What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing 安かろう for iOS

Mac OS X software 安かろう

TOKYO (MacHouse) – 個人的の話で失礼しますが、同居していた母が急に他界してそろそろ15ヶ月が経とうとします。以前、10年ぐらい海外で生活していて、その時に自炊もやっていましが、また自炊を始めなければならない、ということを全く予想していませんでした。そして自炊を初めて約10ヶ月経った頃に薬局のCREATEに立ち寄り、目に触れたのが80g入りの鰹節です。値段は288円です。丁度豆腐を食べようと思っていたんだと思います。確か9月31ぐらいまで幾ら、という期限の値札がついていたので、これは安いうち買ったほうがいいと思いました。その数週間後に今度はタイガというスーパーで似たような80gの鰹節が何と198円で売られていました。何と以前のものと比べて1袋90円も安いなんて。食料品の買い物も、すぐに何でも買わずに、色々チラシも見ながら値段を覚えておかないと、結構損をすることもあるんですね。
 さて自分は通常デスクトップ用のアプリケーションを作って、それらをMac App Storeで販売していますが、前述の話を教訓に何かiOS用のアプリを作れないか、とこの数ヶ月考えていました。iOS用のアプリで食料品の値段を管理するにも、問題は情報の入力ですね。製品の名前や製造元の名前、価格、数量など、入力しなければならない不可欠な項目が結構あり、それも商品ごとに写真を添付するとなると、果たして簡単にユーザーが入力できるiOS用のアプリを作れるのだろうか、と考えていました。そこで思いついたのが、この際、データをアプリに同梱することです。そしてやっと出来上がったのが「安かろう」という製品です。

iOS 安かろう
Source: Tom Bluewater
  iOS 安かろう
Source: Tom Bluewater

 「安かろう」というのは日本在住の方々だけのためだけに特別に開発したiOS用のアプリです。これは毎週3度も4度も食料品の買い物をする中、一円でも節約したいという方々のために作った無料の製品です。「安かろう」には既に700以上の食品及び飲料品のデータが登録されています。もちろん自分で商品の情報を新しく加えることも可能です。
 さてこの製品をどのように使って欲しいかと言うと、まずよく買い物をする店の名前の入力です。「安かろう」には店の名前のデータまでは登録していないので、自分でCREATEなり、タイガなり、マルエツなり、何でも、幾つでも登録してください。次に商品を閲覧し、特定の物を選択します。すると商品の情報があらわれるので、ここにある緑の背景色の参考価格を基準に、自分がよく買い物をする店での対象となる商品の値段を入力します。そうするとある商品に対してそれをどこで買ったほうが一番安いのかがわかるはずです。
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What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing MiPatterns for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software MiPatterns

TOKYO (MacHouse) – Several days ago, I was looking at several screenshots shown at this Japanese web site, which introduces iOS applications. And I thought to myself “That’s what I need for the iOS application that I’m currently developing.” The application introduced there has a pink solid-color background filled with lots of small, translucent circles. I tried to find a web site to download a free desktop picture like it except that I couldn’t find any. So I had another thought. Hmm… Maybe, I can just develop a desktop application that allows the user to fill a rectangular image with a shape of their selection. That’s how I’ve ended up with MiPatterns, which I submitted to Mac App Store several hours ago.

Mac software MiPatterns
Source: Tom Bluewater
  Mac software MiPatterns
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MiPatterns is a desktop application that you can use to create an image full of simple figures. It comes with a built-in library of nearly four dozen code-generated shapes including circle, triangle, star, heart, diamond. Select one, and you can repeat it over a rectangular solid-color sheet they define.   Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing Text2Read for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software Text2Read

TOKYO (MacHouse) – More than three years ago, I submitted an iOS application called RollerTest to Apple‘s App Store. Several hours ago, I submitted a similar kind as a desktop application to Mac App Store. This new release is called Text2Read.

Mac software Text2Read
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  Mac software Text2Read
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Text2Read lets you prepare text scripts so that one can read them on a desktop computer as a teleprompter. There may be several applications of this kind at Mac App Store. Yet, Text2Read is unique in several aspects. No. 1, Text2Read rolls text not line by line but letter by letter. When it begins rolling out a speech script, every single letter assumes the hide color you select. And Text2Read will gradually reveal the text script, applying the show color you select to each letter. No. 2, you can emphasize important phrases by applying the emphasize color you select to them. No. 3, you can prepare multiple speech scripts and run them consecutively. Text2Read will automatically switch one text script to another for you when the current script reaches its end. No. 4, provided that the current text script is long enough, when a revealing letter at the carriage return reaches the bottom of the screen, Text2Read will automatically scroll the entire script up so that the next revealing letter will appear at the center of the screen. No. 5, Text2Read lets you save all text scripts you prepare as a single data file. And you can recover all text scripts by just double-clicking on a data file you’ve saved.   Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing Text n Colors for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software Text n Colors

TOKYO (MacHouse) – When I run out of software development ideas, I often get on the Internet and meaninglessly visit one web site after another. This time, a screenshot of an iOS game has caught my eyes. And I have thought to myself “Hmm… I wonder if there’s a simple way of creating that text image?” As a result, I submitted a new software release to Mac App Store several hours ago. This new software title is called Text n Colors.

Mac software Text n Colors
Tom Bluewater
  Mac software Text n Colors
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Text n Colors is a desktop application that lets you create text with letters of alternating colors. You select one or more colors to create a color list, which will be temporarily saved in a drop-down menu. Text n Colors sets the fill color of each letter according to this list. You can save text as an image file or a rich text file to your disk.   Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing Pict2Movie for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software Pict2Movie

TOKYO (MacHouse) – Last week, I introduced a desktop application that allows the user to create a firework display movie. It was a bit difficult to develop without the QT Kit. The application that I submitted to Mac App Store yesterday is similar to the extent that it produces movies.

Mac software Pict2Movie   Mac software Pict2Movie

Pict2Movie is a desktop application that lets you create a movie (.M4V) with a folder containing pictures they select.   Continue reading

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