Decked Builder Lite launched at the beginning of October 2010 without much fanfare or advertising. Thanks to your support, we have crossed over 4500 downloads today, and are still growing faster every day.
You can look forward to more additions to this app in the coming new year (more card art, and new versions for the Mac and iPad are just the start).
For those who have contributed their time in helping to beta test the app, or with your invaluable feedback, suggestions and requests for additions, I only have this to say: Decked Builder as a product would not be in it's state today without you. Keep those suggestions coming!
And remember, if you like the app, do tell your friends about it :)
It has been my privilege to serve the awesome iPhone MTG community. Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all!
- Tan Thor Jen
I think we have nailed down the long startup times for v1.4. If you have existing image caches from v1.3, the app will try to migrate them to a new format for downloading HD card art on starting the app. As such, you may see a blank screen for a longer than usual time.
Please be patient, and it should eventually start up. This will only happen the first time you start Decked Builder after the upgrade.
If you continue to experience problems, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
If you are having trouble starting up v1.4 for the first time (seeing a blank screen), just wait for a bit. It seems to take a little longer starting it up the first time after updating for some reason.
Rebooting sometimes helps as well, from what I have heard. Sorry for the incovenience.
I had submitted both the Lite and full version of Decked Builder 1.4 for Apple's approval at the same time. The Lite version was approved in record time over the weekend, kudos to Apple! The full version has not been approved yet, please wait for it -- it should be out soon.
Please note that I'm still reviewing the bandwidth utilization of HD card art (each card is almost 200k in size at the moment), and as such, it is only available for Magic 2011, Zendikar and Scars of Mirrodin block for now -- will add the rest once I get more data.
Thanks for the support, and keep those feedback and suggestions coming to email@example.com.
Note: I've been getting reports that the apps require iOS 4.2. I'll see if it's possible to support iOS 4.1 in the upcoming days.
One of the most requested features I get is support for the Retina display. The next release of Decked Builder, version 1.4, will be adding preliminary support for HD card images. Unfortunately, I do not have an iPhone 4 for testing (stuck with a 3GS).
If anyone is willing to help beta test the next version of the app, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
One of the requests I get most often is support for the iPhone 4 retina display and higher quality card art. In order to do so, a source for high quality card art had to be found. The artwork are courtesy of the CCGHQ team at slightlymagic.net (great job guys!).
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