Just in time for the shopping season, version 1.7 of Gift Plan has been approved.
In this update, by popular demand we are introducing notes and tappable URLs for gifts entered in the Ideas, Shopping and Bought views. Now you can keep track of things like where gifts are available in stores or online as well as any other details that need remembering.
We’ve also improved the user interface for viewing photos, making it consistent across all views as well as fixing a number of bugs.
Gift Plan 1.7 is now available on the App Store.
For almost four years now we’ve been designing and building iOS apps independently in Australia. They have been both the most creative and dynamic years of our professional lives. We really feel like we’ve played our own small part in an ecosystem that is making the world a better place.
So this year we decided to step back and look at where we want to go from here on. We knew we were driving in the right direction but we felt it was time to pull over and reassess the course. This meant setting aside any assumptions we had and taking all paths and opportunities seriously. It’s been a challenging period with a lot of important decisions to make both for ourselves and our families, but we are thrilled with the outcome.
Going forward, we’re announcing today that we are relocating to the Bay Area in California, both of us joining software teams that are changing – and have already changed – the world.
What does this mean for Glasshouse, and specifically our apps?
Our goal is for all four of our apps (The Early Edition, Barista, Gift Plan and Tweetglass) to continue being developed and supported into the future. As such, we are now seeking enquiries from developers or companies interested in taking ownership of any or all of them. If you are interested or know of someone who is, please get in touch. All four apps have been chosen as App of the Week by Apple and we think it’s an exciting opportunity for someone to invest in their future.
At this stage we have no plans to remove any of the apps from sale if they don’t find a suitable home.
Lastly, we would just like to say how incredibly thankful we are to our customers for all the feedback, encouragement, fun and support they’ve given us over the years. Ever since the very beginning we’ve been receiving daily emails and tweets from customers, sometimes ranting, sometimes suggesting, sometimes just saying thanks. It’s been invaluable engaging with the people who use our products.
- Graham and Nick.
Today we’re excited to bring you version 1.1 of Tweetglass – the Twitter iPad app formerly known as Quip! (if you missed it earlier, here’s why we changed the name)
Here’s what’s new:
- New name (now Tweetglass, formerly Quip)
- View your Twitter Lists
- Streaming (over wifi, when auto-refresh is on in Settings)
- Auto-refresh intervals of 1, 5 or 10min (or manual refresh)
- A new ‘Who’s tweeting’ notification UI which lets you see who is posting new tweets without having to change your position in the timeline
- Read Later services (Instapaper, Pocket and Readability) via long-tapping links, which also includes Copy link, Open link and Open in Safari options
- Localizations for French, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese
- Better timeline scrolling performance
- Native Twitter pics are larger and show more detail
- Double-tap the Messages icon to mark all as read
- New animation when expanding and collapsing conversations
- When set to auto-refresh (which changes to streaming when there is a wifi network), new tweets appear above if you’re partway through your timeline, but if you’re at the very top, they push everything else down so you can keep it open at your desk and go hands-free
- UI tweaks & bug fixes
- Please also note that the app’s Twitter account has changed from @getquip to @tweetglassapp.
After a very rough start yesterday, version 2.3 of The Early Edition is now available and contains a number of UI improvements, features and bug fixes. The image above illustrates two new usability improvements. Firstly, the Browse icon has been moved from the navbar to the newspaper so it is always visible and accessible without having to drag the paper down*. Secondly, the section titles now have a triangular UI element beside them to visually indicate that they are tappable.
*Browse view can also be accessed via two-finger swipe from left to right.
Here’s the full list of what’s new in 2.3:
- Tumblr sharing added
- Browse button is now located in the top left corner of newspaper for quicker access
- Facebook sharing fixed
- Manage button has been moved to the left end of the main toolbar
- Read It Later updated to Pocket
- Twitter icon updated to new design
- UI tweaks (e.g. triangle added to Section titles to indicate contextual menu)
- Google Reader sync issue fixed which affected some users
- Minor bug fixes and performance tweaks
If you downloaded a corrupt binary yesterday
Yesterday there was an issue affecting many app updates, causing them to crash on launch. The Early Edition 2.3 was one of the affected apps. If you happened to download v2.3 yesterday and experience this crash, please wait until the next update to restore your feeds and sections.
If you sync to Google Reader, you should have little problem getting back on track.
If on the other hand you use The Early Edition in Standalone mode, reinstalling the app will result in losing your feeds and sections. However:
- We are going to prepare 2.3.1 in order to try and upgrade users who installed a corrupt binary but have not deleted the app, so if you are prepared to wait, this may restore your feeds and sections. Please note that we will not be releasing this update until we are confident the problem has been sufficiently resolved at Apple’s end.
- If you have previously used the OPML export feature to back up your feeds and sections, you can restore them again from this once you’ve successfully installed the app.
- If you have never backed up to OPML, you still have the option of restoring your device from an iCloud or iTunes backup (with a date before yesterday obviously), which in theory should restore you to version 2.2.1 with all your data intact.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. If you are upset about what has taken place we would appreciate it if you could contact us directly rather than post a negative review, since this issue was completely out of our control.
The Early Edition v2.1 has today been approved by Apple. This is a big update and includes wide variety of new improvements, services and features.
One the headline features in 2.1 is a deep integration with Readability. Not only can you now view short-content feeds in Readability’s clean interface, but we’ve also included full syncing with Readability accounts, so you can even view and manage your Reading List, Favorites and Archives.
Another big improvement is the new image gallery view. Now when you tap an image you’ll go straight to the image view and when you tap text you’ll go to the feed view. You can also swap between image, feed and web view via the toolbar and keep swiping through content seamlessly. (note: for anyone who prefers the old double-tap for image view, it’s available as an option in Settings).
We’ve also included support for sharing to Evernote, Pinboard and Readability, plus a really handy ‘Quick-share’ option in Settings:
Configuring your newspaper and sections is now even quicker and easier, thanks to the one-tap shortcut menu:
Here’s the full list of what’s new:
- Significant sync and assembly speed improvements
- Major overhaul for viewing images, (plus image view now appears with one tap instead of two).
- Readability integration
- Headlines now given more lines before being truncated
- New sharing services: Readability, Evernote and Pinboard
- Sharing services are now reorderable in Settings
- Full Readability account sync with access to Reading List, Archives and Favorites (via a second shoebox)
- Quick-share setting: choose a sharing service to add to your long-tap contextual menus
- More efficient image loading algorithm
- Paper doesn’t require a roll-up for as many actions
- New (AVOS) and old (Yahoo!) login support for Delicious
- Now allows darker screen dimming for night reading
- Maximum number of articles is now capped at 15,000
- Many UI tweaks and improvements
- More logical version number (now 2.x instead of v1.x)
- Bug fixes
The Early Edition is available on the App Store here.
It’s been a long time coming but our new iOS app has been approved just in time to help you out with your Christmas shopping. And after Christmas? Well it’s got you covered there too. Gift Plan presents a whole new way of remembering and managing birthdays, anniversaries and any other gift-giving occasion you can think of.
Take a look at the demo video and let us know what you think!