New artwork: I have added new artwork to my app. There were some definite design issues in ScoreApp 1.0. It had a really pretty wood background and some blue text that would often get washed out. There wasn't enough contrast. So I switched to a more standard background. I really like the cross-hatch grey standard Apple designed background, so I just decided to use it in my app. It cuts down the download size of my app, and looks really nice too. I also changed the look of my buttons. I stuffed some buttons in the tool bar before and some I left out of the tool bar and used a button image. For consistency, I converted all of my buttons to images of a brushed metal texture that I whipped up on Gimp. The contrast and colors were kept pretty neutral and I think they pop a lot better than before. And, of course, the icon was updated. I posted it in my last blog entry if you'd like to see what it looks like. I like it a lot more. Simple, not overly complicated. You can tell what the app does quickly by looking at the icon. It may not be absolute professional graphic design, but it is a big improvement over my last design in my opinion.
Review sites: I've mentioned review sites in my past posts. App-score.com has continued to be a very friendly site that reviewed my app. They gave my app a 6/10 rating, which honestly is about what I was expecting. I know that there are some short-comings with it, but it's a decent first attempt at the app store. Here is their review: App-score.com Review I've since been in contact with them and they may be doing an updated review with the new version 1.1 of ScoreApp in the coming days. I imagine that they review will appear in the same spot with the same url once it comes out. I'll keep you posted on that.
Other than these few updates, I've not really been spending too much time on ScoreApp. Sales have hovered right around a couple downloads a day, and some days those couple downloads are the promo codes that I've handed out. But, it's been a great learning experience and I'm now going to be moving on to a couple other projects. This past weekend, my wife and I sat down and wrote some 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, and 5 year goals for our business. We really want to get to the point where we can be spending our working hours on these apps. We really believe in this platform and happen to love working with it! In my next post, I'll reveal a couple of our goals and let you know how we plan to achieve them. Until then, reach for the clouds!