I frame photos and artwork as a hobby. It's a lot of work/math to cut the large 40x32" mat boards to fit in a frame. I think it could be easier and that's where the iPhone enters the picture.
I have been looking for that perfect iPhone app, but I haven't found it. To fix this gap, I'm going to design an app to help me measure and visualize different sizes, colors, and layouts.
A Mat Border app will help...
Milestone 6 - 5/25/13
Milestone 5 - 2/15/13
I've added gestures to control the size of the mat board and the image. It scales the image preview as you slide left/right or up/down on the numbers.
Notes: Now that I can do everything through touch I don't need the "Calculate" button. I have it always calculate and then there is no need for an additional button!
Milestone 4 - 2/7/13
Added more functionality to calculate the "live preview" Now you can see how changing the values changes the proportions of the image to the mat board size.
I also integrated with the photo library, to allow users to customize the "default image."
Milestone 3 - 2/5/13
Fleshed out the basic functionality in Xcode.
Milestone 2 - 1/28/13
I've started sketching my ideal app controls using gestures. I'm a big advocate for gestures because they can make apps more modern and usable (Look at Clear).
Lots of apps have tons of text fields, which is ok for beginners, but I want something more modern. I hate typing in numbers and want a special user interface (UI) widget that users finger taps and swipes. I want to drag left/right or up/down to change numbers without any popups.
Old Style UI - Mat Layout
Most apps suffer from poor UI design. Lets look at an example app that has all the fields, but it's hard to use. Why?
Milestone 1 - 12/9/12
I've sketched out what the math looks like when I'm framing. It's never this organized in my scrap paper, but I need to think about all these things. An app would simplfiy the math, so I only have to measure and then adjust layout.
Let me know if you've ever framed artwork or have any feedback.