Monday, May 23, 2011

Back to the Cat Game

A little girl is having her 10th birthday next week. What she wants for her birthday is for the cat paper doll app we've been tinkering with for a year or so to be in the App Store. This will be a hard deadline to meet. We have 7 days.

The sticking point has always been and continues to be this problem: if you let the user resize the cat with a pinch motion, how do you also resize the cat's collar, bow and hat. That is a simple geometry problem but is made more complex by the fact that the collar, bow and hat need to respond to touches so that they can be repositioned. We have solved this problem about 10,000 different ways over the last year but always end up finding a fatal flaw in one of the edge cases that makes us scrap the design.

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