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iFieldNotes 1.0.1 Released

May 10, 2012

The iPhone and iPod Touch version of FieldNotes was released today.This was my first experience releasing product through the Apple App Store. I found it actually took longer to prepare the graphics in the format and sizes required as well as fill out their documentation as it took to write the program. The cool thing is once you have been through this process the first time a lot of what they need (except the graphics and program) is boilerplate.

By the way, it took 9 days to get reviewed. Once in their review process 2.5 hours to get approved.

FieldNotes 1.0.1 Android Released

May 3, 2012

The Android smartphone version of FieldNotes was released today.This was my first experience releasing product through an app store, in this case Google Play (formerly Android Marketplace).

All of the FieldNotes flavors (Android, iPhone, iPad) were developed using standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS and Javascript. I use Phonegap to compile the web app to native format (ipa or apk). This will also work for Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry, but I don’t have any of those devices to test with. I’m hoping to try the simulators for those phones that come with the respective development environments.

Phonegap has some gotchas, for example, my standard web app available off this site does printing just fine, but compile to a native format using Phonegap, and it’s gone. I checked into this on the Phonegap forums, it’s a known problem but they hope to add that capability soon through add on library.

FieldNotes 1.0 Web App Released

April 24, 2012

The web app versions of FieldNotes was released today.There is a smartphone version as well as a tablet version. The tablet version is intended for 10 inch tablets like iPad & Xoom.

The web app versions don’t really run from the web, they are developed using standard web technologies (HTML5, CSS, Javascript) but although you load them from the web, you need to install them (“save to homepage”) on your device. Once you do this some of the web browser stuff like the address bar and navigation buttons disappear leaving more room for the app to display and giving it a more native app like look. It also means it will run without there needing to be any connection to the web available. This comes in handy for something like a tablet or iPod Touch where you may only have internet access where there is Wifi available. The only problem with doing this is the process differs a little with each operating system and a lot of users are not familiar with the process.