SmartOthello on Mac

SmartOthello 3.0 is out, and it now also runs on the Mac. More on that below; first, we need to delve into profile pictures.

Profile Pictures are Back!

You may remember the profile picture saga from earlier versions of SmartOthello: iOS 10 removed profile pictures from Game Center just after SmartOthello was released. Those images were integral to SmartOthello’s design, so I had to add support for users adding their own images for just SmartOthello. Needless to say, not too many users did that.

Fast forward to iOS 13: profile pictures are back. Finally. While you can’t just choose any image, like you could before iOS 10, you can use Memoji and Animoji to create a suitable image (in the Settings app, scroll down to Game Center, then tap on the avatar to edit it). And as almost all users are now on iOS 13, this was a good time to make the app iOS 13 only and use the official profile pictures.

SmartOthello on Mac

SmartOthello was my test vehicle to learn Swift as well as gain experience with Game Center. (The former went well; the latter made very clear that I would not be using Game Center in SmartGo.) Now I got to use SmartOthello to test out Catalyst and the Mac App Store, in preparation for the all-new version of SmartGo. Catalyst has made significant progress since I tried it last year, and getting SmartOthello to run on the Mac was a snap. Adding it to the Mac App Store as a universal app also worked out well: buy it once, download it on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Try it out! Practice against the five levels of computer opponents first, then invite your friends who are stuck at home to play with you.