iPhone Applications

The Instagram 365 Project. 12/31/2011

The Instagram 365 Project on Modular 4 has been brought to you by the letter C and the Number 2.9. The Letter C is the last image from the project. Number 2.9 is the fourth. It’s been fun and challenging for the last 365 days, and I have to say, I’m kind of glad it’s almost over. The next step is to compile all of the images into a printable book, and eBook for the iPad which should be done by Monday.

I hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed posting. Happy New Year everyone!


MURAT PARIS: A Smartphone Application for Fashionista Geeks.

To expand awareness about it’s new line of jewelry, Murat Paris has introduced an iPhone application that allows potential buyers to scan an entire collection of bracelets and rings with the swipe of a finger.

Created by Agency .V. the application is designed to have your iPhone placed over the arm of the model. When the application loads, you simply swipe to change out the piece on her wrist or finger. In addition to viewing the catalog of products, the application also features a retail finder designed to help drive traffic to physical stores.  The store locator feels like a key component to the application itself, especially when you are looking at a luxury brand item that for most people requires hands on inspection before purchasing.

Hipstamatic Fail.

I have had “Hipstamatic” installed on my iPhone since the day it landed in the app store. I love the app, but I hate the in-app purchasing. Not only that I hate the total and complete lack of tech support that Hipstamatic fails to provide on their website. By that I mean there is no real way to contact the developer to ask why I keep getting the following error message on all in-app purchase attempts.

Not only is the error moronic, the fact that I can’t contact anyone about it is as well. Look at this. I am in the host application. I am trying to purchase from within the host application. Yet the host application thinks I am A: not in its own in-app store front, and B: doesn’t give me an alternative or instructions on how to deal with the error.

This is bad user experience design on all fronts. Here we have a really elegant iPhone app that completely fails at UX design at a point that is really critical to the developer. It fails at the point when they want you to spend more money on their product. What’s worse is, at the fail point the developer gives you ZERO options to contact them and get answers on how to fix the issue. Look at the screen capture from their support page below, and try to find a real contact us section. That contact window in the center frame won’t let you type more than 140 characters. There is no email support or chat support option. I know they are probably operating on thin margins and a low budget, but this is business 101. If you make software you need to have a way for people to get in touch with you. (BTW the “Customer Support” link at the bottom of the page brings you back to this page)

  Hipstamatic folks, I would buy every add-on pack you sell if I could. I know at .99 cents it’s not a whole lot of money for you, but it is the sweet spot for in-app purchases. Oh and here is the deal… I have a pretty solid feeling I am not the only person that is having this issue with your iPhone app. Multiply me times ten thousand, and multiply that times the number of available in-app purchases. I think it adds up to enough to have email tech support on your website.

Love your app. Hate your lack of tech support.

The Instagram 365 Project. 09/25/2011

It probably seems as though I’m fixated on the new MINI coupe. I probably am a bit. I love my BMW 128i, but I miss my MINI.

After 7 years of driving a MINI every day, you come to appreciate the pure fun of the car. Driving the coupe yesterday brought all of that back. It’s not the most luxurious car on the road. It’s not the most technically advanced, or the most appointed, but it sure is a blast to drive.


The Instagram 365 Project. 07/21/2011

5 weeks, and 5 days ago my beautiful little MINI Cooper S convertible was hit on I-35. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, and the accident totaled my car. It took 5 weeks to reach that conclusion, but no matter how long it took, the result is the same. The yellow MINI is dead.

Today, I went shopping for, and possibly found a replacement. I’ll know next week when the final settlement numbers are delivered and I see exactly how much money I have in pocket. So what am I looking for? Well that is all over the board, but right now it looks pretty certain that I will be driving a BMW 1 series at this time next week.

I know, it seems like the polar opposite of the MINI, but the car is outstanding, and MINI is owned by BMW.

Pretty sure this is the new car

Goodbye MINI, I really had fun with you...

The Instagram 365 Project. 07/18/2011

For the last week the heat from the Southwest has been slowly rolling Northeast, engulfing the Midwest in a hammer lock of 100 degree temps, and high humidity. Tonight on the way home, my rental car told me the outside temperature was 108. Now I know the car is always 3 to 4 degrees hotter, but any way you slice it, it’s hot as hell out. I spent this evening cooling off with a frosty cold Schlitz, while watching the freshly mowed field turn brown from the heat.