Creative Algorithms

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)

New Import features added to Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for iPad

We are pleased to announce an all new update 2.0. to our recipe organizer app, Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer, on the iPad. The update adds a much requested feature to import recipes directly from websites and add other recipe entry improvements.

All NEW easy ways to add recipes!

Added recipe Web Import directly via built-in browser

All new built in browser allows you to navigate to any recipe website. Suggested links provided for ease of use. Find a recipe, click Import, preview, and import into the app.

What Am I Going to Be When I Grow Up?

Now that I'm in my late 40's, I should probably already be doing what I'm passionate about. However, easier said than done! Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a commercial/graphic artist. I've done fine art, but I'm also practical—fine art is like singing or drama—you're not always guaranteed a job. But graphic design is a practical application, and I LOVE to come up with the idea and then really make it work. Perhaps that's the analytical/puzzle-solving side of me?

When I've done fine art, finding a topic to paint or draw was always harder. I like to draw by seeing, rather than make it up in my head, by my imagination. Give me a photograph and I can duplicate it in watercolor or pastel. My high school art teacher once said I wasn't creative, but I was good at art? I had an eye. My college art teacher challenged me to find varying subject matter. When I painted our women's fraternity house (a portrait of it—not the actual walls!), instead of the usual landscapes, she was excited because I had branched out. I had another guest professor at MTU for graphic design. She loved my work and even kept my newsletter piece to show others when she left. She also said I had an eye. When I do graphic design, my gut just knows how to do it, how to place it, how to balance the white negative space with the positive. It's all about feeling, gut. Eye.

Recipe Manager and Serving Sizer cooking apps all updated for iOS8 in time for the holidays

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.

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.

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