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Smart Developers track their Best Apps with MyAppSales

Sure, you should be doing your coding mostly because you enjoy it and only secondarily for the money. But it’s no sin to get a kick out of checking yesterday’s sales report and seeing how well your babies are performing. My aim for MyAppSales is to be the preferred mobile tool for this purpose.

I lost track some months ago, but I estimate my user base to be around 250 people worldwide. Because I am distributing MyAppSales as source code only this automatically requires users to have at least some fleeting knowledge of how to download source code from a Subversion repository. This is called “positive preselection”. That’s one of the reasons why I can hypothesize that MyAppSales users are smarter than the average Cocoa Touch developer.

I am proud of my baby and I was interested to learn which of the multitude of apps which are being tracked with MyAppSales are considered by their makers to be their crowning achievement . So I’ve asked my customers via Twitter which of their apps they deem to be their masterpiece (so far) and today I’m proudly presenting the best apps of the smartest developers to prove the hypothesis from this article’s title. I call this …

MyAppSalesMyAppSales Users’ App Showcase

Entires are sorted in order of submission. All wordings and descriptions are verbatim. The statements are not meant to be reviews but to illustrate which skills, talent and knowledge need to come together to make what a developer has the right to call “his best app”.

So what are those super powers? You’re about to find out …


Koh Jing YugCheese Collect

by Koh Jing Yu

Executive Summary

The cat is trying to attack you again! In this fun puzzle game, you are a mouse who tries to steal cheese without setting off the traps set by the cat. However, everytime you move, the cat would move the cheese away from you, unless there’s no space for it. Cheese Collect is a fun puzzle game with episodic updates.

Why is this your best app?

It was featured by Apple a while back and it earned the most out of all my apps.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

I love MyAppSales as it is very convenient and has a clean interface. I especially love the graphs as it allows me to track my progress. It’s definitely a must have tool for developers.

Cheese Collect

App Store > Games > Cheese Collect


Jason GullicksonShufflito

by Jason J. Gullickson

Executive Summary

My app “Shufflito” is very simple, upon launch, it immediately starts playing random songs from your music library.  The difference is that it remembers which songs have been played, and never plays the same song twice.  It’s great for discovering music you haven’t heard in a long time, or for road trips where you don’t want to re-shuffle the playlist every time you stop for fuel and end up hearing the same music again and again.

Why is this your best app?

In my opinion, iPhone apps should do one thing well and as simple as possible.  Of all the apps I’ve released so far, Shufflito embodies this goal the most. The focus, attention to detail, use of iPhone functionality and the tightness of the code is greater than any other app I’ve created so far.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

More than anything else, MyAppSales, and it’s developer Oliver Drobnik adapt; as the App Store and it’s customers change, updates to MyAppSales alter, extend and enhace the application to provide developers with the data that matters as well as leveraging the latest technology the iPhone platform has to offer.

Shufflito

App Store > Music > Shufflito


Gregory RaizClock Radio

by Gregory Raiz (Raizlabs Corporation)

Executive Summary

The application is a combination Alarm + Clock + Radio. We partnered with AOL ShoutCast to develop the application. It’s been number #1 Utility in Japan and #2 overall in Japan. It’s also done well in Germany, Italy and Spain.

Why is this your best app?

I think it’s some of our best work since it combined many aspects of a simple user interface, back-end server integration, and utility. While we have had more popular apps and more profitable apps this is something that I use on a daily basis and really enjoy.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

Clock Radio has been moving up the charts in various countries and MyAppSales made it easier to track international progress.

Clock Radio

App Store > Utilities > Clock Radio


Stefan NicolinToday Todo management

by Stefan Sorin Nicolin (Spielhaus)

Executive Summary

There is still room to innovate! Today manages your tasks for the actual day. No extra buttons, no myriad of taps to add a simple todo – just turn your device 90° to add a new task. With a simple yet beautiful interface Today also incorporates essential features like sorting and priorities without adding ballast to the navigation within the app.

Why is this your best app?

I think it’s some of our best work since it combined many aspects of a simple user interface, back-end server integration, and utility. While we have had more popular apps and more profitable apps this is something that I use on a daily basis and really enjoy.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

I love MAS because it spares me the otherwise cumbersome work of manually downloading the financial reports and scraping the App Store for user reviews – it is the all-in-one solution for my compulsive urge to stay up to date with our app sales.

Today Todo management

App Store > Productivity > Today Todo management


Vladimir RothAqua Globs

by Vladimir Roth (Qwiboo)

Executive Summary

Aqua Globs is an entertainingly strategic game where agility and quick thinking are essential. Very easy to get into with the main aim to gain points by joining cute wiggly globs. Touch and drag to navigate them and join them together. But watch out! Blue & orange globs don’t like each other, and you only have three lives! Before you know it, the globs are coming from every angle! Keep your cool to navigate the little foolish creatures! . Guaranteed you won’t be able to put down this tantalizingly exciting game that will always having you wanting ‘just one more go’!

Why is this your best app?

Because it’s the only app we have :)

Why do you like MyAppSales?

It saves us loads of time and that’s great! No more logging into websites and having all my stats with me all the time is amazing. I really appreciate also the option to easily backup the data through the web interface.
Aqua Globs

App Store > Games > Aqua Globs


Philip KirwanDublin Bus Maps

by Philip Kirwan

Executive Summary

Dublin Bus Maps is for regular Dublin Bus users and even for tourists needing to navigate the city.

  • The timetables are up to date so it’s better than most timetables at the bus stops.
  • The timetables are stored locally on your device. Perfect for iPod Touch users.
  • Like to stay up to date? The Bus Tweets and Dublin Bus News feature lets you find out what’s being said about Dublin Bus on Twitter and News Outlets.
  • Favourite your regularly travelled routes.
  • View bus stops for your route.
  • Get an approximate next bus time at each stop.
  • Are you a tourist? Find out how to use Dublin Bus, find out about sightseeing tours. Save yourself alot of time!!
  • Multiple Themes

Using any transport system in a big city can be daunting. Dublin Bus Maps provides all the information in the palm of your hand making travel less stressful so you can enjoy the city of Dublin with ease.

Why is this your best app?

I think this is my best app as it allows the user to get all the information the need to travel by “Dublin Bus”(Dublin,Ireland) while on the move. The app allows users to have maps and timetables so they are never lost. Even tourist are catered for.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

I love to use MyAppSales as it allows me to view my itunes connect account on the move and away from my macbook. With a great interface and ease of use I find it brilliant. the newest updates such as push notification for reports are great as well.
Dublin Bus Maps

App Store > Navigation > Dublin Bus Maps


josh. johnsoniAdvent

by Josh Johnson

Executive Summary

Go digital with your Advent Calendar this Christmas! iAdvent is a modern-looking advent calendar designed specifically for iPhone users. Keep track of how many days are left until Christmas. iAdvent works just like traditional advent calendars. Beginning December 1st, click each day to find something inside. iAdvent’s something is a fun fact about Christmas. You can email the fun fact to friends and family to share the spirit of Christmastime. If you’re a parent, it’s also a fun thing to do each day with your kids – they love counting down to Christmas!

Why is this your best app?

iAdvent is my best app, not from gross, but that it provides the most targeted niche (Christmas) and it has provided the greatest learning experience.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

MyAppSales is always with me. Even though the iPhone has a browser and I can go to the other App Sales sites, I don’t have to sit there scrolling like mad. Plus it is easy, I just open it and see charts, reviews, and daily/weekly stats. Finally, it makes it easy to add archived data and back up.

iAdvent

App Store > Entertainment > iAdvent


Andreas HecksSuper Trumps Sports Cars

by Andreas Heck (der.heckser)

Executive Summary

Our Super Trumps application is the modern conversion of the classical card game “Go Fish” (in other countries also known as Quartett, Megatrumpf, Happy Families, Jeu de familles or Authors). The 32 cards with modern sports cars  from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and others are shuffled and evenly shared between the player and the iPhone. The player choose the value of one category of the displayed card and the value is compared with the same value of the card which the iPhone is holding. Who has the higher value wins the trick and the winner has the turn with the next card of the stack. The game is ending when one player has lost all the cards or the timer of 10 resp. 20 minutes expires.

Although it’s a simple game – everybody knows from childhood – Super Trumps offers long entertainment and high motivation!

Why is this your best app?

We think this is our best app because it is an entertaining game with cool and professional user interface. The possibility to look at the 32 beautiful cars with big images is like having two apps in one. With the integrated social networking stuff like twittering your earned high score it’s even more fun. Along with a fair price we think that we did a good job.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

MyAppSales is always with me. Even though the iPhone has a browser and I can go to the other App Sales sites, I don’t have to sit there scrolling like mad. Plus it is easy, I just open it and see charts, reviews, and daily/weekly stats. Finally, it makes it easy to add archived data and back up. I can see my daily income on the fly wherever I am. The UI is clean and clearly arranged. To get the reviews of our apps is another benefit which is why MyAppSales pokes out of the competitors.

Super Trumps Sports Cards

App Store > Games > Super Trumps Sports Cars


Michele AielloWin for Life – Vinci per la vita

by Michele Aiello

Executive Summary

My best app so far is Win for Life – Vinci per la Vita, that is an app for an Italian Lottery that has just be launched in October. My app helps gamblers by suggesting numbers based on the customer’s preferred numbers and some statistics like overdue and frequent numbers. Moreover there is also a way to check your winnings by having the latest drawings on the iPhone. This application has been on top of the Italian Paid Apps for over 10 days.

Why is this your best app?

Win for Life – Vinci per la Vita, is my best app so far because is the only one that made it to the top of the Paid Apps Ranking and also because of the appreciation that I’m getting from my customers.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

MyAppSales is always with me. Even though the iPhone has a browser and I can go to the other App Sales sites, I don’t have to sit there scrolling like mad. Plus it is easy, I just open it and see charts, reviews, and daily/weekly stats. Finally, it makes it easy to add archived data and back up. MyAppSales is definitely the best app available for checking my sales on the go :-). I travel a lot and I like to keep an eye on how my apps are doing and what are the latest reviews from the customers. MyAppSales does all this and is also “open source” in the sense that I can have a look at the code and be sure that my info is not “misused”! I would have never trusted another app with my iTunes login/password if I couldn’t have a look at the source code. Great job Oliver and keep up the good work!

Win for Life - Vinci per la vita

App Store > Utilities > Win for Life – Vinci  per la vita


Geoffrey YoungThe Carrier – graphic novel and comic book

by Geoffrey Young (StopWatch Media)

Executive Summary

A man wakes up in a dark room. He doesn’t know how he got there and can’t remember who he is. He looks down, and a titanium briefcase is shackled to his wrist.  He doesn’t know what’s inside it… and he doesn’t know how it got there… and he might be the world’s most wanted terrorist.  What would you do if you woke up and had a briefcase on your wrist? Would you run? Who would you call? Where would you go?  What if you were a terrorist but didn’t even know it?

As a graphic novel, The Carrier is a globe-spanning action & espionage story.  As an iPhone app, however, The Carrier is a multimedia experience that unfolds in real time over the course of ten days, pulling you into the story through geolocation, email, messaging, and more. In all, The Carrier is a 35-chapter, 680-panel mobile comic experience.

The Carrier is a unique example of what the iPhone has to offer in terms of e-readers – it moves beyond a “just like print” experience and into to telling a layered story in entirely new ways.

Why is this your best app?

I’m proud of The Carrier for what it accomplishes creatively and programmatically: it’s a rich and layered storytelling event that hinges on connecting a fixed work of fiction with the world outside in real-time.  Seeing all that come together for readers is really exciting and rewarding, and that’s why it’s our best app.

Why do you like MyAppSales?

MyAppSales is always with me. Even though the iPhone has a browser and I can go to the other App Sales sites, I don’t have to sit there scrolling like mad. Plus it is easy, I just open it and see charts, reviews, and daily/weekly stats. Finally, it makes it easy to add archived data and back up.
MyAppSales provides not only an easy format for viewing global sales, but customer reviews from all AppStore markets around the world.  That kind of information is invaluable to us.

The Carrier

App Store > Books > The Carrier


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