My brother went to one of the local stations in our area and had an interview about our show. He also mentions the app.
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I love to be surrounded by creative people. Fortunately, I have found myself in such a position. My brother and I are in the middle of producing a Halloween musical for our little town, Harrisonburg. It’s all coming along rather well.
The reason I mention the show here, is because of the interactive and technical theatrics involved. I have created an app that goes along with the show.
I know that during most theatrical performances, the first thing you hear is, “Please turn off your cellphones…” Well, we are turning that idea on its head! The app, which of course has all kinds of information about the show, the cast and the story, also includes an interactive twist. I’ve provided lyrics for all the songs so the audience can join in. (It’s Americana music, so it’s pretty easy to join in.) Also included, are some “spooky sounds” that audience can play during certain scenes.
I’ll put our official press release after the fold, but I do want to reiterate. I love being surrounded by creative people. And I also love the adventurist risk of trying something completely new to see if if works. If you found this post in time- make the effort to see something completely different this Halloween. Come see, The Girl Who Died Most Mysteriously.
The compiling service I use to create my apps, Red Foundry, offers some very interesting analytics to keep up with usage. I have to admit, it’s pretty neat. I’ll give you an example from one of my latest published apps, Blue Nile Mobile.
I can now see how many times the app has been opened on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Last month, the Blue Nile app was opened 1330 times. I was impressed. This app has been quite successful for the small local restaurant. They wanted to give their customers a quick reference to special events and they got it.
The geographic analytics were a surprise. While obviously most of the app users were right here in my state, Virginia, it was interesting to see 17% of them in California. I know this restaurant features a lot of bands, so maybe some fans are checking up on gigs.
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Know much about Apple’s approval policies? Neither did I. But I am learning as I go. I thought I would share some of my latest experiences getting an app approved. If you are starting new on this, you may want to check out a few of my popular posts on the subject:
If you are currently working on an app, or waiting for approval, maybe my experience can give you some insight.
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Thought I’d make a quick post and share yet another little program I’m starting to play around with. I finally downloaded Apple’s own, iBooks Author. I have to say, after just a few minutes, I am impressed. It will be interesting to see if my impression holds up after I start to dig a little deeper into the features. I’m not sure if I’ll post a review about it later or not. For those interested, let me know if you want to know more. I’ll be glad to oblige.
I do know that when I start to play around with any new software like this, I do feel the not-so-gentle tugging of creating something new. I look forward to see where this might lead…
I present to you a little video. This should give you an idea of just how silly “Movie My Life” is meant to be!
(By playing the following video, you understand that I am not liable for uncontrollable chortling, spilled coffee, snorting, or just plain confusion brought upon by witnessing the acts here…)
I had the good fortune to interview with Frank and Jim at WSVA this week. This was a quick plug for my business and the apps I have created so far. Believe it or not, I was quite nervous and afraid of sounding silly but I think it went well. The interview is under two minutes. If you get the chance, take a listen!
So, I’ve decided to borrow a notion from Steve Jobs. In the Jobs biography, Walter Isaacson claims that Steve created a “Reality Distortion Field” to empower his ideas. Apparently, Steve Jobs could use his charisma to convince himself and others into believing almost anything.
I thought I would give it try with the blog title. I’ll admit, a million downloads does sound pretty exciting.
I did want to take the opportunity to share how the app is doing. The app has a five star rating and is receiving a few downloads every week. I am happy to hear that people are finding it simple, silly and fun. I even heard that a teacher was using the app in one of her lesson plans.
We are currently working on a free, iAd sponsored, lite version of the app. More on this as it develops…
Develop My Life LLC has downloads from all over the world, including: US, Canada, Australia, China, Russia, Denmark and even Bahrain. The App Store is truly a diverse market!
I did want to take the time to thank those who have downloaded Movie My Life: I appreciate it! To those who haven’t: C’mon, it’s definitely worth the buck!
We have updated MovieMyLifeApp.com with some new content and are always looking for great ideas to include in the app. Feel free to let us know what you think. Thanks again!
I’ve been fortunate enough to publish another app on the AppStore. This one is a free info/marketing app for Clementine in downtown Harrisonburg. The app is called Clementine Mobile. If you have an iPhone and happen to be a fan of the local downtown Harrisonburg scene, check it out!
I’m really excited about the new layout and design that I’ve used through a company called RedFoundry. This is the first time I have used their service and I found it fairly easy to create what I needed.
The process of publishing an app is still complicated, but it is getting easier as I go. I hope to provide this kind of service to more local businesses as time goes by.
Let me know with your comments or emails if you have any questions about the process.
One of my boys recently updated the new Xbox Live service. I asked if he would share his thoughts and give a review. The following article is his response. I thought it was well thought out made some excellent points. Enjoy!
New Xbox Live Service and Interface: A Review by Drake Comer
Microsoft recently required an update for their extremely popular Xbox Live service, an online network connecting friends from all over the world, allowing them to play games and access media among many other features. The old flipcard design has been swapped for tiles which are used to access most of the services offered for Xbox Live. It is a huge departure from the old design, but the new interface allows much more accessibility and fully integrates Kinect voice and motion commands.
The dashboard may have an entirely different appearance, but the most substantial change is the integration of Kinect voice and motion control, allowing you to scroll through the dashboard and the majority of Xbox Live menus without touching the controller. Another feature that has made searching your Xbox more intuitive is that you can now use the search engine, “Bing” to find anything available on Xbox Live. It even has its very own tab, just like the Social section, which makes it even easier to find new content. This, combined with the Kinect integration, should make searching your Xbox a much more enjoyable experience. … Continue Reading