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Songsmith

August 08, 2012, at 01:50:30 PM

Lone Yeti's first app has been poked, prodded and ultimately approved by Apple. It is now available on the app store.

I present to you- Songsmith!

Songsmith is a songwriting journal for iPhone. It allows you to quickly enter lyrics and ideas as you think of them and then use those to create full fledged songs. Each song allows you to enter lyrics, chords, ideas, key, tempo, time signature and even record audio to link to the song. 

I am in a band that takes part in the RPM Challenge every year (in which participants attempt to write and record an entire album in a month). I used an early version of Songsmith to write every song for our 2012 album and it was an invaluable tool.

My favorite feature is probably its simplest. Using the inspiration feature, you can get a random tip, saying and image off of flickr (or how random is it actually? hmmm). I based this feature off of a private inspiration website I had created for my band and a few friends. It is possible to write entire songs just from the information and picture displayed.

Anyway, I will take off my sales guy hat. Welcome to the Lone Yeti blog. Of course we will be promoting our apps, but I also hope to post a lot of great development and programming stuff in here as well.

-troy

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Horder: Word Building Meets Gravity

September 26, 2013, at 08:38:41 AM

I'm happy to introduce the second app from Lone Yeti: Horder.

Horder is a word finding game with a twist. Letters fall from the sky and you must construct words before time runs out or the letters reach the top. Realistic physics and motion allow you to tilt your device to rearrange stacks of letters or influence where the next letter will fall.

Horder is a rogue-like game, meaning that if you fail on a level you have to start from the beginning. Games are quick and addictive. There are sixteen levels. Gamers can compete against each other's high scores via Game Center.

Since I've been turning this blog into more of a technical blog lately, let me get under the hood.

Horder is a Sprite Kit game. Sprite Kit is awesome. I know there is a bit of the Cocoa2D vs Sprite Kit debate out there and I have no insight into that; I have never used Cocoa2D. I can say that Sprite Kit is pretty great but it also has a lot of room to grow. 

Apple was always known for their intuitive interfaces and "it just works". In that regard, Sprite Kit is classic Apple. It is deceptively simple--almost too simple in places--yet, "it just works". I can't wait to see what Apple has in store for it. I may do a longer post about Sprite Kit in the future.

Anyway, if you have an iPad and iOS 7, give Horder a look:

http://horder.mobi

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Songpen. A Songwriting App for iOS 7.

October 02, 2013, at 12:33:28 PM

Songsmith has a new name and a new look.

I'm happy to introduce Songpen. Don't worry, if you already have Songsmith, it is a free upgrade.

Songpen offers a few great new features. It is now a universal app; it can be used on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. It is also designed exclusively for iOS 7. Content fills the entire screen and elements have a sense of depth.

One of the big features users have asked for is a way to access their recordings. You can now download your audio files onto your computer using the app file sharing option in iTunes.

I hope you like it. Give me a shout-out on Twitter and let me know your thoughts: @troyharris

Here is the direct link:

Songpen



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Songpen 3.0.0

June 25, 2015, at 07:21:58 PM

It has been nearly two years, but Songpen has finally been updated. A lot of bugs have been squashed and the app is more stable than ever. Some users reported some scrolling issues. Those should all be resolved now. I have also fixed a bug with the Flickr API code. If you were having problems pulling up images in the Inspiration screen, give it another shot.

Also added are some great new sharing features. Songpen now supports all of the sharing options that iOS can support. You can post your lyrics to any social media that allows you (Facebook, Twitter, etc). You can also send your recordings to Dropbox or Google Drive for safekeeping or easy downloading. My personal favorite is to make sure I archive all of my songs to Evernote so I can access them from a web browser if needed.

I hope you enjoy the app and find it better than ever. My own band, Scenery has been recording again and all of my song writing has been done in Songpen. I'm hooked!

Here is the link:


Songpen



-Troy (@troyharris)

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Songpen 3.0.0

June 25, 2015, at 07:21:58 PM

It has been nearly two years, but Songpen has finally been updated. A lot of bugs have been squashed and the app is more stable than ever. Some users reported some scrolling issues. Those should all be resolved now. I have also fixed a bug with the Flickr API code. If you were having problems pulling up images in the Inspiration screen, give it another shot.

Also added are some great new sharing features. Songpen now supports all of the sharing options that iOS can support. You can post your lyrics to any social media that allows you (Facebook, Twitter, etc). You can also send your recordings to Dropbox or Google Drive for safekeeping or easy downloading. My personal favorite is to make sure I archive all of my songs to Evernote so I can access them from a web browser if needed.

I hope you enjoy the app and find it better than ever. My own band, Scenery has been recording again and all of my song writing has been done in Songpen. I'm hooked!

Here is the link:


Songpen



-Troy (@troyharris)

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Songpen 3.0.0

June 25, 2015, at 07:21:58 PM

It has been nearly two years, but Songpen has finally been updated. A lot of bugs have been squashed and the app is more stable than ever. Some users reported some scrolling issues. Those should all be resolved now. I have also fixed a bug with the Flickr API code. If you were having problems pulling up images in the Inspiration screen, give it another shot.

Also added are some great new sharing features. Songpen now supports all of the sharing options that iOS can support. You can post your lyrics to any social media that allows you (Facebook, Twitter, etc). You can also send your recordings to Dropbox or Google Drive for safekeeping or easy downloading. My personal favorite is to make sure I archive all of my songs to Evernote so I can access them from a web browser if needed.

I hope you enjoy the app and find it better than ever. My own band, Scenery has been recording again and all of my song writing has been done in Songpen. I'm hooked!

Here is the link:


Songpen



-Troy (@troyharris)

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Songpen 3.0.0

June 25, 2015, at 07:21:58 PM

It has been nearly two years, but Songpen has finally been updated. A lot of bugs have been squashed and the app is more stable than ever. Some users reported some scrolling issues. Those should all be resolved now. I have also fixed a bug with the Flickr API code. If you were having problems pulling up images in the Inspiration screen, give it another shot.

Also added are some great new sharing features. Songpen now supports all of the sharing options that iOS can support. You can post your lyrics to any social media that allows you (Facebook, Twitter, etc). You can also send your recordings to Dropbox or Google Drive for safekeeping or easy downloading. My personal favorite is to make sure I archive all of my songs to Evernote so I can access them from a web browser if needed.

I hope you enjoy the app and find it better than ever. My own band, Scenery has been recording again and all of my song writing has been done in Songpen. I'm hooked!

Here is the link:


Songpen



-Troy (@troyharris)

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