iOS

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)

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.

How to Move Playlists from an Old iPhone to New iPhone via iTunes

Recently, I upgraded to a new iPhone7. However, every time I've tried to upgrade in the past, keeping old playlists on the Music app has not been easy. I usually Restore from Backup via iTunes instead of iCloud, because I have too many photos that I keep on my phone. However, for some reason, the playlists never seem to restore using this method. This is especially true for playlists I've created on my iPhone. If I create them in iTunes, I can sync them to my phone, but never have been able to do so in the opposite direction. We also do not purchase all our music via iTunes, we more often buy our music via other sites.

In the past, I just started from scratch and recreated new lists. This time I have several playlists for workouts, for running, for other listening moods. I decided that once, and for all, I would figure out iTunes (haha). After googling for help, I discovered that information is piecemeal, so I am blogging a detailed set of instructions. Of course, many of my friends have flat out given up on iTunes Music, using services such as Spotify, so perhaps I'm just clinging to old technology, but here ya go: How to Move Playlists via iTunes.

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.

5 Days of Clean Eating - enhancing the lifestyle of an indie developer and our busy family

Normally I blog exclusively about our business, offer my experiences on what worked for us, what didn't work, or how I've applied my MBA studies on the marketing or promotion of mobile apps. Today's post is a bit of a departure on that. However, there is some relevance to our apps, since our biggest seller is our cooking app, and I've spent the past week delving into cooking and diet and how to improve our eating habits and consequently, our health. This post will go through my hilarious (my opinion) escapades in trying to find time to cook and run a business at home, while keeping up with the family's busy schedule. It's a practical application of what we do for a living.

What is Clean Eating?

Clean Eating, so I'm informed, is more about lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, proper portion sizes, and eliminating processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and pop (including diet), rather than calories. I ate more food this past Monday thru Friday than I have been eating, and I lost 5 pounds! Read on to find out how...

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:

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