iOS and OS X programming books – Book Review

On January 8, 2013, in Book Review, by Steve Hammond

With success stories you’ve heard on the App Store for both iOS (Angry Birds comes to mind) or the Mac App Store (Pixelmator is a good example), you may be tempted to risk your own time and money to follow their success. In this review, I focus on two type of books. The first two books are about building a good business plan, while the last three will go deeper into the technology you need to build that app and put it for sale.

You will probably learn that it sounds easier than it really is, but nothing is impossible. Also note that for programming books, they are almost obsolete (or are missing last key features) the day they get on the shelves. So consider them as starter course, and not as the all you can eat menu.


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iStopMotion for iPad

On March 23, 2012, in iPad 2, iPhone, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

iStopMotion for iPad
Price: $9.99 US
Company: Boinx Software

iStopMotion is an application to create time lapse movies or stop motion animation. Boinx provided this application for some years on the Mac, but this specific version is built to run on iPad 2 or the new iPad running iOS5. On the new iPad it supports the retina display and 1080p capture.

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Is $79 too expensive or just right pricing for Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Editor from the Mac App Store? Listen to this brief audiocast editorial, please.

Nemo Adobe App Store Elements 9 Editorial

Click on the link above to hear the editorial. Thanks.

Here is the Adobe posting.

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OK, Apple is running a new contest. The person to download the 10 billionth app will receive an iTunes gift card worth $10,000. Obviously I’M going to win this contest so no one will need to bother to even consider their worthiness. Why am I so confident? It’s all in the math baby!

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App Stores and ViPhones
MyMac Podcast 328

On January 13, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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A longer show than normal (normal being a relative term with the GMen) but filled with great stuff! We totally botch telling someone how to do a Nuke and Pave and can’t find a Spanish Dictation program to save our life. We LOVE the Mac App Store but have a very odd way of showing it, and talk about how the Verizon iPhone may be a big deal in the US, but it’s a been there and done that most other places.

The Macworld Expo is coming SOON and Tim and Guy will be on the Main Stage at 12 on Saturday the 29th of January! In the meantime start listening to Tim and Dave on the TechFan Podcast or ELSE!

Contact info: Want to be on the show as a listener invite? It’s MUCH easier than a WalMart return line after Christmas!! Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz ( and Guy ( on Twitter, and, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.

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The (Mac) App Store

On January 9, 2011, in Features, by Tim Robertson

I hate when people remind me that something I predicted came true. Alright, I’m lying. I love it when people tell me something I predicted has come to pass! Like when wrote that the iPod would be a failure once Sony really got behind the whole digital music / MP3 thing! Oh, wait…

Anyway, a few years ago, even before the actual launch of the iTunes App Store, I was spouting on the MyMac Podcast that there should be something similar for Macintosh application. And here were are, January 2011, and we finally have it! The App Store!

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How My iPad Kept Me Sane

On July 1, 2010, in iPad, Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

For the past two weeks we have been living on the first floor of my house because our upper level air conditioning unit has been broken. Besides eating and hanging out here, we also have been sleeping on air mattresses. Yes, it is taking over two weeks for a repair (actually it has now become a replacement but that is a long story). We only go upstairs if we really need something and to shower or bathe our two year old.

You see, for those not on the east coast of the United States, the air conditioner decided to break during the hottest two weeks of the summer. It has reached over ninety degrees on our upper floor.

So what’s the problem been? Well, as I said we have been sleeping down here. My son goes to sleep at 8:00 so that means we are done for the night at 8:00 also. No television because the first floor is basically one big open space. My wife and I have been stuck with iPods, her laptop, or my iPad. My iMac is upstairs and it is too hot to go use it.

Thanks to the iPad I have been able to keep busy every night. I have played games, checked email, read websites, rented movies from iTunes, and just browsed the App Store. We’ve also streamed video using the AirVideo app. Without my iPad I would have been stuck to the iPod Touch, which wouldn’t be awful, but the iPad is much better.

I’ve even done some writing on the iPad in Pages. This article was written in the Pages app.

The iPad gets criticized for what it is missing. For me it was perfect.. Flash? I think I went to one site in two weeks that required Flash. No big deal.

I have to say I love my iPad and after these two weeks I am really glad I placed that pre order back in March.

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