Huzzah!!! Oh Bugger!!! Huzzah!!!!

October 30, 2013 / no comments

We successfully uploaded the new version to Amazon with the proper sizes for the screenshots. Now we wait for the final approval from the Developers Select Program. Presently we are PENDING.
With building complete, we are now gearing for promotion. Fingers crossed we make good headway. The 3rd promo animation is nearly complete. Music, CHECK. Sound Effects, CHECK. All we need is the voiceover. Too bad I kind of suck at this, but to my credit it is WAY harder than it seems. I’m still in awe at how effortlessly Robert Krulwich read the Space Nicks script cold when we were recording the narration. It truly is a gift. Still, I’ll give it a shot and maybe try a pass with the kids helping out. That could be interesting.
The downside of promotion is I had to ask Amazon Support another question….
Oh Amazon Support, are you paid by the quality of your vague answers?
What would William Shatner do?

What would William Shatner do?

With Apple’s Developers Program they give app developers 50 promo codes for each of their apps to distribute to reviewers, potential clients or friends. I emailed Amazon Support with my simple question. ‘Do you supply promo codes like Apple to give away to…etc, etc and if so where is the link?’
Their response: Thank you for writing in. Please go to the Amazon Gift Cards page at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000619631 to purchase a gift card to send to your customers or reviewers.

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Now this is an answer, but does it answer my question, ‘Do you supply promo codes like Apple?
How hard would it be for them to you say. ‘No, we do NOT supply our app developers with any free codes. All codes must be purchased.’
So do I write them AGAIN to ask them  to clarify their answer? I mean, I still really don’t know i they give us promo codes. They didn’t answer that.
Okay…… breathe.     Good.
Putting everything in perspective. We have a delightful storybook app that looks gorgeous and it is  now up on both the iTunes Store and Amazon’s Appstore. Google Play…. I’m looking at you next!

 

It’s a TRAP!!!!!!

October 24, 2013 / no comments

Finally on Amazon, but… Oh Amazon Developers Support, why must you be so vague?

After failing to get our Kindle Fire HD version of Space Nicks to Amazon last year. It was our priority to release the new version for this year. At times it was tough going. My App Development skills are still in their infancy so I found building for Android on my Mac a bit trying at times. It didn’t help that Amazon’s Developers uploading directions seemed surprisingly vague at times.  With the ‘2 steps forward and 1 step backwards’ regime, Space Nicks was approved by Amazon and uploaded to their Appstore today.

Unfortunately I discovered that I was turned down for the Developers Select program because the Screenshots I provided for the app were not the required resolution size. They were proper sizes mind you, but if you chose to tick the ‘Developers Select’ checkbox, the Screenshots are REQUIRED to be at minimum, 1280×720.  You would think that if you tick the checkmark, you would get a warning about your images, but no. And since I had created the screenshots BEFORE the Developer Select program was available, I didn’t realize I was walking into a trap.

It's a TRAP!!!!

It’s a TRAP!!!!

Now to Amazon Support. Lol.

My question to them was ‘When I re-submit the app (update), do I have to submit a brand new binary file with the update being re-titled Version 1.1 (from Version1.0) OR can I just resubmit the ORIGINAL binary file, since the only problem were the screenshots that are delivered OUTSIDE of the binary anyway.

After waiting 24 hrs, they replied….. “yes, you can.”

WTF? Lol. Yes to which?

It took 2 more attempts. The latest contradicting their 2nd reply. Anyway, will have to wait until tomorrow to try. Stay tuned/

I will now have to re-submit the whole app as an update to be eligible for this program. I should stress that the size of the Screenshots I provided to Amazon was one suggested by Amazon during the upload process. Maybe Amazon should let you know on the upload page once you check the Developer’s Select box NO IMAGES UNDER XXXX size will be accepted. Just saying.

 

Kindle Fire HD version of Space Nicks is here!

October 22, 2013 / no comments

Space Nicks Land on Amazon! Let’s get our Gift On!!!

Kong's Khristmas Gift on KindleFire

Kong’s Khristmas Gift on KindleFire

Click on image to head over to Amazon and order your copy of Space Nicks for Kindle Fire HD now!

After tons of work Bill Westerfield and Stubborn Pixel are proud to present Saint Nick and the Space Nicks for Kindle Fire HD! Amazon has approved the Space Nicks app and it is now available on Amazon’s Appstore. Richard Chase Mears’ Christmas tale is brought to sparkling life by Bill Westerfield’s imaginative characters and animations and Robert Krulwich’s wonderful narration.

Don’t forget to check out the ‘Paint Nicks’ section in the app. 5 drawings of Space Nicks are included where kids can paint them any way they want. They’ll love it!

We hope you and your children enjoy the Space Nicks as much as we do!

 

Saint Nick and the Space Nicks

October 16, 2013 / no comments

 

Distant Relatives

Distant Relatives

Okay, here we go! It is only fitting that our first official blog post is about Space Nicks!

Surprise, surprise! The holiday season is right around the corner and we have bee furiously working to finish completing work on the Saint Nick and the Space Nicks storybook apps. The brand new version for iPad with Retina Display – Saint Nick and the Space Nicks HD – was released on the iTunes Store on Friday, 10/11/13. The update for the iPhone version was released the following day, Saturday the 12th.

Other big news is we uploaded the Kindle Fire HD version to Amazon for approval on Saturday, October 12th. Stand by for news on its official release date!

Until then enjoy our first official Space Nicks Promo!