Archive for March, 2009


Friday, March 6th, 2009

I’ve noticed that some people have commented on WordFu’s cool icon which looks like a 3D cube instead of the standard shingy rounded square. I didn’t have anything to do with that as my code was only used for the dice physics. But I was curious so I did a little digging around and discovered UIPrerenderedIcon. If you set this property to true, then your iPhone app’s icon won’t have that glossy shine and you can make it black so that it looks like your icon is a different shape. Here’s how you do it:

  • select the Info.plist file in your project
  • control-click one of the rows and select Add Row
  • set the Key name to UIPrerenderedIcon
  • control-click the row and set Value Type to Boolean
  • check the value so it’s true


76 Reviews and a Little Favor

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Last week, I noticed the number of reviews on the iTunes store for Mach Dice dropped from 85 to 76. At first, I thought, “that’s odd…” but then I noticed that all the one-star reviews disappeared, reviews that I suspected did not come from people who actually bought it. Sure enough, it appears that Apple has decided to remove reviews from people who haven’t actually paid for your app. Yay!

There’s just one teeeeny, tiny problem. It looks like my average rating is still the old average and occasionally one of the fake one-star reviews pops up as a recent review. So, hey, if you’ve purchased Mach Dice, actually enjoyed it, and haven’t already done so — I’d really appreciate a nice review from you on the iTunes store. Thanks!

Word Fu

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Since creating Mach Dice, a number of people have approached me about either collaborating with them on an app or licensing my source code for their own app. I’m pretty busy with my full-time job so freelance work is sort of out of the question for now. But I am willing to license my source code if people can get by without any tech support (what with my aformentioned lack of free time and all…).

Well, one of the groups of people who licensed my code, ngmoco, has just released their new app which actually uses some Mach Dice code for the physics! It’s called Word Fu and it’s a bit like Scrabble with some old-school kung-fu sound effects thrown in. Check it out and if you do buy it, be sure to check out the credits on the options screen. =)