Progress, Sure But Slow

Welcome back.

I’ve been heads down with work and with updating the app to iOS7.

It has been more time consuming than I would have hoped. When dealing with beta system software, which iOS7 is, it is often difficult if not impossible to determine something you are doing is something you caused. I have spent a lot of time tracking down the cause of issues only to find its in the beta.

It is also taking longer to transition things to storyboards and Autolayout. Not because of issues but because I am now working on a universal version which will work on the iPad and iPhone. When Autolayout and storyboards came out, they had a lot of problems. I’m glad to say, and see, 7b3 is a lot more stable and reliable as far as Autolayout is concerned. A chunk of my time has also been taken by having to redesign the UI to be writing-centric rather than management-centric which all of the previous versions have been. The version of Auteureist 3 prior to the release of iOS 7 was also management-centric, so redesigning the UI in midstream has slowed things down a bit.

The new UI isn’t as “cool” or “flashy” as the earlier version of 3, but it is easier to use, more understandable, and faster. I’ve ripped out a lot of early code which also implied things a lot. All in all, the new UI is more focused and efficient.

So what is the bottom line?

I have made a lot of progress but there is still a lot to do to finish the conversion. I am still in track for a release before NaNoWriMo. I hope it will be worth the wait.