Archive for April, 2012

Night Sky and Dictionary We Are Coming for You

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

In the same fashion as the Pedias on the Mac App Store, Pocketpedia has risen to meteoric heights on the App Store. When it comes to cataloging items, nothing is more important than keeping those constellations in order, but right after that is knowing the definition of a word and info about your books, albums, movies and games with Pocketpedia.

Thank you everybody for making it so popular on launch date, not to mention all the 5 star reviews. Need a few more to start getting an aggregated rating. 🙂

Pocketpedia 3

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

We are extremely excited to announce the immediate availability of Pocketpedia 3 on the App Store.

It took three people working two years to make this possible and we are very proud of the first version. We’ll be making videos in the future for new users to see Pocketpedia in action before downloading it. But since a lot of you already know Pocketpedia and have been so patient we wanted to release it right away while we still working on some of the marketing material. Pocketpedia 3 requires iOS 4.0+ (sorry first generation iPod touches and iPhones that can only be upgraded to 3.1.1) and supports retina display on all the devices including the new iPad.

Pocketpedia3 on the iPad, doing a search on Doghouse.

As a thank you for your patience and all your help with version 5 and Doghouse, the app is currently available for a %25 discount at $2.99. This offer will run until April 24, 2012 so tell your friends and spread the word.

In its current form Pocketpedia is the perfect companion app to the Desktop Pedias for taking your collection on the go. If you are both a Pedia and Mobile device owner be sure to download Pockepedia 3. Do send us feedback about features you’d like to see and we’ll try to work those into upcoming version. We already have a list of features we want to add, such as editing directly in Pocketpedia and adding entries manually to make it a stand-alone iOS app for those users without Macs.

A special thank you goes out to all the testers who helped beta test Pocketpedia3 these last two months. Also to all the users who contributed to the Doghouse, helping to create the search site for Pocketpedia as well as to all the moderators who have been correcting details and entering missing information in Doghouse.

There is a lot more to share about the making of Pocketpedia 3 but for now we are just thrilled to get it out there to all our users.


Totally Unrelated Recipedia (Actually a Bit of a Relation)

Friday, April 6th, 2012

A childhood friend has released his first iOS app and has named it in honor of the Pedias. Recipedia comes to fill all your kitchen organizing needs. We attended my friend’s wedding last year and we expected a different kind of announcement a year later but that just goes to show the rise of iOS is so meteoric that the first creation of a married couple is now an app. Jose did all the programming and his wife the design.

For a 1.0 it’s a solid release, stable with all the main areas that you might need in a recipe organizer. The option to edit online recipes once they’re saved is very useful since I often tinker with recipes to fit my tastes. The flow of some areas needs updating such as the “save recipe” button which asks you to chose a category to store the recipe in but it’s not immediately clear where this option is located. Ideally the alert would include the different categories as button choices, saving one click. Power users will then automatically figure out that they can set the category beforehand, while the rest of us can continue to use the buttons.

It’d also be nice to get a picture of your own recipes in the internal search results, especially given the height available for each search result. I would like to the see the “add new recipe” and “copy/paste recipe” integrated into a single command and merge the smarts of copy/paste (automatic separation of ingredients and steps) directly into the individual fields (with an option to undo, should I want to keep all paragraphs in one step). But here I am probably overlooking some complicated technical details that would not make this possible. As a personal favorite I’d love to see Serious Eats as an online source and the ability to change the order of ingredients and instructions.

At $2.99 Recipedia is a steal and if you’re into cooking you should check out this adopted brother of the Pedias. Getting started in the App Store is very exciting and we wish them the best of luck. Being able to live of your software creation and then have the financial/fan support to continue to develop it while my Bitcoin Robots finally work out is a great career.