New App Suggestions Wanted...

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by macfreek57, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. macfreek57 macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I'm a programmer in my third year of Computer Science at Louisiana State University. I've also been working part-time for a local software company (we do mostly database-driven websites for state agencies, all in asp and asp.net).
    My real passion is to develop for the Mac platform. Once I get a degree and some experience under my belt, I hope to work for one of the Mac development firms or maybe even start my own.
    For the time being, I'd like to start developing for the iPhone/iPod Touch. I've been reading through some books on Cocoa development and messing around with the OS X & Cocoa Touch APIs in XCode for a while, and I'd like to get some real experience developing an app. That's where you come in.
    I need some ideas. I've come up with a few, but most of those ideas have been developed into apps already and put on the App Store. So any ideas for an app that you'd like to see? What's missing from the store that you think should be there? Any suggestions welcome.
    Now just to let you know, I am relatively new to Cocoa development. As a programmer, I'm capable of putting out some of the more complex apps, but for my first attempt, I would like to keep it relatively simple (I'm hoping to have it releasable within 2 months). So anything along the lines of "you should port Wii Sports to the iPhone!" or "Final Cut Pro would be nice" is not all that helpful for the time being. I'm thinking something more in line with the apps that sell for free to 2.99¢.

    Thanks for anything you can give me. Hopefully I can fill a hole in the App Store's line-up (if there are any).
     
  2. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    Well, it wouldn't be right if someone gave you a suggestion, and you made it, and then you charged for it and made a profit while the person that suggested it gets nothing.
     
  3. macfreek57 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Fair enough...

    I wasn't planning on charging for it. I don't think what I'll develop will be worth much (or at least at this point, I'm not willing to commit the time required to make it worth charging for). But, if it turns out better than I thought and I decide to charge for it and I'm able to make money off of it, I promise I'll be sure to thank whoever gave the idea (monetary-wise).
    Again, I don't think my first app will be worth charging for -- I was mostly hoping to give non-developers the opportunity to get an app they feel is missing from the store.

    Thanks
     
  4. MacToddB macrumors 6502a

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    Well, as a developer, I'd love an app that could do one or more of the following:

    Screenscrape iTunes to tell me when my position changed (100sounds is currently #9 in Entertainment and #70 OVERALL), or when my average reviews change (by .5 or 1 star in either direction) or a (specified number of) new review's posted, etc.

    I'd also like to know when the sales figures are posted since it can vary by several hours. (itts.apple.com). I'm using the cool opensource app AppSales that shows trends but it'd be nice to have an alert.

    I'd also like a video player that COULD LOOP video. Unless someone knows of such a thing. I'd like to play short videos at tradeshows.
     
  5. macfreek57 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The App tracker sounds like a good idea, albeit a little out of my scope for the time being (it seems like the sort of app that would need to be exhaustive in its stat reporting and also would need to work more-or-less flawlessly for it to be of much use).
    The video looper, however, would be very achievable. I might look into it.
     
  6. MacToddB macrumors 6502a

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    great. and you do NOT owe me anything if you sell it!

    I just want to be customer #1 !!!
     
  7. icedmocha macrumors regular

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    Port an existing game? Montezumas revenge, miner 2049er...
     
  8. macfreek57 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Porting a game is a bit more complex than it might seem. At least it's too much of a task for me to take one under the current circumstances. I'm really looking for something that will take less time, which ideally means an app whose interface can be made up with the standard interface controls provided by the SDK.
    Thanks for the suggestion, though!
     
  9. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    i think there should be a MacRumors (mainly forums-based, but whole site in general as well??) App. but i don't know if that would have to be made by MacRumor's Moderators or if you could get consent from them to create it.

    oh, and it should be made so you can log in obviously so you can post replies or post new threads and whatnot. i kind of felt the need to mention that because on the Youtube App (though standard on the iPhone/Touch) doesn't allow you to log in. argh!
     
  10. macfreek57 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm... that sounds interesting. I might talk to Arn about his interest in that.
     
  11. akacaj macrumors regular

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    Make a Call GOD app, have the user press 1 to speak english. para srvicia espanol....2. Then play some church music while they are on hold. Then finally they get an indian person on the phone. (with indian accent) Hello, Thank you for calling God. My name is Brian. Are you calling regarding an existing case....
     
  12. detz macrumors 65816

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    Do something you want...I've found that works the best not only for yourself but often if you want it so do others. My iOwn app I created for myself in about two weeks, I fiancee told me to post it up because everyone I showed loved it so I did. :) Everyone loves it. The two websites I run are the same thing, I built them to satisfy a itch I had and others find them useful too.
     
  13. laserfox macrumors 6502

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    I want a proper google docs editing app. Something where I can download and upload google docs to edit on the go. I know it may be out of your control, but I just had to express this wish!
     
  14. deadsouls macrumors regular

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    why in the hell wouldn't it be right? thats ludicrous.
     
  15. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    maybe you should read and quote my whole post, it would make sense.
     
  16. Vader macrumors 65816

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    I would love a snood-like game. There aren't any closely resembling snood out yet (that I have found).
     
  17. kas23 macrumors 603

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    I would want an app that can hold and edit MS Word apps and then email them. That would be cool. Open Office Mobile??? I just want it to recognize doc files and Google Docs doesn't do this.

    And any other idea I can come up with, I'll let you know. I couldn't care less if you made money off of it as I am not a developer and would NEVER make the app myself. So, you deserve the profit if you make it.
     
  18. cc82793 macrumors newbie

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    My little cousins were playing one of those claw-machine games online. It wasn't where a webcam is set up and you actually try to win stuff out of a real machine, it was a cartoon and you just had to move the claw and pick up the most toys you could in as little time.

    This could be fun on an iPhone. Like have different levels, where Level 1 has big toys and a big claw, and then as you go up the levels, the claw gets smaller, toys get harder to grasp.

    With great graphics, this could be fun.
     
  19. iunnohead macrumors regular

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    You could make a Chinese Checkers app. I haven't seen any in the App Store and it seems like a good idea.
     
  20. hobbbz macrumors 6502a

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    http://ctl.du.edu/staff/josephlabrecque/vidloop/ Adobe AIR cross platform
     
  21. deadsouls macrumors regular

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    umm i did quote your whole post. thats all you said. as evidenced IN YOUR POST ABOVE.
     
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  23. MacToddB macrumors 6502a

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  24. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    do i get any credit/reward if it goes through?! :rolleyes: haha...i'm somewhat serious..
     
  25. macfreek57 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Keep 'em coming...

    Thanks for all the ideas guys!
    I can't wait to get started on something. There have been some good suggestions -- I'll be evaluating them over the next few weeks as I prepare to choose a project and get down to it. I'm not quite ready to start yet, as I have to wait till next week when I'll be getting a new iMac (here's hoping they update them Tuesday). My current machine is only a G4 which keeps me from being able to compile and debug iPhone apps. I've mostly been messing around with the SDK on a friend's computer.
    I'd like to keep track of the development here on Macrumors forums as it seems that it could serve as a good insight into the process. I'll be sure to keep you all updated.
    Thanks again for the input and keep 'em coming!
     

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