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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Netbot and Netbot for iPad have gone free. While App.net has failed to take over the world, yet, if you are interested in this alternative to Twitter, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better client to use with it.
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
If you aren’t sure what App.Net or ADN is, don’t be surprised. It’s a still fairly underground social network modeled after Twitter, but without the restrictions Twitter has started putting in place. The folks at Tapbots seem to be fans of the new network and have re-purposed Tweetbot for ADN. It’s $4.99 for the iPhone/iPod touch version and another $4.99 for the iPad version.
This might provide a nice boost for ADN, but it’s still a barely known service mainly filled with super-early adopters who cross-post to every service under the sun and those with a grudge against Twitter. Hopefully that will change.
This week at 148Apps.com, we celebrated the release of Tweetbot, version 2.0. Blake Grundman and Jennifer Allen broke the news, then Carter Dotson wrote the full review. Dotson says, “There are very few apps that someone could say ‘this has been released!’ that I would buy immediately. Tweetbot for iPad was apparently on that list, because as soon as I saw on Twitter that the iPhone/iPod touch Twitter client was now available on iPad, I went out and bought it sight-unseen with an urgency unlike the way I approach many other things in my life.”
Released: 2012-02-08 :: Category: Social Networking
Meanwhile, on Giggleapps, reviewer Amy Solomon took a closer look at interactive storybook The Gnat and the Lion. She says, “My kids (ages 10 and 7) and I listened to the read-aloud story and watched the animated short film together before bedtime. We liked the animation, and watching African animals such as the lion and the rhino encouraged a discussion about African grasslands and the animals that live there. We liked the fact that the words are highlighted as the narrator reads them, which is very helpful for children who are learning to read. We also liked the narrator’s voice and accent and how it tied into the African-themed story.”
Released: 2011-02-03 :: Category: Books
Finally, at 148Apps.biz, writer Brad Hilderbrand reported on the explosion of app usage during last week’s Super Bowl. Hildebrand states, “Sunday night’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants was a classic, but according to a new report from Flurry most viewers were just as likely to be staring at their smartphone screen as they were the game. The company used analytics software built into many popular apps to surmise that of the 111 million people watching the Super Bowl, an estimated 98 million spent at least some time futzing with an app.”
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Pastebot, the powerful clipboard manager application, was going to become a whole lot better with the release of iOS4 and multitasking. Or so we thought. The application, developed by Tapbots, allows you to copy from other applications like Safari or Mail and have an entire history of your copies in a clipboard, exportable to Mac, right from your iPhone or iPod Touch. The only qualm was that you had to open the application every time you wanted your clip to be saved. Hence, multitasking could have been a dream come true for advocates of the clipboard application.
“Our dreams of an ideal Pastebot were crumbling away as we heard the limitations of [multitasking in iOS4]” wrote Mark Jardine, designer of the application. “Apple had not provided a way to let Pastebot run in the background.” With disappointed customers and dissatisfied team members, Tapbots had to start thinking of an out-of-the-ordinary solution. They almost had it.
“Paul came up with an idea that would actually allow Pastebot to run in the background” Mark continues. “The idea is to have a silent audio clip play in the background. This would use one of Apple’s backgrounding APIs that allows music to play in the background. Turns out it works flawlessly.” In short, using the iPod’s background play feature allowed beta testers to reap the full benefits of Pastebot without having to reload the application. But after a week of waiting for a response from Apple, the update was denied as it altered the way a background process was meant to be run.
Today, the solution is here. Within the aforementioned rejection letter, Apple wrote that the application could be approved if actual music was played in the background. So that’s exactly what the developers did, by integrating the iPod application into Pastebot, thus allowing you to choose a song to listen to. “Having a song playing in the background while Pastebot runs in the background isn’t ideal” says Mark, “but nothing is stopping the user from putting their device on mute or better yet, using a silent audio clip of their own.” The application is due to be re-submitted in the very near future.
Humorously, Tapbots link you to a certain CNET article that explains how there are some artists who sell the sound of silence. For Pastebot, silence really is golden.
[Quotes courtesy of Tapbots]
There is nothing overly wrong with the calculator that is included with the iPhone. It is a pretty app that has all the functionality that you would really need to perform most math equations, but in the world of tap tap tap, it isn’t perfect. There is no history screen, no way to see what you’ve typed in a long equation, and scientific features that can only be accessed in landscape mode. Being the perfectionists that they are, tap tap tap knew that the world needed a better calculator.
“Calcbot is a simple, yet intelligent calculator for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad (Universal). Never lose your place in a calculation again with the live as-you-type expression view. Simply swipe the keypad to the left to reveal advanced functions. See your past calculations in the history tape. You can even send old values and expressions back to your calculator or to a friend via email. Calcbot is the smartest, simple calculator you will ever use.”
Being only a novice calculator user (but a long time TI-83 gamer), I had no insane algorithms to throw at the app, but was immediately impressed by the slick UI. As you type, the parts of your equation show up live, right under the solution, preventing the inevitable forgotten variable. The simple swipe commands for bringing up the scientific calculator and the history were also welcome additions.
I have to admit, when I woke up this morning I thought I had a good calculator built into my iPhone. Now I have a better one. Thanks Tapbots and tap tap tap!
Be sure to check out the extra screen shots after the break.
Released: 2010-07-13 :: Category: Utilities
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Mobile Orchard have posted the latest installment to their excellent iPhone Developer Podcast. This time they interview Mark Jardine and Paul Haddad of Tapbots. The 20 minute interview is available either through their podcast or directly on their site.
The interview covers a great deal including the inspiration behind Weightbot (iTunes Link), their Best App Ever award winning weight management app, and some interesting info on sales spikes due to blog mentions. The interview is in three parts: (1) the origins of the app, (2) creating custom UI controls and (3) promoting the app. The last part is virtually a step-by-step guide to successfully promoting an app. The timeline of the interview is below:
* 1:55 – Avoiding the mundane and the tedious in utility apps
* 2:20 – Inspiration from Wii Fit and Wall-E
* 3:20 – Creating utility that “do one thing really well and are fun to use”
* 4:50 – Communicating the design for implementation
* 7:00 – Programming custom UI controls
* 8:45 – Making the “flicking” behavior of a custom scroll-like view work properly
* 10:45 – Moving the bounds of a view to create the spinning/scrolling effect
* 14:00 – Pre-launch buzz
* 14:40 – TUAW picking up the pre-release screen shots
* 15:30 – Viral buzz from a demo video on YouTube
* 15:45 – Getting on Daring Fireball
* 17:15 – More sales on the weekend
* 17:30 – Big jump in sales from getting on Lifehacker
* 18:00 – Mac Rumors boost
* 18:10 – New Years resolution bump / importance of Europe and the UK
* 18:45 – Making a good amount of money even when not in the top-100
[via Mobile Orchard]