Tag Archives: iOS

Getting Rotation to Work in Procreate

Here’s an email I sent to the developers on the subject:

Hi Matt

 
I can’t really complain as your app is amazing, it’s something of miracle that you and your team managed to pack so much functionality and quality into one app.  As an iOS developer and amateur artist I salute you, great job!
 
However I cannot overlook the fact that it’s taken me 2 hours to figure out how to rotate the canvas and rotate selections.  From a UX perspective here are the steps I went through to find the solution:
  • NO (45 mins): went through every setting in the app multiple times, including sliding layers to reveal all possible options
  • NO (45 mins): found and downloaded your excellent iBook manual and reviewed all relevant chapters
  • NO (20 mins): experimented with changing the settings under Settings.app > General > Multi-tasking
  • NO (10 mins): googled and went through several forum posts with 4-5 years worth of posting, mostly irrelevant answers due to wrong version of app/iOS
  • YES (1 min): found a reference that suggested “rotate” was disabled by default in Settings.app > Procreate
As an iOS dev I am constantly downloading and trying out new apps, I always have around 250 installed on my iPad and check new releases often.  As an amateur artist I have the top 30 drawing/sketching apps installed on my device and have tried to become proficient with all of them.  I literally have not had to adjust anything in Settings.app > $appname for at least the last 3 years, hence this route to find a solution was not near the top of my list.
 
I’m sure you have good reasons for disabling rotation by default, although I don’t know what they are.  Can I suggest you update the iBook manual (the first place I looked was 10. Transform) with the requirement to change the app’s default settings to get rotation to work.
 
Many thanks and keep up the great work!
 
cheers
 
Demian

Accessing the contents of iOS Apps

It’s quite straightforward to get to the contents of any app, this is how you do it on a Mac:

  • sync your device to your PC, make sure the relevant box is ticked in iTunes to sync your apps
  • in the Finder go to <home>/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications and select the .ipa file for your app
  • change the .ipa extension to .zip and unzip the file
  • within the contents, go to Payload/YourApp.app
  • right click on the .app file and choose “Show Package Contents”

You can often find some interesting things.

iOS very slow since update to 4.2.1

Have you noticed your iPhone has become really slow with the last iOS update?  I’m talking about iPhone 4, the most powerful model available 😉

Telltale signs:

  • Camera app takes at least 10 seconds to open
  • double click for multi-tasking takes 2 or more seconds to open task bar
  • clicking Home button to close apps takes 2 or more seconds
  • animations when you open phone are jerky
  • don’t even try typing something in Spotlight

It got bad to the point I started searching around the Apple forums, but unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation on the relevant topic, and too many hysterical posters.

The kind of advice that’s being given out is generally along the lines of:

  • do a factory reset on your phone (!)
  • delete all your apps
  • delete your mobile me account
  • increase screen brightness (wft??)

Bleh.

Once I installed the System Info app and found I had only 6MB RAM free, it was easy to fix the problem.

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