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iPhone development - How to make high resolution Icons for iPhone/iPad apps

by on 26. August 2011 13:31

Making apps isn't necessarily easy. However, making icons should be!


Apple iPhone 4


I've been developing apps for close to a year now and I recently found out the best way to make icons specific to the device. If this is old news for you, sorry. But for me, it was new. I knew there had to be some way to make iPhone app icons more crisp, especially on Apple's high resolution iPhone 4 model.



So, let's get started.



In your Xcode project, you should have an appname.plist file. Open that up! Once you have opened the plist file for your project, add a new "node," if you will, at the bottom. This is where you will select "Icon files." Please note: Pay close attention to the plurality of the word files.




From this point on, you can add several Strings underneath this particular "Icon files" node. Here is an example:


For more details on this issue, please visit the developer center's article on this matter.





iOS | iPhone | OS X Lion | iPhone apps | apps | iPhone development | Xcode

Apple Mac Mini 2011 - Windows 7 with Apple Boot Camp Utility

by on 2. August 2011 14:45

Having issues installing Windows 7 in the Boot Camp Utility? I sure did!


Let's look a bit closer on those issues.


I bought the Mac Mini in hope of getting rid of my PC desktop, which was a great PC, but it was time to combine and make room for more stuff! Hehe. Anywho, not to spoil the story, but I did finally have success in installing Windows 7 on the 2011 Apple Mac Mini.


When opening the Boot Camp Utility on the Mac Mini, it basically asks you three things:

  1. Install Windows 7 on install USB flash drive
  2. Download Windows Support files
  3. Create Windows Partition or Remove Windows partition.


When you choose to unload a Windows 7 ISO to the USB flash, it seems to work fine. It unloads the files to the USB, then creates the partition. Once it completes, the Mac mini reboots and tries to boot to the new Windows partition. When it does this, I received two errors.


The first time, I received a "NLTDR is missing. Press CTRL-ALT-Del to restart" message. I believe this just means it couldn't find the proper files to install windows, but for more information on this, check out this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318728.


Secondly, I receive  "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key." Sadly, Cry, after speaking with Apple support, even though the Mac mini acted as if it would work with the USB Flash drive, it will not. Unfortunately for some users, you will have to get a USB optical drive (dvd or cd) and boot the Mac mini, hold "option" key, and select the optical drive as your startup, and use the Windows 7 installation disk.


Not so fast...


Once I was finally able to boot into Windows setup, I am told, "Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS." Even though I used Bootcamp to create the Windows partition, he wasn't compatible with Windows 7.


The quick and easy fix.


On the Windows setup screen, there a couple of buttons below the Partition list, one being Format. Select the appropriate partition, probably says, "BOOTCAMP." Make sure the partition size matches up with the size that you set for the Bootcamp partition. Once you have clicked that, you can click the Format button. It will format it pretty quickly, and then you can continue in the install of Windows 7 on that partition.


With all that said, installing Windows 7 on the 2011 Mac Mini is definitely possible. Was it easy, definitely not!


If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or e-mail me at dj@z5concepts.com.




Apple | OS X Lion | Mac mini | Apple Boot Camp

OS X Lion Launchpad - Launch pad duplicate apps - OS X Lion Upgrade

by on 22. July 2011 04:14

Anyone having issues with there Launchpad having duplicates of certain apps , such as Mail, iCal, etc? I have, and very surprised that Apple didn't resolve this issue for us. Anyways, the fix is rather simple. 

When we first tried running Safari, we received this CT Plugin error message:

The application Safari quit unexpectedly. The problem may have been caused by the ct-plugins plug-in

After getting pretty frustrated, googled it and couldn't find the exact solution. I was told to go to my Library folder and delete a bunch of files, but that didn't work. 

After some time, I realized, that whenever I went to the Applications folder, Safari worked fine. I then went to the Launch pad and noticed I had duplicate apps...

The issue seemed to be that I had created folders under my Applications folder and when the upgrade occurred, it set each application's folder back to the root folder of Applications.

So, if you have duplicate apps in the Launch pad, check your application's folder, and make sure you don't have duplicate sub folders with applications in them.


Apple | OS X Lion

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