Since you have to submit screenshots as part of your Mock App Store Submission, I thought I’d take a moment to detail some techniques for doing so.
If you’re on the iPhone Simulator, the easiest way to take a screenshot of just the screen is to hold down Control and select “Copy Screen” from the “Edit” menu. This can also be accessed by pressing Control-Command-C.
Then, the easiest way to create an image from the clipboard is to open the Preview app (can launch via spotlight) and select “New from Clipboard”.
Then you can simply save the image as a PNG.
There are 2 easy ways to get screen captures from an iPhone OS device — through Xcode or using the iPhone’s built in screen capture utility. I prefer using Xcode as it takes a lossless PNG images, whereas the device seems to capture lossy JPG images.
To capture using Xcode, plug in your device and bring up the Organizer by selecting “Organizer” from the “Window” menu.
Once open, select your iPhone OS device and then select the “Screenhots” tab. To capture a screenshot, simply press the “Capture” button and the most recent screenshot taken will be displayed in the right panel and all screenshots will appear in the left panel. Though not obvious, you can easily save any image on the left by simply dragging it out of Xcode’s Organizer into a Finder window.
To capture using the iPhone’s built in screen capture utility simply hold the home button and press the sleep/wake button. You should see an on-screen flash when a capture is taken. The screenshot will then appear in an album in your Photos app, which you can then email or sync off of the device.
Due Date (for Slide Submission)
Wednesday, December 16th — 11:59pm
Final project presentations and live demonstrations will occur during the time allotted for the final exam (Thursday, December 17th 6–8pm). Each group will be scheduled a 4 minute chunk of time for their presentation and demonstration. This 4 minute time limit will be strictly enforced. The specific order of presenters will be determined next class.
Your presentation should consist of a minute or so of slides which present an introduction to your application, followed by an actual live demonstration of your app.
Your slides must be in PDF format and should contain the following content…
Your demonstration should highlight the key features of your application. You are strongly encouraged to rehearse your demonstration ahead of time.
I will be building and installing all apps into the iPhone Simulator on my laptop for the demonstration. To ensure a smooth demo, I recommend the following…
If your app requires features that are not supported on the simulator (such as camera, accelerometer, etc.) email me as soon as possible so we can make the necessary accommodations.
To submit your slides, open up a terminal, navigate to the directory containing your slides then issue the command:
submit cs491i final-slides slides.pdf
Tuesday, December 15th — 11:59pm
If you were publishing an application on the App Store, you would need to provide information about your app for submission. To simulate that experience, you will prepare a “mock App Store” submission.
For this write up I’ve provided a zip file which you must use as a template for writing up the details of your app. This zipfile includes an HTML file that when viewed in a web browser displays a page similar to that on the App Store.
Specifically you must edit the following in index.html:
All “Mock App Store” submissions will be aggregated and posted on the course blog prior to the final presentations.
To get a feel for the content provided in app descriptions, I encourage you to take a look at apps that are on the store. Some of the more popular apps that I feel have pretty good descriptions are included below:
Once you’ve made the changes to the provided HTML file and swapped out the sample icon and images with your own package it up by zipping up the entire directory.
To submit your mock app store submission, open up a terminal, navigate to your zip file then issue the command:
submit cs491i final-appstore appstore.zip