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HipStyles 1.0.6 is now available on the App Store. As you may gather from the above, it was localized into French. We also updated the Japanese localization, and made a number of performance enhancements to the matching engine. This should get rid of many crashes that some users have been experiencing.

Les Nombres 1.5 updated with new scoring system, Facebook sharing

Les Nombres, the little app that wants to teach you elementary French numbers, has been updated to version 1.5, and is now available on the App Store. The update is free to existing customers.

You are presented with a randomly chosen French number from zero to 100, in writing, and given three alternatives to choose from. You can listen to the number by tapping the Listen button. To get another number, tap Another.

Les Nombres teaches you elementary French numbers.

Les Nombres teaches you elementary French numbers.

Version 1.5 introduces a new scoring system: for every right answer you gain a point – but if you answer wrong, you lose a point. You can also get the next number without answering, but then you also lose a point! (Until you have zero points.)

If you have reached a personal high score, you can share it with everyone on Facebook or Twitter.

Les Nombres is available in English, French, Finnish and Swedish. The Windows Phone version of Les Nombres is available on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The Android version is in the works.

 

Find the API and Use It

It all started with an idea, something to scratch a personal itch. I was learning elementary French, and realized that there is an algorithmic approach to generating the numbers. Not a very elegant algorithm, but one that could easily be turned into a computer program.

The idea turned into a function, and soon enough it turned into an iPhone app, now called Les Nombres and available from the App Store (and also for Windows Phone). My function takes a nonnegative integer and turns it into a French language string, which is displayed on the screen. It could be fed into a speech synthesizer, but in Les Nombres the numbers are recordings of a native French speaker, which I think is nice. (And I couldn’t use recordings of Apple’s “Virginie” voice from OS X anyway due to its license.)

To keep things simple, Les Nombres only deals with the numbers 0 to 100, even though my function could do up to 1,000 out of the box. It involves some 90 lines of Objective-C code, including two recursive calls. It was fun to write, and I learned something in the process, but ultimately I didn’t have to write it at all. Continue reading

Les Nombres for iPhone is all new

The little app for learning French numbers, Les Nombres for iPhone, has been updated to version 1.4!

This version brings you a revamped user interface, scoring and the possibility to tweet your high score. It looks like this:

It still speaks French to you and it still works hard to get those numbers into your head, but in a new, easier to use package. For all the juicy details, head for the Les Nombres for iPhone home page, or go straight to the App Store to get it!

Les Nombres for iPhone

We are happy to announce that Les Nombres for iPhone is again available in the App Store!

Version 1.3 of the application now costs US $0.99 (EUR 0.79 or equivalent), but it works the same as the previous version. So, if you already have version 1.2, there is no need to buy this version now. However, if you do buy it now, you will get a free update to the next major release of the application.

In other news, Binary Response Unit (B.R.U.) for iOS has been retired. We sincerely thank this little unit for the services rendered, but these were not the droids we were looking for.