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New Import features added to Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for iPad

Justine Pratt
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We are pleased to announce an all new update 2.0. to our recipe organizer app, Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer, on the iPad. The update adds a much requested feature to import recipes directly from websites and add other recipe entry improvements. All NEW easy ways to add recipes! Added recipe Web Import directly via built-in browser All new built in browser allows you to navigate to any recipe website. Suggested links provided for ease of use. Find a recipe, click Import, preview, and import into the app. Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook read […]

How to Move Playlists from an Old iPhone to New iPhone via iTunes

Justine Pratt
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Recently, I upgraded to a new iPhone7. However, every time I’ve tried to upgrade in the past, keeping old playlists on the Music app has not been easy. I usually Restore from Backup via iTunes instead of iCloud, because I have too many photos that I keep on my phone. However, for some reason, the playlists never seem to restore using this method. This is especially true for playlists I’ve created on my iPhone. If I create them in iTunes, I can sync them to my phone, but never have been able to do so in the opposite direction. We […]

What Am I Going to Be When I Grow Up?

Justine Pratt
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Now that I’m in my late 40’s, I should probably already be doing what I’m passionate about. However, easier said than done! Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a commercial/graphic artist. I’ve done fine art, but I’m also practical—fine art is like singing or drama—you’re not always guaranteed a job. But graphic design is a practical application, and I LOVE to come up with the idea and then really make it work. Perhaps that’s the analytical/puzzle-solving side of me? When I’ve done fine art, finding a topic to paint or draw was always harder. I […]

5 Days of Clean Eating – enhancing the lifestyle of an indie developer and our busy family

Justine Pratt
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Normally I blog exclusively about our business, offer my experiences on what worked for us, what didn’t work, or how I’ve applied my MBA studies on the marketing or promotion of mobile apps. Today’s post is a bit of a departure on that. However, there is some relevance to our apps, since our biggest seller is our cooking app, and I’ve spent the past week delving into cooking and diet and how to improve our eating habits and consequently, our health. This post will go through my hilarious (my opinion) escapades in trying to find time to cook and run […]

Catch22’s of Running a Successful Mobile Software Development Company

Justine Pratt
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Being a mobile developer is not all it’s cracked up to be, but it’s manageable, and possible to be successful. Despite all the thoughts of millions of downloads, not everyone gets those. Probably relatively few. But we do survive, but only if we spread out our risk. It’s somewhat like how people invest. If you spread out your investments over various types of items, if one area tanks, another will thrive. In the end, you have an even amount of return on your investment and a good balance. In this post, I’ll explore some of the Catch22’s of running a […]

On Life Balance, On Marketing Success with Positive Reviews and Good Customer Service, On Moving to a Stable Business Phase

Justine Pratt
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I have been very bad at writing on my blog; it’s been a very long time. I think over the past year a shift has happened in my life, where I’ve focused less on starting our business and more on maintaining it and focusing on life balance. I’ve been through the iterations of what works, and what doesn’t, in marketing and applied these where I could. We have evolved into a very steady flow of app income and also contract work income. We’ve found a good balance of work and family/personal time as well. I’ve become immersed in the martial […]

Indies, Always Spreading Ourselves Too Thin and How One Negative Review Ruins It for Everyone

Justine Pratt
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I’ve been frustrated for the last week or so, which I’ll get to the details on, but it all boils down to this: Too many ideas, too little time and resources. Story of our lives as indie devs, right? It’s one thing when it’s personal time, but quite another when it’s your livelihood. Independent developers have to do all the tasks to run a company. Not only do we have to code, but we also have to test, design the app and user interface, create graphics, create websites, market the app, answer customer service, plan and strategize the apps and […]

Indies, Always Spreading Ourselves Too Thin and How One Negative Review Ruins It for Everyone

Justine Pratt
creativealgorithms.com/blog

I’ve been frustrated for the last week or so, which I’ll get to the details on, but it all boils down to this: Too many ideas, too little time and resources. Story of our lives as indie devs, right? It’s one thing when it’s personal time, but quite another when it’s your livelihood. Independent developers have to do all the tasks to run a company. Not only do we have to code, but we also have to test, design the app and user interface, create graphics, create websites, market the app, answer customer service, plan and strategize the apps and […]

Dissecting the New AppStore – Adapt and Redesign your Shelf Space!

Justine Pratt
creativealgorithms.com/blog

The new AppStore, redesigned for iOS6, has been out for just over a week now. Speaking recently at 360iDev, I stressed the importance of great shelf design in the AppStore as part of your marketing plan. Getting to know the new design is key to understanding how it will affect browsing, discovery, and buying habits, especially for developers, but also for consumers. I’ve been playing with the store all week, on several devices, including the new iPhone5, the iPad, and my old iPhone4. I’ve found, sales-wise, that some things have improved, some have been unaffected. The new AppStore was obviously […]

On AppStore Search Ranking Algorithms

Justine Pratt
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I just got back from a four day scout camping adventure with my son. It was nice to get away from technology for a while, but while I was gone, Apple changed their AppStore search algorithm! Our sales dropped by at least $30/day, which may not seem like a lot, but it adds up to $900/month, which is a major drop in income for a family trying to make a living off of the AppStore. Bookmark/Search this post with: read more