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Letterpress 1.2 brings shared replays, improved dictionary, and more

Letterpress 1.2 brings shared replays, improved dictionary, and more

Letterpress, the popular word game that won runner-up in Apple's 2012 iPhone Game of the Year category, has been updated with the ability to share replays of your completed games to Twitter, Facebook, Mail, Messages, or simply copy the link to share wherever you want. When I first heard about...
Letterpress for iPhone and iPad updates with Rematch and more

Letterpress for iPhone and iPad updates with Rematch and more

The highly addicting word game Letterpress by atebits has received an excellent update, today, that address a few of our gripes, the main one being the inability to start a rematch after a game ends. With Letterpress 1.1, now you can! One of the other biggest additions to Letterpress 1.1 is that...
Loren Brichter talks Apple, OpenGL, Tweetie, Letterpress, and the future of interface

Loren Brichter talks Apple, OpenGL, Tweetie, Letterpress, and the future of interface

Loren Brichter of Atebits talks to Guy and Rene about working on the iPhone at Apple, Tweetie at Twitter, and now Letterpress on his own. OpenGL, Game Center API, in-app purchases, iOS 7 feature requests, and other assorted nerdery follows. Here's the audio, again, in case you missed it. And now...

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Hall of fame: Loren Brichter and Tweetie

Tweetie for iPhone launched in 2008 and from the very beginning was described as the Twitter app Apple themselves would have made. While that was certainly meant to compliment Tweetie's native look and feel, and its incredible performance, it falls short of capturing the skill and vision of Loren Brichter, the man behind the app.

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Loren Brichter's influence on mobile app design

Loren Brichter got his start working on the original iPhone at Apple, then created and ultimately sold Tweetie to Twitter, and is now responsible for the phenomenal word game, Letterpress. Jessica E. Lessin has profiled Brichter, and elaborated on his influence on mobile interface design in the Wall Street Journal:

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Letterpress update allows players to remember words for later

The popular social word game Letterpress has been updated with a few new features and fixes, the most notable being the ability to save words for later. This is restricted to a single word per game, and you simply tap-and-hold the Clear button to close out a game after you've selected a word. The next time you open the game, the word will fly back up out of the grid.

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Letterpress updated, adds shake to shuffle, high contrast theme, more

Letterpress by Atebits, the word game darling of geeks everywhere, has been updated to version 1.3. New features include the ability to shake to shuffle letters (credited to developer Loren Brichter's wife -- don't ask about the dance!), a new high-contrast theme, the ability to view replays in Safari or Chrome, and some behind the scenes awesomizing of an undisclosed nature.

If you're already playing Letterpress, grab the update now. If not, head on over to the App Store and try it. It's free, and it's spectacular.

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Letterpress 1.2 brings shared replays, improved dictionary, and more

Letterpress, the popular word game that won runner-up in Apple's 2012 iPhone Game of the Year category, has been updated with the ability to share replays of your completed games to Twitter, Facebook, Mail, Messages, or simply copy the link to share wherever you want.

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Letterpress for iPhone and iPad updates with Rematch and more

The highly addicting word game Letterpress by atebits has received an excellent update, today, that address a few of our gripes, the main one being the inability to start a rematch after a game ends. With Letterpress 1.1, now you can!

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Loren Brichter talks Apple, OpenGL, Tweetie, Letterpress, and the future of interface

Loren Brichter of Atebits talks to Guy and Rene about working on the iPhone at Apple, Tweetie at Twitter, and now Letterpress on his own. OpenGL, Game Center API, in-app purchases, iOS 7 feature requests, and other assorted nerdery follows.

Here's the audio, again, in case you missed it. And now, for the first time, here's the full transcript! (Yes, we're doing transcripts now!)

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Debug 1: Loren Brichter of Letterpress

Hey, we have an all-new podcast! It's called Debug. I'm co-hosting it with Guy English of Kicking Bear. It focuses on development, especially iPhone, iPad, Mac, and game development, but we'll be covering other platforms as well. Where Iterate is all about designers, Debug is for developers. Think of it as director's commentary for your apps! And we managed to score a seriously special guest to help us kick off. So without further ado, here's s01e01:

Guy and Rene talk to Loren Brichter of Atebits about working on the iPhone at Apple, Tweetie at Twitter, and now Letterpress on his own. OpenGL, Game Center API, in-app purchases, iOS 7 feature requests, and other assorted nerdery follows.

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No skin in the Game Center

Speaking of successes and failures, I dislike it when it feels like I care more about an app or service than the developer or platform owner. It sets off huge warning bells and sends me looking for alternatives. Apple is starting to give me that feeling with Game Center. Since Letterpress launched, a game that depends entirely on Apple's Game Center application programming interfaces (APIs) for everything from matchmaking to gameplay, Game Center reliability has taken a nose dive. For several hours this weekend, I once again had more Game Center errors than successful turns.

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The best free games for iPad 4 and iPad mini

Whether it's strategy, shooter, sports, casual, physics, action, role-playing, racing, word, sims, or puzzle, iMore has carefully collected all of our favorite free iPad App Store games and listed them below for your playing pleasure.

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Get a Letterpress t-shirt, help support the Red Cross

The fine folks at United Pixel Workers have produced at Letterpress t-shirt in both light and dark theme variants. If you buy one -- or more -- Letterpress developer Loren Brichter of Atebits will donate his share (about $5) to the Red Cross. Great game. Great shirt. Great cause.

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Letterpress vs. Words With Friends vs. Scrabble: best word play games for iPhone shootout!

Whether you're a hardcore iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad gamer or just need something to kill time or secretly make meetings less deathly dull, word games are not only addictive but available by the truck load in the App Store. Letterpress, Words With Friends, and Scrabble are all equally addictive and, frankly, no-brainer buys. But even if they're cheap or free, no one has unlimited time so the question becomes, which iOS word game is the best?

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Loren Brichter talks about his new game, Letterpress for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

You're Loren Brichter. You worked at Apple on the original iPhone. You created Tweetie for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, including the now ubiquitous "pull to refresh" gesture, and sliding panels that first showed off what tablet software could do. You're relaunching your company, Atebits, and getting back into indie iOS development. What do you do?

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Letterpress by Atebits review

Letterpress is deceptively simple. A five-by-five grid of letters is laid out on the screen. You and your opponent have full visibility to the board, and must make words out of the letters provided. As you do, those letters are colored in—blue for your letters, red for theirs—and each move steals letters back, affecting the letter-count score at the top of the screen. Things get slightly trickier when the letters on the four sides of a played letter are also played in the same color, when the lock-in effect causes the center to go darker. In this case, the letter can still be played, but no points transfer. Each word must consist of at least two letters, and no word can be re-played.

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