Le silence est d’or…

Dear iObserve users, not many news over here for some time. iObserve 1.5 is still downloaded quite many times every week (reaching 12.5k total downloads!). I can see that some of you send me new observatories. I’ll find some time to create an update of that bunch of new observatories.

Apart from that, I’ve been able to re-compile and re-run iObserve Touch on an iPad with iOS 9.3. And that’s nice, because it wasn’t so easy with the amount of code involved here and there. So maybe I could find some time for a little update as well. It reached almost 6k downloads by itself, wow!

On the other side, I’m a bit busy with new stuff. Most of which is the decomposition of iObserve code into little frameworks (for instance: https://github.com/onekiloparsec/KPCTabsControl). But also scientific ones!

In particular, I am preparing a Swift playground with the best astronomical algorithms in town. The code will be good for developers, for iObserve2, but the Playground could be interesting to teachers! Check it out here the on-going work: https://github.com/onekiloparsec/SwiftAA

Talking about iObserve 2, I continue to develop things in preparation of it. Among which… arcsecond.io! And its SDK (I started with Swift, but javascript will also come soon… <hum, hopefully>). I take the occasion to say that arcsecond.io is open-source, and you can contribute!

Interestingly, this all-code activity is a kind of rest for me. At my startup job, I spend the day interacting with tons of new people (and it’s really great!). So it’s nice to interact with computers a bit. 🙂 

Enable App Analytics on your iPad!

The good news of the day is of course the release of iObserve for iPad version 1.1. And it brought me back to iTunesConnect, the service by Apple that is used by developers to submit and manage their apps. Below some screenshots to see what it is looking like.

And I noticed that for iObserve on iPad, I couldn’t get any analytics (which are totally anonymous by the way, and needless to say). The little popup indicates that only 19% of users actually opt-in for analytics in their device. It would be nice if you do so! It helps a lot for understanding the usage of the app. As usual, feedback is of tremendous importance for a developer. And this is a kind of (tech) feedback, free of efforts for you. So next time you are asked to choose, consider answering yes! Thanks in advance!