Category Archives: Miscellaneous

What’s Coming Next?

In case you’re wondering what’s next from us, we’ll mention in general terms what to expect:

  1. By the end of 2015 we hope to release a new German PlateFinder with expanded capabilities.
  2. Shortly thereafter, look for yet another app–this one not a PlateFinder.

That’s all we can say at the moment.

More later …

What’s a PlateFinder Good For?

When I tell people about the seven PlateFinder apps we’ve written for iOS, they always ask, “What’s a PlateFinder good for? Is it for spying on people and learning all about their identify?”

I tell them “No.”

Certain states in the U.S. and some countries (Germany, for example) include codes in vehicle license plates that tell what county or other government body issued the license plate. This is helpful for the curious ones among us who may wonder where a car we see on the road is from (or, at least, where they used to be from, at the time they licensed the car.)

Of the seven PlateFinders written so far, the German PlateFinder (available in German as Deutscher Schildfinder) is by the far the most involved. The first version had more than 400 codes; the current version has over 600 … and there are likely still some missing ones. It has both English and German language versions.

The six U.S. state Platefinders are;

  1. Idaho PlateFinder
  2. Wyoming PlateFinder
  3. South Dakota PlateFinder
  4. Montana PlateFinder
  5. Alabama PlateFinder
  6. Ohio PlateFinder

Do you know of more? (We do, … and we might make some more.)

We have plans for enhancing the current PlateFinders, as well as writing more. Also completely different apps.

Check back from time to time if you’re interested.

All PlateFinders Updated during Previous Month

During the month of August, iAppWriters updated all the PlateFinders. Here is what we did to the U.S. state PlateFinders:

  • Updated the apps to the iOS 7 “look” (just in time for iOS 8 to be released in September).
  • Improved the legibility of the introduction page (viewed by touching “Intro” or “Erklärung” buttons on the main page) by adding full support for HTML5.
  • Fixed minor bugs
The German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder) now works on iPad. It has had more downloads than all the other PlateFinders combined. (Also noteworthy, the German language version–Deutscher Schildfinder–has had more downloads than all other apps combined!)
We continue to work on the German PlateFinder
We’re contemplating enhancements for the PlateFinders, as well as our next apps. If you have a burning desire for us to add a feature, feel free to contact apps@iappwriters.com or tweet us at @iAppWriters.
We appreciate your interest in our apps!

All Apps Updated for iPhone 5

All our apps now support the iPhone 5’s larger display! Be sure to update them if you own earlier versions.

Additionally, we’ve fixed autorotation bugs in the South Dakota and Montana PlateFinders. Let us know if you find other bugs.
We’re working on a new app. (We’ll let you know when it is released …)

Thank You, Steve Jobs! We Miss you!

It was raining outside when we received the news that Steve Jobs passed away today. Thanks, Steve, for your contributions to our lives through your innovative creativity at Apple!

It was good to see you at WWDC in June. We missed you at the iPhone announcement two days ago. We’ll continue to miss you.

Best wishes … until we meet again!