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MONK v1.5 has been submitted to Apple

I’ve just submitted the latest version of our MONK Episode Guide to Apple. With a bit of luck the new version should be available on the App Store in the next few days.

This version only has one new major feature, namely the long-awaited inclusion of Hy Conrad’s latest novel “Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant“, a direct sequel to his previous novel, “Mr. Monk is open for business.

Sadly, this is the final MONK novel penned by Conrad, he said on his Facebook page a while back. Looks like the series has finally come to an end. What a shame!

Why it took so long for this update to come out

Conrad has finished the novel in 2015, so why did it take nearly two years for me to include it in this app you might wonder? And why have I done it now? Both very good questions.

The first time I’ve added the novel was back in 2015. However, when I submitted the app, Apple told me out of a sudden they had an issue with the artwork I’ve used. The App Icon in particular was apparently copyright protected, even though that didn’t seem to matter in previous updates since 2013. Wikipedia states that the previous icon only consists of geometric shapes, and therefore does not qualify to be copyrighted. It was clearly in the public domain.

They stopped responding to my pleads, so the update was stuck in App Review Hell and never made it to the store.

A few days ago I received an email from Apple, telling me that my app hadn’t seen an update in a while, and if I don’t do anything about it, the whole thing would be removed from the App Store within 30 days. So I thought, let’s make up a new icon and try this again – hence we now have a red logo with an arbitrary font that’s unrelated to the TV show. This allowed me to kill three birds with one stone:

  1. make Apple happy
  2. make Apple happy again
  3. add the missing Hy Conrad novel

Everything else stayed the same for now.

What’s next?

I’ll spend some time to make sure the app looks handsome on the upcoming iPhone X screen. It already works with iOS 11.1 (Beta 1), but to make sure the whole tall iPhone X screen is used I’ll have to do some tweaking and experimenting.

I’m going in for some major surgery this month, so it depends on how quick I’ll recover from that before the update will hit the store.

In the meantime, happy sleuthing!

Monk v1.5: The New Lieutenant is in town


Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 09.22.14I’ve submitted a new version of our Monk App to Apple today. The update includes the latest Hy Conrad novel Mr Monk and The New Lieutenant which was released today.

Nice going, Hy! Did you know we’re almost neighbours ūüėČ

I must admit the update had been sitting on my machine since September, and as it frequently happens in life I forgot¬†to submit it back then… oops!


Minor Changes

I’ve made two other very small changes while I was there: I’ve changed the font of the link to the cover images at the bottom of the list to set itself apart from the rest of the text (before it had the same font and I felt it looked a bit cluttered).

As before, if you don’t want need that link anymore you can hide it under Settings – Monk.

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Why go through all this trouble? Sadly Apple won’t permit us to distribute the cover images for those books or DVDs with the app, so we’ll have to leave it to your good selves to source and add them manually. I know. Lame-o-rama.


Ratings Change

When I submitted an update to our Bond App in December it appears that the links to Wikipedia and IMDb are no longer classed as casual browsing, and Apple now sees this as “unrestricted internet access”.

It’s no biggie, but it does mean that the age rating of this app has shot up from 9+ to 17+ because potentially lethal¬†content could suddenly be forced upon your eyes¬†at any time, potentially poisoning millions of people’s minds. We’d like to avoid that at all costs. It’s a change I need to make in all our apps going forward. Just thought I’d mention it.


Final Thoughts

The new update is compatible with old iPad 1 devices and should run on anything from iOS 5.1.1 to iOS 8.2. Huzzah! It’s submitted now and should be available in the next few days from the App Store.

You can buy Hy’s new novel from Amazon (not an affiliate link) or visit his website and enjoy weekly mini-mysteries for free.

Until next time!

Bundle Me Crazy

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Great news for iOS 7 and iOS 8 users: you can now buy all our Episode Guide apps in one handy bundle, thanks to the App Store’s new feature – freshly released for your convenience earlier today.

Included are all seven apps, from Poirot to Frasier – with everything in between. You can also “complete your bundle” and only pay the difference for apps you don’t already own. It’s very swish.

There has never been a better time to complete your collection – head over to the App Store now and grab that crazy Episodes Guides Bundle now.


Monk – Version 1.4: It’s a gift, and a curse

Monk-Logo-1024Here’s a funny story:

One of our users left a review on the App Store saying that there were two episodes missing from our Monk App. Of course he was right Рthank you for the pointer. Today was time to fix this.

Turns out that the two episodes in question (“Mr Monk and The Astronaut” starring Jeffrey Donovan, and “Mr Monk and The Big Reward”) were buried deep inside the code and were there all along – the app just wasn’t showing them.

Computer code… it’s a gift, and a curse!

Glad it was only a small fix to bring them back, finally and after long last completing the Monk Episode Guide for iOS. While I was at it I also made sure the app runs smoothly on iOS 8 and iPhone 6.

The update is now with Apple and should be live within the next few days.