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CoffeeSeeker FE Now Available on the App Store

CoffeeSeeker FE has been approved by Apple and is now available on the App Store. CoffeeSeeker FE provides all the same functionality as the original CoffeeSeeeker application but is supported by ads. We hope it helps Find your Fix.


TipOver 1.12 Now Available on the App Store

TipOver 1.12 has been approved by Apple and is now available on the App Store. The new release increases the maximum bill amount that can be entered. In previous versions, 999.99 was the maximum but this was too low of a value to be useful for the currencies of some countries. The new limit is now 9999.99. I hope this helps some international users and I appreciate the feedback to let me know that this was a problem.


TipOver 1.11 Now Available on the App Store

TipOver 1.11 has been approved by Apple and is now available on the App Store. It is a minor update that improves performance in low-memory situations.


iPhone Is the Best Selling Phone In the U.S.

The 6.9 million iPhones it sold last quarter catapulted the $200 device into the top spot among all cell phones, even beating out the much cheaper and still-popular Motorola Razr.

Wow, pretty impressive.

The iPhone Is Now the Best Selling Phone In the U.S. from MobileCrunch


AppSales - iTunes App Store Reporting

I noticed this gem on the iphonesb list the other day. OMZ Software has a free, simple but useful reporting app for your App Store statistcs. It provides a breakdown of the number of sales per day per country and shows your total sales, daily average and maximum daily total in either dollars or euros. Pretty slick. AppSales

AppSales


Another Tip Calculator? Really?

TipOver Screenshot

Honestly, I had no idea there would be so many tip calculators on the App Store when I started working on TipOver. On the other hand, I wasn't that far along on it's development when the App Store launched and the tip calculator competitive landscape came into focus and yet I still chose to continue with it. There were a couple of reasons for this.

First, I saw it as an opportunity to cut my teeth on iPhone programming. I wanted a real project that (I thought) would be relatively simple to create while learning a development environment I was unfamiliar with. I've only been a Mac user for about a year and just started looking into Mac programming a few months ago. Outside of the great Cocoa Programming book, developing TipOver was my first real experience with the Apple development stack (XCode, Cocoa, Interface Builder, etc.). It turned out to be a bit of a challenge since, at the time, the Draconian iPhone NDA was still in place and there was no good (legal) place to go to get my questions answered. Nevertheless, I managed to get through it and am happy with the result.

The main reason, though, that I decided to continue creating another tip calculator was the fact that, out of the countless others on the store, I couldn't find any that had the one feature I wanted. While most of the decent tip calculators have a rounding function, none (that I found, anyway) had the ability to round up to the nearest total that can be equally split by the number of people in the party. I am a bit obsessed with simplicity and find that this is the most effective and fair way to deal with splitting the check with a group of people.

So, there you have my rationalizations for crowding the App Store with yet another tip calculator. I certainly have found it very useful and the feedback I have received so far has been very positive.


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