All our recipe apps have now officially been updated and are available on the AppStore: Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for iPad, and on iPhone, Serving Sizer Recipe Manager (new name, formerly Serving Sizer Pro), and Serving Sizer recipe converter. These cooking apps are essential to holiday cooking--scaling recipes by serving size to the number of guests coming to dinner. We've got a pretty decent SmartScaling™ functionality, one that our competition can't match. Not only do the apps scale the recipe ingredients for you, but they also optimize the final amounts. For example, if you scale a 1/2 cup from 4 servings to 14, the end result is 1-3/4 cups, not 14 half cups! This neat little calculation has moved forward from our Palm app days. We added recipe management to the little calculator, both on the iPhone and the iPad. These two apps are designed to exchange the recipe databases--through iTunes File Sharing. So you can create your recipe box on the iPad, then copy over all the recipes over to the iPhone.
We were shocked at how poorly iOS8 played with our apps--we have very robust designs and use the iOS API rather cleanly--avoiding any custom workarounds so that our apps maintain their functionality throughout iOS updates.
Being a mobile developer is not all it's cracked up to be, but it's manageable, and possible to be successful. Despite all the thoughts of millions of downloads, not everyone gets those. Probably relatively few. But we do survive, but only if we spread out our risk. It's somewhat like how people invest. If you spread out your investments over various types of items, if one area tanks, another will thrive. In the end, you have an even amount of return on your investment and a good balance. In this post, I'll explore some of the Catch22's of running a successful mobile software development company. I hope you will find some thoughts that will help with yours, or give you a better understanding of what you are getting into if you are just starting, or to help you better insight of our company, Creative Algorithms.
The results are in and Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for iPad has topped the Best Cooking App category! Named Best Cooking App in the Best App Ever awards, 2013.
In addition, Trip Boss travel manager received Honorable Mention this year as Best Travel App.
You can find both apps here:
Thank you to everyone to nominated our apps in the 2013 Best App Ever Awards!! Thanks to you, two of our apps have made finalist. We need you now to vote for each in their respective categories to seal the deal:
Thanks again for your support of our apps and our company. You guys are the best!!!
Just as your holiday prepwork is winding down, please take a few moments to nominate our apps for the Best App Ever Awards, 2013. Our customers are the best, as we've made the finals every year in at least one category! Last year Recipe Manager was nominated for Best Cooking App and Best Parenting App and Trip Boss Expense & Budget manager got a nod for Best Financial App. Let's keep the trend going! Here are a few quick links to take you directly to the nominations for categories we're suggesting. You can nominate for multiple apps in multiple categories, so nominate away! Thanks so much for your support of our apps!!!!
Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer
Best Cooking App: http://www.bestappever.com/c/cook/364168890
Most Useful App: http://www.bestappever.com/c/usef/364168890
Best Parenting App: http://www.bestappever.com/c/paed/364168890
Trip Boss travel manager
Best Travel App: http://www.bestappever.com/c/trav/434257254
Trip Boss Expense & Budget
Best Financial App: http://www.bestappever.com/c/finc/395594226
Date Wheel date calculator
Best Business App: http://www.bestappever.com/c/busi/325207575
Best Productivity App: http://www.bestappever.com/c/prod/325207575
Best Task Management App: http://www.bestappever.com/c/todo/325207575
I have been very bad at writing on my blog; it's been a very long time. I think over the past year a shift has happened in my life, where I've focused less on starting our business and more on maintaining it and focusing on life balance. I've been through the iterations of what works, and what doesn't, in marketing and applied these where I could. We have evolved into a very steady flow of app income and also contract work income. We've found a good balance of work and family/personal time as well. I've become immersed in the martial arts and focusing on the feeling of well-being. Our whole family (all five of us) are doing karate and we feel good, having a family-focused activity, having developed important friendships, having become healthier, plus the endorphins are bar none. The schedule also helps us keep us in a routine. This blog post is rather disjointed, but I wanted to share with you how reviews have increased our sales, and how we've achieved a new, comfortable phase of our business.
Today and tomorrow are the last days left to vote for our blog in the Top Tech Moms over at Circle of Moms. Placing in the top blogs helps us get more exposure, which helps our sales, which allows us more time to work on our apps (rather than contract), so it's a win-win situation if you can take a moment to vote for us: Circle of moms--Top 25 Tech Moms
If you vote before 4 PM PST today, you can also vote again tomorrow, March 6th (voting ends March 6th at 4 PM PST). We're neck and neck with a few blogs, so every vote counts. Your support is very much appreciated! THANKS!!!!
Right now voting for the Top 25 Tech Moms is in progress over at Circle of Moms for top tech mom bloggers. Last year I placed #7 in the top 25 list, thanks to my readers, our customers, friends, and family. It was an exciting ride. Placing helps our business because we get a lot of exposure from Circle of Moms, as they feature the winners. We also get to do a write up about what our blog is about, and mention our products/apps, which helps as well. As I wrote in my last post, the more sales we have of our apps, the more time we have to devote to improving the existing apps, rather than resort to contract work to meet our bills. So it's a win-win for us and our customers. That said, hopefully you'll take a few minutes to click this voting link (or the one to the right - Circle of Moms - Top 25 - Vote for Me) and then click the heart button to vote. If you've got even more time, you can vote every 24 hrs thru March 6th. Thank you for your support, as always!
I've been frustrated for the last week or so, which I'll get to the details on, but it all boils down to this: Too many ideas, too little time and resources. Story of our lives as indie devs, right? It's one thing when it's personal time, but quite another when it's your livelihood. Independent developers have to do all the tasks to run a company. Not only do we have to code, but we also have to test, design the app and user interface, create graphics, create websites, market the app, answer customer service, plan and strategize the apps and updates to tackle, do the accounting, manage social networking, prepare taxes, and more.
We are pleased to announce that two of our apps made the finals in The Best App Ever awards. Voting is open through January 31st. Our app, Recipe Cards with Serving Sizer for iPad (formerly named Serving Sizer Recipe Cards) has made the finals for Best Cooking App and Best Parenting App. Trip Boss Expense and Budget made the finals for Best Financial App. Now we need your votes to place! Don't wait too long, as voting closes tomorrow. I've put links below to make it easy to vote for our apps who make the finals. Thanks for your support! Click on links provided below.