14th June 2019The premise of AR Bookmarks is to add links to the real world. So that is what I did. In hindsight I see that was the wrong approach, technically. By using the name field of ARAnchor, I was able add the URL of the bookmark into the position in real world but when it came to adding a title I wasn't able to. So for a long time all bookmarks had a long URL whenever you tried to see what site they point towards. While that worked in the MVP sense of "get everything working to some extent", I prefer the MVP sense of "a small amount done well" so I knew it couldn't launch like that.
14th June 2019You know that feeling where you've done something but it isn't quite ready to show anyone? It's 14th June 2019 today and I wrote the first blog post about AR Bookmarks in September 2018. It's not ready to use yet, but it's getting close so I finally feel I can publish those early posts. I should have done it straight away but didn't want to put out vapourware.
26th February 2019One of the reasons I started AR Bookmarks was to have a goal of getting a project to a “done”-enough state. An app on the App Store seemed to be a good criteria for that goal. I find it so easy to start a project, then another and then yet another all at once.
26th February 2019It works. As of v0.11 in ARBookmarks you can add a link to a website in the real world, turn off the app then start it up again and it will show the link. That’s the Minimum Viable Product working.
15th January 2019In my previous dev notes I mentioned that the app was feeling more robust but felt weird with links floating all over the place. Since then I’ve made some small changes and gone down lots of wild goose chases.
6th November 2018What is a good user experience for an app where you place URLs around your room? It’s a good question and one that I’ve been thinking about a lot. On one hand I want to make AR Bookmarks as a way to play around with Swift, iOS development and ARKit. On the other-hand, it feels pointless making it unless it is at least half decent.
18th September 2018I have a lot of respect for designers, I know people that can whip incredible designs up in no time at all. I’m not one of them. But it felt like time AR Bookmarks had an icon instead of the default wireframe icon that iOS gives it. In fact it turned out that two icons were needed, the main one and a slightly modified (no background) template icon that is used for the Safari share extension.
18th September 2018The issue with URLs, and one of the main reasons for any bookmarking tool, is that they can be long and awkward to type. The current UI for AR Bookmarks is that you choose where in 3D space you want to place a link, touch the screen anywhere then type in the URL. You are able to paste but even that isn’t a perfect experience. I also noticed you have to type in the full URL such as https://google.com instead of google.com which is a bit of a pain too.