So, I have been planning and discussing building an iPhone app for a number of months, but I am finally happy to report that yesterday I got the 1st version from my developer! Now with any project involving programming, there will be many more versions in the future…BUT I can finally look at something and begin testing!
To say the least, I'm very excited to finally have something that I can test out on my own iPhone. Now up to this point, the only thing that I have revealed about my iPhone app is that it allows the user to check their Google Adsense earnings. This functionality is in place in the version I got yesterday. However, there is also a second part to the App which I have not discussed (and won't be revealing today either). This second part is not functional yet and will be Phase 2 of the project.
I can tell you that it was a very good decision to hire a separate graphic designer to provide the image files for the developer to simply implement. Now I know the app will look very professional (and already does in my opinion) because I had the graphics designed separately. Now the developer can focus on programming the functionality of the iPhone app rather than worrying so much about the looks.
Here are a couple of images of the initial graphics for the app:
One more image from my iPhone App in development:
Anyway, that should give you an idea of the look and feel of the app overall. Obviously there is plenty more to it.
Overall, here are a few of the steps I have taken to get my iPhone App project up to the point where it is.
First, I wrote a detailed description of what I was looking for and posted it to Elance.com. After some discussion with a few interested providers, I went back and reworked my initial description of the project. This gave me a good idea of how much the app would cost to develop and gave me a chance to really think about whether or not I wanted to pursue it. There were also some feasibility concerns as far as functionality that I was able to figure out through this initial post.
Second, I drew up wire frames of all the screens that the iPhone app would have. I just used the free Microsoft Paint.net to do this. You could also use Photoshop or other Wire framing tools that are out there. Trust me, the wire frames were very ugly and basic. In fact, here is an example of one:
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Then I gave the wire frames to my graphics guy. He was able to turn them from ugly to more professional looking as you saw above.
Next, I went back to Elance.com and reactivated my job with my graphics all ready to go. I ended up hiring a developer that had bid on the initial job.
With the graphics and full work plan in hand, the developer was then able to go out and start programming the functionality of the app. After a couple of weeks, I was able to get Phase 1 back for testing.
Anyway, I just wanted to provide a quick update on where the project was. Do you have any questions? Feel free to add to the discussion by adding a comment below!
Update: 5/28/2012 – My AdAlert iPhone app is now available in the App store!