EV-GEAR 3.0 Preview

Today, I am glad to announce that I have begun working on EV-GEAR 3.0 for iOS.  For this version, I will be focusing on creating an interface that will easily support all sizes of iDevices, look nice, and be easy to use while also minimizing the amount of image editing work and being more manageable from a development perspective. New features will include support for the Generation 7 games in addition to all of your favorite returning features like the IV calculator.

EV-GEAR 3 will be free with in-app advertisements. After EV-GEAR 3’s release, I will be removing the currently separate Free version of EV-GEAR and there will be a single app in which the user can remove the advertisements via in-app purchase. The benefits of this will be manageability and more frequent updates. Unfortunately, those who have already paid for EV-GEAR will need to use the in-app purchase to enjoy EV-GEAR 3 without ads. I apologize, but there doesn’t seem to be a way around it.

Here is a sneak preview of what the new interface will look like on the iPhone 6/6s/7.

Until next time…

EV-GEAR and ORAS – iOS Price Reduction

By now, some of you may be wondering when EV-GEAR will support the newest games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The answer is complicated.

I have updated the EV-GEAR database with ORAS information and included it in my EV-GEAR project. However, I am not able to simply upload the new version because Apple now requires all submitted app updates to support iOS 8 and the new higher resolution screens of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. A lot of image editing work will need to be completed to support the new resolutions. Because other things are demanding my attention at the moment, it is my regret that the work required to update EV-GEAR will have to be completed at a later time. However, I want to make it clear that I do not plan to abandon EV-GEAR.

It is likely there will be an extended time period between now and the next EV-GEAR update. Acknowledging that, starting on May 20, 2015, the price of EV-GEAR on the App Store will be reduced to $0.99. Those who have purchased EV-GEAR recently, I can only offer you my gratitude for supporting EV-GEAR and reassurance that development will continue.

In the meantime, ORAS players can still use EV-GEAR’s custom training area feature for training in ORAS.

About Mega Evolution in EV-GEAR 2.1

As you may have seen in the ChangeLog, EV-GEAR 2.1 supports the Generation 6 games X and Y. These games introduced a new game mechanic known as Mega Evolution which EV-GEAR 2.1 will also support. It may not be quite so straightforward to some, so I will explain how it works in EV-GEAR.

First of all, since Mega Evolution is a new concept, it will only be available when a Generation 6 game version is selected and a Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution is selected. When those two conditions are met, a small button will appear to the left of the Pokémon’s image on the main view.

iOS Simulator Screen shot Aug 29, 2014 11.29.46 PM

All you have to do is tap this button and Mega Evolution occurs. The button will illuminate to let you know Mega Evolution has occurred.

iOS Simulator Screen shot Aug 29, 2014 11.30.20 PMHowever, some Pokémon have more than one Mega Evolution. On the Settings screen in EV-GEAR, there is a new option to choose the Mega Evolution you prefer if the selected Pokémon has more than one.

iOS Simulator Screen shot Aug 29, 2014 11.33.48 PMCurrently, there are only two Pokémon who have more than one Mega Evolution, but that could change in the future with the release of new Generation 6 games or even with updates to the current games.

Since Mega Evolution is a temporary state that exists only in battle and ends with the battle, Mega Evolution will be switched off automatically at certain times in EV-GEAR. When the user opens the Pokémon selection screen, loads a Pokémon from the Party, or taps the “Save” button on the Settings screen, Mega Evolution will end. Just tap the Mega Evolution button again to restore it.

I hope this will be a useful and easy to use feature for everyone. Please feel free to reply to this post with your comments about Mega Evolution in EV-GEAR. A valid E-mail address is not required to comment.

News – Generation 6 Updates and EV-GEAR for iOS 2.1

Long awaited support for Generation 6 games is coming soon to EV-GEAR for iOS 2.1. Generation 6 support will include only the definite known information about these games as some information is still unknown. For example, some recently discovered legendary Pokémon will not be included until later because they have not been officially announced yet.

Generation 6 includes a new game mechanic wherein the player can use the move Sweet Scent to trigger a horde encounter 100% of the time in locations where horde encounters are possible. For those who don’t know, a horde encounter is where the player battles 5 wild Pokémon at once. They are often all the same species which is very advantageous for those who still want to EV train the old fashioned way (without Super Training). So, many of the training areas for the current Generation 6 games will be labeled with “(Sweet Scent)” to indicate a horde encounter, but there will also be some areas included that won’t use Sweet Scent.

Along with Generation 6 support, this version will include bug fixes, including a rather major one which only affects users storing multiple custom training areas in 2 or more game versions. I have already solved this bug and included most Generation 6 information. Still on the todo list is to create a way to use Mega evolutions in EV-GEAR. My plan is to create a Mega On/Off switch for the Pokémon who can use it rather than simply include them as separate Pokémon in the list. I feel this way is more appropriate because Mega evolution is a temporary state. Here’s a small preview.

iOS Simulator Screen shot Jul 26, 2014 9.42.43 PM

EV-Gear Free 2.0 for iOS submitted to App Store

EV-Gear Free 2.0 for iOS has been submitted to the App Store for review. Here is the ChangeLog for this version:

  • Compatible with iOS 5, 6, and 7.
  • Compatible with iPhone 5 and iPad
  • Support for all Generation 5 games
  • Save the training progress of up to 6 Pokémon and pick up where you left off with the new party system
  • Create an unlimited amount of customized training areas and item sets
  • Calculate your Pokémon’s IVs with the new IV Calculator

My apologies for the delay in this release, but there were many things to work out and bugs to squash. This should be a solid release. Additional updates are in the works to add support for Generation 6. Stay tuned.

News – EV-Gear Free 2.0 for iOS Information

EV-Gear Free 2.0 development is taking more time than I had anticipated, but I am working on it and I aim to finish it as soon as possible. In addition to implementing iAds, there are also many graphics that need to be redone at a new size to accommodate the reduced app space. The only missing functionality in this version will be the Level Up button on 3.5″ iPhone/iPod Touch devices. The reason for this is not to purposely cripple the software, but because there is simply no screen space for the button on these devices. Other devices, such as 4″ iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad, will have the Level Up button, always uncovered, and all other features. Also, it is not 100% certain at this time, but there may be interstitial iAds on the iPad, depending on how well it works with EV-GEAR. If you like EV-GEAR, please consider supporting development by upgrading to the full version.

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