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L J Imlllll ! , '   .... , r il i 14 Friday, October 21, 2011 West Seattle Herald hits new heights West Seattle software p pany to a level it games and apps for other compa- .... has not seen before, nies, Interactive media which is firm's new release is As of one day in release the title Bartleby and we also have a studio featured on ADDle is number 9 on the list of top iPad division which is working on our _ . ---- books on the Apple App store, actual game titles." App store This is a pretty fast turnaround That means Monster Costume • " and we would not be surprised is extending its reach. Previously By Patrick Robinson if we are the number one iPad they disclosed that they are in.talks • .Monster Co.stume CEO Kyle book by the end of the week or and in development with certain Kmkade was m a very effusive sooner,' said Kinkade. branches of local government to mona. , The new version is outselling enable them to adapt specific pro- That s not actually unusual the original at the same point in cesses.and functions to tablet cam- for the head of the West Seattle its release history. Some of this puters, plus the company is taking based sottware company but on is due to being featured on the it's book development knowledge Photos by Patrick Robinson Celebrating the announcement of being featured in the iTunes store, at Buddha Ruska the staff of programmers and developers gathered to share the moment. A sample screen from Volume 2 Bartleby's Book of Buttons: The Button at the Bottom of the Sea. Wednesday Oct. 12 he learned that the company's new children's interactive puzzle book Bartleby's Book of Buttons Vol 2 would not only be featured on the Apple App store with a large banner on top of the page but it would be among the featured apps for those tak- ing delivery of the new iPhone 4s this week. "This is the biggest thing to happen to this company since we began" said Kinkade. Speaking to his crew (now numbering 20) at a celebratory lunch at Buddha Ruska he said. "This is hands down my proudest feature. This is all of us. This is not just two or three people. Every single person here contrib- uted to this. That's what makes our company very freaking cool. I wanted to say thank you guys (...) To success !" The impact of being featured like this is hard to quantify exactly but it's clear that with millions of peo- ple visiting the iTunes store daily, being featured on it will raise the store but it's also due to a much larger installed oase of iPads, now near 7 million and the growing acceptance of books, especially children's books coming to the platform. Specializing in iPhone, iPod touch and iPad programming with some work done for Android and other platforms the company operates out of a triplex near Alki where they not only develop their own apps such as Bartleby's Book of Buttons (Vol. 1 and 2) but also do work for other game develop- ers either adding programming and artistic elements or just porting the game to the Apple platform. "If we're lucky we might break the top ten of all iPad apps." Kinkade offered. "Even though Ws a full priced book at $3.99 it's still chart- ing very well." Monster Costume executive Daryl Gordon acknowledged that so far the company has three pri- mary areas they pursue. "Contract and projects, where we work on into the business of textbooks where they will be converting books into a form that blends paper style presentation with interactive elements. The new version incorporates some new physics tricks plus Air- Play, a feature that. using Apple's Airport device, allows the iPad to become a game controller and have the content appear on your television. That feature will also like be added retroactively to the original version. At 17 pages it's also nearly twice .the length of the original. Vol. 3 is getting underway soon and Kinkade and Gordon both say the future for the company is look- ing very bright. They will be add- lng more people and as work and projects come in.will be announc- ing new areas where they plan to continue blazing new software trails. Patrick Robinson can be reached at pr@robinsonnews.com New program to train 2,600 for aerospace jobs Photo by Glenn Gauthier, SSCC Announcements were made for aerospace jobs and grants at SSCC Oct. 14. Front row (left to right): Laura Hopkins, Exec. Dir. Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Tayloe Washing- ton, Project Pegasus Coordinator. representing Gov. Chris Gre- -goire. Senator Patty Murray, Jana Wittorck, Human Resources Asst. AllFlight. At podium is SSCC President Gary Oertli Back row (left to right) Patrick Simon. AllFlight Technician. Randy Elvrom, Accountable Manager AllFlight, Chris Rogers, Precision Machine Works Technician, Janie Pierce. Dir. Human Resources. Precision Machine Works, Senator Cantwell. Dr. Joe Dunlap, Pres.. Spokane Community College. I " fir llll'!!liUl 11171117IlI l:7lllllll,I.lllllHlltrrlll'  r I,IIT Ill '111111, lllllllTllltl;;llll" 1! t, [ 'li ." ', i  r By Steve Shay Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray joined Air Washing- ton in unveiling details of a new program to train 2.600 more work- ers with the skills needed by Wash- ington State aerospace employ- ers at South Seattle Community College Oct. 14. It was held in the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) building. Cantwell and Murray formally announced a $20 million Depart- ment of Labor grant for Air Wash- ington's new training programs, which will help make the state a national commercial aviation training hub. SSCC will receive $1.4 million, to be paid over three years. I WE BUY, SELL , TRADE USED RECORDS, [ CDS  DVDS ! : --. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK AND WE MAKE HOUESCALLS! EtVIA MA'V'f EASYSTREETONLINEoCOt4 C)R STP BY AT 4559 CALIFORNIA AVE. .W OR 20 MERCER 5TREtET! The college also received an additional $1 million dollars in partnership with CloverPark Tech- nical College l which received $600.000) to expand the shared composites curriculum and the new composites lab at the Georgetown campus. Air Washington is a consortium of Washington's aerospace educa- tion and training organizations. made up of 14 community and technical colleges across Washing- ton and several aerospace training organizations, to meet the needs of Washington's 650 aerospace employers. Steve Shay can be reached at steves@ robinsonnews.com. A weekly column showcas,ng your; , Garage Sales • Bazaars • Grand Openings • Fundraisers • Special Events • Seminars • Demos • Workshops • Guest Speakers .BookSignings • Personal Appearances • In-Store Events • Product Launches • Live Performances For Information, Call: 206'708-1378 PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS SERVING PUGET SOUND • Artificial Limbs • Arch Supports. 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