27. September 2014
As you may know, we’re a small 2-person team and we love it. Being small means being flexible and independent.
Now you also may have noticed that BudgetBook, our iPad-only finance app, wasn’t very maintained lately. That’s why we decided to take it out off the store. If you bought it, it will continue to work. It is a product we don’t really believe in. We’re small and want to focus on a few products and only the ones we believe that we can make them really great. And we no longer have this feeling with BudgetBook.
I’m honest, every app we made to date, we made it because we wanted to make it. Because we felt the need for such an app. Because
we use it every day. But not with BudgetBook. It was never such an app. We made it because we thought we had to do it, because we thought we had to make a more complex finance app. This was a mistake. When you work on things you don’t believe in and you don’t use them yourself, you won’t make your best work and then it’s not worth it.
That’s it. I don’t want to throw some meaningless business-words or other excuses around. It’s just plain simple and honest: we shouldn’t have made this app in the first place. We never really believed in it and we didn’t update it because of this. So it’s better to remove it from sale.
We understand that some of you may be angry because of this decision, but we still hope that you love us like we do love all our users :)
And finally some news, you read about AstroJump, Yearly is already in review, should be available soon we hope. MoneyBook for iOS 8 with support for iPhone 6 (plus) is waiting for review, so it will be available maybe in a week or two. Next and ListBook will follow soon (and SmokeFree too).
Have an awesome weekend.
Mischa & Sandro
24. September 2014
So a few weeks ago we played around with SpriteKit, just for fun and for learning something new and we made a little game called AstroJump.
We had so much fun making it, designing the retro pixel graphics and searching the sounds that we decided to release this little game.
Since it was just a fun side-project we give it away for free, with no in-app-purchases or ads (just some icons from our other apps). We had a lot of fun and we hope some of you will find it cool too. Get it here in the AppStore (universal).
Some other news: We submitted iOS 8 updates for Yearly (with a nice widget) and for MoneyBook (also with support for the new iPhones).
Updates for ListBook (actually a pretty big one) and Next will follow as soon as OSX Yosemite will be released (since we require iCloud Drive).
So, have a great day and enjoy our little game!
31. Juli 2014
Few weeks ago we introduced our fir Mac App ListBook and now we continue this way. With ListBook and Next we now have two great apps on all our platforms, each app was carefully built for its device and everything is synced through iCloud.
Next for iPhone app is perfect for on the go. It’s fast and easy to add new expenses.
On the iPad it makes use of the big screen to let you browse (and add/edit) your expenses in a zoomable info-graphic.
Finally the brand new Mac version comes in a calendar-style interface and brings many useful shortcuts. For example quickly add a new expense with cmd+N, enter the amount, tab to the notes field, tab to the categories and select them with the cursor keys. Or no matter where you are in the app, press cmd+T to go to (yes you guessed it!) Today.
Your noidentity Team, Mischa & Sandro
8. Juli 2014
Our first Mac app is in the Mac AppStore and we’re really proud of it. When you first open ListBook for Mac and you already know the iOS version, you’ll see a familiar interface.
We wanted to make sure that it is still ListBook, with all its features and the simple usability our users love. But since we are on the Mac, we also made use of platform specific features like drag & drop. So for example you can drag to sort or to move, but you can even drag a list to your desktop/finder to quickly export it. It’s really handy.
We also updated the iOS version to make sure it works great together. So now you have ListBook on iPhone, iPad and on your Mac, everything synced across your devices through iCloud (with ensembles.io).
Your noidentity Team, Mischa & Sandro