A peaceful journey

AllMyLoveForYou-DominiqueMaes-kids-app-peaceful-journey-luftballoonIn a fragile economic context – in which (kids) apps have to come free or heavily discounted to the consumer – I’m not sure that everyone is aware of the amount of work and creativity required to make an app in general and “All my Love (for You)” in particular…

Ouch, this is an introduction that sounds like the beginning of an opinion piece!

It’s not. Indeed, I would have then chosen a more provocative title… with double entendre – e.g. “When you’re passionate (s), you do not count” – and a more rhetorical style.

But no, no… it’s not the objective of this post. I will allow myself to quote Dominique Maes who has once again found the right words to describe our collaboration: “A peaceful journey.” Because it is indeed a journey into the text, in the form, in the process of creation and communication.

AllMyLoveForYou-DominiqueMaes-kids-app-peaceful-journey-head-in-cloudsThis is an ambitious journey (and maybe a little megalomaniac at time) which requires thoughtful preparations and permanent care. Nothing laborious but a careful work and attention to details that require the ability to challenge  and re-invent oneself. Hundred times on the job, back to work! And forward, always forward because “All my Love (for You)” is an artwork in constant expansion.

And that’s what we did last Sunday between the pear and cheese … we gathered our small team together: Dominique himself, the iOS developer, the little hand working on photoshop (me) as well as mini – and adult – testers …

Dominique discovered then his latest illustrations installed in the application (do not look for them, they are being developed and therefore still hidden). We saw him nod, take notes and rub his hands … And here, we should have been wary of  those tell-tale signs… because, when opening our mailbox this morning, it was a bit like he had not slept a wink since Sunday! Indeed, we’ve just received his notes and new artworks that will further enhance the book app.

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So, you should soon be able to discover the new pages of the book. We will keep you informed of the events very quickly…

Indeed, it is a journey that we would like to continue in pleasant company, in your company. This is why we try to let you know of the work-in-progress but also to engage in a dialogue with you through this blog and our Facebook page.

We look forward to hearing from you as well!

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1.4

Today is St-Dominic’s day and we have been quite pleased to learn that Apple had accepted the update of Dominique Maes’s book app only a couple of days after its submission!

So, the version 1.4 of “All my Love (for You)” is available on the App Store and I can now tell you a little more about the changes we made in it!

We have added a couple of very exciting new functionalities. You can :

* record your own narration from within the “Parents” section accessible via the ⓘ symbol present on the cover page.

add pictures in the tree trunk on page 12 of the storybook.

All my Love (for You) - book app for kids by Dominique Maes - CotCotCot-apps.com

Tree Trunk’s little people: Add your pictures in the tree trunk on page 12

* and send small hearts to neighboring devices via Bluetooth but sssh, we’ll write a post on it in a few days.

Among smaller corrections, we have also:

increased the font size of the text because some of you complained that the letters sometimes blurred on first generation iPads and iPhones.

updated the Privacy Badge (in the parents section) designed by Moms With Apps but here again we’ll tell you a little more about this initiative because you family’s privacy and safety is something we take very seriously.

– and finally fixed tiny bugs you probably didn’t notice but made our in-house developer mad 😉

We look forward to your feedback!

All my Love for You - a new book app for kids by Belgian children's author-illustrator now available on the App Store

Save 50% on our book app – All my Love (for You) – with this one-off Father’s Day offer!

The critically acclaimed book app for kids “All my Love (for You)” is just the perfect app to share with Dad on Father’s Day!

It’s thus our great pleasure to offer you this one time promotion to celebrate dads in June.

The app will be exceptionally priced at $2.99 instead of $5.99 until June 20.

Father's Day special offer: 50% retail price drop on the kids app "All my Love (for You)"

Father’s Day special offer: 50% retail price drop on the kids app “All my Love (for You)”

The book is written and illustrated by Dominique Maes, seasoned Belgian author-illustrator of children’s literature, who offers here an intimate and moving narrative investigating the many different ways a parent could express love for his child.

We hope you enjoy this digital exploration of parental emotion as much as we do!

Kurt Feldner, the voice talent behind the American version of All my Love (for You)

Let us introduce you to Kurt Feldner, the voice talent behind the American narration of our book app for children ALL MY LOVE (FOR YOU).

Kurt’s voice has been described as smooth, calming, convincing, inviting and we can only agree with that!

It has been a delight working with Kurt Feldner on the app “All my Love (for you)”. Kurt has done a remarkable narration job, conveying the emotions in Dominique Maes’ text with perfection.

Kurt Feldner, the American voice behind the book app for children All my Love (for You)

Kurt Feldner, the voice talent behind the book app for kids “All my Love (for You)”

You can read his testimonial here:

“First, I gave the iPad with the app to my oldest granddaughter, (5-years old) to try out the app and she LOVED it! (…). She was busy with the app for well over a half hour, playing with it and coloring the flowers!”

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To follow and contact Kurt:

Kurt Feldner Voice – Providing high-quality voicing for all your projects
– Website: http://kurtfeldner.com
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KurtFeldnerVoiceWorks
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/KFVoiceWorks

Father’s Days around the world and a surprise in preparation!

Father’s Day can be tricky to organize especially if you are an expat family!

Many countries celebrate it in June though:

  • on the first Sunday of June in Switzerland (i.e. yesterday, June 2),
  • on the second Sunday of June (i.e. June 9) in Belgium except in Antwerpen, in Spain and Italy,
  • on the third Sunday of June (i.e. June 16) in France, Canada, in the United States, in the United Kingdom, in China or Japan…,
  • on October 6 in Luxembourg

Still can’t find the country you live in in that list? You can find additional Father’s Day dates around the world on Wikipedia!

In the meantime, we are preparing a surprise for your kids, a small, easy DIY they can customize and offer to their dad.

All my Love (for You), a love story to share with your dad - now on the App Store

All my Love (for You), a love story to share with your dad – now on the App Store

Father’s Day is just around the corner: forget the Belgian chocolates and beer, go for a lovely poetic book app!

All my Love for You - iPad app for children on the App Store

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, we are pleased to announce the English release of the critically acclaimed book app for kids All my Love (for You) written and illustrated by Dominique Maes, seasoned Belgian author-illustrator of children’s literature!

More info about this new children’s book app and Dominique Maes in the “About” section

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All my Love (for You) by Dominique Maes
A new kind of book app, will be released today on all the App Stores
News release – 18 May 2013 [PDF]

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If you are a journalist or an app reviewer, don’t hesitate to contact us to get more details, set up an interview with Dominique Maes or receive a promo code to download the app for free.
Contact person: Odile Flament – hello (at) cotcotcot-apps.com

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