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Old 12-29-2015, 12:04 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Default 300 Downloads

Our little app reached the 300 download milestone yesterday.

The free introductory offer ends on the 31st - it will become a paid app after that, but at a nominal $0.99 price. All proceeds will go to IAP to help cover the $100 annual Apple App Store fee.
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Old 01-06-2016, 04:17 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Default A Little Quirk in the App

The app's search bar should always be located below the status bar at the top of screen when the phone is held in portrait mode. However, under certain conditions, it actually overlaps the status bar.

This is caused by a well documented bug in the Apple iOS and there is no programmatic way to compensate for this behavior. In fact, even Apple's Mail app has the same problem.

Fortunately, there is a simple manual workaround for this glitch until Apple decides to fix the bug. Just tap on Cancel to cancel the present search which will restore the proper view geometry, then tap on the search bar again to go back to search mode.

The quirk occurs when you do the following:
1. Tap on the search bar to activate search mode (doesn't matter if you actually enter anything into the search bar)
2. Select one of the kits listed in the table to go to the Detail View
3. Switch the resulting Detail View from portrait to landscape presentation
4. Switch back to portrait presentation
5. Return to the table view screen
-- the search bar will be improperly positioned

Note that steps 4 & 5 can be done in either order to create the problem.

You can avoid the problem entirely if you only use portrait mode or landscape mode.
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:11 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Default Abbreviations used in app ??

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Rather than create a new forum for app discussions at this time, we will use my New Member Advocate forum for that purpose.
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thanks for the app ... just a little unfamiliar with some of the abbr.

what does BTWD or BHWD or is there someplace that explains the abbreviations used.

RB=roller pen?
FP=fountain pen?
BP=ballpoint pen?

are there other abbreviations i should know?
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:51 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Rather than create a new forum for app discussions at this time, we will use my New Member Advocate forum for that purpose.
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thanks for the app ... just a little unfamiliar with some of the abbr.

what does BTWD or BHWD or is there someplace that explains the abbreviations used.

RB=roller pen?
FP=fountain pen?
BP=ballpoint pen?

are there other abbreviations i should know?
My apologies for the delay in replying to this post - I just now noticed it.

The app uses a 4-character abbreviation for each supplier. We are now up to 18 suppliers for the next release, so it is getting to be a bit difficult to remember them all. The next release of the app will include a list of all the supplier abbreviations in the on-line help files and the App User Guide in the library will also be updated to show these abbreviations.

Here they are (and more will be added in future releases):
AZSL --> Arizona Silhouette
BHWD --> Berea Hardwoods
BTWD --> Bear Tooth Woods
CLNB --> The Classic Nib
CSUS --> Crafts Supplies USA
EXBL --> Exotic Blanks
GPWS --> Gary Pye Woodturning Supplies
HUTP --> HUT Products
LLNZ --> Lazerlinez
LVLY --> Lee Valley
PNST --> Penn State Industries
PKWW --> Packard Woodworks
RKLR --> Rockler
SMPW --> Smitty's Pen Works
WCFT --> Woodcraft
WDWM --> Wood N Whimsies
WDTZ --> Woodturningz
WMWW --> William Wood-Write

You are correct about the RB/FP/BP abbreviations. I will document those as well.
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Old 01-29-2016, 02:36 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Default An App Update is Coming Soon

We have submitted an app update to Apple - it usually takes about a week for an app to go through Apple's review process before it will be available for download.

We have added data for several more suppliers and a number of new kits. The app now has over 1,400 kits from 18 suppliers. Yes, there are many duplicates, since most kits are available from mutiple suppliers, but each one has to be individually entered and edited for each supplier's particular info. Updated pdf charts for all 18 suppliers will be posted in the IAP Library when the app is ready for download. An updated App User's Guide will also be posted at that time. Many more kit instructions have been added - the app now has over 500 sets of instructions.

Here's a summary of the new features - let me know if you have any questions.

• Now showing sorting mode & last update at the top of the main table view
• Detail view category headings are now clickable search options
• Tapping on the Bushings & Tubes title will scroll to top of the table view
• Updated the App Settings & on-line help screens
• Pen photos are now zoomable
• Added data for more suppliers and pen kits
• Revised some kit names and data for improved consistency
• Added bushing drawings to a number of pen kits with ability to print and mail the drawings
• Added instructions for many more pen kits
• Added a number of pen photos
• Fractional inches can now use a space as well as an ampersand for the whole/fractional separator
• Corrected some typos
• Adjusted some display presentations and enhanced the resolution of some images
• Implemented some speed optimizations for faster presentation of the pen kit detail view
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:45 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Default The Updated App is Now Available

Apple has processed our App update in record time - you can download it from the Apple App Store.

Wayne will be updating the pdf charts & the App User Guide in the library very shortly.

Please let us know if you find any errors or discrepancies in the app or charts. We also welcome your suggestions for improving the app.
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Old 02-17-2016, 04:08 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Default An Updated Database is Available for Download

An updated app database is now available for download from the IAP server. This database update will make your app info fully consistent with the current version of the Bushings & Tubes Charts in our library.

To update the database on your mobile device, you must have the Auto Update feature enabled (which is the default). The app will automatically check the server at whatever time interval you have set (default is daily) and download the update.

Once the update has been downloaded, you must quit the app & relaunch it in order for the app to start using the new information.

The date of your last update is tucked away under the "Bushings & Tubes" title on the main table view. Simply pull it down about 1/2" to check the database version you are using. The version supplied with the last app update was 1/29/16. The new one that was uploaded to the IAP server today will be dated 2/3/16.

If you quit & relaunch the app, but it still shows a 1/29/16 date, that simply means that it has not yet downloaded the new database.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Old 02-29-2016, 01:00 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Default Another Milestone & a Database Update

Our app has now topped 400 downloads. We must be getting some good publicity somewhere, because the download rate has increased significantly for the past week or so.

I have uploaded a new Exotic Blanks file to our app database server. We had spelled AERO incorrectly in that file. That is the only update to the database at this time. This new database will show up as 2-29-16 once it is downloaded to your device.

Thanks for all your support and keep those suggestions for improvement coming in.

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Default IOS app updates

In the instructions for the app it mentions that you can control if the app auto updates. Where is that control located. When I slide the screen down to see the last update my app says January.
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I have the app set for auto updates (in setting on your iPad or iPhone). My last update was 1/29/16 and is version 1.04.
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