Feb 28 2017 0

Apps for February 2017

Hidden Folks Hidden Folks
Adriaan de Jongh
Version 1.02 A fun game with the objective to find hidden items in drawings. Some of the playing fields are small, some are huge. Great game to kill a couple of minutes while waiting in line. I currently have completed all of the levels and am eagerly awaiting for some new levels to be made available….

Nice detail is that even the credits page has been created in the fashion of the rest of the game were each figure represents a person who has somehow been involved in creating this game.
Price € 3.99
Platform iPhone/iPad (Universal)
Requires iOS 8.0 or newer
Size 113 MB


Jan 31 2017 0

Apps for January 2017

Lara Croft GO Lara Croft GO
SQUARE ENIX INC
Version 2.1.4 Interesting puzzles, some head-scratchers but you should be able to solve every puzzle without the need to use the in-app purchase to get access to all the puzzle solutions. It would be nice if there were additional in-app purchase to get even more puzzles to solve, but nonetheless it is good for several hours of play-time.
Price € 1.99
Platform iPhone/iPad (Universal), Apple TV
Requires iOS 7 or newer
Size 981 MB


Jan 30 2017 0

Streamlining App Review posts

Writing the App Review posts requires a lot of different steps and tools to collect all of the required information about a single application.

  • TextExpander snippet to generate App review template
  • Blink to get additional app information
  • Workflow to fetch App icon
  • Union to apply mask to app icon (rounded corners)
  • Workflow to resize app icon and upload to Dropbox folder
Jan 02 2017 0

Recap of 2016

  • Spent way too much money on technology, biggest purchase being an iPhone 7 with 128 GB of storage.
  • Switched from Xolphin to Let’s Encrypt for SSL certificates used on www.littlegemsoftware.com
  • Signed up again for Netflix
  • Read 13 books (a mix of eBooks, audio books and old-fashioned paper books)
  • Published 84 posts (including image-only and link posts) to my blog
  • Built 11 LEGO sets and/or MOCs totalling 10.796 LEGO pieces
  • Released two updates to my iOS application Cloud Hash
  • Had my first rejection from Apple App Review (luckily only related to some metadata)
  • Made 203 commits on GitHub
  • Posted 203 times on Twitter
  • 10 out of the 14 used Bitcoin services tested turned out to be a scam
  • And had numerous firsts’ during the last 2-3 months of 2016, sadly none of them enjoyable. Most notable; several trips to the ER, a trip with an ambulance to the hospital and having surgery…
Jan 01 2017 0

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Dec 31 2016 0

Apps for December 2016

iA Writer iA Writer
iA Labs GmbH
Version 4.0.3 The application was nominated Best of App Store’ in 2011, 2012 2014 and 2015.

Still running this application through its paces, but overall it is a great application that allows for distraction free writing. Your documents are stored in iCloud so you can easily access them from all of your iOS-devices and you Mac. In the case your PC platform is Windows you will be able to access them using iCloud for Windows.

There is also a version for macOS, iA Writer, which is priced at € 9.99.
Price € 3.99
Platform iPhone/iPad (Universal)
Requires iOS 9 or newer
Size 22 MB


Dec 27 2016 0

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher
Dec 25 2016 0

Touch ID Authentication Tutorial for Swift 3

Touch ID Authentication Tutorial for Swift 3

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