Roger! Our small LSO‬ (Landing Signal Officer) is getting ready for iOS coding.

From invisible man to Shiva, our small LSO (Landing Signal Officer) is getting prepared for the iOS coding.

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Cleaning of background behind the LSO (Landing Signal Officer)

We first cleaned the background behind the character in Photoshop, removing it entirely and drawing blue lines to cover the now empty space. Those lines didn’t need to be as perfect as Dominique Maes’ illustrations as you can see in the series of screenshots above.

We then reworked the LSO character, removing his arms and creating new ones so that we could illustrate the major standardized signals identified in a 1945 U.S. navy training book.

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LSO – Landing Signal Officer being prepared for iOS app coding

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Key Landing Signal Officer’s standardized signals

That done, we let all the newly-created arms appear on the screen and it really looked like our officer had turned into a new-age Shiva goddess…

Based on the U.S. Navy training guide, we have selected not 5 mantras but 5 basic signals that we want to illustrate and use as part of the ebook’s gamification.

We still need to discuss them – understand negotiate 😉 – with the app developer though. In the end, they may not all be used, depending on the coding possibilities and user’s overall experience on this new page!

NB: we’ll use our small guy for take-off too… and hope that experts will not be annoyed with those artistic license/

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Annexes: 1945 U.S. Navy training guide
(Source: Naval Aviation News)

Chart showing the thirteen daytime standardize...

Chart showing the thirteen daytime standardized signals of U.S. Navy Landing Signal Officers used to guide approaching aircraft to the aircraft carrier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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.

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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

Head in the clouds!

To quote J. R. R. Tolkien, “not all who wander are lost” – and, that’s our feeling today after wandering on Pinterest.

Indeed, we found there a small jewel: i.e. a mobile DIY which looks a lot like one of Dominique Maes’ illustrations that can be found in our kids app  “All my Love (for You)”.

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To visit and follow us on Pinterest:
♦ Dominique Maes : http://pinterest.com/dominiquemaes
♦ CotCotCot-apps.com :http://pinterest.com/cotcotcotapps
NB: please advise if you know the name of the person we should credit. As often on Pinterest, this was pinned without mention of the author.

In the air or on the ground… A post about aircraft ground handling in our kids app!

So, we’re having this huge illustration of an aerodrome with this small guy at the edge of the runway waiting for further iOS development… and we suddenly think that we don’t know much about aircraft ground handling and the job of the landing signal officer (LSO)!

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Flagman directs pilot (stop) in kidsapp “All my Love (for you)” by Dominique Maes

We’ve started looking into aircraft marshaling and the job of the flagman; and, this is what we found in substance:

“visual signalling between ground personnel and pilots on an airportaircraft carrier or helipad. Marshalling is one-on-one visual communication and a part of aircraft ground handling. It may be as an alternative to, or additional to, radio communications between the aircraft and air traffic control, The usual equipment of a marshaller is a reflecting safety vest, a helmet with acoustic earmuffs, and gloves or marshalling wands, handheld illuminated beacons.”
Source: Courtesy of Wikipedia

U.S. Navy Lieutenant W.F. Tobin, Landing Signa...

U.S. Navy Lieutenant W.F. Tobin, Landing Signal Officer (LSO), waves aircraft on board the French carrier LaFayette (R96) off French Indochina (Vietnam). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another Wikipedia page provides info on standardized LSO signals designed by the U.S. Navy as well as differences between UK and U.S. LSOs. Indeed, U.S. Navy signals were advisory while Royal Navy signals were usually mandatory. More details here.

Now, the question is “What and who’s going to land on this airport runway???”

We’re quite excited about this new addition in the app and look forward to sharing it with you!

“Sit here a little while. Leaning against me.” – Free Printable Coloring Page for Father’s Day

You can now customize the last page of the children’s book “All my Love (for You) written and illustrated by Belgian artist Dominique Maes.

To do that, you only need to print the following page on some nice textured paper like Canson Mi-Teintes for example,

DIY for kids - free coloring for Father's Day

Step 1: print on A4 size paper (canson type quality paper)

and let your child give free rein to her creativity and imagination

DIY for kids - free coloring for Father's Day

❤ Credits : All my Love (for You) by Dominique Maes – colored by “Mini Me” ❤

by simply following the tutorial hereafter:

DIY for kids - free coloring for Father's Day

Step 2: cut out the unneeded edges of the print to prepare the foreground image

DIY for kids - free coloring for Father's Day

Step 3 : prepare the frame, using thick black paper, cutting out the middle of the page

DIY for kids - free coloring for Father's Day

Step 4: you can now glue the foreground page to the frame

DIY for kids - free coloring for Father's Day

Step 5: prepare the background (blank page that your child can draw on)

DIY for kids - free coloring for Father's Day

Step 6: this is an overview of the different elements you have at your disposal to build the artwork of your child

DIY for kids - free coloring for Father's Day

Step 7: this is an overview of the assembled elements before coloring / painting / gluing… 😉

We look forward to seeing your child’s artwork!! Don’t hesitate to post it on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CotCotCotApps

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!