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…
Duelpro 2009, our yu-gi-oh! TCG lifepoints calculator (with which it all started), will be natively ported to 3-4 platforms. For each OS, Duelpro 2009 will get a native interface so forget the colorful Duelpro 2008. Where Duelpro 2008 was build in Delphi, the next version will be build in Visual Studio C++ for Windows, Qt 4 for Linux and BSD (oDuelpro), Xcode for Mac OSX and iPhone (iDuelpro). This will bring a native feel to Duelpro. Of course we will still throw in the phoenxsoftware style interface by adding some styled graphics, but we are looking for a unified interface which will look good on any OS and which will be fast and easy to use.
Duelpro 2009 (5.0) will features :
-More custom buttons to add or subtract lifepoints
-Dashboard on each OS
-Buttons to halve lifepoints on each OS
-Turn based dueling on each OS
-4 player support on each OS
I red a few comments on the current test release of iDuelpro Mobile for the iPhone and I learned a few things out of this. So I started the development for iDuelpro Mobile 2.0 and it’s already finished!
But don’t cheer too soon, it still has to be put online and this release process could suffer gigantic issues because, well the service Apple provides for iPhone developers just sucks.
You can expect the following improvements :
-Ability to add lifepoints
-Lifepoints bars to get a visual interpretation of a player’s lifepoints
-Quick keys to subtract amounts as 1000, 500 or 100
-Slightly altered interface
-Special page for Duelpro/iDuelpro/iDuelpro Mobile
So I hope you will enjoy this release if I ever succeed to release it into the App Store. It is expected to be released within the next 3 weeks.
EDIT (4th of January 09′ 00:05 (GMT+1)) :
I was able to upload the 2.0 version after struggling with the iPhone SDK and the iTunes uploader. I had to retry 20 times, but the result is there, V2.0 is in review and now it’s all in Apple’s hands…
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).