Information about Apps available in the App Store can now include a video app preview…if you have iOS 8 and Yosemite. Apple has made it easy to create the video using Quicktime to record directly from your iOS device, then iMovie to edit (including sound) and to export the final product. So I made a video, as shown below, and Version 2.3 is now “up for review.”
Hypertension will be the subject of the next HeartChart. I am almost done…just a few popover text views to finish. This chart will use a long scroll view, to put more information on one page, and to simplify iPad rotation. Seems to be working out fairly well, though setting all the “constraints” in a scrollview seems more complicated than it should be. In addition to adding Hypertension to HeartCharts, I’m thinking of bring out this section as a standalone free app, so people could use it as something like a “free trial.”
The last couple of months upgrades were needed to run the latest version of Mac OS X (“Mavericks”) and the latest Xcode (5.0). This seemed to stress my 2007 MacBook Pro. Problems included computer not booting, fan suddenly revving full speed nonstop and shutting down the computer, tending to overheat, and occasional other weird behavior. With various internet-search aided troubleshooting, problems were “solved” (for now?). Then suddenly (it seemed) the hard disk was full, and I had to work at freeing up a lot of disk space…supposedly should have at least 15 GB free…Omnidisksweeper (a free program) was a major help to accomplish this, and I should run it periodically. So the MacBook seems to have settled down fairly well, though I probably should get a new one next year.
Xcode 5, needed for programming for iPads and iPhones using iOS 7, has been less problematic. It’s actually a big improvement, with some things being much easier. Like “autolayout” and “code signing.”
Next came HeartCharts 2.0. I just submitted it to the App Store today. I hope it gets out before Christmas, but might not, since Apple is closing the review process for a week. 2.0 looks a little different because of iOS 7 (which is required), but not much. I added chart for myocardial ischemia and infarction, and an image for clot in the left atrial appendage, as well as some aids for navigation. Next blog post will come after this version is approved and available! At that time I will also update the page describing HeartCharts.
Version 1.1 has been completed, sent to Apple, approved, and on now on the App Store to download. This version added a chart for Aortic Regurgitation, in the Valve Disease collection.
This upgrade was made more complicated because the Apple Developer online site was largely taken down for a while, apparently after some hacking event. So some stuff which should be automatic was made a lot more difficult. For each App, Apple requires what are called “Certificates” for development and distribution, as well as “Provisioning Profiles” and “code signing.” Information about the App and the developer has to be coordinated online, in the testing device, in Xcode, and in the App Store. All of this is for protection, but makes things complicated, especially having to do it manually. But the documentation was relatively easy to follow, and I ended up learning a lot and understanding it more by having to go through the process. Future upgrades (which will be coming!) should be much easier.
I did find one mistake! When the new version is opened on the iPad, the home page still indicates “Version 1.0.” I forgot to change that text. So the next version will go from 1.0 to 1.2. Everything else seems to work OK. (I haven’t received any reports of problems or any suggestions from anyone yet).
I had to learn Xcode, the Apple program for developing apps. Some books and the internet provided good sources of information. I did basic reading about Objective C (the programming language), then moved on to more practical stuff.
iPad Application Development for Dummies was good. That was a 2011 edition, and Xcode evolves quickly, so this type of book get out of date very fast. I notice the same author has a new edition for 2013: iOS 6 Application Development For Dummies, which I would recommend.
Even better was Sams Teach Yourself iOS 5 Application Development in 24 Hours by John Ray. The 2013 edition from the same author is Sams Teach Yourself iOS 6 Application Development in 24 Hours. This book is extremely well organized and well written. Maybe you could read the book in 24 hours, but it probably took me about a month to work through it, since each chapter is a project. You can only learn by doing. The explanations were excellent…I finally could really see how to implement what I wanted in my app.
The next level up would be Ray Wenderlich’s tutorials on the internet. These are deeper, a little more difficult, but excellent. I downloaded the pdf’s for iOS 5 and iOS 6…well worth the money.
There are many other tutorials and discussions on the internet, including YouTube videos. These were useful when I came upon some issue in implementing what I wanted. Searching about the problem would usually provide an answer.
My favorite things in Xcode to do what I wanted: Storyboards, Auto Layout, Tab Bar, Collection Views, and Animating Images.