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Creating an App Database Backup with our Recipe Manager/Serving Sizer and Trip Boss apps

Your trip data and recipe data is extremely important to you! DO NOT DELETE the app, or you could lose your data! Create a backup!

Over the past few months, in dealing with update rejection issues with Trip Boss apps, and in dealing with the new bug in Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer (on iPad) introduced by updating to iOS 11.1.1, there has been increased stress for losing everything. Therefore, we want to better inform our customers on how to save an extra backup, for peace of mind.

In answering customer service requests, the biggest issue has been past issues with Restore from Backup (iCloud or iTunes), either because there was a hiccup, it was not possible to Restore from Backup, or it was not preferred to use that method. Whatever the reason, losing data is unacceptable, and it's been very frustrating communicating that THERE IS ANOTHER WAY. We have no direct communication with our customers--except when they read the description, but extra backup is a small item on the list of features. So we are trying many ways to communicate: This post intention is to better inform, and to step through the process. If you need more details, please contact us at support (at) creativealgorithms (dot) com. Now let's create a database backup! Read on!

Trip Boss iOS11 App Updates - Delay Explanation and Interim Options - UPDATED

We have a suite of travel apps, branded as Trip Boss XYZ (see the sidebar), that required updating to work on iOS 11. We almost got them updated in time, perhaps a week behind the release, but now some have been delayed by Apple through rejection in the review process. These apps are heavy on the customer data, so we wanted to get them into compliance and released before our customers deleted them (which deletes all the data) in frustration. Some customers have contacted us and we have provided guidance, but many of the thousands of customers are impossible to contact, since we have no method provided to us as developers. So the delays, potential impasse (it's very possible!) will leave our customers with potential losses of cherished travel memories and invaluable travel information that some of compiled for over seven years. This post will explain the status of the app rejections and review board appeal, and provide two paths to resolution for our customers (all hope is not lost). The choice of time, work, and/or cost is involved. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any more of a solution at this time. Our hands are tied by the review process.

Some Trip Boss Apps updated for iOS 11

Trip Boss travel manager and Trip Boss Travel Journal (new name) have been updated recently to comply to iOS 11.

     

Some bug fixes and enhancements have been added as well. Trip Boss Expense Manager (formerly Trip Boss Expense & Budget)

Catch22's of Running a Successful Mobile Software Development Company

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.

Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer named Best Cooking App in Best App Ever Awards 2013

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.

2013 Best AppEverAwards Winner

In addition, Trip Boss travel manager received Honorable Mention this year as Best Travel App.

You can find both apps here:

Recipe Manager and Trip Boss Travel Manager make Finalist in 2013 Best App Ever Awards - Vote Now!

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:

Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for iPad: http://www.bestappever.com/v/cook/1/364168890
Trip Boss Travel Manager (iPhone): http://www.bestappever.com/v/trav/1/434257254

Thanks again for your support of our apps and our company. You guys are the best!!!

Best App Ever nominations are open until Jan 15, 2014

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

On Life Balance, On Marketing Success with Positive Reviews and Good Customer Service, On Moving to a Stable Business Phase

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.

Indies, Always Spreading Ourselves Too Thin and How One Negative Review Ruins It for Everyone

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.

App Updates Available for new size iPhone5 screen - Trip Boss Itinerary travel manager

We've been working hard to update our apps for the new iPhone 5 screen size. These apps also support iOS6, fixing any bugs. The next one that has been released is Trip Boss Itinerary travel manager:

Trip Boss Itinerary travel manageremail to family

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