Tuesday, 31 January 2012

All about speed!

I will be releasing a few updates in the near future (not sure how many in total exactly), that will be focused on improving the performance of Simul-Search +. For those of you that don't know what simul-search + is, it is my multi-engine web search app, that allows you to search across 4 different popular search sites, with one search bar alone. It is quite the handy app for those that do a lot of research and have to compare results from multiple searches to see which source is best to use in say a report. However, it still lags a little bit in the area concerning speed / performance. That is why I will be reworking this application, to bring it up to its full potential. I'm doing this in small steps in order to make the transition easier for you the user. Thanks for your understanding and patience! I'll do a new blog post when each new update for this app gets released. Stay tuned!

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Friday, 27 January 2012

Big News!

Tuneful Tiger 1.2.1 and Tuneful Tiger HD 1.2.0 have just been released, bringing iCloud synchronization between both apps as well as other copies of themselves. This is quite a big milestone for both of these apps. Now these apps are the most versatile music tracking apps on the App Store! The upload should be live soon if it isn't at the moment. It takes a while for updates to trickle out internationally so please be patient, and keep checking the App Store for your update. If you're not yet a part of the Tuneful Tiger experience, now is the perfect time to download either one or both of these apps! Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter! -> Username:HanleySolidSlns

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Trying to sell textbooks, students?

Been there, done that. The task of selling textbooks is not an easy one. You want to get as much money back for them as possible, and get rid of them as soon as possible. Yet, many university bookstores that offer to sell them for you take large cuts. Even other outlets that offer to buy back your books may not pay as much as you would have liked. That's why I created BookBasketer. It attempts to change all the norms when it comes to selling textbooks. Instead of selling through a retailer, or participating in a buy back program, why not sell to your peers? Not only are you likely to have more wiggle room for bargaining your prices, but you would also be helping out your academic equals. They would be getting a textbook for cheaper than full price, and you would be getting a reasonable amount of money back relative to what you originally spent on the book. It's a win win situation! So, if you're ready to give a kick to the old way of selling textbooks, check out BookBasketer for iPhone + iPod touch, only on the App Store.

Visually Uplifting

Not sure if any of you YWA Calculator users have noticed or not (I'm sure you have), but I have been slowly updating the look and feel for both YWA Calculator and YWA Calculator HD. YWA Calculator for the iPhone + iPod touch has already received it's new launch image, while YWA Calculator is getting an update in the near future to bring it a similar looking launch image. In previous updates, both got a new set of background images to replace the old stock black background. The next natural flow is to update both app's icons. Once that is complete, my two oldest apps will have transitioned into more visually up to date entities. Don't worry though, with this transition, the user experience will still be the one you have come to know and enjoy.

These two apps are what have essentially been my introductory apps to new customers, so I feel that it's only appropriate to show them some attention. They introduce customers to my other apps, and thus are a key part of  Hanley Solid Solutions beginnings. Stay tuned to this blog, as well as my Twitter feed! I'll post again when the YWA Calculator HD update goes live, and when the icon updates are coming.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Apptical Albatross : A smarter bird!

Among the other updates that are in the pipeline and not very far from release is Apptical Albatross 1.1.0. This brings some intelligence to this Apptical bird. Much like Tuneful Tiger and Cinematic Cheetah, you can now see more information on the main screen (The table of catches). The app's name and price is now displayed, making it even easier to navigate back to that one app that you were about to cross off your "To Buy" list. Keep your eyes peeled... I'll post on my Twitter feed when the update goes live!

Cinematic Cheetah 1.1.3 : A better hunter!

An update for Cinematic Cheetah is soon to be released. Version number 1.1.3 will allow you to search the iTunes store for any of the movies that you are tracking. This helps Cinematic Cheetah become an even better hunter, bringing you one step closer to getting that movie you want so badly! Watch my Twitter feed for when this update goes live!

A Synchronized Pair!

Tuneful Tiger for iPhone + iPod Touch, and Tuneful Tiger HD will be getting their next updates released at the same time. Why is this? Because in their next updates, they will have the ability to synchronize song data between each other and multiple copies of themselves via iCloud.

This, for me is exciting! As I already stated in another post, Tuneful Tiger (the iPhone + iPod touch version) is one of my best selling apps, and one of my most transformed apps since it's first version, 1.0.0. With these coming updates, both versions of Tuneful Tiger will include some of the most useful features available in iOS 5 (Twitter functionality, iCloud functionality).

As far as the respective update versions, Tuneful Tiger for iPhone + iPod touch will be at 1.2.1, while Tuneful Tiger HD will be at 1.2.0.

I think with everything that will have been added up to the soon to be released updates, both Tuneful Tiger for iPhone + iPod touch and Tuneful Tiger HD will be the two most versatile music tracking apps on the App Store. I'll post again when the updates get released. Stay tuned as usual to this blog, and my Twitter feed!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Tuneful Tiger 1.2.0: Features

So what's new in this version of Tuneful Tiger? The main addition is the ability to search for a song on the built in iTunes music store. Currently it searches by song name only, but in a future update, you will be able to search by either the song name, artist name, or album name.

One thing that's sort of related to this update but sort of not is what is next in the very near future in terms of an update for Tuneful Tiger. In version 1.2.1, I will be adding iCloud syncing functionality. What this means is that if you have Tuneful Tiger running on say an iPod touch, and also on your iPhone, you will be able to enter the information for a song on one device, and have it automatically update itself onto the other device. Look for this to arrive very soon! Stay tuned!

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Tuneful Tiger is now at version 1.2.0!

I'd just like to acknowledge this milestone. Tuneful Tiger is certainly my most transformed app, coming a long way from it's 1.0.0 release. Not to say my other apps haven't received the same amount of major and minor updates. I just feel that Tuneful Tiger is the most special case. To this day, it is one of my best selling applications. I just want to thank everyone who has been with me since the 1.0.0 release. You put your faith in me as a developer that I would continue to improve upon the features and user experience offered by Tuneful Tiger. I appreciate the support a lot! In many ways, I feel Tuneful Tiger was my first real success, something that told me I can make great apps for a variety of people. It also helped give me that initial recognition I needed to increase my number of customers. So once again, a big thanks to those of you who have been with me since the 1.0.0 release, and continue on with me as I continue improving upon it with each new update. And for those of you who are relatively new customers, a big thanks to you as well. You keep reassuring me that I keep doing things the right way.

Email change for Customer Support

Just an update on my email fro Customer Service questions. I no longer have my gmail account, so any Customer Service inquiries should be emailed to shanley71@hotmail.com. Sorry for any inconvenience! I only just remembered that I no longer have gmail as my email account.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

TravelSpeakr 1.1.0 updates out now!

For those of you who have already bought either TravelSpeakr for iPad or TravelSpeakr Mini for iPhone + iPod touch, version 1.1.0 is now ready for you to download! For the iPad version, the method for recording audio has been drastically improved in terms of user interface, and anyone running the app on an iPad 2 can now use the built in cameras to snap a picture on the fly, right from within the app. For the iPhone and iPod touch version, users are now able to select one photo for attaching to their travel report (from either their photo library, or by using the cameras on supported devices), as well as record and attach an audio message. Both versions also bring a more polished look and feel to the table. If you haven't already bought TravelSpeakr (for either iPad or iPhone/iPod touch), these new versions should definitely make it even more worth your while. If you're an avid traveller, what are you waiting for? Check it out!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Your opinions really do matter to me!

If you have downloaded one of my apps, and you find it really useful, or find something that needs fixing / improvement, please leave a rating and a comment on the App Store! It helps me get a better picture of my audience, and results in a better user experience for all my customers. Not only that, it helps me gain notoriety, which in turn means I can gather resources necessary for tailoring to a wider audience. Thanks for reading!

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Tuneful Tiger 1.2.0 In Progress!

The next fairly major update to Tuneful Tiger for iPhone and iPod touch is in progress! It is well underway, and will likely go live relatively soon. The major feature in this update is the ability to search for any one of your prey in the iTunes music store. I'll post again when it goes live!

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BookBasketer now Live!

Codename Tundra is now live and unveiled on the App Store. Codename Tundra is officially known as BookBasketer. Check it out!