The HLUC App is now available!

The HLUC iOS App, or Christmas Gift List & Countdown as it’s now known, is now available on the App Store.

“Keeping track of what gifts you need to buy, and for who, can sometimes get the better of you. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to Christmas! This app aims to take some of the stress away, providing you with an easy to use Gift List. It let’s you know, at a glance, how many gifts you still need to purchase, and for whom. It also provides you with an easy and festive way to find out how long it is until Christmas. ”

Click here to download it.


Zizim – Status Update

I re-designed the interface for Zizim back in May, and the original plan way to implement the new design into the existing PHP build. I got to a stage where it was nearly finished, but I made the decision to re-build the backend using Ruby on Rails because the end-result would be a clean codebase and a strong foundation for the API which I will be releasing at the same time.

The build is nearing completion, and will be released over the next week or two.

All of the previously shortened URL’s and aliases will be retained. Hooray!

HLUC – iOS App

My original plan was to release something fairly basic, very similar to the website in terms of functionality. Apple wasn’t too keen on this, because the primary feature of the app was sharing. So I went back to the drawing board, and had another look at the various competing applications already available on the App Store. It was evident, looking at them through fresh eyes, that they’d gotten around this restriction by including the facility to play some generic Christmas music.

I wasn’t going to do that. So I built on the original concept and decided to include a Gift List. There’s a lot to think about, when it comes to Christmas and keeping track of what you need to buy for who is no mean feat. It seemed like a much more useful feature than a couple of Christmas jingles, and will hopefully make the App appeal to a wider audience. It was an informative exercise, as it provided me

It’s currently pending review, fingers crossed. A couple of screenshots are included below for your perusal.

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