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Dr. Seuss iPhone apps

Friday, November 27th, 2009

We are finally able to announce that Oceanhouse Media is working with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring fun and exciting new apps to the iPhone and iPod Touch!! This is a deal that we’ve been working on for many, many months. We expect this multi-year relationship to yield many fantastic products.

Earlier this week, the first two apps went live in the App Store! Both are based on the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”


Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition, for the iPhone, allows users to create zany and whimsical “Grinchmas Cards” using the built-in camera.

Take pictures with Seuss characters or choose to become the Grinch, his faithful friend Max, or even little Cindy-Lou Who. Personalize cards with comical and colorful stamps, borders and classic Seussian text. Grinchmas Cards can be e-mailed to friends & family or saved to the Photo Library.

Icon57Grinchmas is a fun, casual game of skill and accuracy. Assume the role of The Grinch perched on Mt. Crumpit. Swipe the screen to throw either snowballs or presents down to Who-ville, depending on whether you feel “mean” or “merry.” Accuracy and speed determine your score. (Grinchmas was co-developed with our friends over at Limbic Software who currently have a massive success on their hands with Tower Madness, which was the #2 most downloaded free app on the entire app store just a few weeks ago.)

We’ll be announcing many other apps in the coming months, including an e-book for Grinch. Stay tuned!

Chronicle Books

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Today, we are finally able to disclose OMs second major license deal. We have signed an agreement with Chronicle Books to adapt many of their fantastic products to the iPhone. We will start in the “Mind/Body/Spirit” category and work our way out from there. The best part is that three of these apps are shipping immediately!

The Essential Meditations Deck — 50 Exercises to Focus the Mind — In our hectic world, we often forget to take even a few minutes of quiet, contemplative time for ourselves each day. Let the Essential Meditations Deck be your reminder. This portable deck provides an enjoyable entree to the practice of meditation – helping you focus, reflect, and find balance.

The Perfect Calm Deck — Deep within each of us lies a well of inner calm. Figuring out how to tap into it – even for a few minutes each day – is essential for well-being and peace of mind. With an inspirational image and a simple guided exercise on each card, this handy app will help you relax both mind and body and appreciate the simple pleasures all around you.

Celtic Wisdom Deck — The magical tales of the Celts offer important life lessons. The Celts have long been revered as wise storytellers. With a vibrant illustration on one side and a nugget of ancient Celtic wisdom on the other, this app will guide and inspire you on your own path to personal enrichment.

“Bowls” is ranked #10 in sales

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Top 10 Paid Apps in MusicWe awoke this morning to find that “Bowls” had climbed to the #10 spot of all Paid Apps in the Music category. Yesterday, we were #21. The day prior, we were unranked. What a huge shift!

The iTunes AppStore is a very tough place to sell a product. In an ocean of 34,000 apps how does one go about getting noticed? Sure, we had a nice little sales bump when we first shipped “Bowls”, but it was short lived. Within a few weeks, “Bowls” was buried with all of the other apps struggling to get noticed.

Then it happened. Someone at Apple decided that they liked our app. With one chance decision we were placed on the front page of the AppStore and everything changed. Doors opened. Sales jumped.

My wife and I refer to this person as our “Apple Angel.” We have no idea who they are. We do, however, strongly believe that we have made the right decision to start this business. Events like this only reinforce that belief.

To whomever is enjoying “Bowls” at Apple and to all of those who continue to support Oceanhouse Media and spread the word of our products, we are grateful and we are thankful.

“Bowls” a Staff Favorite on the AppStore!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Very, very cool. What else to say…?  We are very thankful.

Screenshot of App Store

“Bowls” has been submitted

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

51 days after the “official” formation of the company, Oceanhouse Media submitted its first iPhone / iPod Touch application to the AppStore. Who would have thought it possible to launch a company, assemble a team, build a product and launch a product in such a short span of time? Below you will find a screenshot that was sent to the team at 11:59pm that night.

Bowls Submitted!

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Two weeks after I was cut free from Autodesk, Oceanhouse Media was formed as an official California corporation. Choosing the name ended up being the hardest part of the entire process. I wanted something that inspired a beautiful image in my mind. I also wanted something that had spiritual undertones. Karen recommended focusing on the initials OM. We eventually zeroed in on Oceanhouse Media.

There wasn’t much to the company at this stage. We had a mantra (“Creativity with Purpose”) … and we had a name. That and $3 could have bought me a coffee at Starbucks. Well, that and $3.50 or $4.00.

Life comes at you fast

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Had anyone asked me on Jan 1, 2009 where I’d be working for the year, I would have said, “Autodesk, of course.” Little did I realize that the answer from someone in Autodesk’s HR department would have been different.

In the middle of January 2009, I was released from the company that I called home for the previous 4 1/2 years. I became one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost their jobs that month.

It took me a few hours to remember that how I chose to react was just that…a choice. I decided that I eventually wanted to look back at that day as one of the best days of my life. I started to put things in place that would work towards that goal.