We’ve updated our Name Dice app for iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch. This is an app that helps writers come up with character names and ideas for fictional writing. It’s very popular with writers from middle school / high school language arts classes to adult novelists and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) competitors.
Name Dice now includes a new history feature where you can swipe backwards to view the last dozen rolls. We also updated the UI to improve the appearance on iPhone 5 and iOS 7 devices.
We’ve updated the iOS version of Story Dice with 30 new die faces, a history feature, and improved its appearance.
The top request we’ve received for Story Dice is to add a history feature to see previous rolls. Done! We’ve added it so you can see the previous dozen rolls! To see a previous roll, just swipe backwards until you get to the roll you want. To roll again, just tap the screen. Voila!
We’ve also added 30 new die faces for a whopping total of 170 pictures! Awesome!
We updated Spy Tools for Kids to fix a glitch that caused the app to crash on some iPhones when picking an existing photo for the disguise kit or fake id kit. We also cleaned up a few visual things when running on iOS 7.
I love my iPad. This year, I’m going to do something crazy. I’m going to leave my writing dungeon and get out and about while writing for NaNoWriMo. November weather in Florida is notoriously stunning, so I’m going to attempt to soak in some of that and still get some writing done.
I am pretty handy with my iPad onscreen keyboard, but for this lengthy task, I will be using a combination of bluetooth keyboard with Dragon dictation. Some of you might argue that Dragon is not very accurate, but I will argue right back that the goal of NaNoWriMo is get 50K words of a novel done in November. Once December rolls around, I can start the editing process.
I plan to do the actual writing on my iPad2, and use tools on my phone to help me get past my sporadic and annoying bouts of writer’s block, as well as helping me in the editing process in December, which I will do completely on my laptop.
Here are my favorite mobile apps for NaNoWriMo!
- Lists for Writers – Hands down this is my favorite. Yes, I’m biased because I helped make it, but it was born out of our collection of lists from years of working on NaNoWriMo! It has always delivered in time of need!
- Story Spark – This app generates scenarios. Most of the time, this app just sparks another idea for the story I’m already writing. However, I have used this to write short fictions to get in the groove or get unstuck.
- Name Dice – You can’t beat this free app for realistic name combinations. I use this all the time to create placeholder names when I can’t decide on a final name for a character. You just never know when the perfect name will come up!
- Story Dice – Not sure what happens next in your story? Roll the story dice for a random idea/object to weave into your plot.
- Spooky Story Dice – This is a special edition of Story Dice with 25+ slightly more sinister die faces included. Great for horror writing or even a lightly spooky tale for kids.
- Spy Tools for Kids – This is a new one for me to use with writing projects. One of the tools in this app is a fake ID maker. You can create driver licenses, passports, and spy agency IDs. I plan to use this by creating passports and/or driver licenses for all of my characters. They are really easy to make, and I can save the images to my camera roll to use elsewhere. I might even print them out for fun!
I use a few other apps including Evernote, Dropbox, and Flipboard. If you aren’t already using these all the time, get with the program and get them! Free!
Good luck in November!
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Just in time for some scary storytelling, Spooky Story Dice has been updated to fully support the iPhone 5 / iPod Touch 5th Generation and iOS 7.
Spooky Story Dice is a seasonal and more compact version of our app, Story Dice. It has over 70 pictures to generate spooky elements in your stories! From the “More” menu, users may change the settings to show 1-3 dice on each roll. Great for a middle school or high school language arts or English classroom Halloween activity.
We’ve updated our Spy Tools for Kids app to fully support the iPhone 5 and iPad. We have also improved the appearance of the UI and fake identification cards.
We removed the Facebook and email sharing options for picture from the disguise kit, identification kit, and night vision camera. This provides a more child-friendly experience and we’ve determined that most users saved pictures to the camera roll and shared them from there.
Name Dice is now available for Windows Phone 7 and 8. This is our free writing app that helps writers create character names. Great for language arts students and adult fiction writers.
Right before the ACT Fly-In, we were able to attend BlackBerry Live 2013 in Orlando. Each attendee received a BlackBerry Z10 as part of the registration, compliments of Brightstar. Everyone spent some time setting up their devices and downloading the conference app to manage their schedules. This was a lot of fun, and it encouraged those of us who were unfamiliar with BlackBerry to jump right in and use it. Visiting the exhibitors and the Jam Space (developer hangout) got us inspired to hurry up and get our apps on the BlackBerry 10.
We are very happy to present our most popular educational apps now available in BlackBerry World! Check them out: Lists for Writers, Story Dice, and Name Dice.
QI IQ – our app to learn two-letter words for word tile games like Scrabble, Words With Friends, and Bananagrams – has been updated. The Words With Friends dictionary has been updated to match the latest Words With Friends valid words. The app also takes up a bit less space on your device.
Today we launched our latest app: Sketch Spark. Sketch Spark is a collection of ideas to use to fill your sketchbook. Sketch Spark has over 150 drawing ideas and several additional idea templates that use random words to create nearly endless drawing prompts.
Available now for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in the App Store.