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Anniversary Celebration – A New Game and a Sale!

We have some exciting news as we wrap our week-long anniversary celebration! We have a new app in the App Store! Well, technically it is an updated version of an older app. Just in time for our anniversary we are re-releasing Henry’s Spooky Headlamp!

Version Two is chock-full of updates – new artwork, an interactive new prize system, and a few spooky surprises! The new version is also optimized for Retina iPad and the brand new iPhone 5! You can download the game for iOS or learn more about Henry’s Spooky Headlamp. The game is a great deal at only 99¢!

However, the fun doesn’t stop there…

For one day only – Saturday – all of the other games in our Henry suite will be FREE! That’s right, to finish out our anniversary celebration Henry’s Winter Headlamp, Henry’s Smart Headlamp, and Henry’s Summer Headlamp will all be available for free download – TOMORROW! (Note: This sale applies only to the iOS versions of our games and does not include Henry’s Spooky Headlamp). We ask nothing in return except that if you enjoy one of the games, please consider leaving us a review in the App Store.

You can find all of the apps by visiting the following links:

Henry’s Winter Headlamp

 

 

 

 

Henry’s Smart Headlamp

 

 

 

 

Henry’s Summer Headlamp

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for all of your support during our first year! It has been an amazing year and we are very much looking forward to the next year.

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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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Apps for High School Students: Seniors

Senior year is a very important year, however it can be very stressful for students. Here are a few apps that might help to make a students senior year a little easier.

 

MyMajors

MyMajors is an app that’s available for iPhone and iPad for free. This app allows you to search through various college majors to help you choose which one is the best fit for you. After you’ve chosen a major, the app generates a list of schools that offer that major and fit any criteria that you’ve set. This app is perfect for students who aren’t sure what they want to study, or where they want to go to school.

 

 

ACT College Search

This free app is perfect for students who are looking for a college to attend. With this app you can narrow down your school choices based on state, major, size, and more. When you find a school that stands out to you or a school that you like, you can add it to your “favorites” so that you can remember to research more about that school. This app is sure to help you find a college that’s a good fit for you!

 

 

College FAFSA Finder

This iPad app is available for free in the iTunes store, and it’s sure to be a big help to a lot of students! FAFSA is the way that students are able to get financial aid for college, this app helps you to not only search for colleges, but also FAFSA opportunities. This is definitely something that will help all high school seniors!

 

 

Do you have any other apps that you think would be good for high school seniors? Let us know!

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Apps for High School Students: Studying

FlashCards++

This app is perfect for studying, for all ages! It’s available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for just $3.99. With this app you’re able to create cards on your device by using text and images from various files and websites. There are a lot of cool features within the app, one of them being Text-to-speech, which allows you to listen to vocabulary and learn correct pronunciation. This app is sure to come in handy for students throughout the school year.

 

Evernote Peek

This app is available for free for the iPad.  This app was designed for the iPad 2 Smart Cover. And no worries, if you don’t have a Smart Cover, there are virtual covers available within the app. In order to study, you choose a note from your Evernote pad, and the app tests you based on the information within that note. To see the clue, you peek under the Smart Cover, and then you lift the entire cover to view the whole answer. This app is perfect for studying, no matter what age! Be sure to check this one out!

 

Study Tracker

Having trouble getting your kids to study? This is sure to help solve your problem! With Study Tracker, your student is able to track the amount of time that they study for each subject, and they’re able to compete with other kids to see who studies the most and gets the best grades. And as their study habits improve, there are badges they can unlock. This app is a fun and interesting way to keep track of studying, and I’m sure your kids will love it!

 

 

Do you or your kids have any apps that you use to study? Let us know!

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Henry’s SMART Headlamp on NOOK!

Lately it feels like a festival of Henry over here at the Campfire Apps Studio! While we have been focusing most of our time on our next game, Henry’s Summer Headlamp, we have also been spending some time working on Henry’s SMART Headlamp. We are happy to announce that Henry’s SMART Headlamp is now available for the NOOK Family of Devices by Barnes & Noble!

Henry’s SMART Headlamp is designed to help your child get ahead in core pre-school and kindergarten fundamentals as they use Henry’s headlamp to search in the night for all of the hidden objects including uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. While this app is targeted at younger children, it provides enjoyable game play for children of many ages and their families!

Download Henry’s Smart Headlamp on your Nook device today!

NOOK App : Henry's Smart Headlamp

You can learn more about Henry’s SMART Headlamp by visiting the Henry’s SMART Headlamp page.

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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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Insquared UnConference

This past Saturday Shawn, Stephanie, and I attended the “Insquared: Inclusive Innovation Unconference” at MICA in Baltimore. It was the first “unconference” that any of us had ever attended, and we had a great time! Each of us took away so much from the conference, and we’ve all been talking about it since we left!

We had the opportunity to listen and discuss multiple topics, including youth entrepreneurship and technology in the Baltimore area school systems. Shawn and Stephanie also presented their own session, “An Introduction to Mobile App Development.” They both did a great job presenting, and there were many people interested in the topic.

One of the best parts of the day was hearing from two great keynote speakers. In the morning we heard a talk from Tara Hunt about her own life experiences and how she has never given up to make it to where she is today. In the afternoon we heard from New York Times Bestseller, Baratunde Thurston, about his bestselling book, “How To Be Black“, and a general overview of his life and accomplishments. Both speakers were phenomenal and totally inspiring!

Overall, we were all able to learn a lot from this conference and we can’t wait to experience other conferences like this one!

ETA (from Stephanie): Shawn and I were very honored to be asked to present at this conference. It was an awesome event put on by the Greater Baltimore Tech Council (gbtc) and MICA. Perhaps the most rewarding element was seeing how many students attended the event. We had students from KIPP, Digital Harbor High, and our own Courtney and all of them were well-spoken, involved in the conversations, and inspiring. I know that it would have been difficult for me as a high school student to attend an event such as this and participate in the ways that the students did this past weekend.

We very much look forward to similar events in the future, as Courtney said, we had a great time and took away so many nuggets on knowledge, thought, and inspiration.

For anyone who is interested, Shawn posted the slides from our talk “An Intro to Mobile App Development” on his website, ShawnsBits.com. Please check them out, there are a TON of links to good resources and information contained in the presentation.

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PHS Connect is now Available!

The Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts APPlied Club officially has an app in the App Store! The PHS Connect app has been approved by Apple and it’s now available for free in the iTunes App Store here. The students in the APPlied club have worked very hard to release their first app, and we encourage you to take the time to install the app for your device to see the result of their hard work.

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New Character Sneak Peek

The Campfire Apps team is happy to share our new character with you today. Meet Brynn in sketch form:

Brynn is the star of our next series of games for children. She is inspired by our very own niece Brynn who, at the time of this post, is only eight months old. But we really enjoyed having our first character, Henry, based off a real life Henry so we figured we would give it another try with our first female character as well.

Right now, we have a series of at least two games that Brynn will be featured in. The production of the first of these games is almost complete and we can’t wait to share more about our exciting new game and series with you.

This sketch will have to do for now though. Enjoy!

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PHS Connect Video Tralier

Last week the APPlied Club at Patapsco worked on making and filming their own video trailer for the PHS Connect app. The video focuses on the features within the app and provided wonderful humor. Our video features each of the students in the APPlied Club (at least those who were present at last week’s meeting) and was inspired by the Billy Mays type commercials. We all had a great time filming the video and we owe a big Thank You to Connor Mathena for editing the video and putting it all together in the format you see below. We hope you enjoy our first video trailer for PHS Connect!

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