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Yes – I’m still here!

I know I’ve not posted for a while with any news but with nothing to report there were no posts!

However, things are happening now – quite a few things in fact.

Firstly, I’m working through each of my iOS apps to ensure that they play nicely with iPhone X. So far, Bargain is ready to send to Apple but a little more admin work needs to be done before that, but it’s “in the bag”. As a consequence of these iPhone X changes, Bargain now requires at least iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5th generation but hopefully that won’t inconvenience many of my users. 😉

Next will be Pink Plaques, followed by Identicode and Dicewords – more details to be posted as I update each one.

Secondly, my first app for the Macintosh 😲 is just being polished and is almost ready for the off. In my usual way, it subject is nothing at all like any of my iOS apps! More information to come soon.

Finally, when all the apps above have been made live by Apple I will be starting on a brand new app which is also nothing like any of the above! This will be my most exciting to date and one in which I have a personal interest. Most of my apps have been created in response to a particular requirement of my own and this is definitely one of those.

Anyway, time to stop typing and get back to those updates. More news to follow soon.

Dicewords V1.5 now in the App Store

Dicewords and Dicewords-X updates are now available.

This fixes a bug introduced in V1.4 where the dictionary setting set in preferences was ignored by the app. Sorry about that.

Enjoy the update.

Oops! Bug in V1.4 – V1.5 on its way

 V1.4 has a bug whereby the “Use iOS dictionary” setting in Preferences is not honoured by the app. This has now been fixed in V1.5 and it should be available very soon.

My humble apologies.

Dicewords update submitted to Apple today

Dicewords and Dicewords-X have been sent to Apple for review.

There are two main changes – the new Demo screen is now available for VoiceOver users and a crash due to tapping the Declare button immediately after the Demo ended has been fixed.

 

Both apps should be fine with iOS 11, but if not I’ll post an update to address any issues.

Enjoy the update.

Identicode V1.4 now available

This was the inspiration

Apple today approved Identicode V1.4 for sale. You know what to do, fellow agents!

This is the most feature packed release of Identicode to date so I hope you find it the best version yet. If you enjoy it, why not pop a review on the App Store; if not, then contact me and I’ll do what I can to fix it.

The above image is the cover of Identicode given away in the very first issue of TV Century 21 magazine, below is what the actual Encoder / Decoder looked like. I hope my 21st Century interpretation puts a smile on your face!

[[RED]]VFNECFSV &VWEK&UFVW EFN – FECP FE KZW SGG JKFIW

Original decoder

Here’s what it looked like back in ’65

Read all about TV Century 21

The very first issue of TV Century 21. Wow!

I recently found this wonderful blog called Blimey! written by the obviously knowledgeable and artistically talented Lew Stringer and it’s all about classic British comics. What caught my eye was this particular article, for obvious reasons. Those of you lovely people who’ve bought Identicode will probably find it a real treat, if you weren’t aware of Lew’s blog already. If you are wondering where Identicode came from then head over to Blimey! right now.

FAB.

Right, back to some more reading.

Web site enhancements

Retina display

Retina display image from Apple

Just a note that I’ve been aware for a while that my site was not Retina display savvy, but now I’ve switched my trusty Mid-2011 iMac to a Retina MacBook Pro I’m very aware!

There should be changes on the way to spruce things up – when it’s done you’ll notice I’m sure.   😉

Identicode V1.4 on its way to Apple

Shockingly, I realised, the last update to this app was September 2015! Sorry about the wait.

I’ve sent V1.4 to Apple this afternoon and with luck it may be available in a day or two now that Apple has upped their game on review times. This assumes that they accept it, of course …

The main functional change has been to do with a much improved exchange of encoded messages between us ‘agents’. 😎 In V1.4 after encoding a message, when you copy or share the message the colour information now goes with it. The result of this is that when that text is pasted back into Identicode at the other end it automatically selects the correct colour and switches to Decode. Nice. I’ve uploaded a new App Preview which you’ll be able to see on the App Store which illustrates this.

There is also much enhanced VoiceOver support so that the text fields and button actions should be much easier to comprehend than before and they are now dynamic depending on the state of the other settings. Please let me know if there are other improvements I can make to this area.

The final notable change is that it now uses Apple’s Auto Layout so that it makes the best use of the screen from the 3.5″ screen up to the iPhone 7s Plus, and whatever comes after that!

Compatibility with iOS 11

I know, I know, we’re all still on iOS 10 (even us developers), but it’s very likely that Apple will drop support for 32-bit apps in the next release of iOS.

64 Bit Apps Only

I’m happy to say that all my apps have been 64-bit ready since around 2014 so rest assured that all your Black Tablet apps will carry on working with iOS 11 (as far as I’m aware!).

If you have only a 32-bit device then all your apps will continue working but you may not be able to update some of them any more and it’s very likely that you will not be able to update to iOS 11.

Time will tell.

Updates are on their way!

I’m putting the final touches to Identicode V1.4. Some of the enhancements are:

  • Those of you who are still on 3.5″ devices will get the link to my web site that the other users have enjoyed! 🙂
  • It makes full use of the new larger screens on the latest iPhones – sorry this is so overdue.
  • Has a handy way to copy the colour of your encoding across for those with whom you’re sharing your coded messages which will be interpreted on pasting it back into Identicode.

I don’t have a date yet, but I am back on the case at last.