Today, I’ve finally released a new update for my app NetSnips. The latest version (3.4) adds support for the compact and expanded widget size introduced in iOS 10. You can also take a glance at your preferred widget with a 3D Touch on the NetSnips app icon.
This release also updates the contact information in the about screen and all link go now to this web page.
5 years and counting
Around 2 months ago, on June 29 2017, NetSnips was exactly 5 years available on the App Store. I’ve started working on this app in 2011 as a student in my free time. It was a fun project to experiment with, that I was using mainly for exam results and daily comic strips. I could never have imagined at that time, that NetSnips would affect so many parts of my life in the following years:
- In 2011, presenting an unreleased version of this app, got me my first full-time iOS dev job at Frinzer srl.
- Releasing the first version to the public in 2012, helped me to understand how the App Store, app marketing and publishing works.
- In 2013, NetSnips brought me to Apple’s WWDC with a student scholarship and has served as a basis for my MSc thesis in Computer Science.
- Later on in 2014, I agreed to integrate parts of the app’s source code into an app called Musteus. They made the core functionality of NetSnips available through their app (no longer on the App Store).
- In 2015, the app took off in Japan. Until today I’m not sure why downloads are especially strong in Asia, but since then NetSnips shows up from time to time on Japanese blogs and review pages.
- During 2015 and 2016 I slowed down the development, because I was traveling & working around the world. However, again, I’m sure that mentioning this app in job interviews helped me to get hired at startups in Canada and New Zealand for contract work.
Go for it
I’m listing all of this, because many asked me during the last years if NetSnips is profitable and if it is worth publishing a small utility like this on the App Store. Looking at the profit of the in-app purchases only, it would say that there are many better ways for a student to make a dollar or two.
But sometimes projects are extremely profitable by giving you experience, new friends at conferences, something to show around at interviews and the satisfaction that there are people around the world that are using your app. So, if you’re asking yourself if you should build this little utility that you have been thinking of lately – go for it, it might hold a few surprises!