If you’ve downloaded Identicode already, or are thinking of buying it (go ahead, I’ll wait 😀), then you’re probably a Gerry Anderson fan, as am I. After all, it was my love of the TV Century 21 comic back in the 1960s that inspired me to write the app when I got hold of some old copies, spotted the codes at the bottom of the pages and realised I had no way of decoding them.
I recently bought a rather excellent Thunderbird 2 hoodie from the Gerry Anderson web site, though sadly it’s been so ridiculously hot since I bought it that I’ve just tried it on once and then popped it in a drawer! Because of my order, I was alerted to their new podcast which is just great. It’s hosted by Jamie Anderson (Gerry’s youngest son) and Richard James (actor and enthusiast for all things Anderson) who have a gleeful repartee which makes for a wonderful listen. There is general banter, Gerry Anderson news, some great interviews and the chuckle-inducing Randomiser operated by Chris Dale. It’s made my journey to work a whole lot more fun and I’d encourage you to subscribe. Free fun – what’s not to like?
Two years after the last Bargain update, and one after that for Identicode, they have been tweaked, enhanced, freshly polished and ready for you to download.
You can see what’s changed on my website, in the Release Notes or on Apple’s App Store.
Note that both now require at least an iPhone 4S, rather than an iPhone 4 as previously.
Apologies for the delay, but I’ve started a new day job and it’s five days a week! That means less time available for apps, but have no fear – I plan to keep my apps available for the latest devices for as long as seems feasible.
Because I haven’t updated some apps for at least a year they may not play well with iPhone X – certainly, Pink Plaques does not look good on Apple’s latest device. The good news though is that I’ve just submitted both an updated Bargain and Identicode which work nicely on Apple’s latest – I’ll let you know when they’ve been approved for sale.
To get Pink Plaques ready to look its best on anything from iPod touch to iPhone X will need some significant changes, but I’m on the case. After that, comes Dicewords. There will be some other changes to Pink Plaques which I’ll detail nearer the time.
After that (whew!) it’s my first app for Macintosh – quite simple but hopefully very handy for those it’s aimed at.
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
Here’s what it looked like back in ’65
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.
Right, back to some more reading.
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!
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.
I’m currently updating and enhancing Identicode and will be working through Dicewords and Pink Plaques too to ensure full compatibility with iOS 10.
Watch this space for further updates.
Who would have believed it!?
Thunderbirds, one of my favourite TV programmes ever from my childhood (and I still love it today) is having another three episodes made – with puppets, the same voices, in the same building as the original series, and clearly with the same love and care. Wonderful – and I can’t wait for them to be shown!
Not only that, but I recently came across the Operation Megaventures web site devoted to the TV Century21 comics that I read as a kid and which inspired me to create my Identicode app. These comics aren’t only about Thunderbirds, but cover pretty much all of Gerry Anderson’s creations and are great fun to read and of course contain lots of red/blue coded messages for you to decode with Identicode. The comics are not that easy to find today though individual issues are certainly available on eBay.
Apple have now approved the latest version of these two apps for sale. 🙂
Identicode V1.3 now has a share button allowing you to use the standard iOS share sheet to send your coded or decoded message to fellow agents or otherwise process as you wish – perhaps filing them in your message list in the new iOS Notes app!
Brighton Pink Plaques V2.1 now uses Apple’s new SafariViewController (here is a detailed post about what it’s all about on Federico Viticci’s consistently excellent MacStories web site). This may not be super important in an app like Pink Plaques but it means that you will now have the fastest, most convenient and most secure web browsing I can offer thanks to Apple giving us developers, in effect, a cut-down Safari right in our apps. This feature is only available when running on iOS 9.
I found that the web site URLs associated with a couple of plaques no longer worked so they have been corrected. If you find any that are wrong, please email me and I will issue a correction in the next release.
I remain committed to supporting an enhancing all my apps as long as I reasonably can, though it’s possible that in future the support for older versions of iOS may be dropped.