As an iPhone and iPad developer, Apple often present you with beta versions to install which sometimes require you to also install a beta version of iTunes. Of course the contents of these beta versions are under strict non-disclosure agreements but the process of rolling back isn’t so I’ll quickly explain how to do it…
When you installed the beta, it will upgrade your iTunes library database but if you try to downgrade back to the old version at a later date you’ll be presented with an error message saying that iTunes cannot read your library.
Don’t panic! The beta version has just moved your library database to a backup folder and with a simple drag and drop you can have your old library database up and running again. Your old database should be found in ~/Music/iTunes/Previous iTunes Libraries dated with when you upgraded. Just drag that back into ~/Music/iTunes renaming it to iTunes Library.itl (you’ll probably need to delete the existing iTunes Library.itl file too as that belonged to the beta version and you just uninstalled that).
That’s all you need to do to get your old iTunes library working again. Just before you begin make sure you back up everything!
When I first launched Pub Darts last March, I got many great positive messages from people who love throwing darts at their boss’s picture! I also got much negative feedback from people who found the throwing mechanism difficult or not as intuitive as I thought it was. Therefore adding instructions to version 1.1 was very important to avoiding those 1 star reviews!
However due to work commitments it has had to sit on the back-burner but with the recent release of the iPhone 4, I couldn’t help but update Pub Darts with gorgeous high resolution artwork. I also managed to add in some instructions, make a new icon, fix a few bugs, allow games to save themselves when you quit and completely redo the shadows to be more ‘iPhone-like’. This free update can be grabbed immediately from your iPhone by updating in the App Store application.
More updates are coming soon. Feel free to suggest some features you’d like to see. If you’ve yet to experience Pub Darts on your iPhone, grab it for free now.
It’s such a good feeling when something you’ve worked so hard on gets unleashed onto the App Store. It’s even more of a great feeling when you find out your app has already broken into the Top 50 chart of most-downloaded free apps. Achieving more than 15,000 downloads in the first two weeks, I’m immensely proud to have been the lead developer of Audi Magazine for iPad. Download it for free now!
As a team, we spent considerable time making sure the rotating mechanism worked just right and making sure the app loads in less than half a second. I’m looking forward to starting on the next issue soon!
Hooray. My iPhone game, Pub Darts is in the App Store. It’s a slick dartboard game with the added bonus of being able snap your boss/greedy banker and throw darts at their image. Just don’t let them catch you ;-)