SilverWiz Ltd. has announced, that their personal finance software MoneyWiz for iPad is already optimised with artwork for the new Retina display and is available for download now, via the iTunes AppStore.
"We've started redrawing all our artwork to make it twice as big, 2 weeks ago. Today, it's in the AppStore, ready for the new iPad owners to enjoy it." said Iliya Yordanov, managing director of SilverWiz Ltd.
The new artwork made MoneyWiz 12 MB larger, totalling 22.8 MB.
So how does it work from developer's perspective?
MoneyWiz consists of 189 separate images, and 192 icons. If we didn't optimise the artwork for the new display, and you see it on the new iPad, the iOS will automatically scale the images to fit your screen, but the picture will be pixelated, because the current images are just much smaller than what the retina display can show. Just check the screenshot comparison that we made. Notice that the new artwork (right) looks sharp, but the non-retina artwork looks really blurred when scaled up to the retina size.
We had to manually re-do each of these 189 images, and also re-export all categories icons with the larger size. It took about a week, but it will be worth it for everyone who's getting the new iPad.
One of the most challenging tasks was testing the new artwork without having the actual device. We had to manually overlap images to see if it looks well, and when Apple released the new iOS 5.1 SDK things were significantly eased by the presence of a retina iPad simulator. Even with the retina iPad simulator though, it was very difficult to generate AppStore screenshots ready for the retina display, because we couldn't capture the whole screen in one image, even on a 27" iMac, as the resolution in portrait is significantly higher on the iPad than on the iMac.
The 1.3.1 (iPad & iPhone) also includes:
- New translations - Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, German, Korean, Swedish
- Major stability improvements
MoneyWiz - Personal Finance for iPad 1.3.1 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category.
via PR Mac