Category Archives: The Belgian Detective Guide

Poirot v1.8 – He speaks in Foreign Tongues

Available immediately is the latest and greatest version of our Poirot App. Thanks to the wonderful folks at iCanLocalize and some substantial changes in the underlying data structure, we have implemented six additional languages:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • German

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Miss Marple v1.3 – “The Mysterious Name Change”

We’ve just submitted a small patch for Miss Marple today. Here’s the list of changes:

  • added brand new iOS 7 UI (on compatible devices)
  • added 64bit support (on compatible devices)
  • added air date for “Endless Night” episode
  • improved user experience on 4″ devices
  • improved user experience under Settings – Miss Marple
  • added Reachability Copyright notice under Settings – Miss Marple
  • changed app title to Ultimate Miss Marple Guide

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Poirot v1.7 – say hello to iCloud

iCloudYesterday night Apple have approved our latest version of Poirot for iOS . This update contains the following features:

  • added iCloud Integration – FINALLY!
  • added iOS 7 UI (still compatible with iOS 5 and iOS 6)
  • added 64bit support on A7 processors (iPhone 5s, iPad Air, new iPad Mini)
  • beautified Detail View on 4″ Retina Displays (better spacing)

New iOS 7 UI

Check out the new look that the new iOS brings to the party:

On iOS 5+6 the app looks like it always has, we’ve made sure of that, so you’ll get the “retro look and feel”.

new iOS 7 interface
new iOS 7 interface
beautified Detail View on 4" devices
beautified Detail View on 4″ devices

 

iCloud Integration

But the big news is iCloud: if you have our app installed on multiple devices, they can now sync seamlessly! Tick off an episode on your iPhone, and it’ll populate onto your iPad and iPod Touch in the background. You can see it happening live – it’s quite exciting.

I’ve added an option which lets you copy your current device data into iCloud. If you decline you can bring up the same dialogue from Settings later. Check out the new Settings Menu:

Poirot 1.7 Settings

This wasn’t an easy undertaking, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the intricacies of iOS 7 and its developer tool Xcode 5. You can follow along what’s happening behind the scenes of hacking in my iOS Dev Diary.

If you’re not quote sure what iCloud is, check out Apple’s iCloud Features.

What’s next?

It’s finally time for translations. Poirot stories are available in over 100 languages, and we want to support some of them. Even if it may not be feasible to translate every aspect of the app, we’d like to translate the story titles. This requires a complete re-write of the underlying data structure (read: a lot of work).

Earlier this year Julia and I have already started creating our own custom developer tools to support ¬†other languages, and now it’s time to merge those with the code advancements of Poirot. In fact, Julia was already busy adding most of the French titles this afternoon, and the code re-write is keeping me up at night (and going very well indeed).

Thank you for your continued support on Poirot for iOS!

SALE SALE SALE – 50% off

PoirotTo commemorate the FINAL episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, we’re giving all new customer 50% off in the App Store on both Poirot and Miss Marple for iOS.

Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case is broadcast in the UK on ITV on November 13th 2013. Our sale will be on from now until the 14th.

We’ll catch it as soon as it’s available on iTunes – sadly we can’t see ITV over in the US.

If you haven’t already, make sure to watch The Mysterious Affair At Styles before Curtain: it’s the very first novel Mrs. Christie wrote, and hence the one in which Hercules Poirot is introduced. In Curtain, he returns to the same place (Styles) with Captain Hastings, many decades later. These two stories are the Alpha and Omega of Poirot, and it’ll be very exciting to see what the production team have cooked up for us.

Au revoir, Poirot!