Visionary director J.J. Abrams brings to life the motion picture event of a generation. As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It’s up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.

Apps

  • Update to “4077: An Unofficial M*A*S*H Trivia App”

    Update to “4077: An Unofficial M*A*S*H Trivia App”

    Today version 1.1 of “Update to 4077: An Unofficial M*A*S*H Trivia App” has been released. This version is a minor release that adds support for the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

    You can download it from the iOS App Store, or you can play the web version at https://mashtrivia.app.

  • “4077: An Unofficial M*A*S*H Trivia Game” Now Available

    “4077: An Unofficial M*A*S*H Trivia Game” Now Available

    Back on September 17th, 1972 a new TV show debuted, that tv show is called M*A*S*H. It has now been 50 years since it initially debuted. At the time nobody would have been able to predict just how much of an impact the show would have, not just immediately, but also many years into the future.

    The final episode of M*A*S*H, “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen“, was the most watched finale of any TV series in history, with 105 million viewers. There are many people, including those who were not around when the show was first on the air, who love the show.

    To help commemorate the 50th anniversary, I am announcing the availability of a new game called, “4077: An Unofficial M*A*S*H Trivia Game“. There are two versions, one on the web, and companion iOS app. The web version is available at https://mashtivia.app.

    There are four different game modes.

    • Easy – 30 second timer with 5 questions per round and up to 3 wrong answers per round
    • Medium – 20 second timer with 7 questions per round and up to 2 wrong answers per round.
    • Hard – 15 second timer with 10 questions per round and up to 2 wrong answers per round.
    • R&R – No timer, 5 questions per round. Play as many rounds as you would like.

    The questions for the game are original and come from re-watching the actual episodes and are not from any website or book. Some of the questions are going to be easy to answer while others will be significantly more difficult.

    The first release has questions only from the first season of the show. There are 579 questions over the 24 episodes. More questions will be added over time as seasons are completed.

    There are no ads in the game, it is merely designed to pay homage to a timeless show. If you play the game and enjoy it, feel free to share it with others.

    As mentioned above, there is also iOS version of the game. It is available for iPhone, iPad, and macOS. It requires iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or macOS Ventura to run. You can also download it from the iOS App Store.

    Below are just a few screenshots of the app. You can read more information about the iOS app by navigation to https://mashtrivia.app/app.

  • wwriteLite 8.3.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.3.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite has been in development for almost 14 years. Over that time there have been many changes. The app has gone from being a very basic text editor, to now having a significant number of features, including templates, writing prompts, one word prompts, and even rich text file support.

    wwriteLite 8.3.0 is probably one of the biggest updates thus far, and it includes only a few features, but they are big ones. The new features include:

    • Saved Prompts
    • Prompt Searching
    • Saved Prompt Syncing
    • File and Template Syncing

    Let us look at each of these in turn, starting with Saved Prompts.

    Saved Prompts

    Version 8.0 of wwriteLite introduced “One Word Prompts” and “Writing Prompts”. Now, with 8.3.0 you can save any of the prompts. This is done by opening up the One Word or Writing prompt screen and then tapping on the “star” icon. This will save the prompt.

    You can then go back and look at your Saved Prompts by performing the following steps:

    1. On the File List screen, tap on the “+” button.
    2. Tap on the “Prompts” menu.
    3. Tap on “Saved Prompts”.

    Here you can tap on any of your saved prompts and it will create a new file with the saved prompt.

    Prompt Searching

    Also new is that the ability to search One Word Prompt, Writing Prompts, or even your saved prompts. This is done by swiping down from one of the prompt screens to perform a search. This is only available on devices running iOS 15 or later, or macOS Monterey or later.

    Saved Prompt Syncing

    In addition to being able to saving prompts, you can enable Saved Prompt syncing by performing the following:

    1. Tap on Tools.
    2. Tap on Settings.
    3. Scroll down to “Syncing”.
    4. Tap on “Enable Saved Prompt Syncing”.

    Saved Prompt syncing must be enabled on each device. Saved Prompt data is stored in iCloud and only you have access to your saved prompts.

    File and Template Syncing

    Similar to Saved Prompt syncing, you can now enable syncing of your files between devices. The steps to enable File and Template syncing are similar to that of Saved Prompts. The steps are:

    1. Tap on Tools.
    2. Tap on Settings.
    3. Scroll down to “Syncing”.
    4. Tap on “Enable File and Template Syncing”.

    Just as with Saved Prompt syncing, you will need to enable File and Template syncing on each of your devices. As with Saved Prompts, your Files and Templates are stored in iCloud and only you will have access to your files and template.

    This covers all of the new features with wwriteLite 8.3.0. Syncing has been a long time coming and it is now here.

    You can view the full change log on the wwriteLite website. As usual, wwriteLite 8.3.0 is a free update and is available as a free download.

  • Site and App 2021 Year in Review

    I do not normally do a yearly “recap” blog post, for the site, but I thought I would do so for this year. It’s been an interesting year for the site and the Here are some statistics.


    Posts

    Total number of posts: 193
    Number of non-‘availability’ posts: 70 (including this one).
    Number of Reviews: 12, which is an average of one a month.

    Total Word Count (not including “availability” posts): 81,704 / average of 1,167.20 words

    Average Word Count: 1166.80 words per post
    Number of “Availability” posts: 123

    • AirTag: 13
    • iPad Pro: 10
    • iPhone 100

    Page Views

    Total Page Views from 2016 to 2021:

    • 2021: 13,860 / 37.97 per day
    • 2020: 9,594 / 26.21 per day
    • 2019: 13,475 / 36.91 per day
    • 2018: 11,573 / 31.71 per day
    • 2017: 29,126 / 79.80 per day
    • 2016: 34,166 / 93.35 per day

    Most popular post: Account Locked after updating macOS Big Sur – 3,933 views
    Most Popular Review: A Review of the 5th Generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro – 809 views


    Book Statistics

    I don’t normally post about how well my books sell, but here are those statistics: Total Books sold from 2019 to 2021:

      2021 2020 2019 Total
    Apple 322 475 561 1,358
    Amazon 48 130 251 427
    Paperback (B&W) 21 32 115 166
    Hardcover/Color Paperback 0 8 10 18
    Total 391 645 937 1,973

    I’m not sure why I sold significantly fewer books this year as opposed to previous years, but that seems to be the case. I am not sure if it just that I have not been linked from other sites, or if I did not promote my books well enough, or if it is because I only wrote one book this year instead of two so people presumed I did not write a book this year. It is also entirely possible that is for another reason that I could not think of. 

    I hope next year’s book sales will be higher, closer to 2019’s numbers.


    App Statistics

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    App Updates: 9, with an average of 34 days between each release. Here are the new downloads of wwriteLite per year:

    • 2021: 69
    • 2020: 56
    • 2019: 66
    • 2018: 136
    • 2017: 101
    • 2016: 132

    There are some big changes coming in the next update to the app. So if you want to be one of the first to get access to the features, go and sign up for the TestFlight.


    Closing Thoughts

    Overall 2021 was not too bad for the site, app, and books. Of course I would have preferred to have sold a few more copies of the books, and had a few more downloads of my app, but alas, it is what it is. I hope the numbers improve for next year, but only time will tell on that.

    What kind of content did you enjoy? What would you like to see covered that was not? What would you like to see changed? Let me know via twitter.


  • wwriteLite 8.2.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.2.0 Now Available

    There is a new version of my app, wwriteLite available for download. Version 8.2.0 brings a few new features, some bug fixes, and a few tweaks. Here are the changes.

    New Features

    • Now Requires iOS 14.7.
    • New “wide” Ad that will display differently than the “tall” ad type.
    • New “Remove Ad” button in the upper corner of the ad. This will bring up the “In App Purchase” screen so you can remove ads. If you already have the “Remove Ads” in-app purchase, it will toggle the setting to “always show ads”.
    • Added support for 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max chips.
    • Updated look of Change Log.
    • Updated look of Frequently Asked Questions.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed some strings in the Debug View that were not localized, but should have been.
    • Fixed issue where Feature Requests would crash the app.
    • Fixed an issue where Feature Requests were not properly submitted.
    • Fixed issue where the file list would change when an ad was clicked on the iPad mini.
    • Fixed an issue where the Ad would not properly refresh.

    Tweaks

    • Submit button on Feature Request cannot be clicked if there is no text in the feature request.
    • Changed the Date on the Change Log to be localized to the short version of the date.

    As always, you can download the update from the App Store. You can also view the full change log on the wwriteLite site. If you experience any issues, please let me know.

  • wwriteLite 8.1.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.1.0 Now Available

    I have updated my app wwriteLite to version 8.1.0. This is a minor update that has a couple of new features, fixes some things, and has one tweak. This version includes the following:

    New Features

    • Adds support for the 6th generation iPad mini.
    • On iPad mini the file list will always float over the file text.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed issue with title on Writing Prompts widget padding on iPad mini.
    • Fixed extra spaces in some text.

    Tweaks

    • Optimized Interfaces for iPad mini (6th Generation)

    Version 8.1.0 is now available. As always, you can download the update from the App Store. You can view the full change log on the wwriteLite site.

  • wwriteLite 8.0.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.0.0 Now Available

    I have released a new version of my app, wwriteLite, version 8.0.0. This new version has a few new features, most notably the new “Prompts” feature. There are two types of prompts, “One Word Prompts” and “Writing Prompts”.

    One Word Prompts

    The “One Word” prompt is also aptly named in that it will provide you with a new word to provide a prompt. There is a new word every day. Some examples include: 

    • drip
    • scratch
    • fly

    Every effort has been made to not have duplicates, but it is possible that there will be some along the way. 

    Writing Prompts

    Writing Prompts is a prompt with a new one being shown every week. As the name implies, it provides a writing prompt. Some examples are: 

    • Think about the best vacation you have taken and write about why it is your favorite.
    • Write about your favorite childhood toy.
    • Write a story about living as part of King Arthur’s entourage.

    Widgets

    Both prompt types can be added as a widget in either the Today View (on iOS, iPadOS, or macOS) or it can be placed on one of your home screens (iOS or iPadOS). 

    As always, wwriteLite is a free update. There is an additional icon pack called “Fruit” that you can purchase. It is $0.99, like the other icon packs, “Space”.

    You can check out the full change log for the app. You can also download it from the App Store.

  • wwriteLite version 7.2.3 Now Available

    wwriteLite version 7.2.3 Now Available

    There is a new version of wwriteLite available, version 7.2.3. This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where the “Sun” icon would not be shown as available in the list of app icons.

    As always this is a free update to wwriteLite and it is available now. You can view the full list of changes by checking out the Change Log on the wwriteLite website.

    Version 7.2.2 Notes

    Another minor bug update. This time it fixes an issue where the platform would be detected properly.

    Version 7.2.1 Notes
    This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where you could not see the Markdown Preview text when using Dark mode and when the file being previewed is not using a template.

    Version 7.2.0 Notes
    It looks like Bill Lumbergh and Dom Portwood have finally decided to jump into the 21st century. They have decided that all TPS reports needs to be submitted in Markdown for easy conversion to HTML so they can be viewed on the Initech, LLC intranet, called Ininet. Therefore, wwriteLite now needs to be able to support Markdown.

    With version 7.2.0, you can now write Markdown, preview it by tapping on the Document icon in the toolbar. Once you have previewed your markdown you can import a CSS file from the Document Picker or via URL. Once used, the file will be downloaded and stored so you can use it on other files as well. You may also delete the CSS files by tapping on the “trash” icon in the menu bar.

    Also added in this version is a new “Open Source” screen which lists the open source libraries used within wwriteLite. This is accessed via the “About” screen.

    There is one tweak as well, the “Drag” icon has been removed and replaced with the Markdown Preview.

  • wwriteLite 7.2.2 Now Available

    wwriteLite 7.2.2 Now Available

    There is an update to wwriteLite, to version 7.2.2. This is another minor bug fix. This time it fixes an issue where the platform would be detected properly.

    As always this is a free wwriteLite and it is available now. You can view the full list of changes by checking out the Change Log on the wwriteLite website.

    Version 7.2.1 Notes
    This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where you could not see the Markdown Preview text when using Dark mode and when the file being previewed is not using a template.

    Version 7.2.0 Notes
    It looks like Bill Lumbergh and Dom Portwood have finally decided to jump into the 21st century. They have decided that all TPS reports needs to be submitted in Markdown for easy conversion to HTML so they can be viewed on the Initech, LLC intranet, called Ininet. Therefore, wwriteLite now needs to be able to support Markdown.

    With version 7.2.0, you can now write Markdown, preview it by tapping on the Document icon in the toolbar. Once you have previewed your markdown you can import a CSS file from the Document Picker or via URL. Once used, the file will be downloaded and stored so you can use it on other files as well. You may also delete the CSS files by tapping on the “trash” icon in the menu bar.

    Also added in this version is a new “Open Source” screen which lists the open source libraries used within wwriteLite. This is accessed via the “About” screen.

    There is one tweak as well, the “Drag” icon has been removed and replaced with the Markdown Preview.

  • wwriteLite 7.2.1 Now Available

    wwriteLite 7.2.1 Now Available

    There is an update to wwriteLite, to version 7.2.1. This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where you could not see the Markdown Preview text when using Dark mode and when the file being previewed is not using a template.

    As always this is a free wwriteLite and it is available now. You can view the full list of changes by checking out the Change Log on the wwriteLite website.

    Version 7.2.0 Notes
    It looks like Bill Lumbergh and Dom Portwood have finally decided to jump into the 21st century. They have decided that all TPS reports needs to be submitted in Markdown for easy conversion to HTML so they can be viewed on the Initech, LLC intranet, called Ininet. Therefore, wwriteLite now needs to be able to support Markdown.

    With version 7.2.0, you can now write Markdown, preview it by tapping on the Document icon in the toolbar. Once you have previewed your markdown you can import a CSS file from the Document Picker or via URL. Once used, the file will be downloaded and stored so you can use it on other files as well. You may also delete the CSS files by tapping on the “trash” icon in the menu bar.

    Also added in this version is a new “Open Source” screen which lists the open source libraries used within wwriteLite. This is accessed via the “About” screen.

    There is one tweak as well, the “Drag” icon has been removed and replaced with the Markdown Preview.