What’s Hot in TouchMyApps Forums – 14 March

Every week, TouchMyApps’ forums are rammed with interesting finds, eulogies, epigrams, and otherwise, rubbish fun. This week saw:

A week isn’ often enough to satisfy hungry issues, but it is enough to get munching on the kneecaps of a few. Come join the community, learn to lurk, read, chat, and brag about your iDevice feats. Then, if you want to get really nerdy, come in and discuss your favourite headphones!

ArtStudio in Review – the glass canvas

Yeah, I is an artist (had help though)

You know, when Steve Sprang demoed the iPad version of Brushes at Apple’s Jan 27 event, I swallowed a filthy lot of inundating and excited ohmygawdthatsgreat saliva. All that screen real estate. All that room for erasing mistakes. But brushes is simple, meant for attacking a little creativity. Lucky Clan’s ArtStudio sends in the calvary to strike more advanced enemies: transparencies, layers, and needem’ filters. In many ways, it is the best drawing app for the 3,5 inch screen. Feel free to discuss this review of ArtStudio in our forums.

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iTête à iTête – Interview with Arto & Peter from Dicework Games – Rimelands: Hammer Of Thor was actually the game we originally wanted to do.

Despite there being over 150 000 apps on the AppStore, many of which are games, quality RPGs are few and far between. And even fewer of them don’t go the Japanimation console style RPG route. Frankly, only three come to my mind – our own shigzeo’s favourite The Quest with its many addons, the excellent old-school Undercroft (TMA Review) and, of course, the much hyped Diablo-clone Dungeon Hunter (TMA Review). And don’t even get me started on Ravensword: The Fallen King (TMA Review). But they should beware, because it seems a new contender to the RPG throne is in the works. I’m talking about the game that came to my attention recentlyRimelands: Hammer Of Thor. Intrigued, I immediately contacted the developers of this ambitious project and secured an interview to learn more details.

Dicework Games is a small company located in the city of Tampere in Finland and consists of the CEO and lead designer Arto Koistinen and the talented graphics artist Peter  Finnberg. Having been laid off during company negotiations just 1.5 years after THQ Wireless’s acquisition of Universomo, they decided it was to go solo and started their own company. Their first game was the critically acclaimed Diceworks which was a test of both their skill as well as how well they could do at the AppStore. And now they are steadily finishing up the project they originally conceived when their company formed – a classic Rogue-style RPG game titled Rimelands: Hammer Of Thor. And today I have both of them on the line to talk about it!

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iTête à iTête – Interview with ZodTTD – I found my love for porting software and learning about console emulation

For quite some time now I have been running the iTête à iTête column, doing interviews with a variety of prominent iPhone figures but one area has yet stayed untapped. I’m talking about the Jailbreaking community which, according to some reports, constitutes up to 10% of the overall iDevice users. To repent for such a huge sin I have gone hunting and bagged me an interview with ZodTTD – one of the most famous developer of Cydia and Rock apps for the Jailbroken iPhones – best known for his line of emulators, including two emulators for the iPhone: N64 and PSone.

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The JBnator Diaries – iFile in Review – The ONLY way to browse your iDevice


It’s that time of the week again! The time for the one and only JBnator Diaries! This is the week following the celebration of Valentine’s Day and I just wanted to use this occasion to give a shoutout to all those lovers out there in general and my lovely wife in particular! Keep on loving – it’s a job! And now, back to our column.

Today I’m going to write about a little Cydia app called iFile, my first choice for browsing the iPhone. Those of you following my previous pieces may be familiar with it already. Everybody else – read on!

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iTunes Connect Developer Guide updated – iPhone OS 4.0 release imminent?

Most developers are probably already aware of this, but this morning Apple updated the iTunes Connect Developer Guide – the handbook for using iTunes Connect. Among other miscellaneous fixes it includes:

  • Enhanced instructions on creating Demo Accounts;
  • An explanation of the “New Territories as Added” checkbox;
  • Revised app description character count recommendation based on the new design of App Product pages on the App Store;
  • Additional information on export compliance.

More juice after the gap:

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Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite goes 3.0 – gets integration woth Dropbox, Box.net and Google Docs

While most of us are still in awe of iWorks being  showcased on an iPad at the recent Apple Event, many forget that there are solid and almost fully-functional office suites for the iPhone as well. My personal favourite – Quickoffice (TMA Review)- just got updated to version 3.0 with a short but significant list of new features.

  • Access your Google Docs, Box.net, Dropbox, & MobileMe accounts!
  • General enhancements.

I’ve seen quite a few moans out there that there is no way to utilize the power of Google Docs on the iPhone. Well, now you can! You can access all of the files there just like you could with the MobileMe account as well. Quickoffice will download them to the iPhone to make any changes and then upload them back after they are complete. The Box.net integration is also a nice touch, since it is a medium used by some other productivity suites, like iThoughts (mindmapping)TMA Review.

Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite Quickoffice, Inc., Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite – $9.99

The full description and screens are found after the gap.

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iTête à iTête – Interview with Charles Cecil of Revolution Software – Fact is stranger than fiction.

Revolution Software is one of the titans of adventure gaming. The creators of the legendary Broken Sword series have recently blessed the iPhone with its two greatest adventure games to date – Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered (BaSSR) and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (BSDC). I have been lucky enough to secure an interview with Charles Cecil – the founder of Revolution Software and the director of the games that made the adventure Hall of Fame.

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iPhone OS 3.1.3 Software Update available

USB stick your iDevice of choice into iTunes, check for updates, or just wait awhile, and voila! 3.1.3 will peep out. The new software addresses a very small number of bugs such as battery reading accuracy on the 3GS while the rest is still a mystery. If you value your Jailbreak, you might want to sit this one out. The modified iPhone OS which debuted at Apple’s Launch Event last week in the iPad is 3.2. No one is sure how many of its new features will trickle down to the iPad’s older siblings. Unfortunately, it looks as if OS 4.0 may still be two seasons away from greeting its fans. No worries though, users can acquiesce themselves in the iDevices new-found, accurate battery function!