iOS indie developers writing every day about their stuff.

Create Every iOS Icon For Your App With a Photoshop Script

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

When you create any kind of app that will go on Apple’s App Store, they require you to have an icon for your app. Well because of the number of different devices and resolutions out there, you’ll need multiple copies of this icon before submission. This script can do that for you in a few seconds!

Measure Sprites With cocos2d

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

This week I’d like to share a piece of a project I’m currently working on that I use to figure out how big my sprites should be on the screen. The Pixel Ruler I took a pixel ruler and used that to get a good idea of how big sprites should be on a particular […]

So, I Broke My 3rd Generation iPad the Other Day…

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

I was casually walking back to my car when my right ankle buckled. In order to prevent me from twisting my ankle, my body reacted by falling appropriately. Unfortunately for me, I was holding my new 3rd generation iPad (64GB with 4G) at the time. Long Story, Short On How It Happened Earlier that day […]

Is Apps By Night Making Games?

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

Oddly enough, I get this question a lot. Many of the iOS developers I hang out with are in the game development business and iOS games in general are a hot commodity right now (about 40% of the App Store!). Brief Game Dev History I received my Bachelors degree from DigiPen Institute of Technology which […]

Create An App For Your Internal Business Use Only

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

iPhones and iPads are great tools by themselves and many businesses are adopting them to get things done. Sometimes a business will want an app for internal use only. How do you publish an app that bypasses the App Store without much hassle? Examples If you ever go to an Apple store you might notice […]

Instapaper, Pinboard/Delicious, and Evernote Harmony

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

There is so much great content on the web these days that services were created in order to keep track of it all. To keep track of it with minimal headaches, I’ll show you the technique I use to keep all of this web content organized. Every Service Has a Purpose Before getting these services […]

Lock Users From Running An App On Older iOS Devices

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

Do you have an app that takes so much resources and power that you’d rather just not support an older iOS device? It’s not recommended (since these users will feel left out), but it is possible. Where It’s Used I first discovered this problem when downloading SoulCalibur, which is a universal application. I noticed it […]

Coding With a Broken Arm

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

On Jan 5th, I was riding my bike on the same route I’ve been riding for 2+ years. Only on that day my tires didn’t turn properly which caused me to land on my wrist and breaking and dislocating the bottom section of my upper arm. Changes As I write this, I’m in full arm […]

Local Habit Postmortem

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

The Local Habit is a great restaurant in San Diego, CA. The only recently opened last summer and their menu and drink list is constantly changing. They also host many events. An iPhone app was a great compliment to their website and business. Data Release Date: December 13, 2011 Price: Free (iTunes Store link) Length […]

How Much For An App?

Josh Jones
appsbynight.com

I get this question a lot. So much that I decided to make a blog post about it. If you don’t want to read the rest of the article, I’ll tell you the answer right now: It depends. Let me tell you why… photo credit: epSos.de The Not-So-Easy Answer Asking “How much does an app […]