Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by GabeJ, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. GabeJ macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2007
    Hey guys. I just released an app called ChalkBoard. It is a very simple sketching applications that allows you to draw on a chalkboard in a very realistic way. Right now it is somewhat limited, but I am trying very hard to get a lot of new features. The first update will probably put a sound when you draw and hopefully I will get colors in there too.

    So basically I made this thread to see what you guys thought of the app and to hear some of your suggestions/feedback. Thanks,

  2. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    I can't decide if a "fingernails on chalkboard" sound would be really cool, or really annoying... :D
  3. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    what's the point of the app....seriously. not trying to bust your balls, but do people really need these types of apps? they're gimicky and a waste of money IMO.

    get me some useful stuff......camcorder, gps turn/by/turn, etc. i don't need more flashlights, sudoku, poker, drawing, to-do-lists, dictionary, etc, etc, etc......

    give US SUBSTANCE!
  4. macmacey macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2007
    I don't "need" another drawing app, but believe it or not, there are millions of people who have yet to download any drawing app onto their phone. Perhaps ChalkBoard will be the one they all notice. Even if only 1% of them notice, then ChalkBoard will generate a nice chunk of change. And, while gimmicky, the "fingernails on chalkboard" feature might be just the thing to get it noticed. I say go for it, GabeJ!

    I also guarantee that when the SDK supports it, there will be a flood of camcorders as well.:D
  5. Pring macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2003
    Competition is what keeps a market economy improving too. As more similar apps are released the better ones pick up features from the other ones and the gap between the quality increases. If there was only one drawing app out there it wouldn't have to improve as it would have a monopoly.
  6. jaseone macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Houston, USA
    You must have been living under a rock for the last few months... Neither video recording or turn by turn directions are permitted by the Apple SDK (at the moment) so developers are unable to develop such apps even though TomTom are rumored to have a working application that may or may not get launched in the future.
  7. GabeJ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2007
    Thanks for the feedback

    Thanks for the feedback, I am working on getting both a sound when you write and three finger screech. Hopefully the update will be out in a week or so.
  8. vandy1997 macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2007

    I purchased your app (great price), and here are some ideas:

    1) Allow for different color chalk - yellow, orange (for Halloween), green and red (for Christmas) - make sure that the colors look like authentic chalk - the white that you are using now seems a bit too white and not chalky _ I' not sure if you know what I mean;
    2) Allow different colors to be used on the board - so I can choose to use white, and then I change to yellow and write with the yellow (but what I wrote in white remains on the board);
    3) Different board backgrounds - green, brown - I have seen those two colors besides black - maybe others exist as well;
    4) Allow for different thickness of chalk - so that lines in different thickness may be drawn;
    5) Maybe allow for different borders around the chalkboard (trim that goes around the four sides to customize like a photo;
    6) Allow what you wrote/designed to be saved to Camera Roll and/or e-mailed;
    7) Sounds will be great - including a normal chalk sound, a screeching chalk sound, and a fingernails sound;
    8) An eraser would be great it we want to erase only certain parts of the chalkboard (I know that you can erase the whole board by shaking the phone);
    9) The ability to draw a dot - when I tap, it does not draw a dot - so I cannot draw an eyeball as a dot, for example - I'm not sure if that can be fixed.

    Other ideas (this takes you away from the chalkboard theme, but it will make it more useful to a wider audience):
    1) Cork background - I know that it wouldn't be a chalkboard then - I just like cork - haha;
    2) A whiteboard/tanboard option, with different color markers instead of chalk;
    3) The option to put vertical lines and/or vertical and horizonatal lines (similar to a notebook page) - for people who are learning to draw or who want to take notes;
    4) The option to use a picture stored on the phone as the backboard so that people can draw on their own pictures.

  9. fastbite macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    Keep it as simple as possible, but add sound and eraser. Great!

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