The animals are all dressed for the hot summer weather…in the northern hemisphere. Here it is cold, wet and very winter. The game brings a bit of sunshine into each day but when it’s an international game then the weather perhaps needs to reflect that. Or not. Everyone loves those summer outfits on the farm animals. The artists obviously have fun as well as skill. My farm is doing well. I have over 2 million coins now, am about to go up another level and have expanded quite a bit. My town is expanded and decorated to the max. My fishing area has two more spots to expand and the main farm has three more spots to expand. With the new crops and facilities then I am thinking we need some land releases or it will all get squashed up and not look very nice. I’d still love to be able to personalize the fishing area a bit too with a cabin or two and some suitable fishing things. I find I can make plenty of lures but not enough of the lobster pots, duck traps and long term fishing nets. I manage but cannot grow that. Expanding the slots is very expensive so I make do. I’d prefer not to because I love that fishing area. I keep learning from the game that if you have diamonds (predominantly bought with your own cash) then you can do anything. It’s a pretty cynical lesson to teach people even though it may be true. The game does, however, supply free diamonds through the red boxes, mining, and participating in events. There are times when it is very generous.The players rise above the diamonds are everything mindset and go out of their way to help each other and so the feeling of goodwill which spans across nations and languages is something quite remarkable to achieve in a game. One of the new changes is trading within a network so that you can obtain the goods you need to fill trucks, riverboats, the town and presumably derbies. I do not belong to a network and have no plans to. I gave up FarmVille because the networking was unpleasant. FarmTown wasn’t much better but could be very good at times. With Hay Day you join a network and then can participate in competitions and now trade. There is always a sourness with networks in my experience. The one who is so superior. The ones who complain that others are not complying. The ones who want you to be like them and then the ones who are quite treacherous in their game play . I have avoided the networks for that reason. It has spoiled other games for me. I like Hay Day. I just want it to be a game where I can spend my time happily and get some challenges along the way.
sakitech speaks clearly, explains effectively and shows you carefully how you can make good use of your iPhone/iPad. Some people are sometimes just waiting for the next iOS and never really explore the one they have. Apple is very good on the “hidden” secrets so that if you take the time to learn the iOS you really do get some very efficient functionality.
This video looks at handwriting recognition apps for the iPad and their functionality. It also shows you how to use handwriting recognition apps if you don’t know how to use them. My question is why? Why would you want to handwrite and convert that to text? There must be people who think it’s important because there are quite a few handwriting recognition tools around. My simple way of looking at it is there is a keyboard available to me. If I want to create text I type it. If I want to handwrite I use a stylus. I am still better at handwriting on a graphics tablet than I am on an iPad. Notes Plus is a good app for handwriting and if you want the hand recognition facility then it is there. I find the stylus is important. It is important to test run different styluses so that you get the one which functions best with the handwriting tool and the one which suits your hand movements the best. Having a test run with a pool of different styluses is always a good idea. No point in buying them all…just share and see! There is an article here on Macademise which discusses other hand writing recognition apps and reasons for using them. One app will suit your handwriting better than another so it’s a good idea to test different apps too.
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My horses can walk through walls. Seriously. And hay bales, fences, olive trees, raspberry bushes and hay carts. Horses can walk through whatever they want to. I was so indignant when I first put them on the farm that they had the gall to walk, glide actually, over the unpurchased land to their new stable. What? I can’t even use that dead land for the dead nectar bushes which amass at an alarming rate and drive me crazy. There is no real solution to the dead nectar bush nemesis and the game gods need to get onto it. It holds me up and blocks me no matter how much I try and deal with it practically or creatively. The animals, though, are in their own class in the game. I finally got 4 goats because they have made an effort to improve their appearance and they no longer look so ghoulish. Whoever conceived the dogs knows them very well. They are into everything. They are very canine and they are fun. The puppies need worming, though. Poor things. The duck salon is inspired. The artists and animators on that have done a really great job. It is clever, ingenious, amusing and just so well done. The cats continue to stare disconcertingly with their stiff legged walk and the beady eyed sheep are just so cute. The cows are well, cows. Docile and friendly. Then there are the beautiful touches of the birds who visit the bird baths , bird houses and trees. They are gorgeous as are the butterflies. The turquoise frogs are hilarious and so well thought out. It’s amazing, then, that some animals are so poorly conceived. It is truly sad what they have done to the donkeys because they are lovely animals and in the game they are portrayed as goofy nitwits. Then there are the horses with their weirdo expressions and behaviour. I want a Pinto. It’s the only really decent looking and behaving horse and it’s so hard to get because you either have to pay a stack of diamonds (cash) or wait until you need carbon dating to get the 9 gold credits along with the other credits to purchase it. Getting the other credits is easy. Getting gold ones is very ageing. I heard the horses glide over water too. They are initially very hard to keep confined if that is what you want. It’s part of the game , though. You have to move things around , watch what happens then put their stable in different places and watch what happens. They have a short range trajectory , unlike the dogs who are everywhere! I spent over a week doing this and that and now I have more or less solved my problem of escaping horses. One sneaks out when I am not looking but comes back in for hours when I whistle at the stable. So most of it is good on Hay Day and there is room for improvement. I have just spent a million and a half coins to buy a tractor with flowers around the wheels. Yes. I did that. Games can make you behave in interesting ways. I also spent 32 diamonds making a little creek. Each tiny waterhole costs an exorbitant 8 diamonds and I bought 4. The pricing on some things is a bit bizarre but that’s fodder for another post.
Assembly app is one of the most productive and professionally presented apps I have seen. I got information about it via @uxigers on Instagram. The great thing about it is that the free version has plenty of tools and resources to work with. You can then have the option of purchasing in app extras to further enhance what you are doing. The video gives a good overview of the sorts of things you can do. It is focussed on design and layout so it does have the snap to grid option which you can enable as you wish. The app also comes with a sound tutorial suite so that you can learn how to use different aspects of the app and set yourself right when it comes to using the app. It makes excellent use of the attributes of tablets/smartphones and so has brought us into the 21st century in its approach and intention. The more you know the better you are with this app. It teaches you to refine and improve your skills and create something of good quality. The Assembly app site is well laid out with plenty of information to help you get started. You can download it here from iTunes. There is a review here on Stuff which looks at it and then gives you other ideas of how to use it. Assembly is intelligent design because it functions well and anyone, no matter their level in graphic design can enjoy using this app. It means you can create and customise your own pictures, you can create layouts for apps and web pages, you can just use it as a sketch pad and playground for your ideas. It really is a productive, helpful, well thought out educational app.
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