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Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 6: Finishing the Prototype

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Do you have an idea for an app, but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 6 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (this post has been updated to iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift.)

In my previous post, you were introduced to several user-interface controls including the text field, text view, image view, and rounded rectangle button. We finished the main iAppsReview scene and added a new App Category scene.



Tip of the Day: How to Snooze or Mark Reminders as Complete from Your Lock Screen

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Widgets and interactive notifications in iOS 8 make everything a lot easier, including answering reminders. Now, you don’t have to unlock your phone to mark a reminder as complete. First, set a reminder in the native app. When the reminder goes off, just swipe left.



Tip of the Day: How to Answer a Call with a Text Message

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Sometimes, you just don’t have time to answer the phone. Sending the caller a quick text instead of answering is a good alternative if you happen to be busy.



Tip of the Day: How to Name Your Alarms on Your iPhone

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Many people have different alarms for different days. Maybe you need to get up at 5:30 a.m. for work, but like to sleep in until 8 a.m. on the weekends. Maybe you need more motivation to GET UP!!!! before work in the morning. Never fear: you can name your alarms for that extra boost, or to remind you which one you need to use that day.



Tip of the Day: Automatically Erase Old Text Messages

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The stuff on our iPhones and iPads tends to accumulate, using up valuable storage space. But if you're careful, you can use your storage space more efficiently. And one way to do that in iOS 8 is to enable a setting to automatically delete text messages after 30 days. This will be especially useful in saving space if your text messages include video and audio messages.

To have your iPhone or iPad automatically delete text messages, go the Settings > Messages > Message History.

Tap on the Keep Messages setting to bring up a screen that shows your options: 30 Days, 1 Year, and Forever.



Tip of the Day: Horizontal iPhone 6 Keyboard Has Forward and Backward Cursor Buttons

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Navigating around in a document can be challenging on your phone because it's hard to get around the page. You don't have to be frustrated by that anymore as your iPhone 6 hooks you up with an easier way to zip around the screen.



Tip of the Day: How to Apply Filters and Tweak Contrast in Your Photos App

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If you’re not one to splurge on third-party editing apps, but you would still like the benefits of being able to apply filters to your photos or tweak their contrast and color, then you’re in luck! Your iPhone’s built-in Photos app already has all the tools you’ll need to create just the right image you want.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 5: Next Steps

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 5 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous post, you learned about navigating between different scenes in your app, and learned about using custom user-interface controls in your apps. We started building the Write Review scene (shown on the left side of Figure 1), which we will finish in this post, and we'll move on to the App Category scene shown on the right side of Figure 1. (This post has been updated to iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift). 



Tip of the Day: How to Find Missing Apps

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Have you ever lost an app on your iPad or iPhone? It's easier to do than you might think. Maybe you stuck it in a folder in an effort to unclutter your home screen, or even deleted it in an effort to create space for the latest iOS update, and then forgot. Or maybe you just have so many apps it's lost in the crowd. Here's how to find where that app is hiding.



Tip of the Day: How to Format Notes

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Apple's Notes app has long been pretty basic, but happily iOS 8 added some new features. You can now insert photos in your notes as well as apply the text attributes of bold, italic, and underline. It's not real fancy, but it's great to have some more options.



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