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Last night Chilli X went to the November iPhone Publishers Meetup: an Augmented Reality special, and had a great evening.
The venue was suitably cool (great lighting, touch sensitive tables etc) and the talks were brief but interesting. Ravi Damani from acrossair talked about getting started, their future plans for their Augmented Reality engine and their views on competition. Mark Cummins from PlinkArt gave a fascinating talk about their visual image recognition system. It’s not available on the iPhone yet (Android only so far) but the potential is enormous.
We’ll be watching with interest to see where these technologies go. Personally I’d like to see some open standards that everyone can plug in to, rather than everybody developing their own different solutions. For example Plink’s image recognition works only on images that have been entered into their database – they already have competition of a sort in the form of Kooaba. I’d hate to see a future where images from some companies are exclusively held in one database so can’t be recognised by a competitor’s software.
The virtual augmented reality future only looks bright if everybody plays nicely together. I don’t want to be standing in London holding a phone in front of my face looking for a restaurant only to find that Wagamas are exclusively licensed to one app and Burger King another…
One of the great things about our Chilli X Crazy Birthday Bonanza weekend is that we’ve now got thousands of new users – and that means thousands of new testers.
Although we always test our apps as thoroughly as we can before we release them, there’s no substitute for thousands of real users bashing away at them in ways we never imagined. As a result of this we’ve been able to come up with a pretty comprehensive bug list. When we say ‘bugs’ we mean problems that we can replicate and that several users have reported. Not everybody will get these issues – which is strange as the iPhone is touted as a single platform – theoretically all apps should run exactly the same on all iPhones. The really strange ones are the ones we can’t replicate and that only one user is having and that no amount of tech support can resolve…
If you’ve encountered any of these problems, rest assured we’re working on fixes and will get them out asap. If you think we’ve missed anything, please let us know.
Our latest app RandomPlay has only been out a couple of weeks and we’re already having a few reports of problems. Some people have reported that the app is refusing to launch. So far they all seem to have iPod touches with large memories and lots of music. If you’re having a problem please get in touch so that we can work out what the common factor is.
Playlist Alarm Clock
The ability to playback podcasts is broken since OS 3.1.
Turning off the screen stops the music in Sleep mode.
Crash for some foreign users when trying to set a wake up time and playlist (changing region settings to US, then launching P.A.C, then changing them back again resolves this).
The ability to playback podcasts is broken since OS 3.1
Adding two word options in the text entry fields causes the app to crash upon completion of a scan
Some users see blank pages with no time (changing region settings to US, then launching AboutTime, then changing them back again resolves this).
That looks like quite a lot but luckily none of them are too serious and most can be worked around. Even so, we’re trying to fix everything as quickly as we can and will keep you up too date here.
As far as we know we’ve now caught up with all the feedback from the Crazy Birthday Bonanza weekend.
So if you’ve tried to contact us and not heard back then something must have gone wrong. Could we ask you to try again by clicking on the contact us button at the top of the page. Thanks.
That seems to be the message from last weekend’s Crazy Birthday Bonanza.
We were completely amazed by the amount of interest in our promotion – in fact nearly as many apps were downloaded in one weekend as have been over the space of the last year! So, welcome to all our new users. It’s taken a couple to days to catch up with all the feedback, emails, tweets and tech support (although thankfully there wasn’t as much of this as there could have been – downloads were up several hundred fold over the weekend but tech support wasn’t).
The most downloaded app of the weekend was Juiced which surprised us all as it’s not been selling terribly well – seems people love it if it’s free, not so much if it’s 99c. Maybe we should make it free and stuff it full of ads?
Done came in second, which is great and we’ve had plenty of positive responses on this one. Lots of people saying they couldn’t believe they’d not seen it before, it was the best To Do app they’d ever used and they’d happily pay more for it than it’s normal price.
DeskClock was third which was also a bit of a surprise, MyCal fourth and PhotoFrame fifth. I won’t bother to list the rest other than to say Mistletoe was the runt of the litter…
One of the benefits of the exercise was that thousands of new users means thousands of new app testers and as a result a few real bugs have come to light. By ‘real bugs’ I mean repeatable bugs that we can replicate and several users are experiencing. So many of the problems we get seem to be one-offs that we can’t duplicate here at Chilli X – so much for the iPhone being a single platform to develop for. We’ll list those bugs tomorrow and and see if anybody else can add to them.
Once again, thanks to everybody who took part in our birthday celebrations by downloading the free apps or by helping spread the word.
Wow – what a weekend!
Welcome to you if you’re new to Chilli X as a result of the weekend’s Crazy Birthday Bonanza. We’ve had more mail and feedback over the weekend than we have in the last few months so please bear with us as we catch up. Once we’ve had a chance to catch our breath and count up the downloads we’ll let you know what the most popular apps were over the weekend.
Thanks to everybody who downloaded apps and even more thanks to everybody who helped spread the word – we’re still not sure if this was the best or the worst idea we’ve ever had – time will tell 🙂
Just a few hours left in our Chilli X Birthday Bonanza…
As far as we’re concerned it’s been spectacularly successful – however, as a result, we are drowning in a sea of thank yous, suggestions and tech support. We normally answer this stuff really promptly but we’re a bit swamped at the moment so please bear with us if we haven’t got back to you yet.
We’ve also a fair few complaints about the Playlist Alarm Clock situation (despite our best efforts we haven’t been able to make this one free) so apologies to all those people that were really hoping for a free copy of P.A.C but please cut us some slack – everything else was free!
Chilli X have been developing iPhone apps for a whole year now and to celebrate our 1st birthday we’re going to do something a little bit different. Instead of receiving gifts we’re going to be giving them!
This weekend (that’s October 10th & 11th 2009) we’re giving all our apps away for free. That’s right – all 16 apps will be free – that’s enough to fill a whole screen on your iPhone. We know it’s crazy but we wanted to say thank you to everybody that’s supported us over the last year and simultaneously boost awareness of our apps.
Here’s the deal: you get the apps for free and all we ask in return is that if you like them please leave us a good review. If you have any problems at all, please contact us and we’ll try our best to help.
We really want to give away as many as possible so please tell as many people as you can about this great opportunity to fill your phone.
PS. At the moment we’re having a slight problem with Playlist Alarm Clock. No matter what we do we can’t make it free. All the other apps seem to have accepted the price change but P.A.C isn’t even offering us the opportunity to change it. We’ve logged a support email with Apple and we’ll keep trying and keep you updated. In the meantime, apologies and if we can’t make it free this weekend we’ll try for next weekend…
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…until our Chilli X Crazy Birthday Bonanza! This coming weekend (October 10 & 11 2009) all our apps are going to be free. Make sure you set a reminder to visit the App Store this weekend and help yourself to one, some, or indeed, all of our apps.
A few people have asked exactly when the weekend starts and the apps become free. It’s difficult to be precise because when we adjust the price in the backend of the App Store the change isn’t reflected instantly. It can take several hours for the new price to filter through to all the App Stores around the world. Because of this and the timezone issue we’re going to make everything free Friday afternoon (UK time).
Hopefully this will mean that everything is actually free when the weekend starts everywhere around the world. But if you do happen to visit the App Store later on and they aren’t free yet, please bear with us – we’re doing our best.
Please tell everyone you know about this – email your friends, mention it on your blog or Twitter – you could even call someone on your phone 🙂
Just two days to go until the Chilli X Crazy Birthday Bonanza. This coming weekend (October 10 & 11 2009) all our apps are going to be free. Make sure you set a reminder to visit the App Store this weekend and help yourself to one, some, or indeed, all of our apps.
Please tell everyone you know about this – blog it, tweet it, email it or even just plain talk to someone.