AppCraver recently spoke with Luc Vandal of Edovia, Inc., the developer team behind apps such as Linguo and Steps and the soon-to-be-released Rocket Tax and Trip Calculator. He answered our questions about developing apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
1. When did you start developing apps for the iPhone?
Luc Vandal: Back in May. We did have some Xcode/Cocoa background from a few projects we did earlier so the iPhone SDK was easy to work with. Cocoa Touch is actually easier than regular Cocoa.
2. What was the inspiration behind your app?
Luc Vandal: We did Linguo and Steps so we could start with easier projects that we could be able to deliver for the App Store opening. Also, both apps uses typical SDK code so they were good projects to learn from. We ended up adding more features that we thought we would so it was still more work than planned!
3. How did you settle on your price point for the app?
Luc Vandal: We basically tried to see what other developers would charge and what people would be willing to pay. It was a guess really. Now that the App Store is almost 3 months old, it’s easier to set prices for our future releases.
4. Roughly how many apps have you sold?
Luc Vandal: Over 10 000.
5. How did you like the developer tools provided in the iPhone SDK? is there anything missing?
Luc Vandal: Overall it was pretty easy to work with the SDK, especially since we had a good background with Cocoa. There’s still some stuff missing in the SDK and I hope Apple will open some of the private APIs eventually. The SDK is still young and I rather have a solid SDK with less features for now.
6. Is your company privately owned? Venture backed?
Luc Vandal: Privately owned. I don’t really like the idea of losing control of my company by getting venture capitalists involved.
7. What are some of the other iPhone apps that you like?
Luc Vandal: Remote, some games like ‘Tris. I honestly don’t have that many apps, I’m more interested in developing them!
8. What kind of features should apple implement in future versions of the iPhone / SDK?
Luc Vandal: Push notification, Bluetooth, Mobile Mail access, video capture.
9. What’s the development cycle for iPhone apps like?
Luc Vandal: We try to get a rough idea to start with, do some mockups in PhotoShop and start coding. As development goes on, we fix issues as they come along. Where I used to work, we’d have endless paperwork/meetings before even writing a line of code and I found that quite boring. The fun starts when you create! You sometimes find out that some ideas won’t work as you’ve planned until you actually try them out.
10. Are you working on any other apps that you will be releasing soon?
Luc Vandal: Yes. We’ve just submitted Rocket Taxi, which should be available soon. It’s basically a taxi finder but it’s really easy to use and comes with very cool features, such as Taxi companies near your location, the Trip Calculator, which estimates the price of the trip and the best route to take. We also added ratings and a currency converter. This is the biggest iPhone project we did so far.
We do have a few apps planned that we’ll start to work on soon so stay tuned!