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Why there are so many one star review of my best Mac App ‘Editor for Access Database’ ?

accessPrevious article said much about the App customer review,  after two and half years past,  there’s not much change about the customer rating.

  • App Name Change
    My App has renamed to ‘ACCDB MDB Database Manager’ and then to current  ‘Editor for Access Database’,  because I got email from someone saysto Apple  I can’t use ‘Access’ in my App icon and title.
    After the name change, I lost quite a lot sales (lost about 60% sales). Strangely I noticed last month there’s another App  (Access Database Viewer) rank to top with similar name to my App and has quite limited feature, not sure what exactly happened.
  • The features
    My App still have the most features.accessaccessaccess
  • The Reivew
    * Several review says my App don’t support the Query of Access, then give a one star.  My app description didn’t say it support Query,  and all the other App doesn’t support Query either, but they didn’t get one star review complain about no Query feature.

    And also some review says ‘The app is horrible. So limited and basic’, there’s so many features, I am not sure what they are looking for. And the other feature less App don’t have such review either.

    And you can see the five star reviews in the other App, some says the App can do just export then five star. And some just says it’s good it can open files then five star.

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Best MS Access viewer and editor on Mac OS X

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In my opinion our “ACCDB MDB Database Pro” and “Access Database Manager” are the best Microsoft Access Database viewer and editor on Mac OS X right now.  The two App’s main difference is the latter one have in-app purchase product in it. But sometimes I am just confused why user still buying other App which didn’t update in two or three years, and that App have much less features. Maybe it’s because we are lacking marketing, currently all this is in nature growth, we did nothing marketing work yet.

(Following “App rating system” means the system for customer give review and rating, it does not mean the App Content/Age Rating )

Meanwhile the App rating system seems quite broken, we can’t prevent our App from competitor rating,  the App is great although it have some bugs, but it shouldn’t get one star most of the time ( 25 one star and only one 4 star right now ). There have nearly or over 10 competitor App on the market, I am not sure whether the rating system can make the rating honest and fair.

Maybe the five star rating should change similar to facebook’s thumb up and thumb down rating.

I think most of our user like our App actually, and they don’t want spend extra time to go to App Store and give a rating review, they just enjoy using the App.  So the real data maybe thousands of user like our App and they didn’t give rating, and just 25 user dislike our App and give a one star rating. So if the rating system can some how show most of the user didn’t give a rating and only a small fraction user give a one star rating, this maybe make the data more fair.

If you read the one star review, you can see there’s not much fair review or constructive review in there.  Someone say don’t buy it or don’t waste money, and someone say there’s missing one feature then give a one star.  It makes the Developer quite disappoint when read the review, because the words really hurts. So right now we just ignore the one star review, it just not reasonable for our hard working.

App user seems quite like give free App five star, our Windows Phone free App and Android free App got quite much five stars review from our user, the review is quite positive and make the developer full of energy to make the App better.

The rating sometime also influenced by competitor, if there’s many competitor or big competitor in the market,  we can find more bad rating review coming along. So currently the App rating system is quite flawed.

 

Quick Remote For Mac – alternative to Alfred Remote

Quick Remote

Use Quick Remote on your iPhone or iPad to control your Mac with
“Quick Remote Server for Mac”, control your Mac to open App, play music, one touch to sleep or lock your Mac, and more. With Quick Remote, you can be more productive with your Mac!


Quick Remote Server for Mac available from http://qr.woiapp.com

Steps:
1. Download and start Quick Remote Server on your Mac.
2. Start ‘Quick Remote’ on your iPhone or iPad, enter ip address showing on Mac Quick Remote ( enter port and password if you change it )
3. Touch connect.
4. Have fun and instantly be more productive!

iOS 1.1 version:
- Now you can define multiple tabs
- Basic mouse and keyboard control

iOS (iPhone and iPad):
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-remote/id962735937?ls=1&mt=8

Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.woiapp.QuickRemote

Mac Server:
http://qr.woiapp.com/QuickRemote.zip

Alfred and Alfred Remote is great, so why build this one ?  It’s all about the price and affordable.  If you want control your iTunes with Alfred Remote, you need pay $4.99 (the iOS App) + $24.99 (The powerpack is needed to control iTunes on Mac), it costs about $30 to just control your Mac iTunes with your iPhone, it’s un-believable price. The Alfred Remote is quite simple UI interface and no complex features, it cost $4.99!!!

MiP Robot Controller

MiP Robot Controller allow you to use your iPhone/iPad to control MiP Robot, if you have Pebble Watch, you can also use Pebble Watch (which connected to your iPhone/iPad) to control your MiP Robot.

MiP Robot Controller

You can find more about MiP Robot at www.meetmip.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mip-robot-controller/id952574427?ls=1&mt=8

Robot control features include:
* Move forward/backward, turn around
* Change Color
* Make Fun sound

Pebble Watch App: https://apps.getpebble.com/applications/5490f24e5842ae28d3000051

FAQ:
How to connect MiP robot?
First start your MiP robot, then start the App, it will automatically connect. If that failed to connect, please check following question to fix.

Can’t connect to robot, how to solve this?
There can only one App control MiP Robot, so first stop all App which connect to MiP Robot, then reopen the App which you want connect to MiP Robot. You can use following steps to stop App:
1. Press the Home button two times quickly. You’ll see small previews of your recently used apps.
2. Swipe left to find the app you want to close.
3. Swipe up on the app’s preview to close it.

Pebble Tools Pro for iOS

Pebbls Tools Pro for iOS is live today, you can find on App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pebble-tools-pro/id954198025?ls=1&mt=8

Pebble Tools Pro

Design quick actions and menu for your Pebble watch to control you phone to:

* Turn Flashlight on / off
* Make your phone vibrate
* Start camera and take photo
* Record audio and play the last record audio ( You can find record files in iTunes App File Sharing )
* Make Phone Call ( Enter phone number or select Contact number in the Setup Screen )
* Speak text ( Enter text to speak in the Setting Screen, you can set speak speed, volume and language )
* Show Photo

You can setup 10 actions for each menu, the up limit now is 10 menu and 90 actions. Use menu to group your actions, for example, you can setup call phone number actions to one menu (group).

Steps:
1. Install and run the Watch app ‘Pebble Tools Pro’ on your Pebble Watch
2. Config actions and menus on your phone, touch the send button to send config to your Pebble Watch
3. Select action on your Pebble Watch to run it

Pebble Watch App: https://apps.getpebble.com/applications/54adf8da136455a76300002c

Please send us email if you have any questions : xuecsapp@gmail.com

Or follow news on Pebble forum:
http://forums.getpebble.com/discussion/19562/android-ios-pebble-tools-pro-with-quick-remote-control-your-mac-on-feb-4