Spellbook – D&D v1.9.1


A small update to the Spellbook – D&D app was published to the market on Monday. I’m preparing for a large update, which will be coming soon, and made a few preparatory steps in this update. Primarily I’ve implemented Google Analytics to track page use. There’s already been a small backlash from this, which is unfortunate. Google Analytics requires the use of the INTERNET and NETWORK STATE permissions, so of course some people are freaking out. However, all data is completely anonymous and handled by Google, not me. Anyway, I hope to use the data to improve the app. For example, during the first day I noticed that Sorcerer seems to be the most popular class among users of the app. That tells me that I should really spend some time to implement filtering or sorting by schools of magic.
Here’s another fun fact: The most popular spell (so far) is Magic Missile, followed very closely by Detect Magic.

In addition to implementing Google Analytics, I also made a few minor tweaks to layouts, making them a bit tidier in landscape mode, and I implemented a new About page.

I used a lot of new (to me) techniques in this, which was also a nice way to prepare for some future user experience improvements in the app. You’ll notice use of images (A cleric bugdroid) as well as small animations when clicking on items. I hope to add more details like this throughout the app to make it more fun to use and more polished overall. I hope you like it.


5 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Meg

    Awesome! Thanks for the update and can’t wait to see the new features coming soon! :)

    August 23rd, 2011

  2. Eli Katz

    I was just wondering, what new features will be included in the upcoming “large update?” If it is not already included, would you consider adding a feature for multiple spell lists? I’d be willing to pay a few dollars for just that feature alone – that is, in addition to the value that I already derivefrom the app.

    Regarding the aforementioned feature, people often play multiple spellcasting characters, and so need multiple lists. Personally, I play in a campaign that has a limited spell list, so I added the entire (limited) wizard spell list to the “My Spellbook” section, but I would be glad if I could make another list to keep track of the few spells from that list that are in my characters spellbook.

    Either way, thanks for taking the time to write such a great app.

    Apologies for the blabbering, I’m kinda wordy…

    August 24th, 2011

  3. Jens

    Eli, I think you’ll like the upcoming update :-)

    August 24th, 2011

  4. I was wondering if you planned to implement the ability for users to add their own spells to the database. I would easily pay for a version that does that.

    September 18th, 2011

  5. Daniel

    I was wondering if you’ll be adding lists for assassins and blackguards. The initial lists are short but many other books came out that have increased their size. Beyond that, love the app it gets used almost every gaming session.

    October 11th, 2011

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