IBM is starting to put together a large number of apps for Android and iOS, and one thing you’ll find when producing native apps is that you produce a virtual mountain of graphics for each app: homescreen icons, notification icons, launch screens, market artwork, and on and on and on. I’ve made some photoshop templates to make producing these icons easier, but sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all tiny pieces-parts involved in submitting an app to the various app stores.
A Photoshop File for Android App Icons – HDPI, MDPI, LDPI, Oh my!
I recently spent some time making an activity template using IBM Connections to make it easier to keep track of all these assets. Activities and activity templates are one of the least-used but most useful features in IBM Connections. It lets you assemble a reusable, collaborative checklist that you can make a new copy of and share with people or a community. Each time I start a new app, BAM, I make a new activity from the template and I’m good to go. The template includes links to photoshop templates and official documentation from Apple and Google, so anyone within IBM is able to pick up the checklist and run with it.
I’d link directly to the template here, but sadly it’s only available inside IBM’s intranet for now. If there’s enough interest, I may rebuild it for use on LotusLive or IBM Greenhouse. In the meantime, look on and despair at the size of this checklist: