Posts Tagged ‘App Store’

 

Kid-Capsule Version 1.2.2

May 10, 2012
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What’s New:

  • Now in Spanish

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that assigned the wrong category to imported events under the “Other” sub-category.

Gift an App this Mother’s Day!

May 9, 2012
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Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

NOTE: If you are interested in any of the featured apps, scroll to the bottom and you will find all the links!

Everybody agrees that times are tough and of course we all know shopping for mom can have its challenges. So why not mix modern day technology with a little nostalgia from the old Kindergarten days and give mom a special app she will enjoy for a long time and wrap it up in a little craft project. I assure you, she will love you going the extra mile.

With over 500 thousand apps in the App Store alone you are bound to find something for everybody. And come on now! You know you can’t beat the prices. The average app costs less than your average cup of coffee.

The great folks at Moms with Apps have written a wonderful tutorial on how you can gift an app.

On a side note, as our friends at KinderTown have pointed out, it’s Teachers Appreciation Week and this craft would be perfect for that very special teacher in your little one’s life!

OK, now comes the fun part!

After deciding which apps you are going to give mom, assemble the following tools and materials:

Mother's Day Craft Materials

  • Printer (preferably full color)
  • Card Stock: this is the best type of paper for it’s sturdiness. You can find many options at your local craft or office supply store.
  • Scissors
  • Glue: craft glue and regular white glue
  • Markers or pens
  • Skewers or Popsicle sticks: you can find these at your local supermarket or craft store.

Steps:

  • Get the icons for the gifted apps: The appropriate way to gift an app for this type of project would be to select the “print” option instead of the email option. As you can see from this post on gottabemobile.com, when you select the print option, it will compose a card that will contain the icon for the app you are gifting and the redeem code. You can use the print to PDF option and then use your favorite photo editing software to crop the icons and put them all on a single page.
  • Print out the icons on a sheet of card stock: For the best results, you should print the icons in color. Normal quality is fine. And make sure to choose card stock from the paper type choices.

Mother's Day Craft - Printing App Icons

  • After you cut out all the icons with a pair of scissors, turn them over and write down the redeem code for the corresponding app. You could also write down a nice message representing what your mom means to you.Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower
  • Lay out the icons unto a pretty flower. Just eyeball it to your liking, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Mothers Day Craft - App Flower

  • Make sure the last one you lay out has it’s left corner on top of the left icon and the right corner at the bottom of the right icon

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • Take out one of the icons and add some glue to the bottom right corner on the front. Flip it over and add glue to the bottom right corner on the back. You will now have 3 connected icons.

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • Take out the next icon to the left and follow the same procedure as before.

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • Follow the same procedure with the remaining icons

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • Take the skewer or Popsicle stick add a dab of white glue and glue it to the back of your flower.

Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower Mother's Day Craft - App Icon Flower

  • And voila! Your final product!

If you are interested in the apps featured in the craft, they are all proud members of Moms with Apps. You can download them all at the App Store:

Pesky reminders: please do not reproduce without our written consent. All photographs are copyright Anahelena Natera.

Kid-Capsule Featured on WSVN’s “Parent to Parent”

April 25, 2012
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We are proud and honored to be featured in South Florida’s WSVN’s Parent to Parent

Kid-Capsule Version 1.2.1

February 10, 2012
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What’s New:

  • 3 New Photo Sharing Backgrounds: We have added 3 brand new backgrounds to your photo sharing layouts. As we promised, we have completed the seasons to include Spring, Summer and Fall.
  • Quick Guide: This guide will describe the buttons and icons and what they do. If you are new to Kid-Capsule, you will see the quick guide on startup. If you are already own Kid-Capsule, you will still be able to access the quick guide through the “Information Screen” by tapping the at the top left of the screen.
  • Measurement Settings: You spoke, we listened. You now have the option of selecting the measurement settings for height and weight. Simply access the Kid-Capsule section in your device’s “Settings” and select the units you would like to use.

Enhancements:

  • Photo Layout Background Selection Screen: Now you can select the background for your photo layouts in a visual and friendly manner just as you do a photo from the gallery.
  • Improved Information Screen: Much easier to navigate and quick access to our news blog and Facebook page.
  • Double Tap on Thumbnails: Double tap a thumbnail in your photo or video galleries to view it.

Apps are great Stocking Stuffers

December 23, 2011
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Everybody’s so busy these days that it’s very hard to plan ahead for the Holidays never mind come up with the perfect stocking stuffers.

Thinking about going out tonight or tomorrow? THINK AGAIN! I went out today and it was madness I tell ya MADNESS!

These are hard times for our pockets and every little penny counts. So if you’re looking to get more bang for your buck,  I’ve got the perfect solution for all you folks who still haven’t gotten around to those good ol’ stocking stuffers, you know who you are!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that apps are quite affordable. I mean, you can’t beat 99 cents, right? What can you get for even 5 bucks lately? A cup of coffee?

When you download an app, you are gaining a very special tool that will last you a lifetime. You can download it from anywhere, so no checkout lines and it will not break the bank, so everybody’s happy.

If you need some ideas, the developers at Moms With Apps have put tremendous love, effort and dedication into making  top notch family friendly apps. They’re also very accessible so if you have a question or concern they’ll be there for you. You can also find a listing of great review sites that will steer you in the right direction.

After you have downloaded your brand new app the fun begins! Just print out the logo on a sheet of cardstock and cut out the shape, glue it to a Popsicle stick and voila, you are done! The perfect stocking stuffer.

I wish you all an amazing Holiday and New Year filled with great family, great friends, health, peace and happiness.

Sharing Events with Other Kid-Capsule Users

December 19, 2011
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One of the features we are most excited about in Version 1.2 is the ability to share events with other Kid-Capsule users. Now grandma and grandpa won’t miss a thing. They will have their very own copy of all the priceless moments you have saved. Kid-Capsule will package your event in a file which will be sent via email and can then be imported by the recipient into their own device.

This is how it works:

Send an Event to other Kid-Capsule users:

As usual, tap the button from your event and you will have the option of sharing your event through email, Facebook or Kid-Capsule.

You will have the option of sharing any type of media via email, as long as you have linked photos and videos to your event.

Tapping photo or video will open the appropriate gallery and prepare the media that will be attached to your message and exported to a special kca file.

Kid-Capsule will package your event in a file which will be sent via email.

After sending your email you will return to your event screen.

Receive and Import an Event from other Kid-Capsule users:

When you receive a shared event from a Kid-Capsule user your email will have a kca file attached to it. You will easily recognize it because you will see the Kid-Capsule logo on the attachment while viewing it on your device.

Tapping on the file will prompt you to open it in Kid-Capsule.

Once you open the file, Kid-Capsule will launch and you will be presented with the Event Import Wizard.

The wizard will guide you through the steps to import the event.

Once you finish and the event has been imported, you will be presented with a success message. The imported event will be a replica of the event that the sender has on her device including the child’s profile, the place (together with coordinates if applicable) and the media files that were attached.

For more detailed information, visit our help or if you have questions or suggestions drop us a line.

If you don’t yet have Kid-Capsule, download it on the App Store:

Kid-Capsule is not a social network. Nobody else will have access to your information. For more, visit our FAQ or download our Privacy Policy


App Dev Tips – App directories change after every update

July 8, 2011
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I learned this the hard way and wanted to share my experience.

Every time a user updates your app from the App Store, the default document directory changes. The best practice in this case would be to save a relative path to your files instead of the fully-qualified path. If you do this, the only thing you have to worry about is getting the current app document directory and appending the path you have saved in previous versions.

The way I have done this is by implementing 2 helper methods as follows:

- (NSString *)applicationDocumentsDirectory {

NSArray *paths = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(NSDocumentDirectory, NSUserDomainMask, YES);
NSString *basePath = ([paths count] > 0) ? [paths objectAtIndex:0] : nil;
return basePath;

}

- (NSString *) trueUrl{

NSString *directory = [[self applicationDocumentsDirectory] stringByAppendingString:_relativeDirectory];
return directory;

}

So say for example you have created an images directory and saved a PNG image into that directory. You will have a file path such as:

YourAppDocumentDirectory1.0/images/file.png

When your users upgrade to version 1.1, the new path for the previously saved image will change:

YourAppDocumentDirectory1.1/images/file.png

Since you will not know beforehand what this directory will be, you can use the aforementioned helper methods to do the job for you:

- (NSString *)applicationDocumentsDirectory;

will return your current application document directory:

YourAppDocumentDirectory1.0 or YourAppDocumentDirectory1.1

and

- (NSString *) trueUrl;

will take the relative path you have stored

/images/file.png

and append it to the current application directory, thus giving you the true path you wanted in the first place.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.