Archive for July, 2010

New Feature, Bug Fix, OS 3.x Support

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Just wanted to send a quick update to inform everyone of the latest status of the framework that drives all of our vlogger apps.

We submitted updates to ALL of our vlogger apps that includes:

  • Simultaneous Support for iPhone OS 3.x and iOS 4.x – When we originally launched our update a couple of days ago, many of you contacted us and were disappointed that you could not get the update because your device has not yet been updated to iOS4.  We assumed everyone would update their iPod or iPhone to iOS 4 because it’s a free update from Apple, but apparently this is not the case.  In order to make sure that we continue to support everyone we possibly can, we have updated our framework to work with both iPhone OS 3.x and iOS 4 while still retaining all of the new features for iOS 4.
  • We’ve added a “Copy Link” function on the Actions Menu for blog, channel, and store listings and on the Actions / Share Menu for video listings.  This handy feature automatically copies a link to the content you’re currently viewing to your clipboard so you can easily SMS it to a friend or post a link online.
  • This update will also fix the video listing bug that we reported about yesterday.

We thank everyone who took the time to contact us to provide their feedback, and hope you enjoy these new updates – which will be available in iTunes soon.

Small Bug in Video Listing View

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

A couple of you have reported that there is a small bug in video listing view of our vlogger apps for users with iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 devices. The scenario is as follows:

  • You are using the app on WiFi, and you suspend the app by pressing the home button.
  • You leave your WiFi coverage area so the device switches to cellular
  • You resume the app by pressing the app’s icon.
  • You click “Load More” at the bottom of the video listing view to load more videos
  • Nothing happens

We’ve identified the cause of this bug and are working on a fix right now. Please note that pressing the Actions Button, then pressing refresh will re-fetch the videos and resolve the issue. Once refreshed, the “Load More” button will continue to work fine until the scenario above happens again.

The root of the problem is that for performance reasons, we automatically fetch more videos when on WiFi than on Cellular (this has always been the case). During the suspend cycle, if the device switches to Cellular from WiFi, the app is not made aware of this until after the resume cycle has finished. This results in a “fetch” for the incorrect number of videos.

We apologize for the inconveniance and assure you that we’ll get an update ASAP to correct this issue. In the meantime, if you notice that your “Load More” button does not work correctly, simply refresh the listing using the Actions Button.

It’s important to note that the app will still automatically check for new videos when resuming after being suspended for 15 minutes or more. This bug does not affect listings for new videos – it only affects this one scenario when you are using the “Load More” button to view older content.

Of course, keep in mind that you can always check for the latest videos manually by using the Refresh button on the actions menu. Thank you for your patience. Be sure to check the Dev Blog view inside the app or follow us on twitter @GeekUtils for the latest news and updates.

Update for Unofficial iJustine is coming…

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

So – many of you have seen all of our updates to our vlogger apps and have noticed or e-mailed asking where the update for Unofficial iJ is.  It’s on the way.  I submitted all of the updates at the same time, but then over the weekend I found a small bug in the iJustine blog view (the first tab in the default layout) that has been perplexing me for a little while.

Some of you have noticed that when looking at a blog entry, sometimes the content scrolls off of the right side of the page.  I have an algorithm in place that determines the size of the content and scales the view accordingly – but due to a small error on my part, it was not 100% effective, so sometimes articles still spilled over the right side of the page and required you to zoom out to see the whole content of the article.

I found the little bit of code that was incorrect, and fixed the issue.  Rather than allow the iJustine update to go through with this bug, and then submit yet another fix (Which would require that you perform two updates, and also would require Apple’s review team to go through a second submission), I decided to reject and resubmit the corrected application.

This update is in review now and will be available to you soon.  Check back to the Dev Blog (you’re reading now) and/or follow us on Twitter (@geekutils) and we’ll let you know when it’s all ready to go.  Thank you for your patience!

A quick thank-you.

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I just wanted to take a moment to say a quick thanks to everyone who has downloaded and are enjoying our apps. Tonight, GeekUtils again made it into the “What’s Hot” feature section in the App Store in the Social Networking and News categories.  Definitely proof positive that an indie developer can indeed make it in the app store.

I am humbled and so appreciative that you all are enjoying the apps, and very thankful that @phillyd, @charlestrippy, @allispeed and @olgakay have allowed me to work with them to provide official apps for their content streams.  I also have a few more apps to be released very shortly for some other wildly popular vloggers (announcement later) – and I’m simply thrilled that these great content providers are finding value in my work.

Tonight marks a huge milestone in that I have realized that GeekUtils currently has around 150,000 unique users, who have registered around 2.8 million individual sessions since January 17, 2010 when Unofficial iJustine was launched.  This is absolutely huge – it means that since January 17, 2010, on average, a GeekUtils app has been launched every 5.6 seconds worldwide.  I can’t possibly thank you all enough for your downloads and I look forward to continuing this trend, and continuing to release great apps that i know you’ll love.

When I started working on these apps in November of 2009, I hoped, but never imagined that they would be received so well.  So…  Thank You!

The Updates have Arrived!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

So a few days ago I mentioned some updates to all of our vlogger apps that were coming to support iOS4 devices as well as the iPhone4’s beautiful Retina display. I’m happy to announce that these updates are now available through the App Store!

In order to take advantage of these updates, you must be running a second or third generation iPod Touch, iPhone 3G, 3GS, or iPhone 4 and you must update to iOS 4.0 (It’s FREE, don’t hesitate – just do it :))

These new versions of our popular apps add full support for fast app switching (3G iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS/4), and also provide much higher quality graphics and thumbnails on the iPhone4, taking full advantage of the Retina display.

Additionally, we have tweaked the video listing display a little, and updated our apps to use less network traffic when talking to YouTube’s API – which means that listings load faster, comments load quicker – and the overall experience is better.

Please download the apps and give us a great review! If you have any troubles, questions, concerns, etc – please use the “About” tab in any of our apps to send us an e-mail – we’d love to hear from you.

Also – don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@geekutils)and/or check our blog often for the latest news and updates!