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bio website sunsetlakesoftware.com
location Madison, WI
age 35
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My day job is with a company I co-founded, called SonoPlot, Inc., which manufactures and sells robotic systems for the printed electronics and biological research markets. Among other things, I write our control software, which is Cocoa-based, running on Macs.

I do Mac and iPhone development on the side in my one-man company Sunset Lake Software. Lately, like everyone else, I've been doing some tinkering on the iPhone. In fact, I teach a class on the subject at the Madison Area Technical College, for which the previous semester's videos can be found on iTunes U.


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comment How to Release to the App Store as an Individual
You're not asking about providing a custom EULA, are you? If so, this section of the iTunes Connect Developer Guide would be of interest: developer.apple.com/library/ios/#documentation/…. Beyond that, I can't think of any copyright-related documentation that you submit to Apple in the account registration process or afterward.
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comment Any hard evidence on how much smart phone app developers have actually earned?
@JimThio - In regards to your questions about iAds, there isn't a 100% fill rate for ads, so only a certain portion of requests to display ads actually get ads returned to your application. At the time I wrote this, that was only a ~13% fill rate. In response to your question about where I placed my banner ads, I do so on a variety of sites and kept the best performers. I describe some of the places I used in my iTunes U video, I believe.
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comment Any good tips for a PHP Programmer for starting on Iphone and ipad apps? (have pc only)
possible duplicate of How-to articles for iPhone development and Objective-C
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comment Rendering trillions of “atoms” instead of polygons?
"Your graphics are about to get better by a factor of 100,000 times." Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
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answered Is it worth the experience gained by publishing a simple app on the App Store?
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comment Any hard evidence on how much smart phone app developers have actually earned?
@hotpaw2 - That's news to me. It's not too much of a shocker, though, because the Education category is pretty easy to do well in. Sales volumes are fairly low there, and competition isn't as tough as in Utilities or Games. Being on a chart there is a result of sales driven by other means, not a cause of those sales. My point is that you can be successful without relying on the charts.
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comment Any hard evidence on how much smart phone app developers have actually earned?
As I mention in my answer, you don't need to be on the charts to have a sustainable application on the App Store. You can set a higher price for yourself, target a niche, and advertise to create more solid revenue.
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answered Any hard evidence on how much smart phone app developers have actually earned?
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comment Release an upgraded iOS app with a different revenue model
Generally, business strategy discussions are offtopic here. I'd suggest looking at the iPhone Software Business mailing list, where similar questions have been asked: groups.google.com/group/iphonesb
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