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Thanks for Reporting Crashes

MealPlan, Resume Designer and Subliminal Browser are all configured to report crashes through  a service called HockeyApp.  

If an app crashes, just before exiting, it records some information about problem.  The next time you launch the app, it will detect this information, and pop up a request asking you if you're okay with sending it in.

Most days, there are no crash reports at all.  But on days when an app crashes, and the user sends in the crash information, I get an email.  I take all of these seriously, and they do get fixed.

When you send in crash report information, all I receive is a stack trace (a software term that means it shows me where in the source code the crash happened).  Your data isn't sent in, nor any identifying information.  What I receive are anonymous crash reports, but this is enough information for me to find and fix the few crashes I've seen.

I want to express my appreciation to everyone who has participated. The submitted crash reports have helped me find bugs that I wouldn't have found otherwise, and helped make the apps rock solid.  Thanks.

Subliminal Browser

I released a new app recently, Subliminal Browser

Subliminal messages are a fascinating story.  The idea is that quickly flashed messages can be picked up by your subconscious and your brain will parse and act on them.  There's research that shows they work, and research that shows they don't.  I believe they do.

To get the most out of the app requires creating your own messages, which can be really personal.  Some users are very uncomfortable with the idea of someone else in their household, or a guest, opening the app and browsing their messages.  Version 1.1 adds a solution.

Now you can password protect the application in two ways.  You can add a password that's required to launch the application, and you can also require a password to access the application's settings (which is where your messages are).  

Now you can write messages knowing that nobody will see them but you.

Version 1.1 is pending approval, and will be a free update once it's available.

Resume Designer 1.6.2

Exactly one week after Resume Designer 1.6.1, we've just released Resume Designer 1.6.2.  I wouldn't normally push out an update so close to the previous one, but Apple threw a wrench in the works by creating the iPhone 5.

Resume Designer 1.6.2 adds iPhone 5 support, taking advantage of the extra vertical space.  If you're lucky enough to have one of these new phones, then you can take advantage of the extra space to see more of the document you're working on.  

And while Resume Designer did work on iOS 6, I did fix a bug that made the Margin and Spacing view look wrong. 

Resume Designer is ready for iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.

Resume Designer 1.6.1

A new version of Resume Designer has just been approved and is available from the App Store.  This is version 1.6.1, and is a minor update.

This version focuses on some simple usability improvements.  It's minor stuff, but will help users discover some features that haven't been obvious.  Specifically, there's a hint in the document list that indicates that a long press will reveal a menu with document options (Duplicate, Rename, and Delete), and there's a hint in the list of resume sections that tells how to reorder the list.

Another usability tweak that I've wanted to do for a while is replacing the text field for editing dates with a picker.  Now you can pick the start and end date for a job or education entry (or any other chronological event) without having to type in numbers. 

You can get Resume Designer 1.6.1 in the App Store, or if you've already purchased it, look for updates on your device.