Monday, June 20, 2011

Meet: Geocaching Helper for BlackBerry PlayBook

My second project I'd like to promote is my first public app for the BlackBerry PlayBook: Geocaching Helper. This time I won't bother describing what the BlackBerry PlayBook and Geocaching is, if you don't know, just follow the links ;)

Description:
Geocaching Helper for BlackBerry PlayBook is a small app for the BlackBerry PlayBook that helps geocachers solve several and common problems that sometimes need to be solved during a geocaching trip – like text calculation, simple cryptography or conversion between different coordinate formats.

Past:
I started development in march, because I read about an offer RIM had started: those who developed an app for the upcoming PlayBook will receive a free PlayBook as reward. I didn't think one minute and started downloading the SDK and IDE to develop for the PlayBook. As I already knew how to develop using Adobe AIR, it was easy for me to participate.
Not many development hours (but many days later) I finally submitted the first version of my Geocaching Helper and it was accepted. Since testing was at first only possible with the simulator, I was satisfied, but as soon as I received my free PlayBook I had to update the app because the first design was very ugly.
On June 7th I released version 2.0 of the Geocaching Helper for BlackBerry PlayBook with a better design and more features.
This is currently the last version and it includes the following features:
  • Text calculation (character sum, character count, ...),
  • Text cryptography (ROT13, Vigenère cipher),
  • Roman number conversion and
  • Convert between different coordinate formats (DMS, MinDec, DecimalDegree).

Future:
I already started development of a next version that includes new features but don't expect it to be released soon, because currently there are more important things to be done.

Stats:
It's not easy to know how many people installed and use this app, because the BlackBerry App World doesn't offer extensive statistics. I can only tell you that Geocaching Helper got rated and reviewed one time and each day about 2 to 5 people download it.

I hope I could interest you in this second project and that you're going to check out my Geocaching Helper for BlackBerry PlayBook*. Don't be shy and review it if you like it ;)
Also, if you have ideas or find a bug: write a comment or contact me! I'm always open for suggestions!

* If your not on a Windows PC, the first time you open the App World Webstore it won't redirect you to the app, confirm the warning of the first try and open the link again.

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