Interview with Brad Dunnington about 21 Pro Blackjack


interview with app developer brad dunnington of avalinxAppCraver recently caught up with Brad Dunnington of Avalinx, the makers of 21 PRO Blackjack. He answered some questions about the process of creating an iPhone app.

1. When did you start developing apps for the iPhone?

Brad Dunnington: We are very enthusiastic about the iPhone platform and the App Store. As a result, we have many apps in development.  We began our iPhone app development efforts in mid-May.

2. What was the inspiration behind your app?

Brad Dunnington: Our team has a long history in supporting the gaming industry.  When we selected the target for our first iPhone App, we wanted to select an area that we could confidently deliver a superior user experience. So a casino game was a natural choice for us.

3. How did you settle on your price point for the app?

Brad Dunnington: Our design objective was to develop a Casino Experience for all users. That meant investing additional development time in many extra features (i.e.: 'ask the dealer', card counting engine, extensive user modifiable preferences, etc.)  When we finished, we knew that we had built a premium app.

However, since we had taken pains to design the app for a broad range of users, we wanted to price it so that we could reach as many of those users as possible.  So, we decided to offer both a paid version for $4.99 as well as a 'sponsored' version for those users that prefer an ad-supported app.

4. How did you  like the developer tools provided in the iPhone SDK? Is there anything missing?

Brad Dunnington:
PRO's: Really nice, Helpful documentation, Great app simulator

CON's : Not really anything missing. However, we are looking forward to building a larger community of iPhone app developers.  We find the peer collaboration process helpful and stimulating.

5. Is your company privately owned? Venture backed?

Brad Dunnington: Privately owned.

6. What are some of the other iPhone apps that you like?

Brad Dunnington: There is a lot of interesting development going on.  A few of the apps that come to mind are:
Pandora, GPS Tracker, Midomi, Movies

7. What kind of features should apple implement in future versions of the iPhone / SDK?

Brad Dunnington: I hope that Apple fixes and re-enables the 'update all apps' capability within the App Store. Additionally, I would encourage Apple enable the iPhone with the same App sub-category organizational structure available within the iTune App Store.

Concerning the iPhone OS, we are looking forward to the day when the iPhone supports 'copy & paste' across multiple apps.

8. Are you working on any other apps that you will be releasing soon?

Brad Dunnington: YES!! Stay tuned.  :)

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