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Working with David Cui (Zuizin) on EyeSpy for macOS

Lately I've been working on various projects with several new #freelance #iOS#Swift #mobileapp developers, including David Cui (Zuizin).

David is helping us update the illumineX, inc. cartoon-eyes toy, EyeSpy (for macOS), which we've been ignoring for a few years.

David is enthusiastic, professional, and effective. He's the type of developer who likes to leave a campsite cleaner than he found it.

While doing routine maintenance on the product (updating it for Swift 5 and Xcode 11.5) he noticed there was a tiny bit of test code accidentally left in the product for years, and causing a little glitch. He brought it to our immediate attention, and fixed it.

David also cleaned up and modernized our In-App Purchase system, which hadn't had any attention for a few years. It turns out that even though our IAP store had been working in sandbox testing in the lab, it had been failing silently about 1/3 of the time in production. Doh!

The IAP system in EyeSpy is a well-oiled mac…
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Blogs: Not dead, yet!

If you're a blogger, you might find this essay, recently shared to YCombinator's Hacker News from a blog, to be of interest. It's perhaps a little pessimistic, but has some fair observations about the state of affairs in the #blogosphere. 
If I could bring one thing back to the internet it would be blogs It's almost impossible now to find a blog that's not on a focused theme because that's what search engines focus on and how websites profit. But you want the opposite, a blog that never tried to focus or even thought about it.  The observations about the role of the only search engine that presently matters, Google, in the state of the blogosphere are worthy of consideration. In the discussion at Hacker News, the author was criticized a bit for saying that Google Blogger was "dead" —which itself seems a pretty fair criticism if not strictly accurate in a pedantic sense. Google basically abandoned Blogger in place years ago. Sure, our own illumineX blo…

iBlogger 3 Test Flight

hey Bloggers! iBlogger 3 is ready for its first TestFlight on the iOS App Store.

This all-new iBlogger written from scratch in Swift for iOS 13 gives us a great foundation for the future.

Long live iBlogger 3!


To join the iBlogger 3 Test Flight public beta, download the TestFlight App. Send us an email so we know you're using the beta release. If you like, you can include the URL to your blog, and feature requests.
email: support@illumineX.com
subject: join iBlogger TestFlight

New in iBlogger 3 This first release is compatible only with WordPress, but feel free to join the TestFlight group anyway, and tell us your blog type.


iBlogger 3 has been completely rebuilt from the ground up in Swift for iOS 13. The all-new product provides better performance, robustness, and security.iBlogger 3 includes a dramatically improved editor.iBlogger works fluidly on iPhone and iPad for all device screen sizes (iOS 13 and higher).supports modern OAuth for secure and convenient authentication with you…

Valentine Hearts Sticker Pack

Looking for a fun sticker pack with Valentine Hearts? Look no further!

The new Valentine Hearts Emoji PaX by illumineX is now available on the App Store for iOS Messages.

This pack features over 30 fun, silly, flirty, sexy, artistic Valentine hearts.

Spice up your text message game or sprinkle some more fun hearts as "likes" in your next chat.


EyeSpy 2.2.5 localized to Japanese

EyeSpy 2.2.5 for macOS (available on App Store)  has been localized to Japanese. #GooglyEyes for Japan!

Let us know if you have suggestions for improving our translation.

EyeSpy 2.2.5 improves compatibility with macOS Mohave.

Follow @illumineX on Twitter for Promo Codes for the EyeScream ArtPaX, available via In-App Purchase, free with Promo Code. First come, first serve, each code good for one use. Please Reply with the code you used, so that other people can take the next code down the list.

Enjoy!


illumineX ships EyeSpy 2.2.4 — Googly Eyes for macOS!

EyeSpy 2.2.4 was released today at the Apple App Store for Mac. This release includes a bit of polish to the drifting balloon #GooglyEyes character, Squeaky. 
What's New in EyeSpy 2.2.4• Corrects issues related to switching characters by normalizing the on-disk saved User Defaults for EyeSpy (which had accumulated cruft from old character IAP data) • Corrects information in the IAP bundles for the balloon and pending zombie ArtPaX which fixes some character selection issues • Fixes a bug with the balloon character which caused it to perform a “slide home” animation and sound effect when resizing the balloon • Improves robustness of IAP system • Fixes a bug which reset the user’s preferred “home” location if the ballon character was selected with hot keys (Command-Right-Arrow) • Fixes a bug which led to the ballon occasionally not drifting when “Who let the dogs out?” was selected
Did you know? When EyeSpy is the in-focus app (CMD-Tab to switch to EyeSpy from any running app) you can use …

GamePaX for macOS updated (BabelBloX, RuniX, HoppiX, and HextriX)

We released updates to EyeSpy and the  first four games of our Infinity GamePaX series (BabelBloX, HextriX, HoppiX, and RuniX) this week.
Also this week, EyeSpy had twice as many downloads in Japan as in the USA. 
I have no idea why, because this week isn’t any different than any other week, but I’ve been predicting since we came up with the idea that EyeSpy should be Big in Japan™. I guess Japan has noticed! 
So I googled up the most popular hashtag in Japanese and sent a Tweet for Japan!

It supposedly means “love” but since I don’t speak the language there’s a non-zero chance it’s rather naughtier.
EyeSpy is Big in Japan (illumineX Tweet)