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Reunionite for iPhone available on the AppStore!

Reunionite iPhone application goal

Check and share with your friends your meeting costs with this free app for your iPhone.

Watch the demonstration videoGet it in the iPhone AppStore.

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Automatically restart an app having started a call?

This post will be quite simple. Its goal is to answer this question : is there a way to automatically restart an app which has initiated a call, once this call ended? This question is pretty related to my own apps (I hope you already know them! if not, just check them in the AppStore! most are free!), since these are phone shortcuts (naturally just a little advertising picture below…).

My iPhone shortcut apps

So I recently checked to determine if I may make my apps a little more better, by allowing the user to have them restarting after the call ended. And the answer is… yes… but… this involves doing something which is not really nice in my case. In fact you can do this through using a WebKit view, and having a phone URL displayed in it. Having the user clicking this URL will bring a confirmation alert, if the user goes on the call takes place, and once it finished the app is restarted (you can Google this to find more details, I will not since I did not use this trick, doesn’t match my user experience goal!).

And that’s all! There is no other way, so if you don’t rely on a click on a link to start a call, do not hope to have your app restarting. iOS is not doing this… anymore (I remember it did in its first versions… it’s a shame it’s not customizable).

Have fun!

Ad’hoc distribution and expired certificate

Once a year, your iPhone Developer Distribution certificate will expire. This will involve the not-so-big-but-nonetheless-boring process to create new private keys, request the certificate, install it in xCode, et caetera.

But once this is done… you’re not finished yet! Remember of this friend of your’s you made a special app for you distributed through Ad’hoc? Its provisionning profile for this app is expired too… Now you’ll have to generate a provisionning profile again, with your brand new Distribution certificate, send it to him, and… huh, no, that’s not finished yet: you have to rebuild your application, since it needs to be signed with your new certificate!

(If you don’t rebuild the app, when trying to install with the new provisionning profile, your friend will get a “invalid signer” alert message.)

Wow! Finished all this? This time you’re done… hopefully.

Another ranking for iPhone AppStore… almost exhaustive!

Today was announced on my favorite Apple/Mac/iPhone blog a new way of ranking AppStore’s apps, based on the “Customer Also Bought” references: AppRefs. Like many app developers, I got mine in the big list. The advantage of this ranking is that you can get the 10K and 45K ranking! Here is the verdict:

  • “Call My Home”: #10605
  • “Call My Work”: #18589
  • “Call Ma Chérie”: #19620
  • “Call Mon Chéri”: #20180
  • “Call My Best Friend”: #20181

Quite surprising the last two got one after the other!

100K downloads in the iPhone AppStore!

I just reached 100K downloads this week with my first iPhone app on the AppStore: “Call My Home”.

Adding the other apps, I am reaching 110 000 downloads! Nice, isn’t it?

If you don’t have it already, have a look in the AppStore, or follow this link to get on the apps’ website: http://softroch.free.fr

Changing iPhone app name dynamically? Huh, no…

[Edited] That’s possible impossible. (In the simulator, it is. In the real life, the iPhone must be protecting its app bundle’s files. I think I wasn’t patient enough to read the doc on security. And it’s a logical security measure…)

So you can can’t let the user choose the display name of your application (the one shown in his iPhone’s Springboard).

Not more possible for the icon, alas, I already tested some time ago. I suspect the icon to be merged with the gloss and frame layers at installation time, so it won’t reload afterwards… while the bundle’s name will! But since you can’t change it… But if someone does make this happen (out of jailbreaked iPhones I mean), I’d be happy to know!

See you (with things that work)!

Read iTunes Connect weekly reports within Open Office or Excel

Getting these iTunes Connect’s weekly reports, but wondering how to get something useful from them? Not quite sure what to make of all this text files?

Just use this script to transform your weekly reports and read them easier in OpenOffice or Excel! What can this script do for you?

  1. Concatenate all files to get them in one big file, with one header line.
  2. Transform tabs to semi-colons, ensuring a better column recognition when opening with the worksheet editor (I was having some shifts with tabs due to spaces in my app’s names).
  3. Add the file’s date as a new column in the output file, from the files’ names, allowing to have a column indicating the week of the report in the same format all over the document. In my case indeed, the format of the dates provided by the reports are changing over the time, making it harder to get readable information from them.
  4. For French developers like me, it is better to have colons than dots in number fields, so it replaces dots by colons, in order to have numbers recognized as such. In countries preferring dots as decimal separators, you should rather remove this part of the script or you won’t be able to get numbers recognized too.

Here is the script! Have fun! (in my case, I then opened the output file and began making “cross-dynamic-tables” (don’t know how to translate it from french “tableau croisé dynamique”).

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