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What does iOS 11 mean for Indie Game Developers?

We took a deep dive into the New iOS 11 Appstore on our Weekly Academy Live Session.

Here’s the first 40 or so minutes where we look at the new Apple Appstore and what it means for Indie Game Developers and what we need to do to make ourselves standout.

 

 

I personally love the new look and feel it gives us a ton of new opportunities. Really dig the new autoplay App Preview Trailers and the fact they have upped the size and scale of all our Appstore assets overall.

The new daily curated collections are really cool and if we could ever snag a spot in one of those could really drive a decent amount of downloads and exposure.

Academy Inside Extra!

Access our  “Weekly Live Q & A Sessions” inside the RisingHigh Academy.

Each week we host a Live Event where we stay on top of all things Appstore and Mobile Gaming! Get Direct access to us and we’ll any question you have. We play test Academy Members Games and give practical, actionable advice and support to get your games Feature Worthy and Publisher Ready.

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The importance of App Icon Scalability & why we Built our own Tool

 

Although your App Icon may look stunningly great at it’s largest resolution, the reality is that your customers will only ever see your icon on an iPhone or iPad.

So, it’s super important when designing your App Icon, to ensure that all testing should be carried out by viewing the smallest sized version, aka – The App Store sizes.

There are various ways to do this, but one simple way is to…

1 Head over to www.AppSparky.com 🙂

 

AppSparky.com - Step 1

2 Upload.

 

Select your icon and simply drag it directly onto the ‘Arrow Icon’ button, or open up a finder window to browse for your icon image. Icon files must be uploaded in either .png or .jpg format.

 

AppSparky.com - Step 2

3 Done!

 

Once the upload is complete, the first 3 views will give you an indication of a large size on different background shades.

 

AppSparky.com - App Icon Step 3

 

Scroll down further and you’ll see your new icon displayed on both iPad and iPhone store screens to give you a real good impression of how your customers will see it.

These are the more relevant sizes, the first one being how your icon will look on the App Store product page on both iPad and iPhone. You’ll also see the homepage of both devices, the Category section of the App Store, Top Charts section and finally on the App Store homescreen of a device.

 

 

All you need to do now is to download the complete pack as we’ve resized them for you. Your original large size is not packaged to avoid theft when sharing your designs, but all the other necessary sizes are there ready for you to use and drag and drop into your projects.

To get feedback on your icons, you can use the Facebook and Twitter sharing options at the top of the screen, or simply copy your bespoke shortlink and paste that where ever you choose. We’ll keep your icons indefinitely for you.

Another really cool feature is the “Save to Homescreen” option when browsing on your device. Simple navigate to your link, or have your designer send it to you, and you’ll see your icon directly on your device just as it would be if downloaded from the App Store itself, the perfect test 🙂

So be sure to use our free Icon testing tool for your icons. Remember that your customers will only ever see the small versions, so these need to be clear, crisp and easily recognisable at the small resolutions on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Start testing your app icons today 🙂

Click Here to Visit www.Appsparky.com