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Picturebook: A Busy Day — February 2, 2014

Picturebook: A Busy Day

Get it on Google PlayPicturebook: A Busy Day

Finally have another working app on Android. This time its a Picture book for kids with pages that can curl and flip!  Would really appreciate feedback.

App animations are a bit slow at the moment which I am working on at the moment. Also working on some other exciting features for this app.

Reviewed on — May 15, 2013

Reviewed on

A short review on by Abhimanyu Ghoshal is very encouraging.“Here’s one for those who swear by a budget: VanillaUtils’ Expense Manager lets you track your spending against a monthly limit, a stipulated amount while you’re on vacation or a business trip. You can even use this for budgeted projects such as home remodeling. A simple pie chart and listing of your expense categories help you get a clear perspective on your spending. Not bad for a free app that looks great to boot.”Thank you!

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Holo Theme noticed — March 29, 2013
VanillaUtils – Expense Manager stats so far — February 24, 2013

VanillaUtils – Expense Manager stats so far


2 from Pakistan (my lovely mother in law and my sister) – Both Asus Nexus 7

1 from Canada (maybe my brother in law) – Ruby

Feeling a little disappointed. I was hoping for at least 5 downloads on the first day from friends and family. But the issue is most people I know are using Apples or Nokias.

Another problem is that when you search “Expense Manager” on Google Play from the computer. My app appears on the fourth page. Thats terrible. No random person will go to the fourth page to download a random app. Worse still when you search “Expense Manager” from a mobile device only the first 500 apps appear and my application is not in it! Ofcourse if anyone searches my developer name “vanillautils” on GooglePlay from mobile or computer they will  get my app pronto. But no random person in the world will search vanillautils.

Husband is finding my sad face very entertaining. He is quiet is positive. He is expecting a few downloads from his friends when he goes to work tomorrow. Lets see how it goes.

Going forward, the only solution I can think of is doing some SEO optimization to get my app to appear on the first two pages of GooglePlay. But I have to see how it will be done. A blog I read quoted to tips

1. Using the right keywords in the GooglePlay app listing page

2. Getting Vanillautils and Expense Manager reviewed (I guess that would mean more links to my page) on other sites

Other than that I have to start work on charts and graphs for my Expense Manager. I have already downloaded the aChartEngine library a popular library for making graphs and charts. Going to tweak the demo they have provided to see how to make pie charts, bar charts and line graphs.

So this is the story so far. Looking forward for some comments from the readers:)


Google Play: Download Expense Manager — February 23, 2013

Google Play: Download Expense Manager

Android app on Google Play

An Android app to get a grasp of your expenses and budgets. Makes budget planning so simple anyone can do it. Create a budget plan, add expenses as they occur and analyze your budget performance.

– Create multiple budget plans. Don’t worry about accuracy you can edit your budget later.
– Easy to use expense manager to add, edit or remove expenses.
– Organize expenses by category or by date
– View a summary of your spending
– Analyze how your budget is doing. Have your expenses crossed your budget limit? If not will you cross it before the budget period ends? How much are you spending per day on average? How much you should be spending to avoid a budget overflow.

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GooglePlus: Vanilla Utils


The forum for Programmers: Stack Overflow — October 30, 2012

The forum for Programmers: Stack Overflow

I’m not a forum person. When I’m looking for answers the last thing I want to do is post on a forum and explain my issue to a bunch of strangers. When I do post a question I usually get no reply or replies that are as close to solving my problem as Plato is from Mars. Another issue is getting through all the hassle of signing up and remembering your password. And finally dealing with the junk mail.

However, while doing development for my Android app I came across the ultimate forum For what SEO is worth, StackOverflow is usually on top of the results to my programming related queries on Google. Thats the reason I ended up signing up. I almost always get answers to my queries on the forum from the already posted discussions. Only thrice  have i needed to post a question and all three times I got the answer within two days. Its a haven for developers.

Another awesome thing about the forum is that signing up is easy. You can use your Google, Yahoo or Facebook account to signup to the forum or you can register yourself  for “StackExchange” id if you don’t want to use your email/social network accounts. In fact, you can use the previously uploaded globally recognized avatar from for your avatar on the forum. Perfect isn’t it.

As for unwanted emails. I have none in my inbox. No emails from StackOverflow except maybe to notify me that I signed up. No email to tell me I have posted a question or gotten a reply or how much I’m missed or my reputation has advanced or this or that topic would interest me. I’m inbox is safe and empty and I’m content and satisfied.

So to all developers especially newbies like me you’ll most probably find an answer at StackOverflow.