Posts Tagged iPhone

New Release – Snow Globe Maker Animals iPhone App

Hawk Ridge Consulting has released Snow Globe Maker Animals, a new entry in it’s popular Snow Globe Maker app series for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Snow Globe Maker Animals gives animal-lovers a fun way to send thank yous, make something special for holidays, keep in touch with family, and flex their creative muscles. Users combine beautiful illustrations with digital photos to create unique snow globe greetings that can be shared in email, posted to Facebook, or saved in the Photo Album.

Learn more about Snow Globe Maker Animals.

Read the press release.

Watch the demo video on YouTube.

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iPhone Developer Hawk Ridge Consulting Delivers Educational Kids App for K12, Inc.

Press Release. Reston, VA, July 21, 2010. Hawk Ridge Consulting has completed another family-friendly iPhone app with the launch of K12 Timed Reading Practice, an educational kids iPhone app that helps students build reading fluency. Hawk Ridge Consulting is an iPhone app developer offering custom services to companies that want to extend their brand to the growing iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch markets, but don’t want to devote full-time resources to mobile development.

Established brands such as K12 Inc. benefit from partnering with an experienced mobile developer as they build their in-house expertise. “K12 offers a range of Web-based learning tools for kids that tie into their award-winning curriculum, and they hired us to develop one of those tools as a native iPhone app,” says Hawk Ridge Consulting CEO, Julie McCool. “By partnering with Hawk Ridge Consulting, K12 got a quality iPhone app to market quickly and cost-effectively.”

“We tapped Hawk Ridge Consulting to develop the K12 Timed Reading Practice app because of their established product and technical expertise in the iPhone market,” said Corey Maender, Senior Director, Product Development at K12 Inc. “We had innovative courseware that we knew would appeal to kindergarten through 4th grade educators and students using mobile devices, and wanted a partner with experience launching multiple, quality iPhone apps. Hawk Ridge Consulting worked closely with our design team to translate our existing eLearning Timed Reading assets into a compelling user experience for the iPhone,” said Maria Szalay, Senior Vice President, Product Development.

Previous Hawk Ridge Consulting client apps include the popular FanGraphs Baseball sports app. Hawk Ridge also creates and markets the Snow Globe Maker app series, including Snow Globe Maker Beach, Winter, and Spring, all available from the iTunes App Store for $.99 each. Inspired by Ms. McCool’s time as an executive at AOL where she saw how people love to mix and match art to express their personality and passions, Snow Globe Maker brings creativity, expression and family interaction together on the iPhone. All three Snow Globe Maker apps were recently updated for Apple’s new iOS 4.0 operating system.

About Hawk Ridge Consulting

Hawk Ridge Consulting is an iPhone app developer offering custom iPhone services for every product phase from planning and design, to development and testing, to launch and marketing. Company founder, Julie McCool, applies a consumer-centric approach and practical management to the iPhone app market, drawing on her 20 year career leading products at major software companies including AOL, Symantec, and Lotus. Hawk Ridge Consulting created the Snow Globe Maker apps for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, delivering family-friendly entertainment that encourages creativity and fun (learn more at ).

About K12 Timed Reading Practice

K12 Timed Reading Practice, available now from the iTunes App Store (download at, lets readers in levels K to 4 practice fluency by reading short, timed stories. Improving fluency allows readers to read smoothly and quickly so they can focus on comprehension rather than on decoding words. The app include 250 short, engaging stories for young readers, categorized by Flesh-Kincaid reading level.

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Snow Globe Maker in Apple Store’s Holiday Promo

Look for Snow Globe Maker on the holiday app tree at your favorite Apple store.

Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition icon

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120,000 Ways to Make Your Own iPhone Snow Globe


The new Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition app gives iPhone and iPod touch users over 120,000 ways to create and share beautiful custom snow globes. Mix and match high-quality art to reflect any mood or occasion–holiday parties, winter birthdays, ski getaways–or just to celebrate winter’s beauty. Email your finished globe or save a snapshot for posting to your online profile or blog.

Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition iPhone app

Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition iPhone app

At, we’re celebrating winter with an update to our family-friendly Snow Globe Maker entertainment app — available soon on the iPhone app store for $0.99 . SnowGlobe Maker Winter Edition is a fun, creative, snow globe app; perfect for adults and kids who love to create and share.

With SnowGlobe Maker Winter Edition, iPhone and iPod touch owners can combine high-quality art in over 120,000 combinations to create globes that celebrate an occasion, express a mood, or are just for fun. Snow Globe Maker’s simple mix-and-match interface makes it easy to create custom snow globes for friends and family.

“Snow Globe Maker users have applauded our ‘terrific graphics and music’ and ‘great customization choices,’ so we added even more options to our newest Winter Edition update. Parents and kids have so many more ways to express and share their creativity,” said Julie McCool, Founder, “Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition is the only app that lets users create and customize a complete, beautifully realistic, snow globe in so many ways.”

SnowGlobe Maker includes:
– a library of beautiful inserts, backgrounds and bases
– an editable text label
– two zoom levels
– integrated email and snapshot menus
– a Random button for auto-customizing
– auto snow, shake to snow, and no snow options
– a custom winter theme song
– support for Shake, Touch, Tap, and Pinch gestures on both the iPhone and iPod touch

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Washington Post covers Hawk Ridge Consulting

Hawk Ridge Consulting and our SnowGlobe Maker app were featured on page one of the Business Section in the March 22nd Washington Post: They’re Apps to Make Money. Mike Musgrove wrote this round-up about iPhone app developers in the greater Washington area. We were excited to give Mike our perspective on the market and our app development efforts. Here’s a bit from the article: 

“Fresh ideas are precious commodities in this space, so developers tend to keep mum about exactly what they have in the works.

Julie McCool, a former AOL executive who lives in Reston, designed a program in which you create your own virtual snow globe. Shake your iPhone, and you set the program’s virtual snowflakes in motion.

Good idea, right? Well, she wasn’t the only one who thought of it. “When I first started thinking about snow globes, there was already one in the store,” she said. “By the time I started working on it, there were 10.”

McCool’s start-up, Hawk Ridge Consulting, has a few projects in the works in which she has paired up with entertainment companies wanting to connect with consumers on the popular App Store. You’ll understand if she keeps the details of those projects to herself, for now.”

Mike also gives a few examples of local developers who have hits big enough to turn into a full time occupation. Todd Moore, for example, hit it big with the White Noise app which made it to the top 20 list. Getting featured in the top 20 is key and tends to drive apps into the thousands of downloads per day region.

The get rich quick stories make good press, but this article also captures the reality of what a crowded market the App Store has become. It’s hard to break out of the pack and get noticed, though if you make it to the top 20 the momentum will carry you.

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