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wwrite and wwriteFree 3.2.1

After the update of wwrite and wwriteFree to 3.2.0, I noticed a couple of things that needed to be changed. Here is what has changed:

  • Fixed Privacy Policy button accessibility text
  • Added accessibility text for each file
  • The header on top of the files now automatically adjusts.
  • Added accessibility text for the advertisements in wwriteFree.

The changes are minor, but they should help those who need accessibility messages to be able to use wwrite and wwriteFree a bit more easily. If you use voice over, or any other accessibility options, and find any issues, definitely let me know.

Per usual, the updates are free. You can download wwrite, or wwriteFree now.

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wwrite and wwriteFree 3.2.0

wwrite and wwriteFree have been updated. There have been two minor changes for both applications.

The first is there is now a “Privacy Policy” button in the “About” screen.

The second change revolves around new files. If you do not have any customized templates, creating a new file will automatically create a blank file. However, if you have customized templates, you will be prompted to select what type of file.

These are minor updates, but should help streamline in some manner. Per usual, the updates are free. If you have any problems, or feature requests, let me know on twitter.

You can download wwrite, or wwriteFree now.

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wwrite and wwriteFree: Updates and Changes

The last app updates for wwrite and wwriteFree was in May of 2017. A bit more than five months ago. When I began doing the update then, I decided to go with a new model for my apps. wwrite remained a paid application and wwriteFree would remain free but would be an older version of the app. After some thinking, and reflecting, I have decided to change things around again with a different model.

wwrite will still remain a paid application, $0.99 and is ad-free. wwriteFree is the app that will see the change. Versions 2.1 and prior versions were ad-supported by using Apple’s iAd platform. Apple shut down the iAd platform in June of 2016, which prompted the update to wwriteFree to become ad-free. At the time that iAd was shutting down I looked into getting another advertiser. I would have gone with the juggernaut Google’s Adsense. However, this is not possible due to an issue I had with Google. I have looked into other advertisers, but due to the small nature of the app, and the website, none of them would allow me to use their ad service.

As I pondered the ratio of paid versus free downloads of my apps, (97% free versus 3% paid), I came to the conclusion that I did not want to exclude the larger portion of my user base from the latest features. In order to make sure they got the latest features, I have shifted the models again.

I have opted to go back to wwriteFree being an ad-supported. Ultimately, what I have decided to do is to go with custom first-party ads. Every ad that is shown in the app is determined by me. The ads that I will start off with are advertisements for my own e-books. I will likely be adding a wider variety of items in the future, but that is where I will start. This change means that the version numbers of wwrite and wwriteFree are now the same, with the only difference being the ads, which really is how I prefer the applications to be.

If you would like to advertise, get a hold of my by either direct messaging me on twitter or send an email to sales@waynesworkshop.com.

As for the changes in wwrite and wwriteFree, Here are the changes:

New Features

  • Requires iOS 11
  • Adds support for iPhone X
  • Support for drag and drop on the iPad
  • You can drop a text file, or text, onto the file or into the “File List” to import
  • You can drag text to and from the Files app or any other app
  • Navigation is now consistent
  • Adjusted Twitter support to use Safari

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would hide the text of the file under the keyboard

wwrite and wwriteFree 3.1.0 are now available for download in the iOS App Store.

App Updates and Model Change

When one starts out creating an application, it is usually with the intent of keeping it up to date with all of the latest enhancements and changes that newer operating systems might bring. That was my intention with my apps, wwrite, wwrite – iPhone Edition, and wwriteFree. However, as many have experienced, life sometimes gets in the way.

History

Back in March of 2010, before the iPad was launched but after it was announced, I got an idea for an app for the iPad: a plain-text editor. The idea was to use the iPad for productivity; which seems to be well ahead of the curve. I submitted my app to the iOS App Store in early April 2010 and it has been on sale ever since.

I kept it up to date on a semi-regular basis after that. That was up until June of 2014. In June of 2014, right before the introduction of iOS 8, I updated wwrite and wwriteFree to be compatible with iOS 7. I did this because I knew I would be spending the summer writing two e-books, iOS 8 for Users and Developers, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for Users, Administrators, and Developers, so I would not have a chance to do any updates on the apps.

Back on August 10th, 2014, I removed the iPhone version of my app, wwrite – iPhone Edition, from sale. The biggest reason for this was that it was a lot of work to update the application and not many people had purchased it. To be honest, besides the lack of sales, there is the Notes app, which is absolutely free and included on all iOS devices.

Fast Forward

Part of the reason for not getting updates was just a lack of motivation. I have been toying with doing an update for over a year. One would have been a complete re-write using Swift, but this was a bit too daunting. I must have started this at least four times, but it never got that far. It may be bad for a developer to say, but I do not use my own application that often. This is mostly due to how bad it looks like on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Regardless, I did still want to update it, I just needed to get the motivation and time. The final push for motivation was this exchange on Twitter.

In case you are unaware, James writes an application called PCalc. You should go and purchase PCalc as well as PCalc for tvOS.

So, a couple weeks ago I decided to really get down to updating my app. When I decided to update it, I knew I wanted to use be a Universal app (one that works on iPhone as well as iPad). The second thing I knew I wanted to do was make it work in Slide Over and Split Screen, just a James suggested. So that is what I have done.

wwrite 3.0.0 now supports full Split Screen and slide over. Here are the rest of the new features:

  • Now a Universal application, supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
  • Supports Split View and Slide Over.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts for Save, New File, New File From Template, Help, Show/Hide file list, Do word count
  • Ability to import plain-text files from other applications using the “Share Sheet”.
  • Fixed word count miscalculation
  • Reworked Template Customization
  • Jump Directly to App Settings from “Tools” drop-down
  • Support for system Emoji within files.
  • Other “under the hood” changes to bring everything up to date.

Pricing Model

Since its initial release in April of 2010, wwrite has always been a paid application and this will continue to be the case. wwriteFree was designed to be ad-supported with Apple’s iAd platform. Since Apple discontinued their iAd platform, I have decided to change the way that the model for the two apps. wwrite will still be paid but it will have more up to date features. Whereas wwriteFree will stay free but will not always have the latest features. For instance, it does not support Slide Over nor does it support Split View.

wwriteFree has received a minor update to remove the advertising, and make it somewhat more up to date. Previously it required iOS 7, wwriteFree now requires iOS 9.

If you already have wwrite, it will be a free update. If you do not own, now is a good time to go and buy a copy.

wwrite 2.1.2 and wwriteFree 2.1.2

Both wwrite 2.1.2 and wwriteFree 2.1.2 have been released.

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wwrite 2.1.2 has a couple of minor changes. The new features include the addition of support via twitter and implementation of auto layout. The bug fixes include some text within the “About” section of the app. The full change log is here.

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wwriteFree 2.1.2 has feature parity with wwrite 2.1.2. These items include iOS 7 features like Dynamic Text, support for retina iPads, 64-bit support, a new file format and more archive types. The full change log is here.