Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Is This Dead?

No... not dead.. just dead-ed for a while... I've got distracted by some other apps and such... this app will be back... I gotta remind myself back to the idea of its implementation.

Hold on folks!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Updates.. lack of!

Well, in about 2 weeks, the app brokw the 1k downloads. I have not gotten to updating the app anyway, so it is interesting how it gets the downloads going.

All I can say is that the Android Market is HUGE! Every developer gets his / her chance.

What IS interesting though is that the simple to-do app that I cooked up in 1 hour... it is trailing the camera app very very closely! And it is higher ranked when I look at all my apps.


Simple List
Camera Effects

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Update - downloads and a new GUI!

The download count has steadily increased. Not too bad I'd say. It has passed the 500 mark. Also surprisingly it has received 7 +1 ... surprise surprise.... thanks for all your support folks!

It's received two 1-star ratings so far, both due to app crashing... need to work that one out!

I've also been re-working the GUI. Following are the new GUI designs:

I've also added in all available effects. The first screen has a preview panel at the top which changes as the mode selected changes.

Still working on the caption creation screen and the final share screens... hope they'll be out soon.

Whats your opinion on the new GUI? Colour schemes might change before the final release...



Thursday, January 19, 2012

The stats are in!

Finally, after the bug fix and release of a minor update for Photo Story Camera FX, the stats are in for AppBrain.

I use AppBrain for stats checking as they provide a more useful set of data compared to the Android Market. Give it a go in your apps.

It's interesting the terms that were used to search for my app:

camara effects
fotos beschriften
photo effects

No doubt this is only the first day of stats coming in from AppBrain, it will be interesting to see how it goes further down. Good thing I added some translations to the app's market description!

Update on the download count: 182 downloads.



PS - Working on revamping on the whole UX for the app! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Optimisation 1 - Keywords

I re-checked my app's description, and realised I had not used the word "camera" in it's description at all. So i re-did my description with the word camera.

My app shows up on page 2 for the search term "camera fx". I'm really wondering what is the term more people will use though. I need to be in the top 2 pages for the term "camera" itself.

Download count on the market shows 122. Quite an improvement.

I've also just updated the app in the market, and changed its title to have the word "camera" in front.. it is called Camera Effects - Photo Story now. Thats just the market's title. I need to experiment and see which combo will work best. Lets see how this change goes.


Steady growth

Well, the app is being downloaded somehow. It has hit 72 downloads. I am wondering how people actually find the app. I made a mistake and forgot to include important parts to the manifest file. This has hindered me getting report via appbrain for this.

Will release an app update soon.

I've also released (with about an hour of coding and fine tuning) a simple list todo app... give that a try eh...


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day D - or the D Day!

So i released the app, and it got terrible reception!

I've shared my reasons here, but this show aint over just yet. It will progress till it becomes a successful piece!

Watch me !

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Photo Story Camera FX - Day 4!

Working out the GUI. I am planning to revamp this fully once it reaches version 1.0

For now (for the alpha release), here are some screenies:

The mode normal and sepia are cycle-able by single clicks...

Oh, and did I mention the share via GMail is working fine too? Yay!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Photo Story Camera FX - Day 2!

The bump on the road

Yes!!! I managed to over the issue of unable to share my images with the creation of a new share library (available on the Basic4Android forums)!

It was fun, a challenge I presented myself. Took me about 10 minutes to make! Way faster than I'd thought.

The app is progressing well. I have made the loading screen and am trying to get a good set of icons for the rest of the app. Note, the final look of the app might be changed quite a bit!

Here is the Loading screen, Big UGLY capture button, and the standard Android Share screen:

Now, to place in some effects and font choice options, prepare for various common screen scales and to release the alpha version out. It will be with no ads for the alpha, will integrate some ads from beta onwards (here is my idea!)



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Photo Story Camera FX - Day 1!

I have managed to get the skeleton done, up to entering the text and saving. Not bad I'd say, progress is faster than I'd thought.

I'm having some issues adding the code to share via intent, hmm...

Here are a couple of screenies from the skeleton (images having sepia effect):

The camera window:

The after enter text window:

The layout and design all will be changed before release though..

Await the next update. Hope can get this bugger out as a beta by this week.

Photo Story - Camera FX! .. Day 0!

This is it! The start of a new direction for my Android apps journey.

2012 will be the year Mad Elephant moves to more elegant apps, more inspiring useful apps, better quality games and a higher involvement with its users / customers!

This is your story - Photo Story!

Photo Story is an idea that popped up in my mind a little time ago. It is a camera app, where you can add a custom caption to it, stores geo-tagged details and can show you a story of a trip or an event!

For phase 1, I am just making a basic app where you can snap a picture (with photo effects of course), add a caption, pick some styling, and save the image + share it to all the share-able intents supported in Android.

Hang in there..

The story starts here, right now!

Cheers! And a Wonderful 2012!