Sasol Official App (delivered native Android, iOS and Blackberry versions simultaneously [Codename One])

Sasol Limited is an integrated energy and chemical company based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it is considered the second most valuable brand after MTN. With over 34,000 employees, a revenue of US$22 billion and position of #321 on Forbes global 2000 list, it is fair to say I was quite excited about developing their official app. The only snag was that Sasol wanted Android, iOS and Blackberry (classic) versions of the app, this is crazy amounts of work for one man (basically almost three times more work). Luckily I have been training myself up in an amazing and unique cross platform development tool called Codename One.

I decided to write the app entirely in Codename One, and a few months later I had fully native iOS, Android and Blackberry versions of the app, all building from the same source code, and delivered simultaneously to the client. The silver bullet of native cross platform development is Codename One.

The app is a travel companion for people driving around South Africa, it helps you plan your journey, build and store your fuel economy statistics, find petrol stations, enter competitions, store photos, rate petrol stations, plot journey routes and a lot more. Since they also required the server-side to be developed I hired my own back-end developer, who wrote the server software, that my client app on the phone speaks to. Ultimately I am very proud of this app, it will be released soon, and now I’m in love with Codename One (you can also see my Codename One portfolio here) and can continue to deliver multi-platform solutions where appropriate.

(Additional Screenshots)

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PicCollage (Android. Over 70 million downloads)

With over 70 million downloads, PicCollage is your new favorite app ❤. It’s a party with your photos!
PicCollage allows you to create amazing collages using your photos, stickers, text and frames. Once you’re done, share it to Pic Collage, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and also also email it! Perfect for keeping memories

I developed the first version of PicCollage for Android. Since then the app has become insanely popular and they now have entire offices of coders actively maintaining the app, which is getting better all the time. I am no longer involved in the development of this app but I am of course very pleased to see it doing so well – that many downloads is staggeringly good in anyone’s book!

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Warsash Maritime Academy

I developed the official app for the Warsash Maritime Academy who provide first class education, training, research and commercial services to all maritime sectors worldwide. The app allows students to access their course notes and download them for later viewing – as well as host of other useful features such as campus maps, progression charts, news etc.

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Electrolux & AEG

I was contracted to develop some complex scrolling menu systems that Electrolux and AEG are experimenting with for apps that ship with their appliances. Here are some screenshots of the prototype I supplied them, the first one smoothly scrolls left and right through the menu items, and allows you to tap to go to further info. The second one has 3 separate vertical scrolling sections and again lets you click for more info. Please note that the task at hand was making the menus work and look good, so some of the text has not been adjusted, as I say, these are prototypes.



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Alton Towers Resort (& CBeebies Land)

Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s leading short break resort, offering a extensive range of rides, attractions, hotels, restaurants and much more, for the whole family to enjoy together. I developed the official app for Alton Towers, which features live queue times from the park, online special offers that you can use at the park and lots of info about what is going on at the park.

(Additional Screenshots | Developer walk-through video)

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Thorpe Park theme park (& Angry Birds Land)

With over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, THORPE PARK Resort is an island like no other. With the opening of a brand new ANGRY BIRDS LAND complete with the world’s first ANGRY BIRDS 4D experience Thorpe Park is a must see attraction for families and fans of the feathered flock. I developed the official app for Thorpe Park which is crammed with great features such as an interactive map of the park, live queue times, challenges, day planner, opening times and it can even work out the shortest route from you to any item in the park.

(Additional Screenshots | Developer walk-through video)

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Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Sponsored by HSBC and Mitsubishi the Badminton Horse Trials is one of the premier international 4 star CCI events. This app was carefully designed to give it a unique and attractive feel, and gives live info on races, jockeys, weather, results, the course and more! The app features a working Rolex clock in the main menu which I worked to integrate alongside Rolex engineers.

(Additional Screenshots | Developer walk-through video)

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