Hodgeblot

Apps

A 11 post collection


Overcast's app-design fashion

 •  Filed under Ios, Apps, Design, Podcast

Marco Arment's post on Overcast 3's new design is a fascinating read. My favorite line from the piece:

App-design fashion doesn’t stand still

I was also surprised to learn that so few people know how to delete podcast episodes. One of the biggest selling points of Overcast, for me, is how easy it is to scan and delete episodes. I agree, though, that the new version makes this better.

Overcast is the best podcast app on iOS, hands down. Get it if you don't already use it. And this post is a great behind-the-scenes read on the design of the latest version.

Via Daring Fireball.

Monument Valley made $5.8 million in revenue from a $1.4 million development cost | Polygon

 •  Filed under Mobile, Gaming, Games, Apps, Game Development, Money

Monument Valley made $5.8 million in revenue from a $1.4 million development cost | Polygon

Nice to see all this data about the game. It was, obviously, a runaway hit of a game, so this is likely the upper-bounds of a successful iOS game launch. I'm sure there are better return on investment stories for games launched on spare-time development, but this is probably a closer look at what a real indie studio can do.

My thoughts on Facebook's Paper App

 •  Filed under Mobile, Development, Facebook, Apps

There’s a lot being said about this app all across the web. My take on it after having used it for a bit – it’s not as bad as some are saying. I do, however, agree with Mark (our CEO at Storybird):

The problem with Paper is that it’s *fed* by Facebook. The name and interaction model don’t shift the perception. It’s still Facebook.

Or a better quote still from Mark on Twitter:

Paper: Your friends aren’t interesting enough, so please use this confusing version of Flipboard.

My wife is not a power tech user. In fact, she’s Kryptonite to technology, often breaking most anything she touches. She does like Facebook’s Paper (which is how I’ll refer to it hereafter to distinguish it from the much better, pre-existing iOS app Paper). This could be telling. Maybe Paper will resonate with normal users. My wife has never used Flipboard or any other sort of reader or magazine app. I don’t think she reads much more than her own news feed on Facebook’s Paper app, though, and I suspect it’s the design of that feed which she enjoys.

This is where I’d give the app some props. The use of animations and the aesthetic are quite nice. The tutorial is good. The interactions are nice for commenting and liking something. All of this makes me fall back to Mark’s thought of “It’s still Facebook” – why not just remake the normal Facebook app to have this nicer, more natively iOS 7 experience?

Try that next time Facebook – be bold! reinvent! – surely someone there remembers what that’s like?

Can An Ipad App Help Solve The Literacy Problem?

 •  Filed under Mobile, Education, Apps, Ios, Literacy

Can An Ipad App Help Solve The Literacy Problem?

Looks interesting. I wonder if it will be good for my 6 year old (going into first grade), who already has basic literacy down but still struggles with reading when playing with apps?

What The Millennial Doesn't Know About Social Media - ReadWrite

 •  Filed under Mobile, Technology, Tech, Software, Apps

What The Millennial Doesn't Know About Social Media – ReadWrite

Fascinating article on how the perspective of millennials affects the type of apps they create. As a parent, I totally understand the author’s concerns, though parental controls in apps is something I always feel slightly uncomfortable with. Regardless of that issue, the article is a good read into how millennial age-perspective causes a shortage of apps and features in apps.