How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

  
Look at your calendar. If you’re anything like me, all you see are meetings, places to go, things to do, people to meet and not a lot of white space. Few people love their calendar. So, we set out to change that, and we learned a lot in the process.

Our app is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. The app itself has been around since 2011, but the story of how it came to be and what our team ultimately learned is one that I have been wanting to tell for quite some time. It’s the story of how limitations led to my biggest success in the App Store — and my biggest failure.
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5 Must-have Android Apps for Designers

For most of the admittedly short history of web development, the only platform that we could rely on for graphic purposes was the desktop computer.
I probably don’t have to tell you, as SitPoint readers that, thanks to the never ending processes of innovation, there are now many other alternatives. Smartphones and tablets, have moved beyond the realm of mere toy gadgets, and can offer production-quality tools to help us in our work as designers.
The two most important operating systems for these devices are surely Apple’s iOS and the Google’s Android.
The later, thanks to its open source nature and its flexibility, has became the world’s most widespread operating system, acccountinf for more than 1 billion active monthly users.
Thanks to its wild popularity, it boasts an amost ridiculously vibrant app ecosystem, including many dozens of apps brilliantly suited to help designers and developers.
However, choice isn’t always all it’s cracked up to to be.
This colossal range of apps means it takes a lot of time and experience to sift through the oceans of mediocrity in search of the truly useful gems.
That’s why, in this article, we’re going to show you 5 of the best Android design apps that can improve your productivity wherever you are.
Paperless-Draw, sketch, tablet
The first app we are going to analyze is “Paperless-Draw, sketch, tablet”. With this software you have access to 6 different tools that allow you to color, sketch and to insert text annotations. Of course, you can save your works and organize them in books and, if you want to show the images you created to your friends, you can directly share them on Facebook without leaving the app.
“Paperless” gives you the opportunity to create up to three different layers and to manage the opacity of different parts of the picture.
All things considered, “Paperless” is a good application for designers but it won’t be helpful if you are looking to create great masterpieces. In my opinion, this app is more suitable to realize a first draft of your project rather than the whole work.
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Dynamic Programming with Ruby

This article will give you a taste of a common algorithm design technique called “dynamic programming” by exploring two different problems and presenting solutions in Ruby. It turns out that dynamic programming is actually a very versatile approach tha…

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CSS Shrink: Shrink your CSS while keeping it pretty

CSS Shrink makes it simple to shrink your CSS files while keeping the markup pretty and well-formatted. It has a couple of options for only removing spaces and comments or for keeping browser-specific markup.

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Smallworld.js: Generate GeoJSON map previews

Smallworld.js is a utility for generating simple map previews with GeoJSON and HTML5 Canvas. It has no dependencies, and comes with a simple wrapper for use with jQuery and Zepto.
 

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Politespace: Add spaces to your forms

Politespace lets you add spaces to numeric entries in your forms, like credit cards, to make them easier to read. You can easily configure it to put spaces at intervals you choose, whether regular or irregular.

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Concise: A better front-end CSS framework

Concise is a front-end CSS framework that has a number of preprocessors built-in, including Vanilla CSS, SASS, and LESS. It’s mobile-first and includes tons of components like buttons, drop-downs, and more.

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Can I use?: Up-to-date browser support reference

Can I Use? is a complete table of up-to-date browser support for various modern font-end web technologies. Search by keyword to quickly find what you’re looking for, select specific browsers to compare, or even download the raw support data.

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HTML Minifier: Minify your HTML files

HTML Minifier is a simple web app that minifies your HTML code according to options you select. You can opt to remove comments, collapse whitespace, remove optional tags, and more.

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Active Admin: Admin framework for business-critical apps

Active Admin is a framework for business-critical Ruby on Rails applications. It includes global navigation, user authentication, filters, index styles, and much more.

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