I would like to time this article to the simultaneous release of the second version of my successful and innovative application Word Wizard, and the fact that I have made $200k on the App Store. Next, I have decided to share figures about the education market on the App Store, and by the way to talk a little about my story and experience being the indie developers. I hope it can help some indie developers to make some decisions, as I did more than one year ago after reading some posts. It will also help to understand the size of the education market on iOS.
Actually, I will start with the sales and ranking figures, and then I tell more about my personal experience. I note that all figures are coming from AppFigures.
The French are preparing to release a little book, which is attached to a paper balloon, and the iPad application allows flying on this balloon, controlling the direction and force of the wind.
It is evident that they are actively concerned with new interacting ways with technology. In addition to the toy they have “Rorschach cards”, “(i)Pirates” with less traditional augmented reality and the source coded “The Night of the Living Dead Pixels”.
id Software is a well-known company to most people that play such games as Dangerous Dave, Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, Doom, Heretic, HeXen etc. Some time ago, John D. Carmack made some statements at QuakeCon and promised to release the source code for Doom 3, but so far that has not happened.
ZeniMax company that presently is the owner of id Software (as well as Bethesda) has released an update for Doom Classic and Wolfenstein 3D for the iPhone. It added to them support of Retina Display and universality (now they can be played in iPhone and iPad), as well as it fixed some bugs in the updates.
The company offers an access to the current source codes for these games along with this update, so now you can make something of your own based on their development, or you can learn from the best game makers how properly make such games.
Codify is available in the App Store. It is a first code editor for iPad with the native interface and support for the touchscreen. It is very convenient: using a finger press on the object features and a pop-up window will appear with a list of options. Most importantly, the written code can be run any time in order to test the accelerometer and multi-touch. There would be no more problems with emulators!
Codify is built on the base of Lua language that is a simple and smart programming language, and it is well suited to create games for iPad.
What is new?
• Update Center
• To-do lists (with reference to the website)
• Subscription to the regular publications
• Integration into Twitter
• Editing photos from the gallery
• Opening camera from the Lock screen
• Wi-Fi sync
• Reading mode in Safari
• Support for the multitasking gestures on the iPad 2
• Split pad on the iPad
Reminding: here are supported devices:
• iPhone 3Gs
• iPhone 4
• iPad 2
• iPod Touch 3g
• iPod Touch 4g
I had a dream to write the maps a long time ago. Convenient maps that do not require an access to the Internet with the actual data, fast and work on any device. After I worked as an engineer in Google Maps that dream only became stronger, and at some point it turned into the particular actions.
If it's interesting, I'll write something as I was leaving Google Zurich, and at the same time all around did the square eyes:) and then I with me friends were writing a project for almost a year.
The result of all this was the off-line maps for the iPhone and iPad released on April 12, soon there will be ready versions for the android, Mac and Windows.
The idea is as follows. You are going to go to another country with some purpose, for example to relax, and take along your trusty android or iPhone / iPad, MacBook or laptop with Windows, or all together.
Before you travel, you install the application and quickly download the desired map of the country.
United States and Russia, of course, will be slower, but, for example, a map of Belarus is 45 MB, Switzerland is 58 MB (soon the next version will be released, there will be all the countries compressed for a quarter).
Yes, the program is free.