An #iPhone app built and live on iTunes in only 15 days with MotherApp!

*Updated*

Back on December 29th, I wrote a post about a new service from a company called MotherApp - who was offering native iPhone app development, and App Store submissions, all at no cost. It seemed too good to be true. However, here we are 15 days later, and I have my very own app in the app store! Here are the brief notes of my transaction history with MotherApp:

  • First response from my initial inquiry / form submission – Very fast. They ask for various images for your app, feeds for your blog, twitter, etc… and descriptions for the App Store, etc.
  • I emailed them about 10 days into the process, and again, got a very fast response, explaining they had a huge amount of interest, but they were still on track to get my app to the store quickly.
  • This evening, I got an email notifying me my app was in the App Store!

Some screen caps of my iPhone app:

As you can see, the application is fairly simple at this point.

Application features:

  • Access all of my blog postings
  • Access all of my twitter posts
  • Access to my YouTube videos (new)
  • Access URLS from all posts in an embedded safari browser (slick)
  • Save favorite posts
  • Stores content in memory, for access when you don’t have a data connection (great!)

I am impressed with the service, and the application features thus far. I would be willing to pay for a service like this, especially as they evolve their offering. Off the top of my head, some feature requests:

  • More control over the UI – More choice for colors/brand/etc… – also, how about different layouts?
  • Comment integration – let users comment on my posts from within the app (WordPress integration for starters)
  • Easy integration with Twitter, Facebook, and email – to share posts you like (very nice)

I will be sure to think about other features, and submit them to the great folks at MotherApp. Thanks guys – A++++ !!!!!

Feel free to download my app, and let me know what you think!

LEGO app for iphone

I just grabbed the new (free) iPhone app from LEGO today, and is it ever cool!

What a great way to extend a brand that has nothing to do with mobility to a smartphone. This is a great example of how to leverage the best features of your product on a platform that enables you to do so.

If the goal if this app is to a) remind me how cool a toy Lego is and b) to keep some mindshare in a market of increasingly complex gadgets – well then mission accmplished!

Good work LEGO!

Dec 29, 2009

MotherApp – iPhone apps from blogs

Check this out: http://www.motherapp.com. This is a service that creates native iphone applications from your existing blog. I have started the process to see how this works to create an app for leemcarthur.ca. Could be cool. Puts the pressure on to write good content, all the time.

Dec 25, 2009

iSteak – cook steaks like a pro

I had to cook steaks for 7 last night for Christmas eve dinner, and the porch I was on wasn’t very well lit. I’m not the best BBQ chef in the best of conditions so I was a little concerned that I might turn the steaks into hockey pucks.

It got me to wondering if I could cook by time instead of by sight? How long for medium v.s. medium rare, etc…

It wasn’t long before I wondered if “there was an app for that” for my iPhone, and began surfing through iTunes. Sure enough, I stumbled across iSteak, an app that claims to be able to help you manage all kinds of different steaks (by cut, thickness, etc) and help you cook them to perfection.

I entered in everyones order, by name, and by how they wanted their steak, and started the timer.

An alarm rang for each steak for when to flip it, and when to remove the steak.
End result? 7 perfectly cooked steaks!

The best part of the app is that it allows you to continue doing whatever else it was you wanted to be doing, instead of standing over a smoking BBQ.

5/5!

Dec 17, 2009

First post from my iphone!

Not sure if I will ever be needing to post from my iPhone, but I guess it is nice to know I can …

This site is also formatted for mobile in that if you visit from a cell phone it should auto display it in a way that’s much easier to read.