First off; I'm really into Appotography, iPhone Art and iPhoneography.
It recently came to my attention that there is a wide ring of app developers putting scam art apps up for sale on the iTunes Store. Things to watch out for... If an app doesn't have a free version so that you can try before you buy, it has no reviews and the developers name sounds foreign (usually Asian)... It might be a scam app. These developers all publish either the same or similar apps. Some of their sales pages on the iTunes Store even use the same exact screenshots. What they do is post art apps that appear to offer really amazing effects, like taking your picture and making it look like a famous oil portrait. They post beautiful screenshots. Yet, these apps are too good to be true. If you use Google Images to search the name of the app/app developer and look through all of the images that pop up, you will eventually find screenshots taken by actual users of the apps and the real deal is much different than what is shown in the initial screenshots on the iTunes Store. The interfaces for all of these apps are badly designed cut-and-paste/overlay-apps that are totally craptastic. You might be asking yourself, why does any of this matter for authors? Because you can use art apps to help make your own awesome book covers and promotional shots of yourself for marketing materials... All of which will be covered in my upcoming eBook, Design For Authors.
This is just a short list of some well-known scammers:
Ai Qing Zhan
Byounghun Jang (Be Young Hun... Surely, you can't be serious?! I am serious and don't call me Shirley.)
Cai Xia Bao (This one sounds like a badly named sorority.)
Dan Lei Su (Maybe next time Dan will Lei Su's sister.)
Delong Zheng (At least it didn't say Delong Shl*ng. I'm expecting to see a Hung Lo in the near future.)
Shen Chih Ching
Shu Mei Ling
Shu Ping Ling (Next time Shu might go for Ding Ling.)
Sin Lin Gu
Wei Yi Zeng
Ying Ni Nie (We are no longer the Knights Who Say Ni! We are now the Knights Who Say Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-Pitang-Zoom-Boing!)
Now, plenty of people believe that these scammers are Chinese. It seems to me that these are Americans coming up with fake Chinese-sounding names. How is it that I'm the first person who realized this? Byounghun Jang is probably laughing all the way to her or his American bank... Please, don't fall for this poo!
These names are almost as bad as the "Cream of Sum Yung Guy" t-shirts that were popular in the '90s.
Here is a link to another blog about the same topic:
Warning! App Store Scams
I have a long list of about 300 legit art apps that I own, most of which I downloaded for free. They are explained in detail in Design For Authors. More information about Design For Authors is coming very soon.
Thank you! I hope you all have a smashing day!