Certificate Maker! Two-Oh! (v1.2 actually, but that sounds so boring)

The second version of Certificate Maker! for iOS is now available.  This version greatly improves the “share” feature as well as how text fields are handled.

The share feature originally had some nasty bugs that embarrassed me greatly.  This new version fixes those bugs and makes sharing a certificate a breeze because it A) actually works now and B) uses the standard iOS share method that iPhone users are familiar with.

Text field enhancements include:

  • Allowing use of special characters like &,%,$,#,@,* and !.
  • Fixing the Date field which previously worked, but used a date format that is not standard in all countries, namely the U.S.  Now you can type the date in any way you like it.
  • Fields can now be blank.  This is great for (at least) two reasons – for some people, the second “Why” field seems redundant – well, now just leave it blank!  The second reason is that some people like my templates, but want the freedom to put words in different locations, sizes, colors, etc.  Now those folks can just save the file as a jpg, and do what they want with it using PowerPoint, Keynote, Photo Shop, etc. (BTW, these are features I hope to incorporate directly into the app some day.)
  • Reuse info: a lot of people want to give certificates to multiple individuals.  Now you can more efficiently do that using the same basic info and just changing the name.

Download Certificate Maker! today at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/certificate-maker!/id920313790?mt=8&uo=4″ target=”itunes_store”.

Thanks!
Dan

PS: One odd little downside of updating an app on iOS is that it now sort of looks like it has no reviews in the App Store.  So if you download the new version and like it, please provide just the briefest of reviews.

I’m Now Writing for Chupamobile

750x450ChupaAndroidGettingSetUp

I am proud to announce that I have been invited to be a contributing writer for Chupamobile’s blog. My focus will be on Android related topics, starting with a series of walkthroughs, tips and tricks to get people started with Android development. The first post went live this week. Check it and all my future Chupamobile posts at http://www.chupamobile.com/blog/author/dan-gorman/

What is Chupamobile?

Chupamobile is the leading App and Game Templates Marketplace where anyone, even with small or no coding experience, has the opportunity to buy professional Apps and Games, ready to be customised and distributed on the App Stores. We allow everyone to have his own app or game in the App stores in no time even without any design or development skills.

Certificate Maker! for iOS is Now Available!

iOS cert maker blank101714

Certificate Maker! for Android was the first app I ever released and continues to be my most downloaded. In June, 2014 I released an ad-free Pro version which provides 16 different templates.

 

The version for iOS is a blend of the free and the pro versions from Android. The app is free and ad-supported. With one in-app purchase, you can access several more templates – all ad-free. Works on iOS version 7 and 8 for iPads and iPhones.

Download it today (and PLEASE) give a review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/certificate-maker!/id920313790?mt=8&uo=4″ target=”itunes_store.

More about Certificate Maker…

Create beautiful certificates and share them via email, social media, text message or print in seconds. Certificate Maker! has been successfully used by over ten thousand people to recognize the accomplishment of an employee, team member, student or friend. There are 12 professional-looking templates to choose from. You just fill in 5 pieces of information then share. Ideal for teachers, managers, coaches, project managers, church members, parents or ANYONE that wants to show gratitude/appreciation, certification/recognition of completion or to simply acknowledge progress or accomplishment:

• Show an employee you appreciate their contributions for the week, month or quarter

• Acknowledge a Graduate’s hard work on Graduation Day

• Certify a church group for completing a bible class

• Give a scout something to go on their wall

• Create certificates for your child’s Little League team

 

If you have questions, comments, or product suggestions, please  leave a comment below.

 

 

 

Build an Android App to Create Certificates and eMessages

PaidCourseCoverImage

With this course you will have a fully functional app ready to submit to the app store today! I give you the source code and detailed instruction on how to customize it. You will also get the essential tools for editing code and submitting to the Google Play app store.

The code provided with the course has been used as the foundation for 8 (and counting) apps that have received over 12,000 downloads. The most popular of these apps is Certificate Maker! which allows a user to quickly create a certificate of recognition or appreciation and share it via email or social media. Other popular apps based on the code allow users to create love notes, headstones and street signs.
What will you do with the code??? You could use the code to create birthday invitations; Christmas cards; custom certificates/diplomas for your school, church or other organization…who knows what ideas you might generate. And you are not limited to one use of the code – use it to create as many apps as you like. Your apps can be paid or free, with ads or ad-free, private or public, you decide.

I’m providing this course for half-price to visitors to my website.  Click here to learn more – https://www.udemy.com/cert-app/?couponCode=15-Dollar-From-DanWGorman.

Get the code. Have fun. Let me know if you have any questions.

Create Android Apps: 2 Tools Needed to Get Started

FreeCoverImage

Have you ever had a great idea for an app but did not pursue it because you do not have time, money or expertise. No worries.

With this 30-minute free course, you will learn how to get and use the two essential tools to get started on your journey: Eclipse with the Android Software Development Kit and a Google Developer Account.

OR…get the premium ~2-hour class for half-price where I provide you source code from my Android apps along with video instruction on how to easily modify the code create you very own app.

Certificate Maker!

iTunesArtwork@2x

Certificate Maker! has been used by over 12,000 people to show appreciation or recognize the accomplishment of an employee, team member, student or athlete.

Download_on_the_App_Store_Badge_US-UK_135x40

GetItOnGooglePlay

Within seconds you can create a beautiful certificate to share by email, Facebook, Instagram, DropBox or any other social app.

The default size of the image is set so you can print the image on your own 8.5×11 inch (letter size) paper.

Ideal for teachers, managers, coaches, project managers, parents or ANYONE that wants to show gratitude or acknowledge accomplishment.

For the  iOS, additional certificate templates are available within  the app as an in-app purchase.

For the  Android, additional certificate templates are available as a separate app – Certificate Maker! Pro.

Email DWGYeah@Gmail.com with suggestions, requests, quotes and questions.

Resources for Android Development/Publishing

The list of resources below was assembled for my Udemy courses on Android development.  Most of the resources are useful for iOS development as well.

Android Development Environments

Eclipse with ADK – recommended due to its ease of use and large body of documentation.  Use the following link to download the version for Android app development. developer.android.com/sdk

Android Studio – alternative to Eclipse for Android development. In Beta at writing. https://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/studio.html

Corona – multiplatform development environment. http://coronalabs.com/products/corona-sdk/

PhoneGap – multiplatform development environment. http://phonegap.com/

Unity – multiplatform game development environment. http://unity3d.com/

 

Google

google.com – THE starting point for answering most questions about Android app development

Google Account – In order to submit apps to the Google Play app store, you need a Google Account. This account will be used across Google sites like Gmail and YouTube. mail.google.com/mail/signup

Google Developer registration – to publish apps on Google Play, you need to register here. https://play.google.com/apps/publish/signup/

Google Developer Console – Once you have registered as a Google Play Developer, you will submit apps and manage them here. https://play.google.com/apps/publish/

Google Play app store – the official app store for the Android operating system. https://play.google.com/store

 

Hiring Resource

Fiverr – a fantastic way to hire affordable help with any well-defined task such as development, graphic design (icons, user interface) bug fixes, marketing copy, etc. Usually for smaller jobs. http://www.fiverr.com/

eLance – allows you to hire freelancers to achieve tasks such as development and graphic design. Similar to oDesk. Usually for larger jobs. Referral link: https://www.elance.com/?rid=4LU1P

 

Ads in Your App

Admob – easily incorporate banner and interstitial ads in your app. https://apps.admob.com/

Vungle – easily incorporate video ads in your app. http://www.vungle.com/

 

Images

freeimages – great source for free and premium images for your apps. Read the Terms of Use and Restrictions to avoid problems. http://www.freeimages.com/

Resize Your Image – you will often need to resize images for icons, marketing material, app store listing and within your app itself. This site does one thing, and does it well. http://www.resizeyourimage.com/

 

Create a Website for Your App

BlueHost – powerful hosting starting at $4.95 per month. Includes email accounts, WordPress and other tools. Affiliate link – www.bluehost.com/track/danwgorman/

 

Purchasing App Source Code

DanWGorman.com – detailed course on creating your own eCard/certificate app with original source code and instruction on quickly customizing it & getting it into the app store.

ChupaMobile – marketplace for app source code. http://www.chupamobile.com/

Flippa – marketplace for app source code. https://flippa.com/

Apptopia – marketplace for app source code. http://marketplace.apptopia.com/

 

Amazon

Amazon App Store – Amazon has a large selection of Android apps. http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/dl/android

Amazon App Store Developer Registration – it is easy and cost-free to register to publish apps on the Amazon App Store. https://developer.amazon.com/welcome.html

 

General Info / Further Learning

StackOverflow – tremendous resource for learning how to accomplish developmental tasks. You can even pose your questions and the community will provide you answers. http://stackoverflow.com/

Official Android Site – tons of information. http://developer.android.com/index.html

Udemy – numerous free & paid classes on overall Android development as well as specific aspects such as Java and a course by Dan Gorman on creating your own eCard app. https://www.udemy.com/

 

 

 

Dan Gorman – Self-taught Android App Developer/Publisher

In my adult life, I’ve been many things – Professor of English in Mexico, Corporate Trainer, Project Manager and Product Manager among other things.

In 2013, I added one more title to the list – Android App Developer.

I had some ideas for smartphone apps, but I had no experience and little time or money to devote to the endeavor.

Being a long-time iPhone user, I started researching how to make an iPhone app. But I quickly figured out that was not an option since I had a PC instead of a Macintosh (there are now work-arounds for this situation.)

As I dug into Android development, I learned it was less costly and possibly easier due to the use of Java and XML, both of which are widely used.

It took me about 9 months from ideation to production for my first app. I now have 8 apps in the Google Play app store. Now I’ve combined my day-job skills of Project Management and Product Management with what I learned creating Android apps to offer you Android app publishing classes that will shorten your learning curve and get you from Ideation to Published quickly. Let’s get started!

I currently have two iOS apps in development – Certificate Maker! and Headstone Maker!  Both should be available in October, 2014.

 

Dan

dwgyeah@gmail.com