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Student’s ‘Fastlane’ software in demand

A software engineering student has been offered an exciting career opportunity after an exchange programme with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Felix Krause has developed a tool called ‘Fastlane’ for Apple iOS. It allows developers to prepare their apps and upload them to the Apple App Store to release them to the public.

The software is a great help to developers as the task of preparing apps for release can be repetitive and is often done manually, which can take up to two days. His tools break the process down and takes screenshots automatically, updates keywords and handles the tedious administration, so developers don’t have to.

The quality of the presentation in the App Store is crucial to the success of apps and influences how many people will purchase or download them in the future. Tools in Fastlane make it easy for the developer to demonstrate how the App looks on different devices. 


“It was my final project in software engineering, so I did all of this during my time here and I can say it’s definitely prepared me well."


The Austrian student has recently released his tools online as open source. It’s been a big success for the young developer as Fastlane has already had over 10,000 hits since its release. 

On the Fastlane tool and how his time at UCLan has prepared him for his future career, Felix said: “It was my final project in software engineering, so I did all of this during my time here and I can say it’s definitely prepared me well."

Apple contacted Felix after the launch of the Fastlane website and they weren’t the only major company to get in touch. As well as Facebook’s development team and Twitter, three companies in the UK have also been sitting up and taking notice of his work. 


“There are lots of ways where you can meet new people, which is very good. There are even societies just for international students and it’s nice to meet other people in the same situation as you.” 


“Some of them want me to work for them but interestingly some want to extend my tools. One company I’m currently working with wants a 7th tool, which does something very similar to my tools, but they’re letting me develop it and paying me for it. I’ll also get to release it as open source later like my other tools”, Felix added.

While he’s had job offers, other clients are interested in using Felix’s expertise in a consulting role, showing them how to use his creations in ways that benefit them and helping them integrate his tools into their deployment system.

Felix has a few months left of his exchange programme and he has recommended UCLan as a place to study for international students.

“There are lots of ways where you can meet new people, which is very good. There are even societies just for international students and it’s nice to meet other people in the same situation as you.”

By Sarah Jones