Diced, a simple puzzle game

    Agile Tortoise’s first game, Diced is now available on the App Store. Only $0.99! We hope you’ll give it a try!

    Diced

    What is Diced?

    Diced is a simple puzzle game. Place dice on a grid to make five of a kind or five in a row (straight) combinations to score points and clear the die. Score as many points as you can before the grid fills up and the game ends. Some game play features:

    • Quick launch and game restore. Easy to leave and come back where you left off.
    • Wild die.
    • Bombs.
    • Random blocks to add difficulty as the game progresses.
    • Game Center support with leaderboards and achievements.

    It’s a casual game meant to fill those little down time moments with your iPhone (or iPad), without falling into the pattern of so many games on the App Store these days, with well-behaved app features like:

    • No ads.
    • No in-app purchases, micro-payments, fake currency, or hats to buy.
    • No ratings nags, push notifications, or other annoyances.
    • Universal for iPhone and iPad.
    • Dark theme for night time play.
    • Support for iPad multitasking and split view. Because, well, I don’t know. Just because. I can talk and chew gum at the same time.
    • Small download size.

    Spread the word

    If you try Diced and like it, we hope you’ll spread the word to friends, family, acquaintances, enemies and strangers – as I have no plans to market the game actively. It was fun to make, and I think it’s fun to play and hope you do, too.

    I have ideas for making the game better, other game modes, etc. If it gets enough interest, I’ll add those over time.

    If any press types are reading this, there is a minimal Press Kit available and feel free to request promo codes at info@agiletortoise.com.

    We thought you made productivity apps?

    Diced started as a downtime project for my own benefit, but I was getting a lot of positive feedback on the game from people who saw it and I decided to polish it up enough to release in the time before WWDC in June, when I’ll suddenly have lots of other work to do. Don’t worry, this doesn’t signal a change of focus away from productivity for Agile Tortoise.

    Diced isn’t actually my first game. In fact, this is a bit of a throwback for me, because the first piece of software I offered for direct sale was a shareware dice game for the Mac back in the late 90s. What goes around, comes around…or something.

    Enjoy!

    Getting to Know Drafts: Messaging and Email

    The next installment of our Drafts screencast series is out! Learn about creating and customizing actions for email and iMessage/SMS!

    Get Drafts now on the App Store!

    Follow the Whole Series

    This series of screencasts will be rolled out over the next couple of months, roughly one video per week. Pick your favorite way to keep up with the latest. All will be posted to both Vimeo and YouTube, and announced here on the blog.

    Drafts Screencast Series with David Sparks + Sale!

    Starting today, we are excited to begin rolling out a new screencast series covering Drafts. Created by David Sparks (aka MacSparky), these screencasts will help new and existing users get more out of the Drafts – with introductions to many of Drafts features, how to customize the app, and how to setup and use Drafts actions to integrate with a variety of services and apps.

    We’re kicking off the series with two screencasts, an Overview of Drafts and an introduction to using Drafts with Dropbox – both embedded below. We’ll be releasing additional screencasts, more or less once a week in the coming months – covering topics from configuring Drafts settings to integrating with social media, messaging, calendars, reminders and more.

    Screencasts

    Overview

    Dropbox

    Follow the Whole Series

    This series of screencasts will be rolled out over the next couple of months, roughly one video per week. Pick your favorite way to keep up with the latest. All will be posted to both Vimeo and YouTube, and announced here on the blog.

    Drafts 4.6.2

    Drafts

    Drafts 4.6.2 is now available on the App Store.

    • Change: Action importer fix.
    • Fix: Selection of “All” or “Trash” tabs not properly restored across app restarts.
    • Fix: Selection of “All” action group not properly restored across app restarts.
    • Change: Re-enable meta tag generation in MultiMarkdown processor. Broke some actions for a few people.

    Keep Up with Drafts!

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com. To keep up with tips and news, follow @draftsapp on Twitter and Facebook. We always appreciate you taking the time to review or rate Drafts on the App Store!

    Want an email with tips and tricks about once every couple of months? Sign up for our Drafts Tips mailing list.

    Love Drafts and want to support continued development? Consider tossing a few coins in the tip jar!

    Interact 1.0.4

    Interact

    Interact 1.0.4 is now available on the App Store. We’ve been listening to your feedback, so keep it coming. This release continues to smooth out some of the rough edges Interact has run into it production, and adds some great new features that make context/communication more useful. Hope you like it!

    What’s New

    • New: Context history and pinning. Interact now saves recent contexts, and lets you pin contexts you want to reuse. This allows you to restore a set of recipients, attachments and text to reuse multiple times, or to build on a single context started in the Share extension, etc. The context history is accessed via a clock icon to the right side of the context. From here you can replace the current context with the content of a previous context, or add the content to the current context, effectively merging the two.
    • New: “To/CC/BCC” button in selected contacts view to set all selected contacts to different email recipient type.
    • New: In group list, “…” operations now include “Select Members” options that select as “CC” or “BCC” recipient types. This allows you to add all members of a group to the current context with any recipient type without selecting the group.
    • New: Scratchpad has a new multiline note tag syntax. Example:
    note>>
    Multiline line notes,
    will all be included between the delineators.
    <<

    Changes and Fixes:

    • Fix: Remove reload flicker in contact list after indexing completion.
    • Fix: Clearing contacts in context should reset CC/BCC recipient list.
    • Change: Indexing performance improvements. Down about 50% for my test data sets.
    • Change: Frequency of index updates increased to keep data more current.
    • Fix: Better identification Facebook connect account container
    • Fix: Do not create “Unassigned” group for Facebook connect container.
    • Change: Tighten up contact sizes in list to allow display of more contacts.
    • Change: Performance improvements and caching in contact list.

    Keep Up with Interact!

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com. To keep up with tips and news, follow @interact_app on Twitter and Facebook.

    Want an email with tips and tricks about once every couple of months? Sign up for our Interact Tips mailing list.

    Drafts 4.6.1

    Drafts

    Drafts 4.6.1 is now available on the App Store.

    • Change: Hide keyboard button is now visible over keyboard even if hide extended keyboard is visible and it has a new icon.
    • Change: Improvements for landscape editing, especially on smaller devices. This included auto-hiding toolbar and status bar in landscape on iPhone 5/5s/SE screen sizes.
    • Change: Disable meta tag generation in MultiMarkdown processor. Meta tag generation treated “:” in the first lines of the text as a meta tag and could cause unexpected errors outputting, especially to Evernote.
    • Fix: “Run Action” on multiple drafts selected in draft list should clear selection.
    • Fix: Avoid issue where cursor appears mid-screen before typing on a cold start of the app.
    • Fix: On first launch after install, “Inbox” should be selected in drafts list pane, not “All”.
    • Fix: On first launch after install, “Basic” action group should be selected in action pane, not “All”.
    • Fix: Mention iCloud Drive requirement in iCloud settings error.
    • Fix: Rare crash in sync process.
    • Fix: Workaround for “white keys on dark keyboard” issue in a few more places.
    • Fix: Swiping through draft list tabs should include new Trash tab.
    • Change: Tighten up the line height a little.

    Keep Up with Drafts!

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com. To keep up with tips and news, follow @draftsapp on Twitter and Facebook. We always appreciate you taking the time to review or rate Drafts on the App Store!

    Want an email with tips and tricks about once every couple of months? Sign up for our Drafts Tips mailing list.

    Love Drafts and want to support continued development? Consider tossing a few coins in the tip jar!

    Interact 1.0.3

    Interact

    Interact 1.0.3 is now available on the App Store.

    • New: “Unassigned” groups. Special query groups created for each account which list only contact not currently assigned to any groups. These groups appear at the end of each account’s group list for accounts which support groups.
    • New: Account symbols for better account/contact identification. These symbols appear next to account sections in group list and in the top right of contacts in the contact list to help identify the source account for the contact. The default account has no symbol. Symbols will appear as shape characters like: ◉ ■ ◆ ▲.
    • New: Added Waze to address mapping actions.
    • Fix: Allow editing of individual contact’s Group Memberships even if they are not in the default account, as long as the account they are in supports groups.
    • Change: Tighten up sizes on UI elements.
    • Fix: Work on indexing priority and threading to improve responsiveness.
    • Fix: Do not show “Default” section header in group list if only one contact account is active on the device.
    • Fix: Workaround a couple of crashing bugs.
    • Fix: Tint color issues in share and action extensions.
    • Fix: Long names could cause overflow of “…” action screen.
    • Fix: “All-*” group selections would not stick as current group after a restart of the app.
    • Fix: “Remove from Group” should not appear in operations when viewing “All-” and “Unassigned-” groups.”
    • Change: Added more common company identifiers to Scratchpad.
    • Fix: Multi-character emoji in Scratchpad values could cause value to get clipped improperly.

    Keep Up with Interact!

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com. To keep up with tips and news, follow @interact_app on Twitter and Facebook.

    Want an email with tips and tricks about once every couple of months? Sign up for our Interact Tips mailing list.

    Drafts 4.6

    Drafts 4.6 is now available on the App Store. This is a big update, with lots of general improvements and new features. We hope you’ll take the time to look them over.

    Trash Can

    Drafts now maintains the last 30 days worth of deleted drafts in a trash can, accessible with Inbox, Archive and other saved filters. Drafts in the trash can be restored, and will be restored with full version/action histories and other metadata.

    Automatic Dark Mode

    Automatic dark mode allows Drafts to switch between the dark theme and the last selected light theme (white or sepia) based on the brightness setting of the device. Automatic dark mode can be enabled in "Aa" appearance settings menu. Brightness threshold controls how low the device screen brightness should drop before switching between light and dark themes.

    With iOS auto-brightness enabled on the device, Drafts will switch between themes based on the amount of ambient light in the room. For more details, see the appearance documentation.

    Redesigned Today Widget

    Simplified, cleaner look for Drafts' Today Widget. Tap anywhere on a draft in the list to jump directly to it in the app. For more information no using the Today Widget, visit the documentation.

    Better Editing

    Adjustments to line heights, margins and other general improvements have been made to text in the editor for better readability and fit on iPad, especially iPad Pro, sizes. Many other minor tweaks and convenience changes have been made like restoring last editing selection when opening a draft, reducing taps after running actions.

    Box.com action steps

    Similar to Dropbox or Google Drive action steps, Drafts can create, append and prepend to files in your Box.com account. For details on configurable values visit the documentation, or install a sample from the directory to get started:

    “Open in Drafts” option for URLs

    When enabled, a URL action step will open in Safari View Controller without leaving Drafts. Only http and https URLs can work with this setting. Great for actions which search the web. These examples search Google and DuckDuckGo for the current selected text without leaving Drafts:

    Note: Swipe to dismiss the Safari View Controller is disabled when running on iOS 9.2 because of an iOS bug which prevents the host app from getting notified when the Safari view is dismissed. Apple has fixed this but in the iOS 9.3 betas and swipe to dismiss works when using Drafts 4.6 on iOS 9.3.

    “Include Action” action step

    This action step is configured with the name of another action in your action list. When run, the steps from that action are inserted into the current action as if they were defined there. More documentation

    Apple Watch app

    • Watch app now has settings to enable/disable automatic capture when launching from glance or complication. These settings are available under the Drafts entry in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. They are separate settings, so you could configure the complication to auto-capture and not the glance. Auto-capture is a great feature, but sometimes the performance of the Watch makes it less desirable.
    • Pending inbox captures should be sorted in reverse chronological order.
    • Original capture time should be maintained when offline watch captures are imported into iPhone app.

    Other Changes and Additions

    • Hundreds of new action icon options.
    • Tag helpers. When editing templates and fields in action steps which accept drafts tags, a new tag helper keyboard row is available which makes it easier to insert common tags like [[draft]], [[title]], etc.
    • “Hide toolbar while editing” setting now also hides status bar.
    • New /replaceRange URL scheme action: drafts4://x-callback-url/replaceRange?uuid=[[uuid]]&start=[selection_start]]&length=[[selection_length]]&text=[text to insert]. Replaces the text in the specified range in the specified draft. Visit URL scheme docs for details. This is useful when used as the x-success callback parameter in actions that call to apps which can return a result. Here are a couple of example applications:
      • Te:Replace: Sends selected text to Terminology to look. You can browse replacement works in Terminology and choose to send a new word back to Drafts and it will be replaced inline.
      • Blink Replace: Sends selected text as a search to Blink, letting you select an app from it’s affliate search tools and return to Drafts replacing the selected text with the affliate link generated by Blink.
    • Initial launch performance improvements.
    • Tapping a link in link mode opens link in Drafts with Safari View Controller.
    • Do not enforce “allow URLs to fire actions” security if Drafts itself is the source of the URL call. This means that actions inside Drafts that call Drafts’ own URL schemes - for example to call another action - will not force the URL security check.
    • Ability to select from a list of actions when configuring “Run Action” key, rather than having to type it in.
    • “Reset Saved Filters” options in Settings > Reset. Allows restore of default inbox/archive/flagged saved filter configuration.
    • Added [[selection_start]] and [[selection_length]] tags, mostly for use with new /replaceRange URL. These tags return the start index and length of the selected text in the current draft.
    • If action results in archive or delete after success and new draft is created, the new draft should be focused ready for editing.

    Fixes

    • Workaround for issue where dark keyboard could appear with white keys.
    • Issue where opening URLs (especially from actions bound to keyboard keys) could hang system.
    • Selecting a draft from draft list now properly restores and makes visible the last cursor position/selection.
    • Override host app tint color in Share extension for consistent appearance.
    • HTML Preview steps should update the title of the view after loading a page.
    • When importing new action the action list would not properly refresh to show the action. This could also cause a crash if an action was then deleted from the list before it refreshed.
    • Swiping between saved filters in drafts list would not properly apply sort order changes.
    • New draft button in draft list should focus new draft for editing.

    Keep Up with Drafts!

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com. To keep up with tips and news, follow @draftsapp on Twitter and Facebook. We always appreciate you taking the time to review or rate Drafts on the App Store!

    Want an email with tips and tricks about once every couple of months? Sign up for our Drafts Tips mailing list.

    Love Drafts and want to support continued development? Consider tossing a few coins in the tip jar!

    Tally 2.2

    Tally 2.2 is now available on the App Store.

    • New: iPad multitasking and split view support.
    • New: iPad Pro support.
    • New: All “Reset All” option in tally list.
    • Fix: Hang calling URL callbacks.
    • Fix: Callback URLs on x-callback-url calls would fail.
    • Fix: Prevent delete of last tally.

    To keep up with Tally, like us on Facebook or follow @tallyapp on Twitter. Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com.

    Phraseology 2.1.1

    Phraseology 2.1.1 is now available on the App Store

    • New: Support for iPad Pro.
    • Change: Rewrite of keyboard handling and margin code for better sizing.
    • Fix: Update TextExpander SDK to support the latest version of TextExpander Touch.

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