Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SWMinis Update Live for September 2013 Wave and iOS7

The update for SWMinis version 1.1.3 is finally done and submitted for iOS7 and the September Wave.

This update has four major improvements.

It includes 68 new figures from the recent September 1, 2013 (United States date) release of Star Wars sets. The is the largest content update ever in terms of new figures in one wave.  These new figures are stunning and the quality and detail of printing is amazing.  Our photos really pop on an iPad where you can see all the figure details.

Second, the code has been moved to iOS7. IOS7 is such a large change from iOS6 that it made sense to just move to 7. The app is more stable as a result, and unlike iOS6, almost all devices can upgrade. The user interface has been reworked so it is cleaner, lighter, and more elegant.  (We pulled the app from sale back in September shortly after iOS7 came out, once we noticed it didn't work well with iOS7, as we didn't want folks getting a bad first impression.)

Third, the old character naming and descriptions needed a drastic overhaul, as well as the organization and set placement of the more unusual items like book and polybag figures. The character descriptions as well as many names have redone so they are consistent, easily understood even by someone who is not into the SW universe or Lego, fall into line alphabetically, and allow for  easy comparison between many versions of the same figure name.  The old descriptions were too short and not descriptive enough. The variations between many of the figures are very subtle and needed a clearer description. As you can tell, rewriting almost 600 descriptions took a while. Here is a sample for some droids for instance:

Finally we altered the external site information page to use a simple figure name search.  In this update we have buttons that link to Brickset and Brick Owl. Brickset is a comprehensive site of all sets and figures, and Brick Owl is an easy to use online store where many individuals sell minifigs and Lego bricks. You can easily browse these sites based off the current figure name search results.


  1. Hi there, i love your work


    Is there a chance to convert this to android?

    I think its crappy that only ios people can have this app... i would love to use it but im an android lover and im not up to waste 700 euros on an "inferior" mobile phone.

    I would love to see this on android market

    Thanks for your time and work into this

  2. Dose the app work on ios6 because i have an iphone 3gs and i dont want to waste £2 on an app.

    Please answer as soon as pos.

  3. SWMinis requires at least iOS7 and is only available on the iTunes store.