Auteureist 2.0 Preview

Version 2.0  has been a long time coming, and in the making.  The bad news is that its not quite there.  The good news is that I should be submitting it in the next few weeks!  There are a couple of issues that are a result of how iOS 3.2 on the iPad is, to put it mildly, inconsistent.  Hopefully, the 4.0 release will clear things up.  It will definitely simplify development.  The main problem is that skinning the UI on the iPad doesn’t work reliably, that feature won’t be available on the iPad at launch. Everything else will be.Now for pricing.  The iPhone version will remain at 4.99US with in-app purchases at 0.99 each. All owners of the iPhone version get free upgrades for everything. The iPad version is going to be 19.99US and in-app purchases will be 1.99 each. ScriptMode will be available at launch for both.  The iPad version will come with JournalMode and ScriptMode unlocked at the time of purchase.  There is no upgrade discount.  

No, I’m not being greedy.  I just feel this is a reasonable approach for Auteureist.  You don’t have to buy the iPad version—you can continue to use the iPhone version on the iPad if you wish. But the iPad version gives you a lot of benefits.So, the two versions are really two separate products.  The good news is that there will be a couple of ways to exchange data between the two if you wish to use both.  First, you can move your writing database between devices via iTunes.  Second, and a more flexible way, you will be able to use Dropbox to move between devices (this requires signing up with Dropbox).  Dropbox can also be used for backups and archiving.  And of course, there is the Autereist Sync desktop app.

Speaking about Auteureist Sync, the 2.0 version will be available at the same time.  This is mostly a bug fix and performance upgrade.  There is, however, one feature which is really a preview of the plans I have for it’s future.The internationalization for Auteureist has really taken a back seat to the iPad release.  I apologize for that.  The 2.0 version will have partial translations for Danish and Portugese. If you are interested in helping out with other languages let me know.

The next huge push for me is going to be to finish testing Auteureist and revamping the main website.  It will be better organized and easier to understand the documentation for both apps.So, that’s the latest.  I’ll leave you with some more screenshots of the iPad version.  Again, comments, and suggestions welcomed.

The main screen.  A couple of  new features are  evident.

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A new feature is that you don’t have to leave the app to get to websites and documentation.

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The new chapter view along side the Writing Edit View (novel view in this case).  Note the double toolbars.  I was originally only going to have one, but the double toolbars allow you to pretty much have any combination of screens up at the same time, as in this case.  It turns out to be a very flexible way to work.  The left view will always have a list of items to choose from.  

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Here I’ve selected a chapter.

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This is editing/writing in landscape mode.

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Here is the thesaurus.  As you can see having it up while you are writing is useful and more intuitive than how the iPhone version works.

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And finally, the location view along side the editing view.

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Hopefully, that piques your interest.  Thanks again to everyone who has purchased and supported this app.   Hang in there!

By the way this was…
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Getting Close To 2.0

Well it’s been a while. I’ve been posting occasional updates on Twitter.  My real job has been tying up a lot of my time and evenings have been short.  This should hopefully change soon.I’ve been busy debugging and testing 2.0 and it’s getting to the point where things are stabilizing.  There are still a few rough spots. 

The iPad version of iOS isn’t as complete as the iPhone version.  So somethings that work on the phone and are supposed to work on the iPad don’t or are flakey.  This makes developing and testing difficult and unpredictable.  Thankfully I’ve been able to work around the issues.  The one issue I’m having is that skinning doesn’t work consistently on the iPad.  Things on the iPhone I can skin don’t skin properly on the iPad; so it may be disabled at launch.I am still tweaking the UI a bit.  It is similar to the iPhone’s but works a little differently and is laid out somewhat differently.

This will be a big update. So you may be wondering, when?  I am hoping within a month.  Definitely before the next NaNoWriMo.

What’s it look like?  Here are a few random screens.

Opening screen:

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Journal view
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