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LifeStories is Live

LifeStories is Live

I’ve got a new pair of apps on the App Store and a new website to go with them. If you want to keep up with what I’m doing, head over to https://lifestori.es

The Real World in Middle-earth

The Real World in Middle-earth

In my last post, I explained the weirdest feature of The First Age app, how real-world locations can be overlaid onto Middle-earth. In this post, I’m going to flip it around by explaining how the Middle-earth map was created from real-world images. The various zoom levels and annotations in the app all come back to one single very high-resolution image which was created in Adobe Photoshop. How high? Well, lets put it this way, if you printed it at a…

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Middle-earth in the Real World

Middle-earth in the Real World

One of the features in The First Age app that probably needs explaining is how Middle-earth locations are overlaid with places in the real world. What’s that all about? JRR Tolkien was known to have compared the location of Hobbiton in The Lord of the Rings to the location of Oxford in the real world. In a map found in 2015 which was annotated by Tolkien and illustrator Pauline Baynes, the author specifically places Hobbiton at the latitude of Oxford…

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The First Age Released

The First Age Released

I’m really pleased to be able to reveal that my new app – The First Age – was released on the App Store for iOS devices today. It’s a project that I have been working on for over a year and I’m thrilled that it’s now available to the public. The app is described in detail here, or you can just head over to the App Store and check out the blurb.

NerdNav Awaits a Makeover

NerdNav Awaits a Makeover

As you may know, I published an iOS app called NerdNav in 2016. Details are here. Since then I’ve decided that the app is too much of a jumble of loosely related functionality and would actually be better split into a number of smaller apps, each with a more defined focus. So I’m currently working on refactoring the app into four separate apps. At the same time, I’m working on an Android version of each. The first two apps will…

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