Saturday, March 13, 2010

Carter's Coin Flip Version 1.7 Submitted to the App Store

In version 1.7 of CCF we changed from using the random function we were using to using arc4random. I think that in a number of cases, the random seed was not working correctly but I couldn't prove it to my satisfaction. So, I just chucked the whole thing and used arc4random which seeds itself.

Also I got an actual German speaker to help me change the German words for heads and tails. This whole translation part is easy to do on the technical side and much harder on the language side. For example. I originally used Vorderseite and R├╝ckseite for Heads and Tails since I found those terms in a German coin collecting site. Lots of effort, but I later found out that those words are really just "front" and "back". When a German speaker is flipping a coin the call will be either Kopf or Zahl. I'm happy to make the change. As I translate into more and more languages I don't speak, I think it's a matter of time before my screenshots show up on a site like Engrish Funny or something.

Spanish is going to be a little more of a challenge as I'm told that each country uses words that are specific to the actual images on their coins.

I'm translating this application as I add new coins for a few reasons. The first is because it's a fun way for Carter and me to learn about new countries and their coins. The second is to honor the people in each country who have purchased the application. The last is because Apple has a nifty little deal going (for them) in that they don't pay you until you net about $250 worth of sales for any one region (for me at 70 cents a copy this might take a while). If they are smart, they are collecting interest on the money while they wait for me and all of the other developers to meet the minimum. So, the handful of purchases in Great Britian for example will probably never be paid to me. The rest of the EU is lumped together (I think), so I'm trying to translate into Spanish, French, German, Italian, etc. in order to try to get enough sales in that area to actually get paid for any of them.

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