New App Release: How to be a Ninja Spy for iOS

March 20, 2014 in App Development, Mobile Apps

I have been busy reskinning one of the first source codes I bought. I have found that repetition in reskinning this particular source code has helped me understand the whole reskinning process better. My latest app release on the iOS App Store is called “How to be a Ninja Spy”. It’s based on a source code sold by Austin Church called “Random Facts Generator” or sometimes known as the “Jokes Source Code”.

How to be a Ninja Spy App

I got my start in app development by reskinning this code and “How to be a Ninja Spy” is my fourth reskin using the Random Facts Generator source code. Even though this code is simple, it’s probably still going to be difficult for anyone who has not reskinned an app before. In the beginning, I was thinking “how hard could it be to reskin since the code comes with complete printed instructions”?

I have to admit that was quite lost when I first started but thanks to a video course on Udemy specifically created for this code, I was able to completely reskin this code on my own and make subsequent versions too! It helped me with all the initial set up from getting my devices and apps registered with Apple all the way to uploading and publishing the finished app. The printed instructions don’t go over all the processes on the Apple side of things so the video course was really helpful with that part. Just FYI, the video course and source code are available separately.

Here are some screenshots from my newest reskin. I don’t spend any money on graphics since I’m well versed in Photoshop. I actually enjoy creating all the graphics myself.

How to be a Ninja Spy app

Please check out “How to be a Ninja Spy” in the Apple App Store when you get a chance!

App Dev 8: My First iOS App is Live in the Apple App Store

January 6, 2014 in App Development, Mobile Apps

Fortune Cookie Reader App IconIt seems like it was ages ago when I started the process of developing an iPhone app but I can proudly say that I have accomplished it! My first iOS app has been approved and is now available on the Apple App Store. Right from the beginning, there was a major delay that took 2 months to resolve regarding the registration of my company with Apple. You can read all about my ordeal here.

But shortly after that, I started working on my app and finished it without having to hire a programmer. I was able to do this by buying and reskinning an existing source code. My app is called Fortune Cookie Reader and it’s a very simple app that generates a few lines of text in a designated area of the screen. It’s also a universal app for iPhone, iPad and Retina devices.

Fortune Cookie Reader is available free in the app store. If you get a chance, please download here on the iTunes App Store and let me know what you think! This app basically displays fortune messages like you’d find in a typical fortune cookie. I created all the graphics myself and curated all the fortune messages.

You might be asking how I’m giving this app away for free? This app is fully monetized with ad networks and several In App Purchases. This is how I plan on publishing all my apps… under the freemium pricing model. I figure I’ll get more downloads if the app is free. Then I’ll let all the internal monetization do the work. Read the rest of this entry →

App Dev 7: Reskinning My First iOS App Source Code

December 31, 2013 in App Development, Mobile Apps

iPhone-App-DevelopmentAfter a 2 month delay trying to register my company in the Apple Developer Program, my application was finally accepted! If you’re interested in the process I went through as well as all the email communications I had with Dun & Bradstreet and Apple Dev Support, click here to read my previous app development post.

This is an exciting time because I am very close to finishing my first iOS app. Earlier this year, this goal of mine seemed like it would never happen or would cost tons of money. But by going the route of reskinning apps, I only spent $99 on this project. My original budget was $500 because that’s what I thought I had to spend at a minimum!

For now, I’m moving forward and completing the reskin of my first app. I had originally bought two source codes to reskin:

Both of these codes are from Austin Church over at BrightNewt.com. I started with Best Jokes because the Viva Stampede code is still being updated to be universal (for iPhone and iPad) and compatible for iOS7. The Jokes app is a very simple one because I could use a lot of the existing graphics in it. However, I wanted my app to look completely different so I changed all the graphic files in the app.

iTunes Connect Screenshot

Complete customization of this source code was more work than I originally thought. Overall, there were more graphic files and time needed to do a complete custom look. All the buttons and backgrounds needed 2 (and sometimes 3) versions for all the different devices and resolutions. I’m proficient in Photoshop but even then, I felt like it took longer than I expected. Part of it could be that I’m just new to the whole app development thing. I’m having to figure everything out as I go along.

How I Did It Without Hiring a Programmer

I’m not a programmer and don’t know anything about Objective C. But I do know that I could not have realistically reskinned this app without the help of a video course I found on Udemy.com. Read the rest of this entry →

Get 10 Apps Free During Apple’s App Store 5th Anniversary

July 11, 2013 in Mobile Apps

One of my goals this year is to develop my first iPhone app. I’ve been trying to stay on top of everything that is related to mobile apps and had to share the following news. The Apple App Store is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary and they’re celebrating by giving away 10 apps for free! Great news for iOS users!

Apple's App Store 5 Year Anniversary

The App Store was launched in 2008 with about 500 apps available to iPhone users. Today in 2013, there are about 900,000 apps available for iOS devices. I will be contributiting to their growth soon and hopefully more in the future. I’m currently sketching out the details of my first app so I can present it to a developer. For now, it looks like Apple has hand-picked the apps they want to give away during their anniversary.

Apple has categorized the free apps into 2 categories:

  • Landmark Games
  • Groundbreaking Apps

There are 5 free apps in each category. I’ve downloaded half of them but a couple of the apps are over 1GB and I don’t have enough room on my phone for them. I think 2 of them are also only for iOS 6 so I wasn’t able to download those. I’m on iOS 5 right now and don’t have enough room on my phone to upgrade! It requires 2.8GB of free space to upgrade!

Here’s the list of apps that will be free for a limited time:

If you love free apps, download these now before Apple starts charging for them again. Hope this brightens your day!