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ShopSavvy 1.4.1 Approved in iTunes!

ShopSavvy 1.4.1 Update: We just got an email from Apple that our latest version of ShopSavvy – version 1.4.1 has been approved. It usually takes a few days to propagate through iTunes, but we are really excited. This will be the first version of ShopSavvy to include the latest technology from our own SDK (i.e. our scanning technology that we offer to third-parties at no cost). Several hundred thousand of you (hopefully 2G an 3G users) updated over the past couple of days to 1.4. We discovered a strange bug for 3GS users and 1.4.1 resolves it quite nicely. Download HERE (note 1.4 still shows up for me, make sure you are getting 1.4.1, especially if you have a 3GS).

ShopSavvy UI Update: On a side note we have finally locked down our new UI plan for our next release – planned to coincide with the release of the iPhone 4.0 OS. By then we should have a) the best scanning, b) the best product coverage and c) the coolest looking shopping iphone app scan to pdf in iTunes (knock on wood). As I explained in an earlier post we will be releasing ‘ShopSavvy Classic’ for anyone unable or unwilling to update to 4.0. The classic version of ShopSavvy will sport our old icon/logo and our ‘classic’ UI. We assume our new UI will irk longtime ShopSavvy users – good news, you can download ShopSavvy Classic and enjoy the old look and feel.

SDK Update: If you previously downloaded our Barcode Scanner SDK for iPhone you need to download it again. In the SDK folder there are two different versions of the scanner – one for 3.0+ and another for 4.0+. Our latest SDK takes advantage of many cool features available in 4.0, but not reverse compatible with 3.0+. When 4.0 is released developers will have a tough decision to make – continue to support 3.0+ users or abandon them for 4.0 requiring an OS update (or new phone purchase for 2G iPhone users).

The Barcode Scanner SDK supports both 1D (UPC and EAN) and 2D (QR and Datamatrix) barcodes. Specifically designed to work on both fixed and variable focal length cameras, our Barcode Scanning library is one of the best in the business and best of all it is FREE!

Location based APPs?

No I didn’t mis-type the title – I meant ‘apps’ not ‘ads’. What an amazing idea. What if apps were delivered to your phone based on where you were instead of what you thought you needed? Jack Purcher explains the idea,

“The idea is simple. Deliver a position based service to information savvy iPhone users that wish to receive temporal retail and service-based applications. Imagine standing at the entrance of a saloon and viewing their menu on your iPhone or entering a public library and being able to approach their database. The minute you leave the library or the front of that saloon, the app disappears so that you don’t clog up your iPhone with hundreds of local biz apps.”

These temporary, location-specific apps could be huge. Our AdOns are designed to be mini-apps within a barcode/location aware app, but the possibilities for this idea (especially in retail) are endless. This new concept is going to keep our team at Big in Japan up at night.