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iOS Tips and Tricks



Presentation Given at Esri 2011 User Conference Mobile SIG Meeting.

Presentation Given at Esri 2011 User Conference Mobile SIG Meeting.



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  • These are a couple of books that helped me when getting started
  • Several class series – All Free
  • Apple Developer Account Registration Required – We’ll talk about that in a minute
  • See what works and doesn’t work
  • Website cataloging common mobile design patterns – continuously updated
  • iOS programming is time consuming and expensive – Much cheaper to iterate with sketches
  • Users Are Often in Motion – Don’t try to cram too much into a small screen. Make Big targets!
  • Your finger is not a mouse
  • Another consideration to keep in mind
  • Modern architect Ludwig Meis van der Rohe made famous the phrase “Less Is More”Your mobile app should have exactly what is needed – nothing moreAnother architect, Louis Sullivan, coined the phrase “Form Follows Function”Think simple and functional – strive to make your app invisibleThat doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful as well
  • Takes longer to sign up as a company – Apple requires proof – such as business licenseMake sure you get this right if you want your company or organization name to appear as the seller
  • Need to identify 3 things: You (Apple Developer Account), Your Mac (Keychain Certificate), Your Device ID
  • Must test on a variety of devicesGet app into hands of testers early and often
  • Invite users to rate your appProvide easy social media sharingGive users and easy way to contact support – don’t want them leaving support requests in app store reviews

iOS Tips and Tricks iOS Tips and Tricks Presentation Transcript

  • iOS Development Tricks and Tips
  • Getting Started with iOS Programming
  • Books
  • Videos
  • More Videos
  • App Design and Usability
  • Download and Try Lots of Apps
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    Study Mobile Design Patterns
  • Books
  • Make Paper Sketches and Mockups
    Source: Designing the iPhone User Experience
  • Understand Context of Use
    Source: Tapworthy
  • 44 (Pixels) Is the Magic Number
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    Source: Tapworthy
  • The Rule of Thumb
    Source: Tapworthy
  • Less Is More
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  • Running Your App on Real Devices
  • Sign Up for Apple Developer Account
    Two Kinds of Accounts
    Start This Process Early!
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    Your App on Your Device
    iOS Provisioning Portal:
  • Configure XCode for 3 Builds
    Ad Hoc
    App Store
    Test Devices
    General Public
    Beta Testers
  • Marketing Your App
  • Books
    Business Models
    Discoverability in App Store
    Using Your App to Market Itself
    Marketing through Blogs, YouTube
    App Review Sites
  • In-App Marketing
  • Thank You!
    James Richards is an advisor to Zaarly and the CTO and co-founder of Artisan Global LLC. He makes location-aware mobile apps with maps. James also enjoys surfing, snowboarding, yoga, music, family, and his cats Remy and Twiggy. They make sure he doesn't work too hard.
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    Photo: Ellen Richards