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The vieda Valentine promotion

We’re taking part at the Valentine special by vieda at www.appsforsales.de tomorrow.

You’ll be able to buy our two iPhone Apps The Chronicle and Supertrumps Sexy Models at a reduced price of just 0.99 $ resp. 79 Cent. At http://www.appsforsales.de you’ll find tomorrow 80 further apps at a reduced price.

Don’t miss some Valentine presents!

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Great success: vieda advent deal

Yesterday we offered our Super Trumps Sports Cars game within the advent deal of vieda and appsforsale.de with a discount of 66%. We expected a noticeable increase of sales … but we didn’t expect that we will arrive that high in the sales charts. We would like to thank all new customers for making yesterday that success!

We sold circa 3,000% more than on normal days, that’s incredible!

Until midnight we reached the following positions within the German App Store:

  • Games – Cards: Pos. 1
  • Games – Racing: Pos. 2 (only “beaten” by Need for Speed Undercover)
  • All Games: Pos. 10
  • All Apps: Pos. 27

We have believed in the positive effect of the advent deal of vieda, of course. But we have not expected to reach positions within the rankings that high.

Today we offer our Bible Oracle ~ 50% off, don’t miss it at appsforsale.de!

Rankings at APPlyzer.com

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Our app Super Trumps Sexy Models rejected

Everybody has read tons of articles regarding the prude and often inapprehensible review process of Apple. We also have published our own thoughts regarding that topic. After two month of rejections we’ve decided to quit developing Super Trumps (go fish) games with real persons (because of the risk to infringe personal rights) and to concentrate on other content. One is a new Super Trumps game with sexy foto models. Already in June we’ve contacted hundreds of professional and semi-professional models from the fotocommunity and the German Model-Kartei. We made the following offer to the models: They let us use one of their photos of which they have all rights of use or the admission of the photographer to provide it. And in return we will put a link to their personal website within the game (but of course the site will open externally within Safari, not within our app!).

After a lot of emails in and out we’ve got 32 photos of the participating models. Because of Apple’s handling of nudity we made a point of using only photos without nudity. The models on the photos are all dressed with a bikini or in lingerie. And because of Apple’s rejection of our Super Trumps games with persons (actors, footballers and basketball players) we contacted Apple in advance and stated that we have the written permission of all models to use their photos.

“Fine”, we thought … until we got another rejection by Apple. Two of our 32 photos are containing “objectionable content”. Yikes! Have we lost sight for a nipple?! Can there be seen the form of a vagina under the slip?! But get a picture of the problem for yourself! These are the two photos because of which Apple rejected our latest application:

Hmmm, can anybody tell me what could be the problem of these pictures? In my opinion they are even more harmless than a commercial for shower gel, shown on German TV at 6 pm.
And for what reason these two photographs are “objectionable” and these examples from apps within the App Store are not?

Why can the colleagues with (mostly low-quality) apps showing girls in bikini earn money with their photo apps while our app has been rejected? Just fortune? Bad karma? Injustice? Does Apple keep an eye on us because we’re sometimes publishing critics of their review process and the iPhone development program?

We do not know! We’ve contacted the two models and asked them to send us another photo. But that doesn’t mean that Apple won’t find some other “objectionability” within the photos. Could get interesting how this story will go on … If all else fails we could start a world-wide collection of signatures at http://www.wewantboobies.com 😉

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Farewell to Super Trumps with persons

iStock_000010331489XSmallAfter two month of stressful and unsatisfying struggle with the reviewer team of Apple regarding our Super Trumps games with persons (Hollywood actors, Basketball pros, Michael Jackson’s hit singles and also the update for the one with football stars) we made a decision:

Forget this type of app, try to anew the whole stuff of developing apps for the beloved iPhone. We had to learn – below others from friendly Apple employees on the telephone – that it might not suffice to use images under the Common Creative Attribution license, because pictured persons like Brat Pitt could claim the protection of their personal rights – independent from the regular CC license.

We neither want to infringe someone’s personal rights nor want to receive complaints about doing so after all.

Therefore we’ve decided – with a heavy heart – to stop developing Super Trumps branches with real persons and to concentrate on different apps (at the moment we’re working on a reference tool … soon more to come on our blog) and also further Super Trumps games with technical objects like tanks or luxury yachts.

At the moment we have a new Super Trumps game in review with attractive and sexy photo models. Because we have the written agreement of every model respective the photographers of the images we don’t expect any troubles during the review process.

Because of that decision we also removed our Super Trumps game with famous football stars from the App Store. We apologize to all regular customers for that, because there won’t be any update in the future. Just because Apple won’t release it but bann it binary for binary. The employee we talked with on phone made that very clear.
We can offer all customers of  Super Trumps Football Stars with an US iTunes account a promotional code to download one of our other apps for free. Just report to iphone@derheckser.com.

Since some weeks Apple is very strict in reviewing newly submitted apps and updates and it’s getting harder to get one’s own app into the App Store. But that are good news. Now, perhaps, worse applications and useless fun apps won’t reach the store to that certain extent any longer.

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Get homemade iPhone design sketchbook 4 free

iPhone-Sketchbook_02-ui-designAs an iPhone developer I have learned that it is wise to make the first steps in planning and designing a new iPhone application with a pencil on paper. It is feeling even more natural to sketch an idea by hand instead of creating complex GUI with Photoshop. The classical way of designing also supports the creative process.

Thanks to the test at TUAW I met some helpful tools for designing applications on paper. But there are two problems: First they are not easy to get for a German developer (today I had to fetch my Notepods at the customs duty office), second they don’t meet my demands.
So I’ve created my own sketchbook templates to fit my needs. And I’d like to share it with you.

I’ve created four parts to plan and design an iPhone application:

  1. A feature list with ToDo to collect all necessary features for an app and to decide, which feature is a must have, a nice to have or should be developed already for version 1.
  2. A page to design the UI with the original dimensions of the iPhone.
  3. A page to design navigation bars and the UI with iPhone Stencil Kit by Design Comission and also the app icons.
  4. A navigation flow chart to plan the workflows within the app.

Feel free to download the ZIP-Archive (4.4 MByte) of my iPhone Sketchbook and tell me, what you’re thinking about it.

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The running gag with app rejections

angrykidOn this monday we had a telephone call with an employee of Apple regarding our apps Super Trumps Actors and Steam Engines. The two new members of our Super Trumps family are in review process since September the 2nd – since 35 days. Two weeks ago we already had rejections of the both new apps, regarding inappropriate keywords.

Now we have a new problem, which – in my humble opinion – seems to be a absurd reason to reject an app: Within the game we are using an icon of a mobile device with touch screen. Although the icon doesn’t look like an iPhone (otherwise I wouldn’t love my iPhone!) from the point of view of the reviewer team it either is an iPhone or seems to be an iPhone.

Because my appreciated colleague Oliver Drobnik has also had a rejection because of an iPhone-like icon I’ve been warned. Therefore I’ve not been using an image of the iPhone for use within the part of the “computer” opponent but a normal mobile. I therefore bought an icon pack at iStockphoto. Now here is the original image, does it look like an iPhone?

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For the app reviewer team this icon intends to be an iPhone, poor icon 🙂 But to be fair I have to confirm that the employee at Apple has been very friendly and helpful on the phone. He promised to put my apps at the top of the queue, so that the entire review process won’t start again from the beginning.

So let’s hope he keep his word and our apps will be published very soon to the App Store.

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iTunes Connect running again?

itunesA few minutes ago I’ve submitted a new application via iTunes Connect, the whole stuff: app description, keywords, screenshots, binary and the texts for other languages.
Having railed at ITC a few days ago I now have to say, that I’ve never seen ITC running that fast! It has nearly 😉 been a delight to work with.

Does that mean that Apple has been able to solve the problems within iTunes Connect? I hope so and I’ll report my further experiences with ITC …

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