19:14 We are working late to get version 2 of our sticky notes app YBoard for iPad completed and submitted to the iTunes app store. This is a live blog of events as they occur. Hit refresh (F5) for regular updates….
19:21 The irony of the fact that we are not using YBoard to plan the final stages of development of YBoard is not lost on us. We only have two iPads to hand and we need both of those – one for testing and one for development. We’ve had to revert to the whiteboard to track the final tasks for completion.
19:24 The final versions of the help layers have been completed. We’ve opted for a black background instead of the green we used in v1. Classy!
19:26 Marcin has found a small bug activating the help layer in a new board. Another task added to the list.
19.29 We created a more simple version of the On-Boarding Board that is loaded for new installs of YBoard version 2. The newer version is labelled as “tap here….”
19:33 Catering for the new iPad’s retina display requires a bit more time and patience, but is ultimately rewarding for the improved look of graphic rich apps like YBoard. YBoard v2 is totally “retina display ready!!”
19:39 This bug is proving very tricky to recreate. Whilst Marcin tries to fix it I am preparing some version release notes for iTunes.
19:53 The bug is fixed and the version release notes are written. Marcin’s preparing the screenshot that is required for the OnBoarding Board but needed needed my help for cropping the image with a fixed aspect ratio using GIMP. Only one more coding task remains! Starting to get hungry now though….
20:07 Some minor problems getting the OnBoarding Board to work as required in Retina Display mode…. D’oh. Just this and implementing the new help layers and we’re all done bar the final testing.
20:18 In beta versions of this release we had two different gestures to return to the Room screen from the Board screen: pinch out and swipe left. After using the app for the past few weeks we have both decided that the swipe left is more natural feeling and convenient than the pinch out. So we’re disabling the least preferred gesture. The help layer has been updated accordingly.
20:25 Code review to the sounds of Manchester City versus Manchester Utd on the radio. Still 0-0
20:27 The new help layers look loads better in black!!
20:28 We need to do a test of the feature we made which imports all notes from v1 to v2. The only way we can think how to do it is to uninstall v2 and buy YBoard v1 from the App Store.
20:33 Ouch! We need to do some App Search Optimisation with the new version. A search for “Sticky Notes” on the app store doesn’t return YBoard….
20:40 The test for upgrading from v1 to v2 worked well. Nearly there now!
20:44 Time to grab some fresh screenshots to use on the App Store. I’m sorry to keep on about it, but I’m really pleased with how the new help layers look.
20:45 Goal to Man City!!
20:47 The work to upload the new version to iTunes has begun.
20:54 Oh no, there’s a new Contract to be approved in iTunes Connect before we can submit the app. It requires new tax and banking information to be submitted. Fingers crossed that this doesn’t halt us from submitting the new version!!
21:21 Success! Preparing the new version on iTunes Connect now.
21:28 Ready for upload of binaries.
21:32 Message from Apple… “Upload received. Pending review”
21:34 Final post of the evening. The version status is now “Waiting for Review”. Time to relax and wait for approval! Good night all.