An Update on Our Update

It seems like it wasn’t so very long ago that we last wrote about how it seems like it wasn’t so long ago we’d last updated Super Speller. It has, in fact, been nearly 10 months since our last post mentioning it had been nearly 2 years since our last significant Super Speller update!

Well we’re happy to say that we are entering the home stretch with Super Speller 5 which is now in beta testing. That’s the good news. Unfortunately it turns out that this new version will require iOS 11. Among our options was creating a new app which would require everyone to re-purchase the app, or pushing back the release (again) to explore ways to preserve support for those running older versions of iOS, or requiring iOS 11. Neither of the first two options was appealing and so we opted for the latter.

Not to worry if you’re running an older version of iOS, Super Speller 4.1.1 will continue to work just fine for you and the new version will be waiting for you when you make the jump to iOS 11.

Testing is going well so far and we’re anxious to release Super Speller 5 sometime in the next few weeks.

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Goalposts 1.5.2

Another update this morning. This time we have an update to Goalposts and Goalposts Lite. These updates focus on improving compatibility and correcting other minor issues. Goalposts and Goalposts Lite are both available on the App Store.

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Super Speller 4.1.1

A minor update to Super Speller is out this morning. This adds some compatibility and iCloud improvements. You can download it now from the App Store!

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Time Flies

We have been working on a ground up rewrite of Super Speller, and while it’s definitely taking longer than we wanted, it didn’t seem like it was taking that long. At some point we looked up and noticed that it has been nearly two years since the last Super Speller update and November of 2015 when we released Terrella for the Apple TV!

It’s hard to imagine how time has gotten away from us so quickly. There are a number reasons we could give for the lack of updates. 2016 was a chaotic year to say the least. And while Susie and I aren’t able to prioritize Quiet Spark as high as we’d like, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to provide more timely updates. Actually the blame for that falls squarely on my shoulders. I can do better and I’m going to try and do better.

That said, I decided to put the major Super Speller rewrite on hold for a few days and get some minor updates out. There are some small fixes, but mostly they are compatibility updates that should eliminate any alerts you may have seen indicating that our apps my slow down your device. Over the next few days we hope to provide updates to Super Speller, Goalposts, and Goalposts Lite.

After that’s done we’ll turn our attention back to Super Speller 5. I’ve blown past multiple self imposed deadlines working on the new Super Speller and have come to have much greater sympathy for George RR Martin and his predictions for completing The Winds of Winter. So, for now, we’ll just say we very much appreciate your patience and hope to have it ready soon!

– Casey & Susie

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Super Speller 4.1 Is Now Available

Super Speller version 4.1 is here! We have added more ways to share tests, including support for AirDrop. Word lists are now numbered when using the iPad. We also fixed a problem where tests could sometimes not be deleted.

We had teachers request more ways to share tests. Of course we listened and as a result, Super Speller now has support for AirDrop. Using AirDrop is a quick way to share a test with another device that is nearby. You can also share with third party services like Dropbox.

The iPad now has numbered word lists. This is especially handy when you are creating a test. Having numbers makes it much easier to see if you have missed entering any words.

As for the problem where tests could sometimes not be deleted, well that was just silly! We took care of that issue and now when you want to delete a test, you can actually delete it.

Once again we want to thank all of the teachers and parents who send us emails. We love reading your suggestions of how we can make Super Speller even better!


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