Tag Archives: app development

Transcript for the 6/9/13 #storyappchat: Sound Resources

Last night we had an unofficial guest host: Jory from studio.jory.org, an award-winning sound studio, was on hand to answer questions about audio for interactive media. And the chat was fantastic–see for yourself in the transcript above.

Please note: we’re taking next Sunday off for Father’s Day, but will be back on June 23 at the regular time (9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific), so make plans to be on hand then, OK?

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Topic for the 6/9/13 #storyappchat: Sound Resources

Music In BooksOne of the big advantages of creating stories in app or ebook format is the ability to include sound effects and music. When implemented thoughtfully, these can really help move a story along and add to a reader’s understanding of what they’re reading. But where can a content creator on a budget (and all of us are on a budget, right?) find high-quality but inexpensive sound files and resources?

Because I’m an eMusic member, I sometimes get sounds and music files from their royalty-free music and sound effect libraries, although their interface is designed for songs and it can sometimes be time-consuming searching their offerings for an obscure sound effect. I notice that iStockphoto, one of the best-known sites for very inexpensive photos and illustrations, also offers audio files now, although I have not yet used this service.

Are there resources for music and sound effects that you’ve found useful in your projects? Or are you looking for places to go to locate audio files without breaking the bank? Let’s share our favorite sound resources during the next #storyappchat, set for this Sunday (June 9) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start including the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter at that time to join us!

Transcript for the 6/2/13 #storyappchat: Skeuomorphic Design

The pros and cons of visual realism, skeuomorphic design, and other aspects of the app user experience were debated last night in the latest #storyappchat. Great discussion all around! Get the details in the transcript above, and be sure to take part in the next #storyappchat, set for this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, OK?

Transcript for the 5/26/13 #storyappchat: Developing for Android

Wow, I am really sorry I had to miss this discussion, because it was full of great links, resources, stats and opinions on creating apps for Android, from people who have been there. Luckily for me, though, I have access to this transcript (just like you) which contains a rather plain but complete capture of the entire thing. So I can benefit from last night’s wisdom, almost as if I was there in person!

Don’t miss the next #storyappchat on June 2, when we’ll discuss the pros and cons of skeuomorphic interfaces. Details later, but plan to join us at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific!

Topic for the 5/26/13 #storyappchat: Developing for the Android Platform

androidWe talk a lot about the iPad here on #storyappchat, but Android remains a powerhouse player in the mobile market, both in the U.S. and worldwide.

So, what are the challenges when developing for Android? What are some tools that make this process easier, and what are some things to keep in mind when creating storybook apps specifically for Android? What are the known pitfalls to avoid, and what’s it like using the Google Play Store vs. the Apple App Store?

Let’s get together this Sunday, May 26 to chat about developing for the Android mobile platform. We’ll kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. First time? No sweat. Just start tweeting using the #storyappchat hashtag, and we will welcome you to the discussion. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Transcript for the 5/19/13 #storyappchat: iTunes Descriptions

Quiet little chat last night, but still filled with good information, thought-provoking questions, and valuable opinions from the #storyappchat community. Peruse the chat in its entirety via the transcript above, and be sure to join us every Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT for high-quality discussion every week about storybook apps and ebooks for kids!

Topic for the 5/19/13 #storyappchat: Making Your iTunes Description Effective

#storyappchat topic badgeWhen was the last time you updated your iTunes app (or iBook) description? It may seem like a no-brainer, but this blank canvas of text can help interested people get a better idea of what your app is all about, or it can leave folks scratching their heads in confusion. How long should it be? What should be included?

Let’s use the next #storyappchat to discuss what should and shouldn’t go into your iTunes description, how often it should be updated, and other ways to make this valuable developer tool lead to increased sales and happier users. We’ll ramp things up this Sunday evening (May 19) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific time, so don’t miss it!