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.
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 :
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…
A few weeks ago we first released a paid version of our yugioh LPC for iPhone, iDuelpro Mobile (v3.0) and now we already have a new update available. Dramatic updates always have drawbacks and receive a lot of criticism and hence some things had to be fixed and updated.
The “10.000” button is now removed and replaced by a button which pops-up a dialog to deal a custom amount of damage or to restore a custom amount of lifepoints, there is an undo button added to undo the last action as requested by some users and a button for direct kill combo’s or cards like exodia or destiny board.
If iDuelpro Mobile will keep on existing is still unclear, yesterday we had completely no sales and in the first two weeks Apple allowed thousands of people to update for free thus creating a potential loss of hundreds of dollars. We still have the cheapest full yu-gi-oh LPC available for the iPhone considering that any other LPC is 4,99$ or more, but since iDuelpro became paid people just don’t seem that interested.
The image transformations in combination with the support for big images remains an issue and I’m not sure if we are able to present a full surface featured 36-image converter in the next month. That’s why I have decided to cut the release of the 36-image converter version containing surfaces in half. The first release 4.6 will have the new interface, first as a theme then as part of a maintenance update, native. Will have a hybrid surface function which enables you to open and convert big images by using surfaces and for smaller images the default function will still be activated in which you can edit the images. We will also check the conversion function for errors since people have reported errors caused by the internal batcher. Eventual maintenance updates will fix the massive memory consumption of 36IC.
The second version 4.7 “Chameleon X2” will contain full support for surfaces, batch conversion/resizing functions and more output filetypes. We can’t quite put a date on this version yet.
So within a month – 4.6, visible interface for all users, stable conversion and ability to convert giant images.
Within a month and a half – 4.6.1/2, faster, lighter version of 36IC with a stripped down, cleaned core.
And within a few months – 4.7, full support for big images, batch/context conversion/resizing, more output filetypes (PDF, PostScript, EPS, …)
In a few days it will be 2009 and a new year means a new Duelpro.
Whilst iDuelpro covers most non Windows OS’s, Duelpro remains the dominant yugioh! lifepoints aid. So we have to take some care of it.
While browsing the web I discovered another lifepoints aid which is obviously bad programmed and is shareware. I wasn’t impressed but it put me thinking. Isn’t it fun to use a lot of technology and professional programmers/designers/marketeers and put them on a market that is filled with hobbyists and basic software?
So hereby we are actually going to invest time and money in the development of Duelpro 2009.
You can expect :
-New skinnable HD interface with technology taken from LockPhix’s SGL (Simple Graphics Layer) and theme-technology taken from the latest “in development” version of 36-image converter.
-Auto-update and netread technology taken from ROC that enables us to cooperate with renown yugioh sites to deliver instant info on cards, rules and news.
-Of course the Channeled Dashboard technology of 36-image converter.
-Ability to save and track every game.
-A virtual AI opponent.
-Ability to store duel info and tactics taken from the LockPhix PasswordSafe technology.
-A server to upload results.
-And much more…
Duelpro and iDuelpro will also get their own site.
We already control 95% of the global yugioh lifepoint aid software market, but we are going for 100%!
You can expect Duelpro 2009, somewhere around March 2009, one year after the release of Duelpro 2008 (4.0.1).
We uploaded iDuelpro Mobile V1.0 for approval by Apple this evening. This means that soon you will be able to enjoy the yugioh tcg lifepoints aid Duelpro on your Iphone/Ipod Touch.
It was a long battle that took us through Xcode, the worst and less user friendly IDE on the earth, made us pay 99$ to be able to build applications for the Iphone, made us go through a trial and error configuration of Apple Developers certificates and identities. To give you an idea, the application was written in an hour. It took three days to configure everything to actually release iDuelpro Mobile and get it signed. One good thing came out of this. I was so tired of weeding around through configurations that I had to make iDuelpro Mobile freeware, otherwise I had to go through a paid applications membership or something like that…
So some good advice for Apple :
-Trash Xcode and go for a more Visual Studio style IDE
-Add error messages to it, so that developers can figure out what’s wrong
-Simplify the certification and signing process a lot
-Update your online help
-If a file won’t upload tel the developer what’s wrong with it
I certainly want to thank all Discussion boards/helpdesks and independent tutorial writers for doing what Apple should do : Answer questions and give support!
You will be notified on this blog when iDuelpro Mobile is online.