Friday, April 29, 2011

My First App

I have been reading all of the emails everyone has been contributing with the updates on building apps and am in awe of those of you who are figuring this out!  I wasn't so brave.  I think I wrote a few months ago that a friend's son was working with me.  The app was approved and released by apple yesterday.

I wish I could tell you I had a lot of back and forth with the developer.  He's in college and would not write back for weeks on end.  When he finally sent me a video of the app last week, it took so long to load that I really didn't get a full sense of how it worked until last night when I actually had a working version on my iphone.  I have some issues with the functionality of the app.

First, let me say that this is for toddlers.  I took an OP lift the flap of mine (which was called, Peekaboo Blueberry)  I had submitted the book to Harcourt with the title, Where's Your Nose, Nibbly?  I used my original title for the app since Nibbly is the name of a rabbit that my father made up for bedtime stories when I was little.

So the app scrolls down, as opposed to the right.  I know that because I had seen the video, but I am worried a user will get frustrated.  Also, unless you tap, 'just right', theres a black bar above and below the page.  It's a navigation bar, but I can imagine someone using the app and never realizing they can clear the screen and see the entire image.

I also think there needs to be a more clear way to have a 'home' button at the end.  And, last but not least, there is a doorbell on the last spread which I had requested the user be able to press.  So far, it only works when the door opens.

That's my critique but I am hoping (somewhat reluctantly) that some of you might take a peek and weigh in as well.  It's a 99 cent app that can be found by searching, Nibbly's Nose.

Be gentle!



  1. Barney, this is quite charming! The peek-a-boo flip thing is perfect and I'm sure will be a big hit with todlers. As you have mentioned, it has a few technical issues, but the only one that seems like a "mistake" is the fact that you cannot ring the doorbell, you have to tap the door itself.


  2. Congratulations, Barney! It's a cute app for toddlers, they'll have fun with it. One nice thing with story apps/ebooks is that revisions are not difficult.