Celebrate Winter Snowstorms with Snow Globe Maker and Your iPhone


The Snow Globe Maker iPhone family lives in Northern Virginia, and this winter we’ve had an amazing amount of snow. Right now we’re in the midst of a record-breaking snowstorm!

So what to do when you’re snowbound and the kids are bouncing off the walls?

Get out your iPhone or iPod touch and fire up the Snow Globe Maker app, of course. Even pre-readers can choose their favorite backgrounds, bases, and images to put inside the globe.

Email finished creations to friends and family or post them to Facebook to amuse your peeps.

Here are a few fun globes our kids have made this month:

Holiday Greetings are Free and Easy with the SnowGlobeMaker.com iPhone App

MerryChristmasSnowIt is easy to be both frugal and cool this year with the Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition iPhone app, available now on the iTunes App Store for only $0.99. Once the Snow Globe Maker app is downloaded from iTunes, iPhone and iPod touch owners can start creating custom holiday greetings for friends and family – it’s creative, fun, and so easy that kids can make greetings too.

Learn more in our latest press release:

Best Family iPhone App for Summer

Beach Edition available on the iPhone app store

SnowGlobe Maker: Beach EditionCreate an iPhone beach globe for Father’s Day, tropical travel, summer vacations, and family reunions.

Kick off summer beach travel with a new family friendly entertainment app that’s available on the iPhone app store for $.99 . SnowGlobe Maker Beach Edition is fun and entertaining, perfect for adults and kids who love to create and share.

With SnowGlobe Maker Beach Edition, iPhone and iPod touch owners can choose from high quality art–like a beautiful conch shell, a sporty surfboard, or a relaxing beach chair–to reflect any mood or occasion.

The Beach Edition’s simple mix and match interface makes it easy to create custom snow globes for friends and family. Share a snapshot of your finished globe in email, in your profile, on your web page. 

As a Mom to twins, I wanted to create a fun entertainment app that we could use to occupy our time creatively. Parents and kids can build a globe together, or take turns creating and sending globes to each other. Our love of summers at the beach inspired the new Beach Edition. With SnowGlobe Maker, creativity, expression and family interaction all come together.

SnowGlobe Maker includes:

  • a library of unique, lifelike inserts, backgrounds and bases
  • an editable text label 
  • two zoom levels
  • a custom tropical theme song
  • auto or shake snow styles (with beach sand instead of snow)
  • a random option for auto-customizing
  • an integrated snapshot menu
  • support for Shake, Touch, Tap, and Pinch gestures on both the iPhone and iPod touch

Watch the demo video of SnowGlobe Maker Beach Edition to learn more.

Catchy Calypso in SnowGlobe Maker Beach iPhone Video Demo

Winter Edition available on the iPhone app store

Just posted a new video demo of SnowGlobe Maker: Beach Edition on YouTube or check it out right here. Don’t you love that catchy Calypso theme song?

 

The theme song comes with the app so get it now!

New SnowGlobe Maker: Beach Edition!

SnowGlobe Maker: Beach Edition

Beach Edition available on the iPhone app storeIntroductory price: $.99

Get in the summer mood with SnowGlobe Maker: Beach Edition a fun, family friendly, entertainment app for beach lovers. 

Mix and match to create your own beach-inspired sand globes (over 150,000 possible combinations). Share a snapshot of your finished globe in email, in your profile, on your web page.  

Great family entertainment for kids and adults who need a distraction or just love to create. Choose from high quality art–a beautiful conch shell, a dramatic lightning storm, or a relaxing beach chair–to reflect any mood. 

Create a globe for Father’s Day, tropical travel, summer vacations, and family beach reunions. 

Prefer the cold? Try SnowGlobe Maker: Winter Edition, also $.99. Build your own souvenir shop on your iPhone or iPod touch.

Washington Post covers Hawk Ridge Consulting

Hawk Ridge Consulting and our SnowGlobe Maker app were featured on page one of the Business Section in the March 22nd Washington Post: They’re Apps to Make Money. Mike Musgrove wrote this round-up about iPhone app developers in the greater Washington area. We were excited to give Mike our perspective on the market and our app development efforts. Here’s a bit from the article: 

“Fresh ideas are precious commodities in this space, so developers tend to keep mum about exactly what they have in the works.

Julie McCool, a former AOL executive who lives in Reston, designed a program in which you create your own virtual snow globe. Shake your iPhone, and you set the program’s virtual snowflakes in motion.

Good idea, right? Well, she wasn’t the only one who thought of it. “When I first started thinking about snow globes, there was already one in the store,” she said. “By the time I started working on it, there were 10.”

McCool’s start-up, Hawk Ridge Consulting, has a few projects in the works in which she has paired up with entertainment companies wanting to connect with consumers on the popular App Store. You’ll understand if she keeps the details of those projects to herself, for now.”

Mike also gives a few examples of local developers who have hits big enough to turn into a full time occupation. Todd Moore, for example, hit it big with the White Noise app which made it to the top 20 list. Getting featured in the top 20 is key and tends to drive apps into the thousands of downloads per day.

The get rich quick stories make good press, but this article also captures the reality of what a crowded market the App Store has become. It’s hard to break out of the pack and get noticed, though if you make it to the top 20 the momentum will carry you.

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