Story Patch is now on sale

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!

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