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Other – iPhone Application Sketch Book

Well, today I received my iPhone Application Sketch Book.  Dean Kaplan, from Kapsoft, was so kind to have sent me one of these so that I could give my opinion to other potential iPhone Developers.  I am happy to say that I can officially get rid of all my scratch pieces of paper that I have thrown together in my laptop bag now and have one central location for all of my iPhone designs and project mockups.  Having this one “Sketch Book” will allow me to be more productive in meetings with clients and co-workers as all of the drawings and notes will be in one location.  The “Sketch Book” is filled with 100 blank to scale iPhone templates that you can layout how you want your application to appear on the screen and make any notes of that view’s functionality on the same page.  Every page at the top has a place for Application Name, Screen Name, and Notes.  What more could a developer ask for?  I think it would benefit all iPhone developers as well as clients that are seeking iPhone applications to be designed for them.  This way the client could have all the graphics and what they are wanting to show to the iPhone developer.  It would also enable the iPhone Developer to show their client exactly how things would be laid out on screen and allow input from the client instead of getting everything finished up and seeing if that is what the client had in mind.  The pricing for this is $14.99 which is a great deal! It is a spiral bound notebook, has nice thick pages, and is all around a quality product. Below is the products description. Head on over to the iPhone Application Sketch Book website and get your copy today!

EDIT: I think I forgot to mention that this product is now an invaluable part of my design process for all future applications by Nichols Solutions!

Details:
This attractive notebook holds 100 blank to-scale iPhone templates ready for you to design that next big App hit. This is an inexpensive way to keep those important User Interface (UI) designs organized and at your finger tips with plenty of room for notes and annotations.

If you already know that you want to order a large quantity, please email us at info@mobilesketchbook.com for pricing.  We also have the capability to produce custom Sketch Books in small quantities to your Graphical Design specifications.

A recent survey of iPhone Application Designers revealed that 95% use traditional paper and pencil to sketch layouts of their ideas and User Interface designs.  Most thought they could benefit from a way to keep these sketches better organized.  What do you think?

Kapsoft also provides a host of Software Design Consulting Services from iPhone Programming, iPhone Accessory Design (select member of “Made for iPod – Works with iPhone” program), to Enterprise Cloud based programming.

August 14, 2009 Posted by | Other | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Other – iPhone Application Sketch Book

Other – Voices That Matter iPhone Conference

I was browsing the web and came across this upcoming conference.  Looks like there are some great people that will be speaking at this event.  I hope to be able to attend and get more acquainted with CoreAnimation and OpenGL.  The conference will be held October 17, 2009 – October 18, 2009.  There are currently 15 speakers for this event.  Head on over and check out Voices That Matter today!

Details:

It’s truly amazing to watch the incredible adoption of iPhone apps. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this revolution? Even more amazing is how easy it is to build an application regardless of previous experience. But as the SDK grows in size and complexity, where are you going to learn about the newest functionality?

The Voices That Matter: iPhone Developers Conference is the best place to master ALL the skills you need. And nowhere else can you meet all these experts in one place, over one weekend.

At the Voices That Matter: iPhone Conference you will:

  • Learn what it takes to build killer iPhone apps.
  • Rub shoulders with the best-of-the-best iPhone developers.
  • Share and learn from first-hand development stories (the good, the bad AND the ugly!)
  • Learn what you need to know to earn a virtual black belt in iPhone development.
  • Debate the most current topics and the future of iPhone development.
  • Learn how to market your iPhone application successfully.

What Makes this Conference Stand Out?

You will be completely immersed in all things iPhone/iPod touch development from testing to distributing applications, learning directly from the most knowledgeable authors and experts in the industry. They’ll share their expertise, answer the questions that have you at a development standstill, and give you new ideas and inspiration to make your apps better than ever!

Who Should Attend?

  • iPhone and iPod touch developers
  • Long-time Mac developers wanting to leverage their existing skills
  • GUI designers and UX experts alike
  • Mobile application specialists

Come to Boston and learn how to become a part of the iPhone development revolution. If you’ve ever returned a love letter because it wasn’t written in Objective-C, if you write your social networking status updates in Xcode, if your dog is called Cocoa, then you simply can’t miss this event!

The Conference Site

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Conference Center (MCLE)
Ten Winter Place
Boston, Mass.

The MCLE is one block from the Downtown Crossing and Park Street subway stations, in the trendy “Ladder District” of downtown Boston. The conference rooms are equipped to provide meeting attendees with a comfortable learning environment. There is continual access to coffee and soft drinks, lots of power outlets, and wireless Internet access.

Recommended Hotel

Club Quarters Hotel
161 Devonshire Street
Boston, Mass.
Tel: 617-357-6400

Located in the heart of Boston’s financial district, the hotel is 0.3 mile from the MCLE. It is also just four blocks from Faneuil Hall and a short walk from the North End. The hotel offers affordable accommodations, with free Internet throughout the hotel. Other amenities include coffee maker, free purified bottled water, fitness room, cable TV and on-demand movies.

Club Quarters in Boston is home to the popular Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant, serving a combination of British classics and North American favorites, coupled with a list of more than 100 beers and an extensive list of Scotch whiskeys.

Room Rate: $151 per night
To take advantage of this special room rate, you should call Club Quarters Member Services at 212-575-0006. Please tell the reservations agent you are with Pearsonand use the group code PEA171. Alternatively, you can e-mailmemberservices@clubquarters.com. You cannot secure the $151 rate when booking online.

August 11, 2009 Posted by | Other | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Other – Voices That Matter iPhone Conference

Other – 360iDev

I just saw a post from a friend of mine on Facebook about this conference.  I have looked through the site and speakers that will be there and it looks like it will be an amazing conference to attend.  The conference will be held September 27, 2009 – September 30, 2009.  There will also be an OpenGL class by speaker Noel Llopis on September 26, 2009 – September 27, 2009 at the same hotel.  There will be around 40 speakers in total for this event, how sweet is that.  I will hopefully be able to make this one as it looks like it will be a great event to attend.  Head on over and check out 360iDev today!

Details:

Bringing together the best and brightest of the iPhone development community! This 3-day event will take place September 27 to 30, 2009 @ The Curtis Hotel in Denver, CO.

The Curtis Hotel
1405 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 8020

360|iDev is the premiere iPhone, iPod Touch developer conference in the world. We bring together the best speakers and sponsors in the industry under one roof!

Building the iPhone developer community and increasing the networking within it is our goal. Come share stories (good and bad) about developing for the iPhone!

We’re staggering the price for 360|iDev! All three levels are available first come, first serve. The first 100 tickets at $360, then the rest are $499. Buy early to get the best deal!

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Other | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Other – 360iDev

Other – iPhone Dev Camp

Just wanted to let everyone know of this camp that goes on yearly.  I will not be able to attend this year but plan to attend next year for sure.  Head on over and check out iPhone Dev Camp today!

Details:

iPhoneDevCamp is a not-for-profit organization that gathers regularly to develop applications for iPhone and iPod touch using both the native SDK and web standards. The event format is “unconference” or Barcamp-style, featuring content from the participants themselves.

July 31, 2009 – August 2, 2009 Looks like you can attend the main event in Sunnyvale, CA or some of the other events, pricing varies on location.

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Other | , , , , , | Comments Off on Other – iPhone Dev Camp