Ask Me Anything for Adults 2.0 is available on the app store

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Ask Me Anything for Adults 2.0 is available on the app store. I am very excited for this new release. It is now a fully Universal app. It includes over 700 questions designed specifically for adults.

I’ve given it a bold new look and made it accessible on all current apple devices. I hope you enjoy this new version and thank you for your continued support of Ask Me Anything Apps.

This new version of Ask Me Anything for Adults was built from the ground up to be a Universal App. I literally started from scratch. I opened up Xcode and started a new project.

I built the entire thing like that, every picture, every button, everything. I found with Ask Me Anything for Teens that trying to work with the old project created too many issues with old code, and old UI elements. Finally, while building Ask Me Anything for Teens 2.0 I ended up just building a new project and starting everything from the beginning again. I am determined to do that with every one of my existing apps on the app store. Start new projects and build the best app I can with my limited knowledge of developing and design.

One more thing, I went through every line of code and stripped out every unnecessary piece of code including many Ask Me Anything Apps ads that I had embedded in my former projects. When you tap the screen you will only see questions not annoying little text based ads for my other apps. I have found that Ask Me Anything App users have been very loyal to the brand, many have multiple Ask Me Anything Apps on their devices there is no need to pester them with ads.

I have already begun the redesign of Ask Me Anything for Couples. I’m considering some new categories for the app and I am excited about the possibilities that this redesign presents.

I am excited for you to experience Ask Me Anything for Adults 2.0 and I hope that it enhances your relationships. As always, thank you for the Downloads.

Ask Me Anything for Teens 2.0

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After a 2 year hiatus Ask Me Anything for Teens is finally seeing an update. It’s a big one too. Ask Me Anything for Teens 2.0 is a Universal App now. It is now available on iPad, and all versions of the iPhone. Ask Me Anything for Teens is my favourite app so it only makes sense that it becomes the first of my apps to go Universal.

I have already begun development on migrating my other apps to Universal apps. Over the next few months you will begin to see some new updates coming for my series of iOS apps.

What’s new in 2.0? Universal App design. A new Design altogether. More questions, more content and a few surprises thrown in here and there.

I hope you like the new version and thanks for all your support.

Chet Kennedy

Thank God I broke my app!

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I remember when I received my first app rejection from apple. It was scary and frustrating, I was annoyed and confused. I didn’t realize at the time that this was going to force the greatest innovation that my apps had ever seen.

At this point my apps were actually even more simple than they are right now. I have always wanted my apps to be simple, and to simply work. When my apps started they were actually just questions, no categories, no pages, no instructions. Just the questions and an about screen. When you clicked on the button at the bottom right of the screen it simply took you to the about screen and then another click on that same icon brought you back to the questions.

I built Couples, Teens, Job Interviews that way. They were accepted by apple. This time I hit a snag, a very real, very big snag. Apple had rejected the app for a bunch of very confusing reasons. Too few questions? No menus? No instructions? No real use of iPhone technology? What was the problem?

As it turns out when I appealed the rejection apple went out of their way to answer my questions and move me to app approval. There were a few emails back and forth but ultimately I got my answer from apple when apple phoned me. What a bizarre thing to your coworkers, “I need to take this, apple is calling me.”

As it turns out my app was too simple for apple. They wanted me to add a level of complexity that might give the app more value. Great idea, but at that time I had no idea how to add menus, more pages, or basically anything beyond my original design. It forced me to go back to the drawing board. That drawing board brought me back to the original code, the original artwork and the original textbooks that I studied to build the apps. I googled tutorials, watched youtube videos and tried countless attempts until I finally had a working experiment.

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My website ad for Ask Me Anything for Families. My first app with categories, that changed all the rest of my apps.

When I resubmitted that app apple was quick to approve it and it has sold over 300 copies since it was released on the app store.

Sometimes Failure is a Good Thing.

Recently I had finished an iPad version of Ask Me Anything for Teens. As I built it I became more and more frustrated that I would be charging my users twice for the same app. I’m not a fan of that myself. I hate when I buy an iPhone app and then have to buy it again for my iPad. My problem was that every time I tried to make my app into a Universal Application the original code would mess with the Universal code. I could not figure a way around it so I built two separate apps.

The new app was finished. It ran perfectly in the simulator and on my iPad. I had prepared it for upload and was starting to build the screenshots and meta data I would need for iTunes connect. Then it happened. I broke it. I still have no idea what I did but I broke the app. Suddenly I was looking at a blank screen in the simulator. Then the app just refused to compile. Busted beyond recognition. What’s an independent developer to do?

I did what everyone does in the midst of failure I was frustrated, confused and angry. I was also determined and for the second time since I started making apps I went back to the drawing board. I looked at my original code, the original artwork and the original tutorials. I found many places where my code was out of date, I found many ways in Xcode that my apps could be improved. I began experimenting with building Universal apps from the ground up. The more I played, the more I realized I was on a journey towards a new reality for all my apps.

I now have a working copy of Ask Me Anything for Teens that runs on every type of iPhone from the 4 inch down to the original phone, and it also runs on all existing iPads. It still needs some testing and some refining but within the next few months Ask Me Anything for Teens will be a Universal App.

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Can talking heal a world gone mad?

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Can talking heal a world gone mad?

All around me teenagers are wondering what is going on in our world. They see bombings in peaceful places, shootings, great tragedies caused by people who just seem to want to cause pain and torment to innocent people. Right now, in our world, there are wars being fought that affect everything from the value of the dollar to the price of our oil. In this global economy we are truly experiencing a butterfly effect of sorts on an everyday basis. When conflict happens on one side of the world there are repercussions everywhere. This is not necessarily natural disasters, or cosmic disturbances but real people hurting real people. It’s ludicrous.

I see a great deal of fear and anxiety amongst my students. They see the threats from North Korea and they know their lives are being affected by forces outside of their own control. This new world many of them are born into seems to be balanced precariously on the edge of a knife.

On a personal level my students are also seeing a great deal of pain and tragedy in their own lives and the lives of their friends. They hear of story after story of bullying, cutting, suicides and pain. The students I work with are asking all kinds of questions. Why are people like this? Why doesn’t someone do something? How can anyone stop this nonsense?

Many of my students have watched the breakup of their parents marriages, have seen hearts broken. They have known victims of bullies who could no longer take the pressure and finally just end it all.

How does one change the course of a broken and tragic world?

Michael Jackson challenged us all to start with the man in the mirror. I would like us to take one step further… start talking to the people next to you. No matter who they are. Human beings need communication, we need to speak to one another, to have a conversation. We need to move beyond status updates, blog posts and twitter feeds. Ultimately, we need to move from carrying on a textual relationship and move into the realm of actually seeing people face to face, eyeball to eyeball.

It’s a scary world, but all it needs is a little conversation. We need to be able to listen to one another, and learn from each other. Less hate and more awkward questions. Less pain and more laughter. Less eyes on our phones and more eyes looking into the eyes of those who are hurting.

Can talking heal a world gone mad? I think so.

The beautiful tragedy of being an independent app developer.

“I’m so indie I don’t wear plaid anymore. Say Rad anymore, like that band anymore. Cuz’ I’m too indie to be like that anymore, and you can find me in the vinyl at the second hand store.” – Transit, Rap artist

I’m not really an independent app developer. I think that’s a step up from where I am. I’m a hobbyist developer. I build apps because it’s fun to do in my spare time. I have almost no spare time lately, like other husbands out there in the real world I’m finishing a basement. Instead of being knee deep in code, or app updates or even writing new questions for my apps, I’m knee deep in drywall compound and sanding dust.

In my real job I get the chance to travel around and speak to students. This weekend I was out at a youth retreat called Re-Charge at a summer camp called Bellevue Lodge. Most teenagers think it’s pretty cool that I have my own line of apps. Generally when I speak I like to give my apps away for free. This weekend I made Ask Me Anything for Teens free. The beauty of that is I get to advertise my apps for no actual cost.

The tragedy is that I totally completely forgot to say anything about my apps. Usually, in my last session I talk about my apps. I show off the app running on an ipad and I get a few “oohs and ahhs,” and a few laughs. This weekend I said nothing. LOL.

That is the beautiful tragedy of being an independent app developer. The whole thing revolves around you and rises and falls because of you. I have Facebook. I have a website. I have a blog. I instagram. I use twitter. It’s all there for me to use to market my apps. What I don’t have is thousands of dollars to spend on marketing, or advertising. I can’t afford an iAd. I’m not sure there’s much value in facebook ads yet. That’s the reality of it. You’ve got to spend money to make money and I am just not yet willing to bet the farm on my hobby.

So, instead, Ask Me Anything will remain my hobby. I love it. Every single month I get a cheque from apple and every single month I think to myself, “I am getting paid, by Apple, to keep doing my hobby.” That’s pretty cool.

Thanks for the downloads. Have a great day.