My new iphone app: Super Planner
I feel like a proud father who just gave birth to a new child. Actually I feel more like the mother, because the father doesn’t do anything in childbirth other than pass out cigars. The mother, on the other hand, carries and nurtures the developing baby and goes through excruciating pain to deliver it to the world, but it’s all worth it in the end when you’ve got a beautiful new baby (or app). And that’s kind of what I feel like. I love the app, and am very proud of it, but it was a long journey to get it done, and now it is out in the world for everyone to see, and play with.
What the App Does
Super Planner has lots of fun and cool stuff including calculators for room capacity, dance floor size, catering and staffing numbers, projection distances, place setting and staging diagrams, and more. It was designed for someone who makes their living in the event industry. You can see a full set of screen shots and a video demo here. It works on the iphone and the ipad, and I’ve already started thinking of what the next generation of this app will have. I encourage you to take a look and play around with it, and please shoot me your feedback.
Creating An App = Passing A Kidney Stone
Back in December I started mapping out what I wanted the app to do, designing the formulas, screen layouts, navigation, etc. I made very clear and detailed plans for the developer, who would translate my vision into iphone code. I loved my developer, right up until the moment they filed for bankruptcy. I’d already paid them a chunk of change, 50% of the contract fee to be exact, for which they created a site map and a series of screen shots, which, they assured me, represented much more than 50% of the work. I scrambled to find a replacement developer to pick up the files and take me to the finish line, and found a very resourceful young Ukranian developer who manages a team of programmers overseas. Upon reviewing the files, he pointed out that, unfortunately, the previous developer did not exactly do 50% of the work. No matter, Alexey shepherded me through the remainder of the development stages, including the labyrinthian submission process to get it approved by Apple.
What Apple has built in terms of iphone developer kits and tools is nothing short of an entire universe. A universe in which you don’t speak the language. Picture the first time a tourist or immigrant lands at JFK airport, without the benefit of reading or speaking English, which is pretty much the only way the airport communicates anything. Your first reaction is “wow!”, but only slightly behind is your second reaction, which is “huh?”. Without Alexey I would have been lost. It really makes you wonder how it is that someone neanderthal enough to want to build an app that simulates fart noises, or one of the other numerous mindless apps out there, can at the same time be smart enough to navigate Apple’s submission process on their own.
But alas, that is all in the past. Now the highlight of my day is clicking on the Apple Developer sales report and looking up the country codes to see how far away people are buying the app from. IN stands for India, by the way, and ID stands for Indonesia (both of whom have citizens who have purchased my app!), or is it the other way around. I know that US is America (I’m so smart).