Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ridiculous Apple App Store rejection, Apple just hates Diablo 3

My app's name was originally called "D3 Items" and Apple didn't like it and asked me to change to "Items for Diablo 3". Today, my app submission was rejected because Apple doesn't want to have "Diablo 3" in the name at all. How is people going to know what this app is about without indication the app is for the game Diablo. It is ridiculous.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Userful xcodebuild command lines

I setup Jenkins jobs to build iOS project for QA and release. Here are some useful xcodebuild commands that I use. Tested with XCode 9.

Create a xcarchive file
xcodebuild -project ${APPNAME}.xcodeproj -scheme ${APPSCHEME} -configuration Release clean -archivePath "${WORKSPACE}/${APPNAME}.xcarchive" archive

Create an IPA from xcarchive file with exportOptions.
xcodebuild -exportArchive -archivePath "${APPNAME}.xcarchive" -exportPath "${WORKSPACE}" -exportOptionsPlist exportOptions.plist -allowProvisioningUpdates

If the above command doesn't create an IPA, try putting xcrun in front. To generate an IPA with the correct certificate and provision profile, you must set them correctly in exportOptions.plist. See example below.

Create an APP file for simulator
xcodebuild -project ${APPNAME}.xcodeproj -scheme ${APPSCHEME} -configuration Debug -sdk iphonesimulator clean build

Sample exportOptions.plist
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
 <string>enterprise</string> //app-store, enterprise, ad-hoc or development
 <string>iPhone Distribution</string> //Certificate name
 <string>T7L12345678</string> //The development program team identifier.
  <string>fe26f4e4-11d0-4054-898c-144a8se030a1</string> //Provision profile UUID

Update build version in Info.plist
/usr/libexec/Plistbuddy -c "Set CFBundleVersion ${BUILD_NUMBER}" "${WORKSPACE}/${APPNAME}/Info.plist"

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

KML Collection iOS App

I often create apps I need that are not available in the app store. This is one of them. I usually plan my travel trip using Google My Maps to store all the interesting places I want to go. I needed an app that can import KML map files exported by Google and show all the places. I also want an easy way for me to open the place in my favorite navigation app. So, I created KML Collection using swift.

App Store link

Monday, January 1, 2018

Update: Items for Diablo 3

Happy New Year!
My first personal app Items for Diablo 3 was released in September 23rd, 2013 when I was actively playing the game Diablo 3. It received lots of great reviews from players that encouraged me to keep making updates to Items for Diablo 3. From a simple off-line items viewer to hero profiles checker, to hero skills simulator, to rift rankings. I want to say thank you to the fans of the app.

App Store link

Here are a few reviews from the app store.
Like it was made by Blizzard themselves
I have been searching for awhile for an app that would provide the utility of the official WoW Armory app for Diablo. I've tried several and never been satisfied - until now! This app is absolutely fantastic. It provides everything I had been wanting - easy ability to view my characters, full skill calculator/browser, and a cleanly presented database of legendary and set items. The search for the database is quick and robust - it will even give you a list of all class-appropriate items by simply entering the class in the search box! For the Diablo enthusiast, I highly recommend this app. It is everything the Armory is for WoW - 10/10! by darienspecter
Well written Diablo 3 app finally!! by *Vladimir*
Very useful and better than any tool I've tried! by Rg418
This app goes above and beyond all it's competitors. Just the fact that all the info in it is updated should be enough to put it head and shoulders above the other Diablo 3 companion apps but this app takes it to an even higher level. Excellent app and even though the ads weren't something I needed to pay to get rid of, I did just to pay tribute to the developer going above and beyond what he had to. It's a shame I can't do a better job articulating how good this app is because it deserves it after I've dealt with other subpar apps for months. by Mawillar
No doubt you Gentlemen have done a fantastic job in the development of probably one the most comprehensive D3 information sites I have found. Kudos for a job well done. by ElsagBailey

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Skill Tree Lookup for ESO app: Taste of ReactNative

I heard about ReactNative when it first came out. After many years later, I finally decided to give it a try because it would be nice to release an app for both Android and iOS platform. I'm not an Android app engineer so this was my first app that is available on Google Play thanks to ReactNative. The app turned out nice and looks native, but the performance is not as good as native app build using Swift or Java especially on older devices.

I was excited about the Android release because there are more Android phones out there. Result is that I made about the same Ad revenue from each platform.

App Store link
Google Play link

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My HTPC remote mouse: VMouse

I have a HTPC set up in my living room that have TightVNC running so I can remote control it using my tablet or desktop. Sometimes, I just need to have an app that act like a mouse without the full remote desktop experience. I found many apps in the app store can do this but requires installation of its own server application on the HTPC. I don't like the idea of installing extra server that would take up more computer resource. Plus I trust TightVNC more. Since I already have TightVNC installed, I should be able to control the mouse via VNC protocol (RFB). This's why VMouse was born.

App Store link

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ridiculous Apple App Store rejection

My Items for Diablo 3 app has been in app store for years with 4.5 stars reviews from users got a rejection for a minor update. The reason was the following.

"We noticed that your app only includes links, images, or content aggregated from the Internet with limited or no native iOS functionality. We understand that this content may be curated from the web specifically for your users, but since it does not sufficiently differ from a mobile web browsing experience, it is not appropriate for the App Store."

Anyone that uses the app would know that the reviewer does not know what he is doing.