We’ve gathered all user feedback from the iDuelpro 4.0 release and we might push out a 4.1 update as soon as next week.
Some loyal users liked the old UI more than the new one so we’re going to try to convert the old layout and colors to a more modern package and add it as an option to the settings.
The second major change will be the addition of a MTG mode for Magic The Gathering players. This will set the lifepoints to 20 by default and change the values on the subtract/add buttons to much lower ones. (eg. 20, 10, 5, 2, 1)
Additionally for iDuelpro lite users we’re going to bring the dice/coin feature over from the full version and update our add network to a less intrusive one.
Summary of all changes in iDuelpro 4.1:
Magic the gathering mode
Option to revert to a UI more similar to iDuelpro 3.8 for the main duel screen
Bugfixes regarding the discoloration of the lifepoints bar and the sharing options
Dice and coin features for lite users
Less intrusive ad network for lite users
People who update from 4.0 will be able to configure these features the first time they start the updated app. The update should hit the app store by the end of February.
As a new effort to update all our old apps we are proud to announce iDuelpro 4.0. This new update of our trading card game lifepoints keeper includes support for iOS 9 and all modern iPhones, a completely new UI and icon, sharing options and a turn-by-turn history view of your finished duel.
iDuelpro for iOS received its last update almost 6 years ago, so an update was long overdue.
Here’s the list of new or improved features for v4.0:
New minimal UI
Intro explaining the controls (replacement for help file)
Ability to keep track of 2 players side by side by rotating the device
Ability to share info about the duel on social media
A turn-by-turn history at the end of each duel (Only in full version)
Renewed dice/coin view with animations (Only in full version)
Features that were removed:
Spell counter/token overlay
Statistics in settings panel (wins/losses/draws)
The features that were removed will be added again in future versions if demand is high enough.
UIC Phoenxsoftware is known to rise from its ash time after time. that’s why I picked the name in 2005. (Actually it should be phoenixsoftware, but the “i” got lost somewhere along the way.)
We rose from the ash when we dropped windows development almost completely and left a number of successful freeware products behind with it resulting in a stable and self sustaining business on Mac OSX and iOS. We rose from the ash when we were hit by a copyright claim from the nice folks at KONAMI for our most successful product at that time iDuelpro, resulting in a 70% drop in revenue. And now we are ready to reimagine Phoenxsoftware for the third time, this time by rebranding UIC Phoenxsoftware to Phix Software.
This giant step comes not only with a new name, but also with a completely redesigned website and more focus on our commercial products. It also means we will release more serious products and have a bigger budget for marketing and more focused management. With the Mac OSX application we will release in a few days we take a first step in this new era.
Not all changes are positive for everyone. Our Windows users will have to settle with a lot less supported apps and some are even completely removed from our website.
Only the following products will be supported, maintained and get their own spot on the new site: MonoPhix (lite), MonoPhix HD, FlashPhix (lite), GrayPhix, iDuelpro (lite), Lingi, iDuelpro for Mac, Duelpro, 36-image express, SpeedShut, ROC and hur.lu and of course our new app.
The following products have been put on a dedicated “archive” page for deprecated software but are still available for download: 36-image converter, LockPhix, LoadDown, FileTorment, CachePhix, MPhix. These applications are no longer supported so we can’t provide mail support for these and waive all responsibility.
The following products are declared dead and aren’t available for download anymore on our site: FileTorment Suite 2006, FileTorment Suite 2007, PhBrowser, Blastgen Beta, older versions of Duelpro, InfoBlaster IN4.
I am certain these changes will benefit the user and will also give us a competitive edge. You can head over to our new site for a look around and check out the products that you didn’t even know existed.
CachePhix 1.x : incompatible (Possible update coming next year)
LoadDown 2.0 : Compatible
LockPhix 1.x : incompatible (further testing required) (No intention to update – end of support coming in 2010)
FileTorment Suite 2006/2007 : incompatible – end of support (since 2009)
infoBlaster IN4 : incompatible – end of support (since 2008)
Mphix 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2007)
PhBrowser 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2006)
So most apps are compatible, the few apps which were incompatible with vista are still incompatible with windows 7 and 36-image converter will be fixed in an update.
And of course I have to add my opinion about Windows 7. I have only one sentence for Windows 7 : “Microsoft is back!”. Enthusiasts of other operating systems have been claiming that people just use windows because it’s on their PC, with Windows 7 they are proven wrong. People are actually looking for Windows 7. Users of other operating systems are cheering for Windows 7, about 90% of all Mac Fans (including me) thinks Windows 7 is great and will run it as a second OS without whining. The same with half the Linux population. So is Windows 7 a success? It’s probably the most wanted operating system of the decade.
Microsoft has finally delivered a product which is fun to use and can compare to Mac OSX. Microsoft increased the productivity with a set of new features which can compare to Mac OSX exposé (although I still prefer exposé, because I’m used to it) and they brought small changes which are enjoyable. They put a great deal of care and effort in this operating system contacting all developers for a compatibility check of their apps, gathering all drivers and testing your configuration for compatibility. They actually did something with the Windows Vista complaints.
So I don’t think alternative operating system’s usage will grow now. It grew thanks to Windows Vista, but with Windows 7 everyone is happy again and the need for an alternative is gone. So I expect a drop in the Linux marketshare and a growth stop of Mac OSX and in long term a minor decrease in marketshare.
I also expect Chrome OS to be born dead, people don’t need another OS. If google released it a few months after the Vista release they would’ve scored a big hit, but the normal people have a working Windows install, Mac people have Mac OSX and the mac people that are interested in Windows 7 will not be interested in Chrome OS, the ones which aren’t interested in Win7 aren’t interested in anything other than Mac OSX so there goes another fail for Google. And the last one the opensource advocates and the common linux users don’t want a semi-opensource OS which sends data to an evil corporation, so they will stick with the normal Linux distros. So I think the fear which microsoft had to endure for a few years about other treding operating systems is gone now.
As you all know, the development of 36-image converter is almost at end with the Beta coming at the beginning of November. But that’s not the only thing that’s coming. We have started development for 36-image converter 5.0, which comes with a new engine, a new interface and a completely new set of features.
We are also going to renew all our iPhone apps. GrayPhix, FlashPhix and MonoPhix are getting an engine update to support all image formats, iPhix will hit version 2.0 with support for large resolution images, transformations, more effects and a new interface. iDuelpro and iDuelpro Lite will hit version 4.0. And iDuelpro for Mac OSX will hit iDuelpro 2010 and will be a direct port from the iPhone.
Maybe the biggest change will be that our site will be completely revamped and pushed to the edge of design and browser standards. Remember the old 3 year old site and its ads, frames and flaws as it will disappear somewhere next month. If you want to see how progress is coming along with the new site you can go to http://www.phoenxsoftware.com/mainsite_new/
After this everything will be as it should have been from the beginning, a 36-image converter with no flaws (except for flaws people are creating of course), a whole bunch of worthy iPhone apps, a Duelpro on each platform which takes a huge leap forward from many other yugioh LPC’s and a site which has the design our users are used to.
After this, the road is open for completely new apps and features.
Our famous multiplatform Yu-gi-oh! LPC iDuelpro is now available for free as iDuelpro Lite. iDuelpro Lite has enough features to overpower other free LPC’s and the ones who are interested can upgrade to full iDuelpro with a small ad in the App for just 0.99$.
iDuelpro Lite is based on iDuelpro v3.3 which means that it has added functionality to the current full version v3.2 in the form of the auto-save feature.
iDuelpro Lite has the following features :
-Lifepoints tracking for both players
-Progress bars to visually represent a player’s lifepoints
-Quick Subtract and add buttons for amounts like 1000, 100 and 5.
-Ability to subtract and add a custom amount of lifepoints
-Ability to declare a draw
-Superfast calculating speeds
-Can also be used for magic the gathering
-The easiest interface for a lifepoints calculator ever
-Automatic game state save at quit (This is even new to iDuelpro as it will only be available in full iDuelpro 3.3)
-Notification who has won
-Online Help file
Yes, that was the event we were planning. A free version of our Yu-gi-oh! lifepoints calculator for iPhone, iDuelpro.
And yes, we admit. The competition in the Yu-gi-oh! section of the iTunes Store went up the last couple of weeks. We started fishing with 12 people in a puddle with only a few fish in it and this raises competition of course. Many MTG application developers are switching to yu-gi-oh! as well to gain some extra bucks.
Therefore we have to raise focus on iDuelpro Mobile. Our iDuelpro Mobile 3.2 was approved this week and now a free version of iDuelpro will appear as iDuelpro Lite. In this way we can destroy competition by providing our free version in the free apps segment and there are also in-App ads so people can decide to upgrade to the normal iDuelpro if they want more features. iDuelpro Lite has more features than the only free Yu-Gi-Oh! LPC currently available and will not cannibalize the iDuelpro Marketshare because it’s in a different pricing segment. But if people decide not to pay for an App they might as well decide to not pay for an App provided by us. In this way we can provide people with a decent yugioh LPC without the need of a credit card or without having to pay anything.
The full iDuelpro will also get a whole bunch of extra features in a while with version 3.3 and version 4.0 in October.
So this is another step in getting a unified version yu-gi-oh! LPC on every operating system and device.
We expect iDuelpro Lite to hit the App Store within a few hours, so keep an eye out. We will also tweet and post another blogpostwhen it is online.
Therefore we have to raise focus on iDuelpro Mobile. Our first declined submission for iDuelpro 3.2 will now be up in the App Store soon and on the front page of the games section and we are also doing something remarkable. In a while a free version of iDuelpro will appear as iDuelpro Lite. It has been submitted to the App Store and so we’re waiting. In this way we can destroy competition by providing our free version in the free apps segment and there are also in-App ads so people can decide to upgrade to the normal iDuelpro if they want more features.
We have just released a new version of Duelpro 2009 for Windows. It’s the first version that can be freely redistributed and which can be leached from our site by direct link. This version includes many interesting new features like :
-Less crowded composition
-Easier access and integration of the quick keys
-Lifepoints bar added
-New PDF help file
-Halve and double lifepoints feature added
-Undo feature added for the last action
-And much more tweaks and fixes
You can download the new version by clicking the screenshot below :
It’s been a while since we last updated Duelpro and I must say the last update didn’t do any good. The interface looks like crap and it’s not exactly intuitive. Therefore we are going to make it up with all Duelpro 2008.1 users by releasing Duelpro 2009 tomorrow.
Duelpro 2009 is completely rebuild from scratch, which makes it much faster and more stable than Duelpro 2008. The most important change will probably be the interface. Duelpro 2009 will be full of eyecandy and new features which have never been in a Windows TCG lifepoints calculator before.
The interface is now totally rebuild and a whole lot different, the quick access buttons for dealing or restoring predefined amounts of lifepoints have been natively implemented now and there will also be a halve and a double lifepoints option. There will even be a feature in Duelpro 2009 which has yet to appear in the iPhone version, a custom preset button, in which you can store an amount of lifepoints and deal it as damage or restore it at a single click. DPR 2009 will also come with a lifepoints bar to keep track of your lifepoints and an Undo feature.
There’s of course still room for the classic features like keyboard shortcuts, a card tracker for both players, a button to declare a draw, a direct kill button for eg. exodia and destiny board, a phase and turn keeper, a dashboard and dice and coin simulation.
In total the interface of Duelpro now consists of 108 images and has a completely new icon which will soon be applied to all (i)Duelpro versions.
Duelpro 2009 will be released tomorrow evening and will be freely available from our site to freely distribute. We will allow leaching and will not set anymore redirections for Duelpro and iDuelpro. So you can freely share Duelpro with your friends or link to the executable on our site. It’s our purpose to make as many people as possible update to Duelpro 2009. There will only be one catch, we will advertise our newest iDuelpro for iPhone when the installer exits.
Since our last competitor went offline, Duelpro is now nearing an absolute marketshare of 100% on Windows. Which means nearly all yugioh! TCG players using an LPC on Windows, use Duelpro. Duelpro has been online since 2005 and quickly gained a big piece of the pie. With its only competitors at that time being Omnipotus lifepoints calc and Yugioh! Lifepoints Calculator a year later, Duelpro never had much competition, but still 10% stayed in the hands of alternative lifepoints aids. Now both competitors have faded due to Duelpro’s success. In total it has been downloaded +-300.000 times making it one of our most successful applications, second to 36-image converter (+-520.000 times).
It may not be professional for us to keep Duelpro alive but we are a little bit attached to it since it was our first app ever distributed and it’s a great way to scout new platforms and programming languages.
Since 2008 Duelpro has even been ported to other platforms taking a modest marketshare on Mac OSX and a 1/3th of the iPhone cake with iDuelpro. We have also announced a Linux port and an online version of Duelpro, which will both be opensource under the MPL or GPL License.
The future of Duelpro
In the future we will keep on maintaining and proving support for Duelpro and will even expand it. As already mentioned there will be online and Linux ports, but we will also improve existing versions with Duelpro 2010 and iDuelpro 2010. iDuelpro 2010 will be directly rebuild out of the iDuelpro for iPhone source code and hence have the same features and will also be advertised in the same way as Duelpro for Windows to also increase its marketshare.
Duelpro 2010 for Windows will get a whole bunch of new features which people who reviewed the iPhone app suggested but aren’t feasible on the iPhone or Mac. Like eg. a card database, a log of all players you dueled with and a completely new interface.
iDuelpro Mobile for iPhone will also be promoted some more by adding ads to the Setup of all other versions and by creating a lite version. With a little luck we will be able to make iDuelpro Mobile lift on the success of the normal Duelpro and take the leading marketshare on the iPhone as well, as we once did with the free version of iDuelpro Mobile.
We already have the leading position since most people use Windows, even for their lifepoints calculator needs. We should have an estimated 70% of the global marketshare. But with the iPhone we are leaving a part of the market behind which is the most profitable and which may fund future innovations.
So for all other LPC developers : Be warned, Duelpro is coming to your platform…