February 22, 2011 in Utilities (F)
[prMac.com] Belmont, California - Ringmaster Mobile has announced Shake Banner 1.2 the latest release of their popular app. The utility app uses the accelerometer to create the illusion of words floating in space, and the latest release adds lively background effects like fireworks, snow and stars among its new features.
"It's fun for hockey games, concerts, parties, and even hailing a taxi," said Brian Krause, developer of the app and a founder of the company. "If you need to get a message across visually, Shake Banner is the fastest way to do it with your iPhone or iPod touch."
The new features in this version include fades and random colors for the text, font choices, one-touch access to recently displayed messages, and lively animated backgrounds that take advantage of the shaking motion.
Exploiting the phenomenon known as persistence of vision where a flash of light seems to linger, Shake Banner creates the illusion of whole words floating in the air as the device is shaken back and forth. Other party guests, sports fans and concertgoers can read the text effortlessly. With scrolling message apps, the audience has to work to remember the sequence of letters, sounding out words as they move by. The shaking attracts attention and creates a larger canvas for the message and special effects.
The app is full of thoughtful touches so users can act quickly on an urge to send a message. If a message is already set up, then shaking the device as soon as the app launches will show it. There is no Play button to tap. The new message history restores all the settings for a previous message with a single touch, so the right message is always ready to go. Another example of the thoughtful design is the single touch continuous color palette that is more efficient than the more common approach of multiple sliders.
The App Store featured previous versions of Shake Banner as New & Noteworthy and What's Hot. Customers in 24 countries including the United States, Taiwan and France made previous versions a top 100 utility.
Ringmaster Mobile also announced that all features from previous versions will now be free, supported by ads. Customers can buy the new, advanced options with In-App Purchase, which disables the ads. The company says the regular price is $2.99 for the package, but it will be on sale for $1.99 for an introductory period.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 2.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Shake Banner 1.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utility category.
Silcon Valley based Ringmaster Mobile publishes elegant iOS utilities for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Founded in 2009 the founding team, all mobile technology veterans, includes Martin Haeberli and Brian Krause. Copyright (C) 2011 Ringmaster Mobile. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.