29 February 2012
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Why not use a linear scale for Solar Explorer?

One of the questions that I occasionally get asked is for a feature in Solar Explorer to display the Solar System with a linear scale, because the current logarithmic scale gives the impression that the planets are much bigger and closer together than they really are. The short answer is that I have yet to […]


26 February 2012
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On market stats

It’s no secret that I use Flurry to anonymously count the number of times my apps get downloaded. Android Market’s download stats have in the past been completely wrong, while rival markets generally “double count” downloads, including both updates and new installs in their totals. Then there’s the figures I’m seeing for my latest app, […]


22 February 2012
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Announcing Transmutation

One of the problems I’ve been struggling with recently is a lack of exposure for my apps, Solar Explorer and Exoplanet Explorer. This has caused them to lose rank positions in the Education category in Android Market and I believe it was the result of changes I’d made to the apps in late December, which […]


19 February 2012
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An unexpectedly warm reception

I have to say that I’m very surprised at how warmly received Solar Explorer was on the Playbook. In the 36 hours since the app went live, Solar Explorer has been downloaded approximately 150 times for the Playbook, with about 100 of those in the last 24 hours. All I can say is: “wow!”. Android […]


17 February 2012
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Solar Explorer live on Blackberry App World

It was only this morning that I was wondering what had happened to the app I had submitted to Blackberry last week as part of their Playbook for an app offer. The last I’d heard was that my app had qualified to be considered for a Playbook should it be accepted into the marketplace. This […]


14 February 2012
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Development
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What’s this I hear about free Playbooks?

The big news this week was that RIM announced that they were giving away free Playbooks to developers who release an app for the Playbook by the 15th of February. Easy! In the last Shiva update, Stonetrip included a button to build Playbook apps from the same source code I already use to build the […]


8 February 2012
Category:
Development
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The struggles of an app developer

You might have noticed in the past few weeks that there’s been a string of updates to the free version of Solar Explorer and Exoplanet Explorer. These haven’t been random improvements, I’ve actually been wrestling with a problem. Back in July last year, about a month after I released Solar Explorer, I implemented Flurry into […]