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Apps

  • Ending Development and Support for wwrite

    There is a new version of wwrite available, version 6.3.0. This will be the final version of wwrite. After more than 10 1/2 years of development it is time to stop working on wwrite. There are a few reasons for this decision.

    The first reason is that there is very little usage of the app. I could speculate on why only a few people use it, and I will, but the reality is that not many people use it. The first possible reason is that it is a paid up-front app, you cannot try it before purchasing. The app has always been this way. While it is only $0.99, there is a large contingent of people who are reluctant to purchase any apps these days. The second possible reason is that it is hard to search for the app. If you do a search for “wwrite” in the App Store, every other writing app will appear, but wwrite will not. This is due toApple presuming you mean “write”, and not “wwrite”. Therefore, so every other app comes up in the results. The app name has not never changed, it has been the same since its introduction in April of 2010. This is entirely on Apple, since they control the searching algorithm. I get that people make mistakes, but they really should show exact matches first. They do have a link to search just for “wwrite” instead, but nobody sees that because it is in a small font.

    The next two reasons are interrelated. The next reason is that there is a more popular version, wwriteLite. This is a free app, but it is ad-supported with first party ads. As mentioned above, the free version is definitely more popular than a paid version. Similarly, maintaining two versions of the same app is duplicating work. Any feature that gets added to one app, outside of anything related to ads, gets added to the other app. Therefore, this creates additional work for me just to maintain the same app twice.

    The last reason is somewhat related to the last two. In January of 2020, I added the ability to make in-app purchases to wwriteLite. At the time the only in-app purchase was to remove ads. The price of this is $0.99. The in-app purchase effectively makes wwriteLite into the exact same app as wwrite.

    For all of these reasons, I have made the decision to stop working on wwrite. It is not one that I came to lightly. wwrite was my first iOS app and its is not easy to stop working on an app after so much time. However, practicality dictates the change. If people are not using it,

    I hope that stopping support on wwrite will allow me to make some bigger changes with wwriteLite, ones that I have wanted to make for a while but have not as of yet. wwriteLite is not going away, and there is a new version of that app available.

    wwrite should continue to work throughout iOS and iPadOS 14’s lifecycles. I am not sure if it will work in future versions of iOS and iPadOS. You can see the list of changes for the app below, or by checking out the change log.

    If you have purchased wwrite at all in 2020, you can contact me to get a redemption code for the in-app purchase to remove ads from wwriteLite. Proof of purchase will be required for this. If you have purchased wwrite at all since it was initially released in 2010, thank you for using the app. I recommend using wwriteLite. So, give it a try, it is free after all.

    Version 6.3.0 Changes

    New Features

    • Final release of wwrite.
    • Added one-time alert for end of development. This is also avaiable in the “About” screen.

    Tweaks

    • Removed Feature Request menu option.
    • Removed Contact support via email and twitter menu options.
    • Removed Submit Review button on About screen.
    • Remove ability to make in-app purchases, but you can restore existing in-app purchases.
    • Removed wwrite from being able to run on Macs with an M1 chip.

  • wwriteLite 6.3.0 is now available

    A new version of wwriteLite is available, version 6.3.0. This version makes a few changes.

    New Features

    • There is now a dedicated domain for the app, wwritelite.app.
    • The API urls have all been updated to use the new domain.

    These changes should be transparent, but in case something is not working properly.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a bug where the app would crash when clicking on the Tools -> Support -> Twitter.

    Tweaks

    • The date and time labels for a file should no longer wrap by default.

    If you have any issues be sure to use the Tools -> Support button and either email or reach out on twitter. As has been the case with the previous updates, this is free for all users running iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, or a Mac with an M1 chip running macOS Big Sur. You can download it from the App Store.

  • wwrite and wwriteLite 6.2.2 Now Availabile

    There has been another update to wwrite and wwriteLite to version 6.2.2. This update actually fixes a bug that was caused by version 6.2.1. This fixes the identifiers for iOS devices.

    You can purchase wwrite for $0.99 or you can get wwriteLite for free, but it is ad-supported with first-party ads. As always, if there are any issues let me know.

  • wwrite and wwriteLite 6.2.1 Now Available

    There has been a minor update to both wwrite and wwriteLite. This update fixes a couple of minor issues with the proper labels when running wwrite or wwriteLite on the M1 Macs. These updates are now available and are free updates for existing users.

    You can purchase wwrite for $0.99 or you can get wwriteLite for free, but it is ad-supported with first-party ads. As always, if there are any issues let me know.

  • wwrite and wwriteLite 6.2.0 Now Available

    I have released versions 6.2 for my apps, wwrite and wwriteLite. This new version adds support for macOS Big Sur for Macs running Apple Silicon.

    The apps when running on macOS Big Sur on an Apple Silicon machine, you will get all of the same features as on iOS, with a couple of exceptions. There are no app icons that can be purchased, due to limitations on macOS Big Sur. You still do get the following:

    • Distraction Mode
    • Templates
    • Drag and Drop
    • Importing files
    • Archiving of files

    Both of the updates are free for existing users. If you do not own wwrite, you can purchase it for $0.99. You can also download wwriteLite for free from the App Store.

  • wwrite 6.1.0 and wwriteLite 6.1.0 Now Available

    There has been a minor update to my apps, wwrite and wwriteLite. Version 6.1.0 is a minor update of each app and the only change is that it adds support for the new iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and 4th Generation iPad Air. These are both free updates for existing users and wwrite can be purchased for $0.99.

  • wwrite 6.0 and wwriteLite 6.0 Now Available

    With the release of iOS 14 today, there are new versions of my iOS apps, wwrite and wwriteLite. Both of the apps have the same set of changes:

    New Features

    • Requires iOS 14.
    • New free Icons “Halo” and “Sketch”.
    • New icon set “Space” (In-App Purchase). This icon pack is $0.99, or the equivalent in your country.
    • New menus for “New File”, “Tools”, and “Archives”.
    • New Screens for FAQs and ChangeLog.

    Tweaks

    • Updated Template Color Picker to use built-in color picker in iOS 14.

    Both of these are free updates and are available now. If you experience any issues with the updates, definitely let me know by going to Tools -> Support and contact me via email or Twitter.

  • wwrite 5.3.1 and wwriteLite 5.3.1 Now Available

    There is a minor update to both wwrite and wwriteLite. There is only one tweak which is to the Feature Request screen. The entire screen has been reworked to accommodate smaller screens and the submit button is now at the top of the screen instead of the bottom.

    As always these are free updates for existing users.

  • wwrite 5.3.0 and wwriteLite 5.3.0 Now Available

    I have released new versions of wwrite and wwriteLite. These are a minor update that provides a few new features and some tweaks. The biggest changes are the new Sentiment icon and the ability to show only Family-Friendly ads.

    New Features

    • Added Sentiment option which shows how positive your text is. 0 – 33 is negative, 33 to 66 is neutral, and 66 to 100 is positive.
    • There is a new option to only show “Family Friendly” ads. This is available by going to Tools -> Settings -> Family Friendly Ads. (wwriteLite only)
    • The Paragraph count of the current file is now in the “Info” panel.
    • Want a new feature? Use the new “Feature Request” option available under Tools -> Support. This is entirely anonymous with no email necessary.

    Tweaks

    • Added additional debug information. Debug information will now be sent to support when you send an email.
    • Added error logs, which will be included with any email to support.
  • Tetris Subscription is Highway Robbery

    If you have played any games on any device, one of them has likely been Tetris. Tetris has been around since 1985 and there have been many versions of the game even on iOS. Tetris licenses out the name of the game so others can create a game. Back in January of 2020, a whole new version of Tetris was released by the development group N3twork. The release can be viewed on tetris.com.

    As is the case with many apps these days, they are free with ads. Quite often there is the ability to remove the ads. When the app was released, there was an offer to remove ads. This was a one-time fee of $4.99. I immediately purchased this, because I do not like seeing ads when I am playing a game. The one-time purchase mechanism is useful in some situations, however, it is becoming less common. Instead, many apps are moving towards a subscription model.

    In many cases, this makes sense, because a subscription can generate consistent revenue. The reason for this is because many people sign up for a subscription and often forget that they have subscribed. When it comes time to renew, if they didn’t pay attention the notice from Apple, and say, “oh it’s only x, I’ll keep subscribing”. If the fee is small enough, say $4.99 a month, most would not argue with that.

    While I was digging through the interface of Tetris, I noticed that there was the option to change avatars and your background. These had a lock in the lower right corner. So I tapped on it, and it brings up the option for “Tetris Premium”, which I can understand.

    What shocked me though was not that they were offering a subscription, but the price. It is $4.99 per week. This is not $4.99 per month, which I can somewhat understand, but PER WEEK. This means that if you were to subscribe to Tetris Premium for an entire year, it would cost your $259.48. Here is what you would get for that:

    1. No interstitial ads
    2. Exclusive LCD Theme
    3. Three Exclusive Avatars

    That is it. I would hope that they would add more backgrounds and avatars.

    My Thoughts

    To me, this is completely absurd. I will concede that it is possible that this is an “accident” and it meant to be per month, but it does not seem to be the case. It is also possible that the interface can update to whatever the current offer. There are many apps that are scammy apps that try to trick people into spending money for very little in return.

    I am not saying that $4.99 is inappropriate for all applications, quite the contrary. However, for a game like Tetris, pricing of $4.99 per week is definitely not worth the price. To me, this just seems like a cash grab. Not only should N3twork be ashamed, Tetris Holdings, Inc. should protect their brand, because this is going to make people stop trusting any Tetris apps in the future.