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360iDev with the Campfire Apps team!

 

Our 360iDev Pals – Ray & Vicki Wenderlich and Brandon Trebitowski

On Sepetember 8th, the Campfire Apps team jumped on a plane and headed to Denver! We were there from the 8th through the 13th for the 360iDev conference. This conference is a place where iOS developers from all over the United States (& World) can come together for one week to learn new things, meet new people, and have a great time. We did a lot throughout the week, we even took a trip to the top of  the mountain, Pikes Peak, which is over 14,000 feet high.

 

Steph, Shawn, & Courtney – The Campfire Apps Team – at the top of Pike’s Peak

On Tuesday night, we participated in the 360iDev Game Jam. This was an awesome event hosted by some of the attendees of the conference. During the day on Tuesday we received a theme for the Game Jam – “Growth” – and after dinner settled in for an evening of programming, design, and all around fun. The Game Jam started around 7:00 pm and participants had until 9:00 am Wednesday to create at least a prototype of a game to share with the group Wednesday afternoon.

 

Our Game Jam table: Brandon, Shawn, & Courtney

Our game was (tentatively) called “Present Drop” and the goal of the game is to ‘grow’ a tower of gifts as tall as possible without knocking it over or losing too many gifts along the way. As you might have guessed, our game is also holiday-themed, which was a lot of fun. Here is a peek at what the title screen looks like for our game:

This was our first time participating in the Game Jam, and we will definitely be participating again next year! We had so much fun working quickly to get our game ready. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in such a short period of time when you just sit down and focus on it.

360iDev is an awesome opportunity for iOS developers to get together, talk shop and experience this amazing community. We have really been impressed the last two years that we have attended and have made a lot of new friends through this conference. We left the conference with so much inspiration, and so many new ideas! The Campfire Apps team has been brainstorming, so be on the look out for new goodies soon!

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Live from the 360iDev Game Jam!

The Campfire Apps team has been working diligently for the past 5 hours on an app for the Game Jam at the 360iDev conference in Denver. Our game for the game jam is “Present Drop” and it’s Christmas themed! Shawn has been working on the coding, while Stephanie has been designing the artwork for the game. Our goal is to finish the game tonight; or at least get it to be functional. Keep an eye out for more updates about the game, because it’s one that we hope to be releasing this winter.

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Summer Henry Launch Party!

Henry’s Summer Headlamp is ready for release, just in time for the end of summer!

This is the fourth app in our Henry series, and we’re very excited to finally be able to share it with you!

Henry’s Summer Headlamp is the perfect app for your kids during the summer months, it features all summer themed artwork and prizes. Your kids are sure to enjoy this app to help pass the time during long road trips, plane rides, and those rainy summer days.

To celebrate the release of our fourth Henry app, we’re hosting a Virtual Launch Party! The event will take place on our Facebook page this Saturday, August 4th. All you have to do to participate is become a fan of our Facebook page (just visit our page and click the LIKE button!) and then visit the page throughout the day on Saturday for all of the fun! We will be sharing some very exciting news, lots of great artwork from the game, videos, contests, and giveaways. This is an event that you won’t want to miss! And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our other Henry’s Headlamp apps that are already available in the app store.

And don’t worry, if you’re more of a Twitter person. We will also be sharing all of the fun on our Twitter. Again, if you’re not already following us on Twitter, you might want to do that before Saturday so that you won’t miss a minute of the fun!

We hope that you’ll be able to join us!

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Summer Apps for Families: Camping

If you and your family have a camping trip planned this summer, these apps might be very helpful to you!

Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot

With this app you’re able to search for over 12,000 campgrounds and RV parks across America. It provides you with reviews of the sites, provides info of services and recreation at the parks, and over 1,000 popular attractions are pinpointed on the map for you. This app is ideal for anyone who is looking into planning a camping trip at any point this summer.

 

 

Campfire Songs

It’s not a real camping trip unless you’re singing songs around a campfire! With the help of this free app, you’ll spend hours singing around the fire. This app provides you with the lyrics to 175 different campfire songs that you can sing along to. You can search through the app by tune, song type, and alphabetical order to find a specific song you’re looking for. Your family is sure to have a great trip with this app by your side!

 

Camp Recipes!

Ever wonder what you’re going to cook on your camping trip? This app will solve that problem! With over 700 recipes, this app is sure to help! There are many types of recipes that you can choose from such as quick recipes, veggie recipes, backpack recipes, and survival recipes. This easy to use app has a huge supply of recipes that is sure to keep you from eating the same meal twice.

 

Geocaching

Looking for an adventure during your trip? This app will be perfect for you! Geocaching is a global treasure hunt that allows you to hide and seek physical containers outdoors and share your adventures online. With this app you’re able to locate geocaches, look up specific items, and share photos for the geocaches. This would be a great way to spend an afternoon, or even a whole day. It’s fun for the whole family!

 

Does your family have any apps that you use when you’re camping? Leave them in the comments so we can check them out!

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Summer Apps for Families: Summer Themed games/apps for Kids

Here’s a few summer themed games/apps that would be great for your kids this summer!

 

Ice Cream Matching Game Lite

This free game is great for kids of all ages to play all summer long! This basic matching game includes three difficulty levels (easy, medium, and hard), and it also allows you to challenge other players using Game Center. The Lite version is just a basic sample of the game, for more fun you can buy the full version for .99 cents in the App Store.

 

Tie Dye Doodle

This  game is available for .99 cents in the App Store and is fun for all! It gives you the chance to make your own tie dye shirt, complete with many different designs, shirts, colors, and decorations. The reviews for this game are great, and it seems to get a lot of attention. Check this out for some summer fun for you and your kids!

 

 

Color Me !!! Summer

This free app is available for both iPhone and iPad, and it’s great for kids! It supplies endless hours of fun with multiple pictures that kids can choose from. They can color it however they want, and then shake the device to erase it when they’re finished. This app would be great to help pass time while spending a hot day in the house with your kids.

 

Are there anymore apps or games that your kids like to play in the summer months? Let us know in the comments!

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Summer Apps for Families: Travel

Here’s a few apps that you may want to look into if you and your family are traveling this summer.

National Parks by National Geographic

This free app is available on both iPhone and iPad. This app would be great for vacationing families who plan to visit any of the National Parks. Within this app you can get info about the park, including maps, guides, the current weather, photos, and more! You can also earn collectible stamps for visiting each park.

 

 

Ocean City Mobile

This app is available for free in the App Store. With this app you can find local deals, places near you for food, entertainment, etc., the calendar of events, and much more. This app is great for new visitors, and people who’ve been to Ocean City before. If you’re not in the Maryland area, you can search for apps like this closer to you and your destinations.

 

Zapd

Zapd is an app that allows you to make your own website within 60 seconds from your iPhone. All you have to do is select a theme, add photos/text/links, and you’re done! This app would be perfect for summer day trips to share your photos and thoughts about your trip. Once the page is complete you can directly share it through Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail to let your family and friends know how your day went.

 

RoadTripBingo HD

RoadTripBingo HD is a great app for both kids and adults. This app is available for purchase for both iPhone and iPad. It’s a great way to pass time in the car looking for various objects such as hotels, state capitals, fast food restaurants, animals, cars, and more. There are hundreds of objects to find, and many different bingo cards to play with. This app is sure to help make your road trip fly by.

 

Are there any apps that you’ve come across that you would suggest to our readers? If so, leave them in the comments.

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Happy 4th from Campfire Apps!

4th of july celebration

The Campfire Apps team wants to wish all of you a Happy 4th of July! We hope that you have a safe and fun filled holiday with your family and friends!

 

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What Work is Like at Campfire Apps

I’ve been working for Campfire Apps since December, and the experience has been great. It’s taught me so much about deadlines, scheduling, etc., many things that I’ll need when I get out to the real world.

Working at the Campfire Apps Studio

Working for Campfire Apps has been a lot of fun! It’s a very laid-back environment and everyone on the team works together to finish whatever needs to be done. We’ve spent a lot of time together, working on apps, testing apps, writing blog posts, and much more.

The work must never stop! Working while on vacation in Ocean City.

Throughout this experience, and my APPlied Club experience, I’ve learned a lot about technology, and about myself. I’ve learned that technology can be the key to anything. It can help lead to careers, friendships, and much more.

As a team, we’ve done a lot together. We’ve taken a few trips together to test apps and work on our latest projects. We’ve also participated in a lot of community outreach, such as the Insquared Conference.

Shawn and I waiting to get into the Insquared Conference

And last, but certainly not least, we always make time for fun. Whether we’re out testing Caddy2Go for hours at a time, or having a friendly competition at the go kart track, we always find time to fit fun into our busy schedule.

Riding go karts in Ocean City

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Caddy2Go!

Our latest app, Caddy2Go, a mini golf scorekeeping app, is still available for free download in the iTunes App Store! We strongly encourage you to download it, use it, and give us feedback!

This is a great app for families and friends, especially during the summer months and we hope that you have as much fun using this app as we have. We’ve had multiple trips to play putt putt and test out our app ourselves, and we have had a great time doing so.

We hope that you will enjoy using this app as much as we have!

 

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We’re back!

The Campfire Apps team has been doing quite a lot recently! The most recent app we’ve released is the Caddy2Go - a miniature golf score keeping app, just in time for summertime family fun. Make sure to check that out! It’s free for a limited time!

The PHS APPlied Club came to a close at the end of the school year. We finished of the year with a launch party of our second app, Patriot Dash. The students were so excited that they were able to release two apps in a year’s time, however they were very upset for the year to end. They’re all looking forward to next year, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Our summer began with a week long APPlied Club Summer Institute. We worked with 25 Baltimore County teachers to teach each of them how to start their own APPlied Club at their school. We hope that they will take all of this information back to their schools and do great things with it! To learn more, click here.

We hope that your summer is off to a great start! Keep an eye out for more posts from Campfire Apps coming soon!

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