Announcing my first iPhone app: 'avit

Avit iPhone application

You may have been wondering why I disappeared off the face of the earth for the past month after announcing that Evolutio – which I thought was going to be my first iPhone app – was going into Alpha.

Here's the reason: I realized that is going to need a good deal more work before it is ready for prime time and I also realized that I really want to get an app up on the App Store. Thankfully, this coincided with an idea that I thought I could whip up "in a weekend". So, about a month later, I'm at the point where I'm announcing it before embarking on a very short beta and then submitting it to the App Store (woot!)

The app is called 'avit. Watch a screencast of it in action at

So what does it do?

Well, in a nutshell, if you're subscribed to Safari Books Online, you can scan the barcode from a book and start reading straight away. That is, if they have it (have it, 'av it, get it? Oh, the wit, the intelligence!) :)

If they don't have it, you can compare prices online (with automatic location detection that sends you to one of the three localized sites that Google Product Search supports in the UK, US, and Germany).

OK, so I'm not going to repeat everything that's in the screencast here. Check out the 'avit screencast here.

I'm going to be talking about lessons learned while developing it, the User Experience considerations, workflow/process etc., at BrightArray this evening (7pm at The Skiff, so come along if you're in Brighton).

I'm also flying to Denmark tomorrow to give a workshop on iPhone dev at Noma (Nordic Multimedia Academy) in Kolding so this is going to be one heckuva busy week! :)

So there you go, this is going to be my first iPhone app and I'm really excited. I hope you guys like what you see and I can't wait to see it up on the App Store! :)