Posts Tagged:App Store

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.

Crash Course: VR Design for N00bs

We have a tradition at Viget of experimenting with our own ideas, independent of client work. But, honestly, it’s been too long since we built something pointless. Today, we’re debuting our latest experiment in virtual reality—a WebVR adaptation of the classic circuit-board puzzle Lights Out. It’s a one-player game, with the objective of turning all the “lights” in the grid off. Sure, the final product is neat, but how did we get there? Jumping into the VR metaverse is overwhelming. I was disappointed to find there are tons of libraries for developers—but very few centralized resources for designers. As creatives, we pride ourselves on our ability to apply design thinking to everything. So, where are all the thought leaders in VR design? There’s little to no consensus around even the most basic design standards—like typography or accessibility. Basically, VR design is a wild west free-for-all. However, instead of seeing this as…

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Someone Who Finishes

This is neat little tidbit of news (although it feels “big” for me, personally): Both MNML App and Desk App are featured in the Apps for Writers category in the Mac App Store. And, as far as I know, I believe I’m the only one to have two apps simultaneously featured in a perennial category like this: Apps for Writers! I haven’t done any serious research about that possible fact so I’m probably wayyyyyy off, but regardless I am very grateful and humbled that they would put both of my indie projects in an area that has some very nice visibility. But I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about a creative dilemma. I want to talk about starting and finishing. You see, both MNML and Desk were and have been serious labors of love, as they say. My brother asked me the other day what I thought the total amount…

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What’s new in Basecamp for iOS

Basecamp 3.5.1 is now available in the App Store. If you’re already a pro with Basecamp on your iPhone and iPad, you’re going to love this release. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is a great time to start taking advantage of these new time-saving features. While you’re installing the latest update, read this quick look at what’s new…Swipe for your next unreadWhen you’ve got a bunch of unreads on Hey! and you’re cranking through them, it can feel like a chore to tap an unread, read it, then go back and tap the next one. Now you can simply tap an unread and when you’re done reading it, swipe-left to go to the next one! Repeat until you’re done. Here’s how it looks:1. Tap an unread, 2. Tap OK, 3. Swipe-left to load the next one!Search inside BasecampYou probably already know you can swipe-down or swipe-left from the Home screen on your iOS…

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A Year’s Work

Much of my life can be measured by domain registration dates and renewals. If that hits too close to home… well… then you know what I’m talking about. So much of my life has been on the internet… building things and creating and viewing and consuming and it’s been the former that’s been a huge part of how I give and extract value. It’s how I’ve financed a growing family and the many adventures that I’ve had professionally through many, many geographical moves. It’s how I’ve gotten a lot of pleasure in and out of life and I think I’m only getting started. And I’m reminded of all of this when I get emails in my inbox about the domains and registrations that I’ve made along the way, some of which I continue to keep and some I let go of. Domain Renewal A year or so I decided to put together MNML…

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Google Assistant is Now Going Head to Head with Siri on iOS by @MattGSouthern

Google has officially launched Google Assistant as a standalone app in the iOS app store.The post Google Assistant is Now Going Head to Head with Siri on iOS by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

New in Basecamp 3 for iOS 3.4.1

You know that with the Android app getting updated so recently, that an update to the iOS app was not far behind. In fact, the iOS team (Jason Z, Tara, Dylan and Zach) launched the latest version last week! It’s got a sweet set of new features I’m excited to share with you.Hey! Who Moved My Pings?In previous versions of the app, Pings were a little harder to find and challenging to start. Now Pings are smartly located in the Hey section, right at the top. You’ll see a row of avatars for your most recent pings. You can quickly start a new one or swipe through previous Pings.You can also quick swipe on items in the Hey menu to mark them as read:Docs and Files List ViewThe team also added a list view for Docs & Files, with new file icons, smoother re-ordering, tap to preview images, and swipe to move and archive. updates, along…

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👋🏼 Teeny Tokyo

I shared recently the release of MNML App which has had the good fortune of being Featured in the Mac App Store, which, of course, is fantastic. But I also shared in that post that I’ve been in the process of focusing my efforts and time into just a few things now… and when I mean “a few” I’m being quite literal. Right now my life is centered around my family and my startup. There’s this vlogging project that I’m working on as well but thankfully I’ve managed to create a daily workflow that has reduced the total number of hours per day to just a few, if not less than an hour total. What I’ve done, essentially, is reduce my own personal expectations of myself which has psychologically reduced the anxiety and stress around this personal creative project and allowed me to just execute against original goal: Produce one video a day. It…

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MNML: Featured Worldwide

Yesterday I quietly launched MNML App to the Mac App Store and it was featured in the main carousel worldwide! Check it out: Honored and humbled! And yesterday on the vlog I captured some visceral and candid thoughts about this app and where it sits in the changing seasons of my personal and professional life: You see, this is how I’m built. I go in and out of seasons where I have a lot going on, project-wise, and then I pare back down to only one singular focus. Ready for sale! Right now, I’m ending a creative season of building many different things and have decided to focus all my professional time and energy in my exciting new venture, Pinpoint. Obviously, I’d love to have you follow along there and I’ve been spending a lot of time talking about it (daily) on my vlog… so, you should subscribe. If anything, it’s just a…

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mnml app: Almost Done

Just a few missing (but important) pieces to put together before this one will be done and shipped and out in the wild. MNML builds (so far) It’s been along time coming for mnml app and it’s taken nearly a year to get from the initial concept to something that will ultimately land in the hands of writers and publishers who love To be honest, version 1.0 would have shipped a lot sooner if life hadn’t gotten completely in the way. Not bad things, of course… just many other things that have taken up the very limited time that I have to put things together. Waiting for me to finish… But, very soon, mnml will sit besides Desk in its rightful place in the Mac App Store and it’ll be exciting to see other folks finally be able to use it. And, of course, I’m excited to start getting a little…

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A Few Thoughts on Indie Projects

I’ve spoken on the topic of “indie projects” quite a few times on the blog but I’ve never done it via the vlog and so yesterday I thought I’d capture a few candid thoughts. I mention mnml app (releasing soon) and Desk App (v3.1 was released recently)! This is also the longest vlog that I’ve ever put together, coming in north of 22 minutes. Yikes. You can read a few of my other thoughts here: On Being an Indie Developer The Indie Developer and the Mac App Store What Type of Apps Do Indie Devs Work On? Indie Apps and Inspiration Career Development as an Indie Developer Indie-Serious…? Full Indie? The Part-Time Indie…? Building an Indie App is Work The post A Few Thoughts on Indie Projects appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Desk App v3.1

Yup, after a bit of a delay, v3.1 of Desk App has gotten through the App Store Review process and should be available to update worldwide. What’s neat is that the entire review process, from submission to approval, took less than 24 hours. Unbelievable speed considering the previous time required. Most excellent! Fast turn-around! This update brings a few needed changes and fixes from the original v3.0 release: Left panel was having some issues. Thanks to everyone who identified the issues and submitted tickets! Publishing and Quick Publish was having some problems for some folks. That sucks, obviously, because this is what the app was meant to do! Should be fixed. Text Editor was having some issues with tables, images, Markdown, WYSIWYG conversion, shortcuts, and even editor view configs… essentially there was a lot that was broken (but not for everyone) but just took a lot longer to track down than I had…

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Lead Generation with Instagram—The Definitive Guide

When you’ve mastered lead generation on Facebook, it feels like you’re firing on all cylinders. You have eBooks, free tools, surveys, all types of lead magnets going out. You have traffic and conversions coming in. Everything is going great — your lead generation is better than ever before. Then you turn to Instagram, and everything works a little differently. Suddenly, you can’t push your great new eBook anymore. Instagram is a visual platform, and your text-heavy copy looks clumsy and out of place. Although you want to use Instagram as another lead generation tool, you can’t immediately transfer your Facebook success onto this new platform — until now. We’ll go through the basics of lead generation on Instagram—all the formal and informal ways you can nudge potential customers from Instagram to your product—and offer some tips to get you started. What Is Lead Generation and Why Should I Bother? Lead…

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How to Bring Digital to a Physical Facility in 4 Steps

On the go? Listen to the podcast discussion here: Digital and physical integration is red hot right now, most notably from Amazon’s announcement of their flagship Amazon Go digital grocery store concept. For the organizations that want to do something similar — introduce a digital component or interface to their physical space — how do you do it? This is the question we’re going to address below. It’s important to note that designing for a physical space is different from designing websites and mobile apps. A lot of the rules in digital don’t address the nuances involved when designing for specific physical spaces. As you’ll learn from the story below, it starts with user research, which allows you to design software to best fit your physical space. Below, we walk through four phases of research, prototyping, interviews, and data collection. What’s the story? The venerable 300-acre Bronx Zoo was having issues…

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Why You Need To Use Facebook’s New Dynamic Mobile Install Ads Right Now

Even after all the giving of the holiday season is over, there are still consumers on the hunt for new things to buy. Maybe they have cash or gift cards that they’re itching to spend, or maybe they’re trying to give themselves the gifts they didn’t get. After all, who hasn’t hit the post-holiday sales? Maybe they have cash or gift cards that they’re itching to spend, or maybe they’re trying to give themselves the gifts they didn’t get. After all, who hasn’t hit the post-holiday sales? But the must lucrative of all these customers might be the people that received new gadgets as gifts — smart watches, phones, tablets — and they’re looking to fill their blank slate with all their new favorite apps. If you’ve developed an app, you need to be reaching these customers. Their pockets are open and they’re excited about trying new things on their…

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Top Posts from 2016

Like many bloggers I’m fascinated by traffic patterns and understanding user / reading behavior. If I were to be even more strategic I would actually do something with a lot of this data but I actually don’t care much about it at this point in time. In fact, I don’t care at all, to be honest. If a particular blog post gets a lot of views then I’m happy and if it gets barely anything then I’m equally happy. Why? Because I write first and foremost for myself. But, for those that are interested, here are the Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2016. And, if it makes sense, I’ll provide a bit of context and perhaps explanation with some of these. All of these stats are provided via Jetpack. Most Viewed Posts in 2016: 1: How To: Care for a Little Sad Person Holy shit, did this post bring in the pageviews.…

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Should You Switch From A Responsive Website to an App?

People who aspire to boost the success of their businesses need to stay on top of technological trends as well as the industry in which they operate in. In today’s generation of mobile users with short attention spans, it’s important to let people take notice of your company through their tablets and handhelds. The question for many business owners who want to capture the ever-lucrative mobile market is this: Should I turn my business responsive website into an app? Responsive Website to an App describes an app as “a self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfill a particular purpose.” An app is basically a program tailored for a particular service, which a traditional website may not be able to do. Although it is believed by most people in business that developing their own app is a way to stay on top of everyone else, this may not be…

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Desk 3: Featured Worldwide

At this point in time, especially if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve already seen that Desk 3 has been featured on two networks today, Product Hunt and the global Mac App Store! I’m stoked. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m anxious. All of these emotions hit you, even if you’ve experienced it before. All of the attention means that you’re going to get a lot of good and positive attention as well as a lot of negative – it just comes with the territory. Humbled, honored! I’ll have some much longer retrospective(s) and thoughts (as I usually do) over the next few weeks as I decompress, but, I’m so grateful to the team at Product Hunt and the Editorial Team at Apple for making it all possible. It really is unbelievable what we get to do with these networks and tools and software and technology. Days like today remind me starkly the…

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Desk v3.0: Mac App Store Screenshots

Spent a small bit of time putting together the Mac App Store screenshots for Desk v3.0, which I should finally be able to submit this coming week for review. It’s been a long time coming and literally a year since the last update has come down the pipe. But, it’s a doozy and it took about a year to get to this place as it’s redesigned and rewritten. I’m excited to get it out and into the community’s hands. Here are a few of the shots that I’m considering for the 5 that are required for the store: The only constant is change. An entirely new operating system is now available for the Mac and I rewrote the app and redesigned it with macOS’ release in mind. Reimagined for macOS. This is probably my favorite screen… and it probably won’t make it into the final five, but, that’s okay. I’ll share it…

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Basecamp is looking for interns for summer 2017

Basecamp is looking for talented interns to join our team this summer. We’re excited to work with you, and the things you work on will impact millions of users at the world’s leading online project management tool.The deadline for applying for a summer internship at Basecamp is February 10, 2017.About the Basecamp summer internship programInterns at Basecamp don’t fetch coffee. They don’t file papers or book meeting rooms. They work on real projects that have a real impact on our company, our products, and our customers. You’ll leave Basecamp with new technical, creative, and business skills and having accomplished something significant.As an intern, you’ll work with a mentor in the company. That person will be your go-to for questions and guidance about your project, about Basecamp, and about the industry in general. You’ll participate in our Campfire rooms with the entire company. You’ll say “good morning” in All Talk, discuss ideas…

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