- selecting an iPhoto pic from the Recent Desktops menu now works correctly.
- Better indication of downloads and when large pics are not yet available
- Direct link to App Store in Help menu – please rate or review.
A few days ago, Pic-a-POD for Mac received the following review on the Mac App Store:
Separating this out, the reviewer has the following issues:
Since Apple provides no way to communicate back to reviewers, I am posting my response here in the hope that the reviewer will read this and contact me.
As a small developer with no marketing budget, getting your apps out there is a problem. You send notices to all the big review sites, along with promo keys so they can try it for free, but it’s a bit like going for your first job: you have no experience so we can’t give you a job, so you can’t get experience. Unless you or your apps are already famous, it is very difficult get the publicity needed to make them famous.
This update became available on the App Store on 21st March 2012.
Mainly a bug fix, as for some reason the Sources menu was no longer showing anything, which meant that there was no way to change your selection of PODs to get.
A new version of Pic-a-POD is currently waiting for review in the App Store. This should come online in the next few days and the update will be available through the App Store application. The main new feature is a Recent Desktops menu so you can flick back through the last 10 desktops used.
Version 2.0.1 of Pic-a-POD for Mac has just been submitted to the App Store.
The main new feature is that the main Pic-a-POD window will now fill with pics, going back in time as required to fill the space. This is really useful if you only want to follow one or two POD sites and don’t want to see a lot of empty space in the window every day. Here is a screen shot showing PIc-a-POD set up to get pics from Wikipedia only.
Last time, I wrote that Apple had informed me that “the review process will require additional time” for Pic-a-POD for iOS. Since then, I have found that this translates to “our lawyers are looking into it”.
Pic-a-POD has been rejected twice now for “Use of protected 3rd party material”. I think my initial mistake was setting up in-app purchases. While I believe this to be the best way to get people to buy an app (giving a crippled version away for free and then charging to unlock features), it made it appear that I was giving away the app and then charging for access to someone else’s photos.
The iOS version of Pic-a-POD was uploaded to the App Store for approval on December 6th. Much to my surprise, it moved to “In Review” on December 7th – less than a day later. I was expecting a few days like with the Mac version.
But then I heard nothing back until on December 10th, I got an email from Apple apologising for the delay but informing me that the review process will require additional time. I don’t know if this related to Pic-a-POD specifically or if they are just very busy right now.
I have just submitted Pic-a-POD for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch to the App Store!
After working through the Mac submission process, it all felt quite familiar. I had to get a distribution profile and build the app using that, then archive it. The instructions at the Apple developer portal are for Xcode 3.x and I would guess that most people, myself included, are now using Xcode 4.x so they could do with some upgrading, but although the interface had changed, it was easy enough to work out what to do.
Since reviews are scattered throughout the various App Stores, I thought it might be fun to amalgamate them here:
Great way to beautify your day!
by Thomas Moore
This app will supply you with a never-ending stream of the most beautiful images on the web. It allows you to pull them in from eight different POD sites at present, and more can be added. The images are automatically downloaded daily and cycled onto your desktop wallpaper at intervals of your choice. You get nutshell information about every image, as well as links to the original sites for more in depth inquiry. It is drop-dead easy to use and will make your screen drop-dead beautiful every day. 99¢ for access to all these images, and you can share them on your social network with a click, as well. This is the best source of striking, unique imagery that I have ever seen…
Pic-a-POD does what it says…
par Jacques 971
And does it very quickly and well…
Works fine under Mac OS X 10.6.8 on my MacBook Pro (Pic-a-POD v2.0.0).
Neat Picture of the Day App
by Tim Reichelt
Smooth. My favorite POD sites conveniently fed to my desktop. Very polished now compared to version 1.
Thanks to all reviewers, and it anyone else likes to post a review, that would be much appreciated.