Now that Apple has approved the app “…and Little Ones too!” we have to completely “reset” and change modes from development to marketing. Up until now we’ve been privately coming up with ideas, designing and producing delightful bits and pieces for an app and testing them for many months in our spare time. Hitting brick walls, coming back with new ideas and then scaling the brick walls. That’s part one of the challenge. It’s undoubtedly huge and without it there would be no app at all.
Update: App Store link – the app is now available on iPad.
I’d like to thank my wife, Ruth, for supporting me throughout the process. I know I must have been pretty terrible to live with constantly working.
I would like to thank my parents, especially my Dad for writing the original story all those years ago. It’s a wonderful rhyming tale that adults and children enjoy and I hope you all like it as much as we do once it’s available on the App Store.
My favourite way to listen to the story is to turn on the “Auto Page Turn” feature, sit the iPad up on an angle, press the “Start from the Beginning” button and sit back and listen and watch it all happen (you can even stream it to your AppleTV via AirPlay if the whole family want to hear it!). Although a lot of care has gone into making an “interactive” experience too I still think there’s a lot to be said for just listening to a wonderful story read by the author.
Version 1.0 of the app includes a lovely looping theme tune. This was composed by my brother (Owain Llwyd) and I’d like to thank him for doing it. I know that he is very hard at work on the full score for the app. Once finished we’ll update the app. I’ve had a sneaky listen to a couple of the new tracks and wow… it’s going to be awesome. That will be a free update.
I’d like to thank all of the Beta testers of the app. Especially #fourlittletesters from Australia and Giles (6) from Cheshire (thanks for your video, I wish I could charge a Million Million Pounds for it, I really do!). We received amazing feedback from you all and that feedback inspired us to create an even better version 1.0 app. I particularly enjoy doing usability testing with people who don’t normally use iPads. It’s great to see what they find difficult or watch as they discover something new.
Finally, I’d like to thank Stephen Heaton who’s illustrations fill the app with colour, wonder and above all beauty. His interpretation of the verses is outstanding. I looked forward to receiving every new scene. I’d also like to thank him for his enthusiasm and support throughout the process of developing the app. It all started with an idea I had which sounded fine on paper but making it happen… that took a small team of dedicated people who supported each other with constructive criticism where required and positive vibes to keep going when times were tough.
What a team. I can’t thank you all enough.