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App Creation #8 – App Inspiration – ConvertBot [VIDEO]

Everything about this particular app oozes sexiness. Who would have thought a simple tool converting various units of measurement including angles, areas, currencies, data rates, data sizes, densities, forces, lengths and many more besides would offer such a sleek experience.

It’s Your Turn

In the lower half of the screen is a dial you rotate with your finger until you find the desired conversion tool. Not only does the wheel animate – it also behaves like a true mechanism. Each turn produces a ‘click’ sound and the central ring within the dial rotates in the opposite direction to which you are turning.

This provides a sense that there could actually be movable cogs and parts hidden inside.

Converting the Masses

ConvertBot encompasses a huge selection of unit conversion options and ordinarily you might expect a long list to select the required tool. By using the rotating dial, ConvertBot removes all of the hassles when attempting to locate the conversion calculation you are seeking and enhances the experience by using smooth animations and a fine choice of sounds.

Money Matters

Currency conversion is a little bit more complicated as the values needed to calculate the result change daily. ConvertBot is smart enough to automatically update on each occasion the app is launched, although this can be disabled if you are concerned about your mobile data plan usage running over it’s monthly limit.

iTunes Store Link: ConvertBot

App Creation Series

There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow me to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

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Written by James Woodcock

James Woodcock is a Freelance Journalist specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

Experience in classic game music MIDI enhancement. DVD and HD Video capture, editing, scripting and creation. Podcasting, Internet Radio DJ and Musician.

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