Musings of an Independent App Developer

The Excitement of Launch Day

We are just hours away from releasing our latest family productivity app Chore-inator. This is my favorite part of a new app project. After months of work designing, coding, testing, planning, tweeking and everything else that goes along with creating something from scratch it’s an awesome feeling to finally have something tangible that can not only help our family, but …

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Home Inventory – Mac App Store Best of 2013

Apple announced the Best of 2013 yesterday and it is so incredibly exciting and rewarding that our very own Home Inventory 3 is a “Mac App Store Best of 2013”! There just may have been a few fist bumps, high fives, hooting and hollering, and even a toast or two here yesterday. Home Inventory 3 was a major release for us with many …

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Why the Innovation Act Makes Small Business a Big Target for Trolls

A Bit of Background on Patent Trolls If you follow our Twitter account, you are no doubt aware that our company has absolutely no love for patent trolls. For years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been in the habit of essentially rubber-stamping vague, overly broad patent applications for “inventions” that fall far short of meeting the …

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Home Inventory 3.1 is Now Available

We’re happy to announce that Home Inventory 3.1 is now available. This is a free update to existing users. Maps Support in Home Inventory The release of Mavericks (OS X 10.9) brings Maps support to OS X. The Maps app built into OS X Mavericks works much like Maps in iOS. You can lookup places and get directions. You can …

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Call for Home Inventory 3.1 Beta Testers

Apple will be introducing a new version of OS X (10.9 Mavericks) sometime in the next few weeks and we are readying a new version of Home Inventory to release along with it. Version 3.1 will support Mavericks, along with Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7), and bring some new features to boot. We have been busy testing the new …

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Introducing Too Phat

We only make apps that we use ourselves. Every one is personal to us, but for me, this is the most most personal app I’ve ever created. I have struggled with weight issues for most of my adult life. I thought I had it under control for a few years, but eventually slipped back into my old habits of no …

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The Excitement of a New Product, Apple’s and Ours!

Today we have had lots of excitement with news of multiple product launches right around the corner. There is the new Apple products announced  - a new iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iOS 7 with tons of new and updated features and much more. And there is our own new product  to announce! The rumor has been that the Apple announcements …

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Old Habits are Hard to Kill

On occasion, we get asked why we chose to create Home Inventory as a desktop app instead of a web-based product. So in my attempt to get back into blogging I decided this would be a safe, short post that I could whip out quickly. Here is where old habits die hard. I spent most of my career in IT …

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The Benefits of Throwing Things Away

My boss was clearly torqued about my email. He didn’t like what I’d had to say, much less that I said it to everyone on the project. I had been asked to take charge of a project that had gone off the rails and get it back into shape. This is a role I had played several times before and …

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Home Inventory 3.0.5 is Now Available

A new update for Home Inventory, version 3.0.5, is now available. This free update contains the following new features and fixes: Added support for looking up UPC/EAN codes on SearchUPC.com. Empty categories, collections, and locations are now included in the summary at the end of a report. Fixed a bug that could result in garbage data when importing a CSV …

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