Testing On IOS 4.2 On The IPad

Just a quick note. I have upgraded my iPad to 4.2 beta. I don’t like betas but doing it now will hopefully speed up release when 4.2 is official in November. Auteureist works, but there are some issues with it I will need to investigate. At this point, I am completely on the iPad at least until after NaNoWriMo and writing is concerned. This will be an extreme test of the iPad version. Up until now it’s been about getting things to work, now it’s about stability and ease of use.

I’ll be posting daily on my writing blog once NaNoWriMo starts, and more frequently than usual here during November. Sent from Auteureist™ on iPad- http://auteureist.com/


Auteureist NaNoWriMo Upgrade Contest

To ease/reward your wait for the release of Auteureist 2.0, I’m announcing a contest. Write a novel during NaNoWriMo and you could get a free copy of Auteureist for iPad when it becomes available. Complete information and rules are at: http://auteureist.com/page1/page1.html See you in November.

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Quick Update

Just a few quick items. I’m still debugging and testing. Auteureist 2.0 won’t be ready by NaNoWriMo (you knew that).
Apple is supposedly releasing iOS 4.2 for iPad in November—I am going to start testing 4.2 next week sometime. Hopefully, this will bring the iPhone and iPad versions together—now they are different enough to cause issues.

I am going to add an option to set a time goal (in addition to word count). Some people prefer to work for an hour instead of writing 2000 words. Once NaNoWriMo 2010 starts, I’ll be updating my writing blog daily. If you also do NaNaWriMo, make sure you set me up as a friend—Archimage. Yes there will be an option to publish to Scribd. But probably not in 2.0—I have my hands full as it is now.

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Auteureist NaNoWriMo Update

Well there is no easy way to say this, but I won’t be done testing before NaNoWriMo starts.The main problem is that work is really keeping me busy and by the time the evening hits all I want to do is get away from computers and coding/testing.  In addition, a major bug has cropped up and I don’t want to rush things before the app at least doesn’t have a major problem.  The third reason, is that Apple is supposedly releasing iOS 4 for the iPad in November—which would just mean having to retest and fix iOS4 issues.  I’ve been targeting 3.2—I don’t feel comfortable working with beta releases—even when developing.  Hitting a moving target is much harder, and as you know, I am only one person plus some testers.  

So, that’s the bad news.  Auteureist for the iPad won’t make it in time for NaNoWriMo.  I was really hoping and pushing to make it.  So what’s the good news?  Well, it may not seem like much, but the iPad app is very cool, and the final product will be much more stable than it is now.  Also, you CAN use Auteureist on the iPad in 2x mode.  It’s not bad that way.  Also you will be able to move your writing over to the iPad version once it’s available.  Dropbox integration is solid. I do most of my writing on the iPhone (because it’s always with me) but for long stretches, I push a copy to Dropbox, and pull it to the iPad, and back when I’m done.  

The other benefit in delaying—at least for me, is that I will work on my NaNoWriMo novel completely on the iPad version—which will really tell me whether the UI is usable.  There is a big difference in using an app for a few hours or minutes and using it for a full month on a single project. I learned a lot and adjusted the UI for the iPhone based on what I learned doing NaNoWriMo before the iPhone version was released.  The same will be true this time.

So, apologies to all, hope you bear with me.

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