Entries in iPad (6)


TWIS Version 1.4 Released

Version 1.4 has been released with the new, FUNCTIONAL, iPad UI. Of course it isn't without issues. First issue I've noticed is that in Landscape the Album art for the Album view has incorrect size.


iPad vs TWIS

Version 1.4 of TWIS has been submitted to Apple for release on the App Store. This version has a functional iPad UI, unlike version 1.3.

The app will hopefully be reviewed and released in 4-7 days.


Quality Control and Testing, I hear they're important.

My success at releasing bug free versions of the TWIS app has been completely non-existant. My first released update exposed a bug where the absolute paths (full path names) to art assets such as the book cover art and album cover art would break when the app gets updated to a newer version. My bugfix update to correct that created a new bug that would crash the app when would execute log statements that had been left in the release version of the app. This has been a bad trend of not finding these bugs until after I update the released version onto my own iPad from the App Store. The bugfix release to remove the log statements was no exception. This time when I updated my local copy of the app from the App Store I discovered that it was using the unfinished iPad UI instead of the iPhone UI it should have been using. Oops. Unfortunately this mistake will render the TWIS app unusable on the iPad until the next update get's pushed out. Instead of simply repackaging the TWIS app with the intended UI on the iPad I'm going to use this blunder to light a fire under my development efforts to get a semi-functional iPad optimized UI.

Hopefully after the release of Xcode 4.2 and iOS 5 my release cycle will have a more stringent testing procedure! For those that don't know the released Xcode 4.1 can't run debug versions of an app on iOS 5 and Xcode 4.2 can't bundle iOS 4.3 release versions.


TWIS iOS Application, Update

On Friday Apple informed me that they had rejected the TWIS iOS app on the following grounds:

11.13 Apps that link to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app, such as a “buy" button that goes to a web site to purchase a digital book, will be rejected.


I have appealed this decision as this provision is intended for in app purchases but the TWIS app does not do any in app purchases it has links to Amazon, iTunes and iBookstore so that the user can easily find the books that are read in the TWIS Book Club.


TWIS iOS application

The TWIS iOS application that I've been working on was submitted to Apple for review yesterday. I'm expecting it to be reviewed in 7-10 days. Hopefully it'll get approved on the first try and will be in the Appstore soon. Apple has yet to complete the processing of my GST info - Canadian sales won't be able to be processed until Apple has processed that info.