Monthly Archives: September 2015

50 years of Thunderbirds and more

The Tracy family and each of their Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds

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.

DiceWords is still waiting …

I have sent the latest update of DiceWords to Apple but it seems to be stuck in an odd limbo-land! I will wait a few more days and if nothing changes I will have to make another update, send it to Apple for another try. I’ll keep you posted here and on Twitter (@blacktabletapps).

Updated Identicode and Pink Plaques now available

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.

Bargain V2.2 now available

Apple have approved Bargain for sale. 🙂

This has been tested for iOS 9 and boasts a higher quality smiley for when you discover that bargain! It also ensures that after finding a bargain and you clear one field and press Compare that it resets the screen to a correct appearance.

Enjoy finding those bargains.

App updates waiting for Apple to review

Apple now have three of my apps in their queue(s) to review. Due to some unplanned last minute changes to Dicewords and Dicewords-X I have not yet sent those two to Apple but I hope that will happen in the next few days, if not then next week.

Mostly all were running fine anyway but I’ve added a new sharing feature to Identicode, tidied up some screen reset issues in Bargain and enhanced Pink Plaques so that if you are running iOS 9 or later, it will use Apple’s new Safari view within the app to view any web pages which is more secure and convenient for you. Remember, that even if you are not using iOS 9 you can still view the same page in Safari by tapping ‘Safari’ in the top right of the screen.

I’ll post again when I have more news.