December 16, 2012
So much for the “new hope of mobile app development” – Facebook released an updated app for Android, which replaces the webview/HTML5 architecture with a totally native implementation. The remake significantly improves the speed and overall slickness of the app, finally making it usable on Android. While we learned that HTML5 is bad for mobile a long time ago, it’s nice to see Facebook thinking the same. Also, in case you are wondering: yes, MobileNoter for Android is totally native too.
September 4, 2011
From now on, the Android users are able to view and edit their OneNote files without any additional synch software (MobileNoter Windows Synch Client in particular). The users can pull the latest version of their OneNote notebook from a Skydrive or Dropbox account, edit it on their Android phone, and synch the notebook back to the Skydrive/Dropbox account. All this is done without any PC involved.
This is a significant achievement. Even though the following updates will improve MobileNoter even more (we’ll add inking, support for 3.0+ tablet devices, improved editing), this release is a major accomplishment, one of the best things we did during this year. I want to thank the team – everyone involved in this release for their hard work and getting things done!
December 8, 2010
We released Evernote to OneNote converter last week. Several thousands people have already downloaded it. Of course, this is not going to put a dent in Evernote’s 5 million user base. Our goal is to let more people know about MobileNoter and apparently we accomplished that. Our sales for November skyrocketed through the roof. We are going to release an Android version of MobileNoter before the end of this year.
With Android and BlackBerry releases we plan to get the number of MobileNoter users past 100,000 people by the end of 2011. This might seem not too big, however, this is roughly the number of paying users Evernote has now! And it took them 3 years and $45.5M of funding. We are going to match them in 2 years and with no external funding at all.
November 11, 2009
I am excited about our recent release of the MobileNoter. Technically, it is an update for our iPhone app. However, it is a really major update, AND we offer a paid subscription now. Previous version was free, and “free” doesn’t count when we talk about product’s viability. Apple approved our update a few hours ago and we are already have paying customers – this is a good sign!
So it’s time to become serious about marketing. I don’t think our app will make into the Top 10 in its category any time soon, because it’s kinda niche app. On the other hand it’s not a throw-away app either, that is when an app is downloaded, run once, and happily forgotten or removed altogether. We’ll see how it goes and I will post about interesting discoveries we are sure to make.
August 22, 2009
We just started shipping our MobileNoter for beta-testing. It’s not as exciting as a first sale, but it’s still a great day. This is our second product launch in 3 years. The first was AvailSuite – small business management software. The overwhelming feelings ignited by the first customer and the first sale are absolutely unforgettable.
We’ve learned many things from developing our first product. One of them is being quick. We spent more than a year working on AvailSuite before shipping it to the customers. It’s much shorter with MobileNoter. Another thing is that we are actively measuring customers’ interest in the product now. We do know that there are a lot of people who really want to access and use OneNote on their iPhones. There are even people who say that they would buy iPhone once there is OneNote software for it. Yay, we are helping Apple to sell more iPhones!
August 8, 2009
While working on our product, we just received a scary letter from Richard Law Group. They are unhappy that we describe our software as “iPhone client for OneNote”, saying that we are confusing customers, making them think that our software is somehow coming from Microsoft. They also demanded some of our web domains, saying we are violating Microsoft’s trademarks. I won’t give much more details about their statements and demands at this time, because the story might not be over just yet. However, while finding out how domain name disputes are resolved, I came across a wonderful site of the National Arbitration Forum: Domain Name Disputes.
It gives a lot of information: rules, polices, etc about how these domain name disputes are resolved. If you haven’t gotten into a dispute with anyone, you should still check it out. It clearly shows that you should be careful when picking a name and domain for your new wonderful product or service. If it is even remotely similar to anyone’s trademark, you might expect that they will go after your domain eventually. Especially so if you are successful. It will also give you a pretty good idea about what arguments and reasoning work during the disputes. You may read it here about how that Richard Law Group actually won the case about zunehd.net, which was then transferred to Microsoft. “Respondent asserts that Complainant is a large corporation which is used to getting its way” – this is a hilarious argument, but it’s not working.