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The Case of the Missing Translation

Since iWoman was acquired by FOKUS KIND Medien we have been working on a complete UI overhaul. This also requires many new translations. The previous version of iWoman had been localized with Linguan, a Mac app which we also had sold a while ago. Unfortunately Linguan does not yet have support for XLIFFs, even though the new owner is considering it.

This blog post describes an issue that the XLIFF workflow has because of a bug on POEditor.com as well as a problematic “feature” in Xcode which causes some strings to go missing.

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Cocoanetics is News

The third BETA seed of iOS 9 adds the News app… if you are in USA. But there’s a trick how you can get it too. And Cocoanetics is there as well.

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Philosophy versus App Store Rejection

In May 2015, philosopher William Hooper, contracted me to recreate a notes app that should pay tribute to the iOS 6 style. He saw a market for such an app, because he – and many other users – didn’t like the flat style introduced in iOS 7.

I built the 1.0 version in a couple of weeks and enjoyed the challenge of skinning the UI to give it this retro style. Several thousand people downloaded the free app, and I began to believe William that a certain audience found it quite appealing.

Shortly afterwards we added additional paper styles, additional fonts and a different header bar style for users to select and released it as version 1.1. Unfortunately I had made a stupid programming mistake that would cause the notes database to be deleted from time to time. We removed the 1.1.0 version from sale while working on a fix.

When we submitted the 1.1.1 version containing the data loss hotfix version, the troubles began: Apple started to reject the app. After a month back and forth with the app review team, William published the following on his philosophy blog and asked me to share it with my readers.

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WWDC 2015 Review

The 26th annual Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference was held June 8th through 12th in the Moscone West conference center. It was my fourth attendance to the show, with only 2014 being a break in my streak.

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The WWDC Keynotes

Don’t believe what the blogs are telling you. What they have witnessed – and live-blogged about – was not the entire story. They only got to see one third of the whole story.

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WWDC Pre-Show

I don’t like myself when I am grumpy. And I am grumpy when I am tired. Which is why I – if in possession of a WWDC ticket – I try to arrive in San Francisco a few days ahead of the conference. I hate the feeling of being a living dead with my body wanting to go to sleep even though the sun showing its warmest and friendliest face.

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I admit that I have been jealous of those lucky people who could afford the luxury of staring into a Retina-resolution screen all day. Last week my ship came in and delivered not one but two Retina-devices.

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Apple’s App Analytics

Developers received mail from app inviting them to join the waiting list for their new app analytics service. Such a service is long overdue and several businesses are based solely on there not having been any offering by Apple so far. That is about to change.

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Major Downtime

Today, Apple users and developers are experiencing some major downtime. Apple services are known to experience stability problems at times. And there is the occasional intentional downtime for the Apple store ahead of new products coming. But I don’t remember any time when that many systems were affected for such a long duration.

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Happy New VAT

As the new year 2015 starts, Apple implements the changed EU VAT requirements.

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