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Death by Search Ranking

For a decade iKana and iKanji touch (yeah it’s been that long!) have generally enjoyed really good search rankings on the App Store. For pretty much any combination of relevant search terms they would show up within the top 10-20 results. For all those years my apps have enjoyed 4-5 star overall ratings and seen regular updates. Then something went wrong. I’m…

Going Freemium

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to make a big change to the way iKana touch is sold on the App Store with version 2.7. Before I get into that, let me give you some background. Since it first appeared on the App Store, nearly 10(!) years ago, iKana touch has used the paid up front business model. You bought the software, then…

Black Friday Savings

Hey folks, use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY to save 20% on any of our Mac apps from the 25th to the 28th of November. This offer is only available on apps bought direct from the ThinkMac Store.  

Coding to keep the lights on

This has been a really busy year of coding for me so far – not that you’d be able to tell from looking at any of my own apps, which haven’t seen as much activity this year as I’d have liked. With ever declining App Store revenues, I’ve had to start spending a lot of my time doing contract work. The upside is…

Christmas Savings!

This is just a reminder that we’re offering a 10% discount until the 1st of January 2016 on iKana, iKanji and NewsLife when you buy directly from us. Just use coupon code XMAS10. Order securely through our FastSpring store using the payment method of your choice. This offer isn’t available on the Mac App Store as we want to reward customers who…

Updates, updates everywhere!

Hard to believe 2015 is nearly over already isn’t it? Lately I’ve been hard at work on a bunch of updates to my various Mac apps. All of which are live for direct download customers. If you use the Mac App Store, so far only the iKana update is live, but the others should get there eventually. In semi-related news, I’ve now migrated the ThinkMac Store…

iKanji touch 2 is here!

Good news folks, iKanji touch 2 is now live on the App Store! This is a big release because it finally brings iKanji touch natively to the iPad. The whole interface has been refreshed and refined and there are lots of little tweaks and improvements. The main new feature is a vocabulary browser with flash cards and kanji breakdown*. Just like in its…

New features in iKanji touch 1.9

iKanji touch 1.9 (and 1.9.1 which should be on the App Store in a few days) introduce some handy new features for those using the app’s spaced repetition training system. If you don’t currently use the training system then hopefully this will give you cause to try it out. Let me briefly explain how spaced repetition works in iKanji touch. Kanji move…

iKanji 2!

Joining NewsLife and iKana, iKanji is the 3rd ThinkMac Mac app to graduate to version 2.0! It’s been under development for a good few months and it’s great to finally have it ready to put into your hands. As is starting to become the new normal, I find myself with a completed product ready to ship but with the Mac App Store…

iKanji touch 1.6

The iPhone 5 is now upon us and it brings with it a new taller 4 inch screen with 16:9 aspect ratio. As you may expect I’ve been hard at work updating iKanji touch and iKana touch to make use of this new screen real estate. iKanji touch 1.6 with support for the new iPhone and iPod touches was submitted to the…