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Story Patch is now on sale

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The second offering from Haywoodsoft called Story Patch is now on sale!  Wuhoo!!!  You can find out more about this product at storypatch.com.

If you have not looked through the Haywoodsoft Products page (and why haven’t you…), Story Patch is a storytelling application for the iPad.  This product took many months of development, but was an incredible experience.  I should really write more about the whole process of developing this product, but for now, I will point out the things that were most memorable:

  1. I think my favorite part of developing Story Patch was when I started testing it with one of my friend’s kids.  All three of them immediately had a blast with it, even though they were playing with early versions of the software that were missing the “polish” that ended up in the final version.  My previous life in the software industry dealt with making software that was more like hammers than something fun.  It was really special to see the people in my target audience legitimately enjoying the product I created.
  2. For this project, I hired a graphic designer to help with designing menus, icons and other graphical elements in the software.  What a great decision to hire him.  He produced some incredible graphics for me, and was great to work with.  If you are in the Phoenix area and need a graphic designer, email me here and I would be happy to give a referral.  For any other new iPhone/iPad developers out there, I think hiring a good graphic designer is one of the best things you can spend your money on when developing your product (advertising is the other thing to spend your money on…).
  3. Developing for the iPad is really fun.  I love the iPhone too, but the larger format of the iPad really opens up some interesting possibilities for the developer.  One thing I like is that you can add a sense of realism to the software that is not possible with the iPhone due to its smaller geometry.  For example, Story Patch uses an interface that looks like a spiral notebook for creating your story.  It seems like details like that really pull you into the application and make it feel more personal.

Even though Story Patch has not been on sale for that long, it has already received some good press.  A local writer Nick Nebelsky gave Story Patch a great review here.  Nick will also be publishing a review on Appolicious which should give Story Patch some more good exposure.  Going back to the theme of “things that were great about creating Story Patch,” it was great to meet Nick and give him a demo of Story Patch.  We had a good time talking about mobile devices and the cool things you can do with the iPhone and iPad. Be sure to check out the other work he has done here.

Well, that is it for this evening.  Hopefully I can write a bit more now that I am taking a short break from coding.  Of course, that break won’t be too long since I need to start on version 1.1 of Story Patch soon!

Where have you been…..

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

It has been quite a while since I have posted anything. The main reason for that is I have been hard at work the last couple of months on an application for the iPad. It should be finished in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more info! I am very excited about this project and I hope that new iPad owners will find this application to be interesting.

Speaking of the iPad, I pre-ordered mine and can’t wait to use it. Also can’t wait to see my code running on it! As I said, stay tuned for further updates, videos, and lots of fun info when my next app is released soon.

1000 games of ShutterBox!!!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

So far the feedback I have received about ShutterBox has been very positive.  Even though I developed the game, it is still one of my favorites to play.  It is nice that something I spent so many hours working on still gives me a lot of joy.  Last night, I racked up my 1000th game on version 1.1 of ShutterBox.  Even at less than a minute per game, that is still a lot time since version 1.1 went on sale at the end of December.  Anyway, thanks to everyone who has purchased the game…. If you hit a milestone like 1000 games (or more) send me a screenshot!

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New ShutterBox Movie!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

If you have not had a chance to play ShutterBox yet, I posted a movie that shows the game play.  Stay tuned for more videos in the future.  Also, I will probably be doing a review of the various screencasting tools that I tried out when I made this.

Welcome to Haywoodsoft

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Greetings, and welcome to the Haywoodsoft blog.  Like it says on the “About” page, the intent of this blog is to document my experiences developing software for my new company.  I hope that readers will find the blog entertaining, but also that it will be a useful resource for software developers.  Thanks for stopping by, and please post a comment if you find something helpful in these pages.