it passes Apple's strict decency standards, will have an additional 300 bumper stickers, in three new categories and will also be $1. This way people can choose which one they want, the clean one or the mature one.

The mature app is full of mature sayings like, "I am as confused as a baby in a topless bar" and stuff like that, while the normal app has stuff like, "Don't judge a book by its' movie." I tried to keep the two apps separate and the more off the wall comments in the adult one.

I just wish that Apple's review process was a little more open. If either app is rejected, and if they even tell me why, then I have to make the changes and resubmit. I will have to wait the entire time again even if the change is something minor like I forgot to change the app name to one word instead of two. The same goes for updates. When I have an update, it will take the full review time for it to go live, which will not be fun considering I plan on having a ton of updates, with all of the suggestions everyone is going to send me.

Oh well, we will see. Oh yeah, I am on Twitter now, so you can follow along there at "bumpwisdom".

Friday, June 26, 2009

Why do it?

I decided to create an app because it was something I thought I would be able to do. I have a lot of great ideas for apps and I figured I would try and share them with the world. About 3 months ago I decided to go ahead and take the plunge.

The first thing I did was look around on craigslist for a Mac computer (as that is required). I found an old EMac for a pretty good price, (it's for sale if you want it). Then I joined the Apple development program and went to the book store to get a book on programming. Then I spent about 2 months trying to teach myself how to code in C++.

After getting to the point where I thought I could actually do this, I had to get a new computer. Turns out, to develop on the iPhone you have to a newer style Mac computer (one that doesn't use an Intel Chipset). So, I got me a nice little Mac mini computer. Then I hit the programming hard. I spent hours trying to get it work.

At one point I almost gave up because it wasn't working and I couldn't figure out what the problem was. Turns out I had forgotten to put a "@" in one place and it totally broke the code. So, I finally got everything working and managed to get the app to the point where I feel I can share it.

I know there are still a few more things I can add in, I know I need to fix the random number generator part so that it doesn't repeat as much but I am working on it. I just can't wait until Apple approves the app so I can get it out there into everyone's hands. So, far I have been showing it off to everyone (even random people that I meet in stores), but they can't buy it yet. It has been almost 2 days and from what I hear, I have about 8 more to go.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

App Submitted to Apple

Well, I have finally finished the Bumper Sticker Wisdom app and sent it off to Apple last night. So, we will see how long it takes for them to give it the thumbs up or down (they say about a week). I have already found a few small typo errors and some display stuff, so I am already working on the update.

I plan on trying to update this thing about once a week, to add more bumper stickers and add some more functionality. I would like to have a "swipe" gesture to be able to go through the lists in order rather than just randomly. I would also like to implement a saved/favorites feature so you can see the ones you like and/or the ones you submitted.

I was also thinking of maybe doing a stand-alone version of the app that was "adult" oriented. There are a ton of those out there, but I wasn't sure Apple would let me get away with it. With the new 3.0 software parental controls update they might just do it....