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.
After a long time we have released another update to iDuelpro Mobile, an iPhone OS version of Duelpro, the most used yu-gi-oh! tcg lifepoints calculator.
The new version contains an entirely revamped smooth black interface with toolbar. Also the custom input box to enter a number of lifepoints to operate with has been replaced completely by a series of buttons with predefined amounts. Also the useless card counter has been removed and the empty space is now filled by buttons to halve a player’s lifepoints and buttons to simulate coin flips and dice rolls. For the first time also an online help file has been added.
iDuelpro Mobile 3.0 will soon be available in the iTunes Application store for 0.99$. Yes, we have to charge a small amount for iDuelpro Mobile because we have to pay 99$ a year to Apple to be allowed to make Apps for the iPhone. So without this minor charge iDuelpro for iPhone and iPod Touch would be condemned.
We already gave an update round to LockPhix, SpeedShut, iDuelpro Mobile and Duelpro 2008, making the first two OpenSource and applying the Phoenxsoftware XOSL (Opensource License). Now we still need to do some more tools, including FileTorment, LoadDown, CachePhix and ROC. I will briefly explain the coming updates to these tools.
First of all, the next tool to be updated will be FileTorment. FileTorment 4 will be released under the XOSL-license and will feature context menu deletion, stronger wiping tools for active applications and registered dll’s and interface changes which will make FileTorment easier to operate in case of mass file deletion. If there is time left we will add bulk deletion options.
The second tool which will be updated is ROC. ROC 1.1 will fix the error at boot and will also be released as OpenROC. OpenROC will be released under the GNU public license. In that way if an incident like the one with the recently released LockPhix (where a version was released containing a trojan+breaking the icon/image license) occurs again we can use GNU to put pressure on villains. The GPL will also enable us to incorporate strong opensource encryption algoritms instead of the encryption algoritm in the proprietary version. By also supplying an opensource version we can make sure that hackers aren’t able to decode the server-datastreams of the proprietary version. Keep in mind that the use of GPL is a one time event and that we do not encourage such licenses which force people to take certain actions thus destroying the entire concept of freedom.
The third tool to be released is LoadDown 2.2 which will also be made OpenSource under the XOSL license and which will feature a new interface, new options to limit the uptime and increased help documents.
The last update will be CachePhix 2.0 which will be released under the XOSL license and will feature adjustable options and operating system recognition.
So this makes 6 opensource tools and decent improvements this year for all our small system tools.
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).
The next step in our quest to develop for multiple platforms is the Iphone. With iDuelpro Mobile, Duelpro is coming to the Iphone. Don’t cheer too early, iDuelpro Mobile will be shareware and will probably cost from 0,50$ to 1,00$, because Apple is pillaging us with their certified Iphone developers program and it could be possible that if it doesn’t generate profit within the next year it will be offline once again.
iDuelpro Mobile will be submitted this weekend, more info then.
We broke our bounds with Microsoft today by releasing the first application for Mac OSX, actually a DashBoard Widget : iDuelpro Widget 1.0. IDPRw is based on Duelpro 2008 for windows and is a lifepoints calculator for the yugioh! tcg. It does not have the same amount of functions because it is only a widget, but is still as useful as primitive versions of Duelpro and has basic functionality. It has already been uploaded to the Apple Widget Download pages and will be available for download this weekend. Our site hasn’t been updated yet because of Dreamweaver 8 problems.
iDuelPro Widget Screenshot
This is only a first step. iDuelpro 2008 will follow as a full application for Mac OSX on intel PC’s and iDuelpro will probably be released for the Iphone as well.
It is our plan to release the following applications on Mac : Duelpro 2008, LockPhix, ROC, SpeedShut and LoadDown. New applications like the library variant of 36-image converter may follow.