I tried at least a dozen of productivity apps in the last 5 years. Since none of them was good enough for what productivity means to me, I wrote my own. It’s called iAdd, it’s only $1.99 (a fairly good price, if only you think you get two apps for that, an iPad one and an iPhone/iPod one) and it’s available in the AppStore.
Today is a good day for iAdd. I’m reaching version 1.3.5, which is a number that means absolutely nothing to you, obviously. But to me, that number means that I completely redesigned the iPad interface of iAdd. It took a while, but I’m very happy with the result. And, apparently, so does the Apple Review Team, because they approved my app in less than 2 days (it stayed in the queue for 10 days, as usual, but once in the review process, it went through it like through warm butter).
I won’t get technical with you, but I’m gonna tell you why I needed so bad to redesign the iPad interface. First of all, because interface is crucial in an app that would be used, allegedly, several times per day. You need to feel comfortable with it. You need to like it. Second, the base building blocks of Objective C (the standard user interface elements, that is) proved to be scarce for my needs. As I told you, I’m not gonna get technical, but I’m gonna tell you that I have to write from scratch and entire new user interface paradigm.
Again, it took a while. I went back and forth a few times, trying to adjust, trying to improve, trying to sew together parts that didn’t really fit. Sometimes I even started completely from scratch. Building a user interface that would closely follow your information flow is a tough job. Eventually, I came up with something that I like.
Below are the official screenshots (the ones that are in the AppStore too, that is). Click on them for a full 1024×768 version. Let me know what you think. Also, if you feel brave enough to test it (and gloriously end your test with a review on the AppStore) just leave a comment and I’ll send you a promo code.
iPhone Interface Sneak Preview
The next release of iAdd is scheduled for next week (if everything goes well, of course). This release will correct a few bugs (I know that you guys, the ones that still are on iOS 4.3 area bit hurt by some bugs, but do not fear, I’m working on them) and will also present the new user interface for iPhone. It will follow the same color patterns as the iPad version and it will feature a lot of other small, but essential improvements. Here are a few screenshots.
Again, if you need to test this out, just leave me a comment and I’ll send you a promo code.
Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner
The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”
And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.
Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.
If you want to know how I got out of this space, eventually, check out my latest book on Amazon and Kindle.