So, did anybody else work through Christmas?
I worked on 2 new apps this weekend [Working on a fourth today] and updated the one already familiar to you already…
I have already talked about Reading Percentage Calculator [RPC] here is its updated view:
I introduce to you
For those inclined
RPC was created out of my need for calculating my study progress, while TeNotes was derived from not wanting to use the messages app on my mobile any longer to store small notes [gosh, so painful to use…], other apps available out there are overkill and OneNote is terrible still… though I like what they are trying with it, it does not do the job well… And you say I could just create a word document on my OneDrive or similar, but no, I just wanted a simple message box that allowed me to add to, copy and review quickly… and as I did not require adding infinite notes, I figured 10 was enough… I could have just simply installed the apps via Side Loading but what if when I am travelling and needed to obtain a new device, so sharing it for free with the world removed some barriers for me and gives a useful app to everyone , I often find I have an idea but no paper to jot it down on, or I do not want to pull out my journal, so I could just take a quick note, and add it to my journal later… and last but not least, Spoken Lines, I find reading news articles a bit time wasting, and as websites have not implemented TTS yet, I figured why not make an app that does it for you, and so I did… so instead of reading news articles and doing not much else aside from drying my eyes out, I could load up all the articles I want to read, set it to playback at a good speed and just play a game while listening to the articles… two things at once, WIN! I found the best method was to use my mobile device as the playback device while my main system was busy playing BF3 lol so that I could pause and resume when I needed… also it does not just playback the entire article, it plays back selected text! and as such can be useful for people learning to speak English!
Long story short:
The best news is, they are all live on the Windows 10 Store, I don’t want to link here as that would be too obvious but if you find you need to use these too, then please do give them a go you need the Anniversary Update to install them.
Time to work on my next app which I have had planned for over two years now… just did not know how to make it until now…
I might make two additional apps before returning to my main Web Studies, but I also plan on returning to MonoGame studies and development soon, as I have a game I really want to get out there…
I plan to rework the interface for Spoken Lines into Icon based buttons but, it would take a little more time than the two days I had to develop it, I have my next app called KISS, to publish hopefully before the year is out
I took a side step in making these apps and learned a lot along the way, some things are still elusive to me but I still learned a lot, and these apps were what I needed and could not find out there, and those that I could find were too intrusive, why does a notes app need my contacts list? while at the same time acting as a server and client for web access? and as such I had to make my own… and so I did
Anyway before I babble on, thanks for reading and if you do use these apps, give me a shout here or on Twitter