Learn from Others

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I think one of the reasons that I’ve been able to avoid a lot of mistakes over the years is the fact that I spend a good deal of time reading. More specifically, I spend a good deal of time reading from others in an attempt to learn from their mistakes.

I love books and blogs where the authors write with a deeply personal and authentic gate, where they are unashamed of what they’ve done (and what they’ve not done) and are pretty unapologetic about their failures.

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It’s a Trap!

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Admiral Gial Ackbar

Recently there has been a pretty big issue / bug with the newest v1.3 release: Attempting to export your work can completely crash the app and / or delete your work.

Yes, this is a serious issue that I’ve identified with the help of the community and I’m working on a fix as quickly as I can. For now, please test your own installation and see if you’re subject to this issue (and if you are then avoid using that feature for now).

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This is How You Pitch PR

this-is-how-you-pitchGetting attention for you app is (obviously) critical to your app’s success.

So much so that you should spend as much time building it as you are advertising, marketing, and gaining traction.

As you already know, I’ve talked pretty heavily about the importance of getting the word out and making sure that people know that your app is actually as awesome as you know it to be.

I mean, you just have to do it. You, me… we have to work on this part of the business (oftentimes more than we’d like)!

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Negative Sales

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Hah. A few days ago I experienced a “first” where I had “negative sales.” Now, I’m not sure if that’s the technical term, but it’s the phrase that I immediately thought when I saw the number.

Essentially, for that day, there were 2 sales and 2 returns and the net result was that I lost $.16 cents that day.

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App Store: Stay Above Reproach

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A pretty harsh critique of the Apple Store Review policies:

Apple exists because its creators grew up in a world where any developer anywhere could write software that any user anywhere could run without having to go through an intermediary. It lauded itself as the voice of freedom in its famous 1984 commerical. But now it stands on the side of control, enforcing a totalitarian view of how its devices can be used.

It’s worth a read and it’s worth considering some of the things that Kushal Dave has brought up, as well as a few of his responses to common critiques.

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