qq_tracker_code_advanced_default

Empoc, LLC today, released an update for QR Encode adding QR scanning functionality. You can read all about the features of QR Encode below:

Create and Scan QR codes for any need quickly and easily with QR Encode.

QR Encode is a QR code generator that makes creating QR codes a snap. Select the QR code you wish to create, fill in the information and click on preview.

QR Encode is now also a QR code scanner that uses your Macs built-in iSight camera for scanning. You can also use images of QR codes and drag them into QR Encode.

QR Encode comes feature packed. You can generate the following QR codes:

- Free Form Text
- E-Mail Address
- Website URL
- Phone Number
- SMS Message
- vCard
- meCard
- bizCard
- vCalendar
- Android Market Links
- WiFi for Android
- Google Maps Location

QR Encode will recognize the following QR codes for scanning:

- E-Mail Address
- E-Mail Message
- Website URL’s
- Phone Numbers
- SMS Messages
- VCard
- meCard
- bizCard
- vCalendar
- Google Maps

QR Code Scanning offers an import option for each of the QR types listed above to import the information into QR Encode

E-Mail Addresses and Messages have an additional option of being opened with your default e-mail client and will auto populate the To, Subject and Body fields if available.

Website URL’s have an additional option for opening the URL in your default browser.

VCard, meCard and bizCard have an additional option of being added to the Address Book.

VCalendar has an additional option of having the containing event added to your Calendar

Google Maps has an additional option of opening your default browser to the location within the QR code.

QR Encode supports exporting your are code in PNG format. QR Encode also supports full screen mode in Lion.

QR Encode uses an embedded Google Map to help you easily and interactively search for locations to encode within your QR code.

Additional features also allow you to change the foreground and the background color of the QR code as well as setting the size and the quality of the QR code.

Get QR Encode from the Mac App Store

Swipe Lock, released today by Empoc, LLC is a new app for Mac OS X 10.6 and later that allows you to lock and unlock your Mac in a similar way to the way you lock your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

You can grab a copy of Swipe Lock at http://swipelock.empoc.com

From there you can download the Demo of Swipe Lock as well as purchase the full version for only $4.99.

Swipe Lock, is not just a screen locking app but also allows you set various options. For instance, you can set which widgets you want to show on your screen when its locked, such as; a clock widget, an airport signal strength meter, a battery meter and a button to put your Mac to sleep.

You can also choose from various pre-made themes that change the look and feel of your locked screen as well as set your own image as a background image. What’s also cool is that for those of us with multiple monitors, you can choose which monitor the lock screen should be displayed on.

Further options include setting custom lock and unlock sounds. Setting passwords, automatic startup on login, and many more. Give Swipe Lock a try. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

I’ve recently released an app; iOS Icons, on the app store. The app has been doing well and a lot of people have found great use for this tool. I’ve recently started receiving reviews for iOS Icons on the Mac App Store with 2 reviews being completely inappropriate and just plain wrong. Here are some screen shots of the reviews and a link to iOS Icons on the Mac App Store:

Link to iOS Icons on the Mac App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ios-icons/id413612688?mt=12#

Screen Shot of Review:

Here is a description as posted on the Mac App Store:

The original dev tool for creating all iOS device icons. Simple to use. Just drag your 512×512 image file into the app and click on preview to instantly see how your icons will look in all available sizes.

The reason that I made iOS icons is because I wanted an app that was similar to Icon Composer which does its job well but only generates the icon set for Mac Apps and not any of the required resolutions for any of the iOS devices.

Supports PSD, PNG, TIFF, BMP, JPEG and many other file formats.

Once your icons are saved you can import them into Xcode.

Version 1.1 has been submitted to the App Store to provide additional requested features ( Icon Names and Rounded Corners and Glass Preview )

Now I would think that if anyone took the time to read the description and maybe even looked at the screen shot of the App then it should be clear as to what the purpose of this app is. The issue I have with reviews like this is that you have no way to fight it. You can submit a concern / issue to Apple about it but there is no guarantee that they will even check into it, let alone do something about it.

That review with 1 star hurt my overall star review, I should have 4 stars but instead I have 3 1/2 stars. This will most likely discourage some people to even look at the app further. As developers we should at least have a way to comment on a review because honestly, some of these reviews are just not fair and some of them as is with this case are completely irrelevant.

I may come across as ranting here, but I needed to say something about it where people could see. Hopefully the complaint I filed with Apple will have some affect and they will consider removing the review but I’m not holding my breath.

What do you guys think? Are you  a developer that has received an unfair or blatantly irrelevant review for one of your apps? What have you done to try and correct the situation?