drop – How We Built a Photo Sharing App

We recently shipped an app, for our clients at Monkey Island Inc., that was so much fun we can’t help but share our story. The app is called drop, and is a location-based photo sharing app for iOS. In this post, we’ll walk you through our app building process, some of drop’s coolest features, and speak to the technical challenges we encountered during the development process. You can get drop here for free! Read more »


Roll out the iBeacons: 8 Companies Enhancing The World Around Us

We’re starting to see huge indications that iBeacons will fundamentally change the way we interact with the physical world. While Apple’s iPhone can act as an iBeacon itself, it’s third party Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) hardware devices that are really stealing the show early on in the iBeacon Platform. These devices (made by EstimoteGimbal, and many other manufacturers) paired with mobile apps turn physical world into a playground for our digital devices. Just how are BLE and iBeacons… Read more »


Should I Upgrade My App to iOS 7?

To app owners asking, “Should I upgrade my app to iOS 7?” – Yes. Yes you should. If you’re willing to upgrade your app to leverage iOS 7, you will find a distinct competitive advantage over those who let their apps age in the App Store. Check out our flat-rate pricing for upgrading apps to iOS 7.

A Big Opportunity

Apple announced a new operating system for iPhone and iPad applications, called iOS 7… Read more »


Our Favorite iOS Resources

Before co-founding Vektor Digital in late 2012, Kurt (the other co-founder of Vektor Digital) and I spent over a year diving into the world of iOS. We got into iPhone apps in 2011 with minimal programming background. But with a vast universe of iOS resources (books and websites) dedicated to helping us learn iOS development we didn’t need to already be expert programmers.  We just needed to be willing to learn. In fact, for us… Read more »


Twitter Responds to iOS 7 UI

With today’s WWDC announcement of iOS 7, app designers and developers expressed a broad range of first impressions about the new operating system’s user interface. My Twitter stream was on fire with reactions from those at WWDC and those live-streaming the event from home. Here are some of my favorites: https://twitter.com/mattgemmell/status/344187153158381570 https://twitter.com/miniver/status/344148092184043521 https://twitter.com/TheDamianHdez/status/344174789155516420 https://twitter.com/flyosity/status/344198878612041728 https://twitter.com/jerols/status/344199145302659075 https://twitter.com/Cocoanetics/status/344168367822888960 https://twitter.com/emityme/status/344168654633574400    


Facebook Chat Heads

Anytime we’re designing for mobile, we’re generally short on real estate. To fit all of a client’s features onto an iPhone screen can be a difficult and iterative process. But by prototyping and trimming away unnecessary features, we can come up with a smooth interface while solving our client’s problem. Often we draw inspiration from other iPhone applications and take note of the way their creators solved user interface problems. Facebook’s Chat Heads feature is a great… Read more »