Prep4Finals Uploaded to Apple

October 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Ye s finally – v1.0 of Prep4Finals – a free single best answer MCQ app using the UITableView Style has been uploaded to Apple for review. Its a universal app that works on the iPhone and iPad.

It has >130 questions in it written by current medical students and some recently qualified doctors. See below!

We already have more questions written for an update – but we wanted to launch the app so I put a hold on adding them and got v1.0 built. However v1.1 will follow shortly. We also have a roadmap for new features and enhancements should the app prove popular!

If you are interested in writing questions (full in app thanks given) or advertising a course or such like get in touch.

Text from iTunes:

This free application has been designed to be a companion to those about to sit finals. It includes xxx single best answer questions covering medicine, surgery and specialties. To ensure its helpfulness and accuracy all questions have been scrutinised by three consultant physicians practising at teaching hospitals, all of whom are actively involved and qualified in medical education. One of the key differences between our app and other books/websites is the quality of explanation of each question. We have included detailed explanations for correct answers but also for each incorrect answer. This app aims to test your knowledge and understanding of key topics that are regularly examined in medical school finals. Our application includes questions from the following specialties: Cardiology Respiratory Gastroenterology Haematology Renal medicine Endocrinology Neurology Acute Care Upper GI surgery Lower GI surgery Psychiatry Paediatrics Obstetrics & Gynaecology Medical statistics In addition we are updating the application in December 2012 to give an extra boost to your finals prep. Also look out for our upcoming book. Good Luck. Prep4Finals Team: Jacob C M Low, Osman Hussain, James C I Crichton, Anatalia Moore, Husna Ibrahim and Chun Wai Sin.

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iMCQs in biochem v1.1 live

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m pleased that apple has approved v1.1 and it’s now available

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My latest e-healthinsider article

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment
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iMCQs in Biochemistry v1.1 submitted to Apple

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Thanks to¬†Rosemary Jamieson for pointing out a couple of bugs in this app. Ive deleted the buggy question and Ive rewritten some of the code that wasn’t performing as well as it could do*. Hopefully if everything is ok the update should be approved in the next few days and be available to download.


*The code seemed to work in OS4 but seems to misbehave in iOS5 and 6. So Ive rewritten it but kept the base version iOS4.3 in case there are any people who havent upgraded their iOS. FOr those that dont know – each release of iOS contains changes to the previous version – some large some small. Apple tend to add major new functionality like GameCentre and other things aimed at new hardware features but they also change behind the scenes things. e.g. they introduced Core Data, whereas before we had SQLite and PLists only. Other big changes include automatic reference counting and the apps being suspended rather than stopped on home button press. Some of the minor changes include things like one code changing or evolving.

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My latest e-health insider column

August 12, 2012 Leave a comment

My latest e-health insider column

On whether one system suits all?

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New UITableView format for new apps

August 12, 2012 Leave a comment

I am currently working on 2 new apps. As mentioned one is going to be free and is the work of some local final year medical students who want to pass on their knowledge. The other is with an accountant and a lawyer who want to do MCQs for their professional exams!

Great – both groups however felt the random question style of iMCQs where you get asked 20 or 30 random questions wasn’t right for their apps and wanted the questions to be more in a list. The UITableView style works wonderfully for this so ive reworked the code to work in this style. It still works on iPad and iPhone devices and has a few nice features. In many ways it looks more like Xrays4Medics.

I may upload some screenshots soon once im at a beta with real questions in.

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Next app – being worked on

July 2, 2012 4 comments

I’m working on the next app. Jacob Low a final year at Manchester has collected a range of authors and is wanting to publish an MCQ app aimed at finals.
Naturally he turned to Luapps. The basic app is written I’m polishing the database interaction and the main question page. Hope to get a beta out in next week.

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Domain name forwarding

July 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I have moved and to point to this WordPress blog.
Everything seems to be working. Not sure about the layout yet may find that I jig it around a little. Not sure whether to do a page an app or not?

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Welcome to iMCQs

June 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Welcome to the new home of iMCQs. With the upgrade of MobileMe to iCloud I have had to change website provider as Apple no longer seems to want to provide personal websites. Although I can understand it is a market they don’t want to compete in, its a shame as iWeb was excellent for quick simple websites. I’ve moved over to WordPress which seems superb and will give this a go.

The main purpose of this website is to support my iPhone and iPad apps, as apps on iTunes are expected to have a website associated with them – both for sales and support. However I also intend to put a few links to some of my other interests.

This originally all started as an intellectual challenge after reading an article on how easy the iPhone was to program for – it also gave me an excuse to buy one. The project has built up into collection of apps with over 20000 downloads. The apps have been downloaded in almost every country that the iPhone is available in (>50) and we have followed Apple onto new platforms like the iPad. A great moment so far was having app sales in China on the first day the iPhone was available there.

If you are interested in authoring an app with us (either by providing content for an iMCQs or A2Z app or have an idea for an app of your own) or have any comments or corrections please get in touch. I have built up a lot of experience writing code, developing and testing apps and working with authors and am looking for other partnerships. I have given free advice to a range of other authors and app developers who now also have apps on the app store.

I am also very active in UK IT Healthcare and have worked with numerous companies see my other website

Dr Neil Paul

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