The quiet part of the year

I don't like keeping users of my products in the dark but there really hasn't been too much to share in the last few months, partly because I needed a break and also because I wanted to concentrate on my day job. I haven't given up on making products though and have been working hard with what time I have to be able to provide you with great products!

Here is an update on where I am at with each product:

Defects Collector - I would love to increase the rate additional features are added to this product but if i was going to do that then I'd have to change it to a subscription based model. Which I don't want to do because there are already products like fulcrum which offer fantastic subscription services and I want this app to stay in the domain of a "pay once" product for easy and fast inspections.

Notography - Big update coming soon, plenty of improvements to take advantage of iOS7. 

 Flood Damage Assessment - This product is now fully owned by Shepherd Services Pty Ltd and it's development can be followed on their website.

My list of outstanding projects hasn't been updated in a while, a few things have changed but I am committed to delivering on schedule.

Priority shift

With "Notography" (My latest photography app) we have now reached a stage of doing the final polishing and preparing promotional material for launch, which means I now have time to move back on to updating my previous projects. I don't plan to pick up a new project until "Defects Collector" reaches a point where I am happy with it.

I have a list containing 27 features I want to implement, which is huge! I also want to implement them within the next 2 months, also big. I think I can make this happen though, I really want "Defects Collector" to be a flagship app for our Asset Management section and I believe it has unlimited potential. I believe it can do things that other copycat apps cannot.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me suggestions and comments on this product, now I promise you I will deliver.

Polish and promotion

I'm very happy to say "Notography" is in it's final stages of development, the stage where the app receives a very thorough testing and the promotional material is produced. This time for the App Store art I wanted to enhance the quality of the image layout so I am using a local design studio to come up with the images. 

Marketing was never one of my strong suits but when you are in this market place, it is a learn, adapt or die situation. I've learnt a lot from previous releases and hopefully this product launch will go as planned.

The next thing on my list is a major update to "Defects Collector" which will receive a functionality it and aesthetic overhaul to improve the overall flow, performance and give users what they have been requesting.

In other news, I'm getting equipment and software to be able to start doing a weekly YouTube show on iOS development. This is something I've wanted to do for ages but just haven't had time. This project isn't for financial gain, just something I believe to be fun and also to help the community grow.

Not enough hours in a day

So I recently changed day jobs in hope that it would give me more flexibility to pursue my own endeavours without bootstrapping me financially while also helping out a great friend who has a great business. So far I love the move, the new team and work environment is great and it looks like in the coming months I will have some of the flexibility I crave.

For now though, I've never been busier and I'm finding a lot of projects getting pushed back in time and prioritised differently. This is sad and not the experience I want for my customers but please, bear with me.

The main reason I decided my iOS software and tutorials have to be part of a business model is so that I would be able to offer this level of support. I love the open source environment but "you get what you paid for", even the most dedicated developer gets tired when the experience isn't making them income. I don't want that, I want to keep making good products and doing everything that comes through the suggestion box.

Enough about me... what's happening with the business?

Lots of stuff is happening!

  • I have ordered the first (of possibly many) web servers so that I can provide a much better experience for users of "Defects Collector" and it's upcoming improvements.
  • "Notography" is a few weeks from completion. The main functionality is built and we are in the refining, testing and UI beautification stages.
  • Business and updates plan is being put in place so all supported apps receive regular updates. This is important to me, technology changes and no app should be left behind.

Thank you for all your support, the emails I receive are wonderful and full of great ideas! Keep them coming please!