Thursday, September 29, 2011

Say Cheese InApp Shopping for Addons

I just published Say Cheese 1.4.9 with InApp shopping for addons. This will make finding, buying and managing your addons much easier. And we can provide new addons without the need to update The Free Say Cheese Camera app each time.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Purchasing Addons directly from within Say Cheese.

Well, I'm just going to have faith that Google will fix the stats issue. Go Google! Now working on a way to purchase addons directly from with Say Cheese. This seems like possibly a better approach than packaging the content into separate install packages. This will also let us activate advanced features such as filters. So I'll put the Android In-App purchase feature through its paces.

Ok, you could write a book on this subject. I'll post some programming tips that cut through the clutter.

One of the bad things I've noticed and in all the samples and live applications using inapp purchases, is that they leave a dangling background service running. None of the sample code stops the background service when you leave the activity that launches it. Also, you will need two phones to test this because you cannot make purchases from your own developer account in the app you publish. 

Amazon and CNET

Published Say Cheese on Amazon and CNET ( Should be available soon. I'll provide links.

Well, Amazon wants you to post a version of your app that has users buy any addons directly from them. So it seems you can advertise other peoples products, but not your own. They have no in-app purching SDK. Still talking to them. post went without a hitch.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Android Market Download Statistics Are Not Updating

Day 23
with download stats frozen. Google, you can fix it. We believe in you even if we can't talk to you.

I was about to do a press release before this. Perhaps, I need to do a news release instead. Android Market download statistics are broken or frozen for some apps, including all of ours. Seems to be developer related, not app specific. Not very nice from a company that is supposed to be developer friendly and open. The interesting thing is that we were just a few downloads from a new category of 10,000 to 50,000 after a steady incline and that's when the stats froze. Not sure if that's related. I've emailed Google and filled out their contact forms with no luck, not even a response. But their little download graph for our apps keeps going down because the stats are not showing the new installs as a result of their broken or delayed system.

From blogging, I see this is pretty common and some developers have been stuck for weeks. That's not encouraging. I posted a new build, but that didn't help. Well, I'll just have to find a way to talk to someone there. That should be fun. Forum Complaints

Working on Iphone software. I wonder if IOS has this kind of problem.

Day 8 Update! I just received a nice email from Google saying they are looking into the problem. Well that's encouraging.

This is kind of funny. We have more Retro Frames sales than we have installs because of the Google's failure to update download install stats.

Day 12 Update! This is nuts! They found a solution for having more active users than installs. Now they no longer update the active users stat either.

Day 18 Update! From the phone's Android Market App, Say Cheese has jumped to the correct install category of 10 to 50 thousand and the count for the customer reviews seems to be updating. But from the website, the install count is still stuck. So the good news is that they may not have lost data.

Day 19 Update! Stats have been updated. Thanks Google! Please keep updating.

Day 22 Update! Stats are stuck again.

Day 28 Update! Working again.

Day 46 Update! Stats are stuck again. Obviously this is an on going problem for Google.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Removed Greystrip Banner Ads

I removed Greystripe banner ads from Say Cheese 1.4.7. They ugly up the app and I can't see profits for a long time. Something wrong with this ad model. The ads coming in are completely unrelated to photography and they kept serving the same ads. So heck with that.

We will only be promoting our own Adons and other apps from rainApps itself. The alternative is a paid version with no ads, but I don't think that's a way to grow and improve a generic app like Say Cheese. We need users and feedback to make this a great product while we keep building cool paid for add-ons.

Other features in 1.4.7

Battery Saver Feature

Improved the Compass

Rotating the camera for portrait shots will now rotate the image to match. Thanks for all the requests for this feature!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Retro Frames 1.1

Updated Retro Frames for Say Cheese. Now contains 15 cool live frames.

Friday, September 9, 2011

1.4.5 Update

Here's partial listing of improvements in the new 1.4.6 posted today.

Voice recognition starts after voice response finishes to avoid infinite verbal loops. Funny, but now fixed.

Doc Scan/Auto Focus begins focusing after the Smile request, not during.

Voice response begins after image processing to avoid sync issues.

Stealth is brighter and the hardware return button takes you out of stealth

Fixed location/time stamp auto size problems.

Hardware return button, while viewing a snapshot, acts like the save button and no longer just exits the app.  

You can frame existing photos from the zoom view now by pressing the frame button.

Added Auto Update helper menu item.

Improved frames browser that includes a “Get More Frames” button.

Avoids battery usage when paused or stopped. No background process except when uploading. 


Did you know?

How to check for battery usage by applications:

Settings/About Phone/Battery/Battery Use  

This will show the usage of battery by applications since booting. Some people look at usage and think the most recently used app is the biggest battery user and remove the app. They might even think the app is using battery power when it's not even running. This is not how these stats work. When that app is not running, it's usage percentage eventually goes down as other apps are used, but not immediately after stopping the app and running another. 

For example, I noticed that Skype was using battery power, so I force closed it and stopped its running service. But for a long time it's battery usage remained the same. Not because Skype was still using the battery, but because it's percentage relative to other apps had not changed.