1. Fluent Mind Map – iOS Update

    December 23, 2014 by accidentalfish

    I’ve completed work on a major update to the iOS version of Fluent Mind Map. It contains a few bug fixes but primarily is about new features including:

    • iCloud Drive support
    • iOS 8.0 Document Picker support (use DropBox, OneDrive, Box etc.)
    • A selection of themes to apply to your mind maps and a theme editor so you can create your own
    • Save mind maps directly to your photo library

    The new document picker support replaces the DropBox specific support in previous versions. While developing this I have come across a bug in DropBox – some files, but not all, previously saved to DropBox via the application will not open through the document picker. I’ve reported the issue to DropBox as it does look to be on there side (and permissions related in some way) but in the meantime you can fix this by moving them out of the app folder into a new DropBox folder.

    The bad news is that I completed the testing on this work just as the Apple services required for updating app’s in the store shut down for the Christmas period. They open again on the 29th December and I’ll get the update posted as soon that happens.

    As always I hope this update is useful to you.

  2. Fluent Mind Map Themes

    December 14, 2014 by accidentalfish

    I started to think about adding some different colour schemes into Fluent Mind Map while working on the W8 version. The file format has been “theme” ready since I released the very first version on the iPad so this weekend I went ahead and added that functionality into the Windows 8 version. There’s a screenshot from the app below:


    There is also a basic theme editor included so you can pick your own colours if you want something different. Any edited / created themes will be available on your local device for all your mind maps but they also carry around with your mind maps so if you share them the theme will go with them.

    The app is available in the Windows Store now, hope you like the updates.

    I have made a couple of underlying changes to increase the flexibility over what I had in mind back when I first created the iOS app and so although the iOS app will read these files the text will always be white if you work cross platform. I hope to get the update out soon that will include proper support for themes as well as the iCloud support I mentioned previously.

    Finally – thanks to my (new!) users of the W8 version for the feedback so far. It’s really useful, massively appreciated, and helping me to make the app more useful.


  3. Fluent Mind Map and Windows 8

    December 6, 2014 by accidentalfish

    I’m happy to announce that Fluent Mind Map is now also available on Windows 8.1. It’s fully file and feature compatible with the iOS version and so if you’re using Dropbox (or soon on iOS) or OneDrive you can freely share your work across both iOS and Windows 8.

    I redesigned it from the ground up to fit in to Windows 8 UI paradigms and to work well with both touch and keyboard and mouse.

    I’ll be updating the website in the next few days (frankly Microsoft caught me on the hop with a super quick review) but in the meantime you can get it on the Windows Store here and below is a screenshot to whet your appetite. 


    And I’ve not been neglecting the iOS app – nearly complete is a version that adds iCloud support, iOS 8 extensions (specifically the document provider so you can use the storage solution of your choice), and the ability to save photographs to your photo library. iCloud and photo library support are frequently requested features and so I hope this update is of value to you.

  4. Mocking Pad v2.00 – Submitted for Review

    November 4, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I’ve just submitted the new release of Mocking Pad to Apple for review. Hopefully it will sail through the review process and hit the store quickly. I’m hoping to submit a similar update for Mocking Pad Lite in a few days – it’s basically the same codebase but I need to do more testing to ensure the in app purchase works.

    I’ve submitted the app with the following promo materials.

    What’s New

    • New flat design
    • Every icon has been replaced with an iOS 7 equivalent
    • The default stencil design has been made thinner and lighter
    • Completely redesigned stencil palette
    • New project browser view
    • Updated Dropbox support to use an application folder (more secure) and included a fix for the logon
    • Updated Live Publishing support

    Promo Images

    App Store 1App Store 2App Store 3App Store 4App Store 5


  5. Mocking Pad – More iOS 7 Screenshots

    November 2, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I really am quite excited by this new update and so wanted to share some more screenshots. I still have a few rough edges in the visuals to sort out but I think this design is leaps ahead of the previous versions of Mocking Pad and so I’m pushing the boat out and calling this Mocking Pad v2.00. Under the covers I’ve chopped out a lot of the outdated code from iOS4 and replaced it with a more modern approach, I’ve also completely rewritten the stencil palette, project browser, page browser, Dropbox integration and Live Publishing. Nearly every icon in the application has been replaced with an iOS 7 style replacement.

    Its still a free update however.

    I’m particularly pleased with the new stencil palette as I think this both looks better and is easier to use.

    iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Nov 2013 19.42.22  iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Nov 2013 19.16.35  iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Nov 2013 15.30.35


    I think, I hope, that I’ve gotten better at user interface design since I initially released Mocking Pad and I think it shows in this new version. I hope you agree.

    I’m hoping to push it to the App Store this weekend.

  6. Mocking Pad – iOS7

    October 29, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I’ve been making good progress on refreshing Mocking Pad for iOS 7 – it’s a significant piece of work and I want to get it right but I don’t think it’s too far off now.

    I really think the simplicity of iOS7 lends itself to Mocking Pad:

    iOS Simulator Screen shot 29 Oct 2013 20.28.02This is quite a big update under the covers too. I’ve moved the source code on to use all the XCode and Objective-C updates introduced since I originally wrote the app and am reworking the DropBox and Live Publishing features.

    It’s a big change so if anyone is open to doing some beta testing for me that would be fantastic.

  7. Simple Paging Grid v0.6.0.0

    October 27, 2013 by accidentalfish

    Today I released a new version of Simple Paging Grid onto GitHub and NuGet.

    This improves the grid with bug fixes and suggestions made on GitHub over the last few months and adds the following new features:

    • Now works with Bootstrap 3 by default. If you’re still using Bootstrap 2 the grid will continue to work – just set the new property bootstrapVersion to 2 (see the docs and supplied example).
    • The grid now works with browser history – forward and back buttons include grid changes such as page and sort order.
    • The grid no longer needs it’s own supplementary CSS file, all works with Bootstrap.
    • Added a number of new examples

    Any issues or feedback post an issue on the GitHub page.

  8. Azure From The Trenches

    October 11, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I’ve probably hinted in the past that I have a “second life” beyond Accidental Fish where for the last 18 months I’ve been doing an awful lot of work with Microsoft Azure.

    On the whole it’s been a very positive experience but there have been some painfully learned lessons  along the way and I’d really like to share some of that with the community cue Azure From The Trenches, a blog all about Azure. I’ll probably end up branching out into a few other technical topics that never seemed appropriate to post here but if you’re interested in Azure hopefully I’ll have some content to interest you in the coming months.

  9. Fluent Mind Map v1.2.1.0 (and Mocking Pad news)

    October 9, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I pushed a new version of Fluent Mind Map to the App Store last night. This is mostly a bug fix release and a few tweaks for iOS 7 – which this version now requires.

    • Visual tweaks for iOS 7 – primarily the status bar now drops down with the toolbars.
    • Bug fix for node clipping on the first show of a mind map
    • Bug fix for Dropbox preview loading when an unexpected file is in the DropBox application folder and more previews need generating
    • Bug fix for an intermittent crash in the editor

    If anyone see’s an editor crash following this release please do get in touch. One user has reported a frequent crash in the editor but I’ve struggled to replicate it – I found one crash, whichI fixed, in a lot of testing. It may be my own habits are biasing my testing and leaving me blind to something so if you do see a crash please do let me know – I take such issues very seriously.

    Finally some, I hope, welcome news if you’re a Mocking Pad user. Firstly I’ve had a problem with the DropBox integration reported to me that I am working on resolving, however I’m also in the middle of an iOS 7 update so that it better fits into the new platform. Visually this is quite a big overhaul as its a large application however I think the benefits are worth it: the cleaner style of iOS 7 should really help focus on the content and that was always one of my aims with this application.

  10. Fluent Mind Map – Issue Resolved

    September 4, 2013 by accidentalfish

    A quick update: a fixed version of Fluent Mind Map was released onto the App Store last night and has resolved the issue. Fortunately Apple accepted my request for an expedited review (it’s the first time in 5 years I’ve needed to so I’d like to think I’ve treated the submission process responsibly over the years) and turned the review round in less than 12 working hours.

    Apologies again to anyone who was inconvenienced by this and thank you for your patience and supportive emails, I’m massively grateful for that.