James Montgomerie’s World Wide Web Log

This dogma that web apps are the future

I think that the idea, and it was almost taken as religion, is that once we got to the point where you could write web apps, and that web apps would run everywhere, that was some sort of end point in the continuum of how software evolved. […] Not everybody, certainly not everybody, but there were a large number of people who I think sort of took it, and still take it […], this dogma that web apps are the future. And I think that people are still dug in on that, and that you see a lot of people…


Sparrow, Promise, and Feelings of Betrayal

Google has acquired the development team that produces the excellent Mac and iPhone email app Sparrow. Development of the app is being stopped so that the developers can “[join] the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision.”

I Believe in Sherlock Holmes

Like many, I find this news disappointing. I bought both the iPhone and Mac versions of Sparrow. I use it daily on my iPhone, and intermittently on my Mac. It’s a great app on both platforms. I’ve been very happy with my purchase so far, but I have to admit I felt a little betrayed when I heard the news of the …


On Frequent, Intense Mature and Suggestive Themes

Marco Arment has written a provoking article about Apple App store ratings. I haven’t really looked at the situation since my original (and, at the time, infamous) brush with the Apple law over the rating of Eucalyptus. As you may remember, it’s rated, at Apple’s request, 17+ for “Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes”, because users can access Victorian textual translations of, for example, the Kama Sutra from it. How are other book reading apps rated? I took a sample of the popular ones:

  • iBooks: 4+
  • Kindle: 4+
  • Blio: 4+
  • Nook: 4+
  • Stanza: 4+
  • Wattpad: 9+
  • Kobo: 12+

In case you’re …


Hither Eucalyptus!

Earlier today I received a phone call from an Apple representative. He was very complimentary about Eucalyptus. We talked about the confusion surrounding its App Store rejections, which I am happy to say is now fully resolved. He invited me to re-build and submit a version of Eucalyptus with no filters for immediate approval, and that full version is now available on the iPhone App Store.

Since my previous post, I’ve been so pleased with the overwhelmingly positive articles, blog posts, comments and tweets - and also the emails from those of you who felt so strongly about the …


Whither Eucalyptus?

Update

The situation has now been resolved. Read more in my later blog entry.

Original Post

If you’re wondering why Eucalyptus is not yet available, it’s currently in the state of being ‘rejected’ for distribution on the iPhone App Store. This is due to the fact that it’s possible, after explicitly searching for them, to find, download from the Internet, and then read texts that Apple deems ‘objectionable’. The example they have given me is a Victorian text-only translation of the Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. For the full background, a log of my communications with Apple is below.