Mac Developer Required for Genealogy App

September 16th, 2014

We’re offering a great opportunity for an experienced, freelance Mac developer to join our team.  The role is for a Cocoa dev all-rounder with a excellent eye for detail.  Greenfield project being developed against OS X 10.9+ SDK.  London-based or remote work welcome.

Dev Requirements

  • Deep expertise with ObjC and the Cocoa APIs
  • Must have built several rich-featured Mac apps
  • Comfortable with CI workflow, writing unit and functional tests
  • A strong aesthetic sense, familiarity with HIG, attention to detail at the pixel level, ability to produce attractive app
  • Ability to work with a ticketing system, i.e. Jira

General Requirements

  • Team player
  • Ability to work independently
  • A pro-active problem solver
  • Great communication skills


  • Familiarity with cross-platform C++
  • Degree in Computer Science
  • Experience with genealogy

To apply, please send your resume/cv to

UI Updates for the Doris Mac App

November 29th, 2012

Mac users be sure to update your Doris app, some UI improvements in the new release.

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New App Released: Dolce & Gabbana Watches

October 9th, 2012

Built for Dolce & Gabbana in collaboration with Hi-ReS! London, our latest project Watches just went live in the App Store.


Latest Version of Doris Desktop Available on the Mac AppStore

August 22nd, 2012

After 17 days in review the latest version of Doris Desktop finally went live a few days ago in the Mac AppStore.

Check out the web page for a full list of features, screenshots and keyboard shortcuts. The new version of Doris has many improvements over its predecessor (which has now been discontinued).

This Mac version of Doris remains the best way to manage your tasks, todos and notes and the iPhone app is currently being updated to bring it up to speed, a new release will be available in the next few weeks.

The main improvements include:

  • Search
  • iCal integration
  • Estimate task times
  • Flags for Important and Today (tasks remain in their groups and can also be marked as Important or for Today)
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts
as well as many bug fixes and UI improvements.
More features are planned and the next release is already under development.  Using the Mac appstore means you get notified as soon as improvements are available, and have the convenience of 1-click upgrades.

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New App Released: Cancer Management Handbook

July 16th, 2012


The Cancer Management Handbook was another project for UBM Medica. We worked with their team to produce this rich, multi-media handbook for cancer-care clinicians.  The handbook includes over 3000 pages of the latest medical research allowing Oncology professionals to quickly locate up to the minute cancer care information.

The app has many of the same features found in the popular iBook format:

  • Auto-suggest search
  • Embedded galleries
  • Fullscreen zoom for images and annotations
  • Pinch/spread zoom to adjust text size
  • Intra chapter navigation
  • Tap to favourite text at the paragraph level
  • Inline video
  • Offline browsing

In addition the app supports the following features:

  • Automatic updating of content from the server
  • Content preview for unsubscribed users
  • Auto-renewing annual subscriptions
  • Logins for time-limited previews
  • Browseable bookmarks that persist through content updates

Kings & Queens app featured for Queen’s Jubilee

June 1st, 2012
Kings & Queens App Featured in iTunes

Kings & Queens App Featured in iTunes

Looks like the Kings and Queens app we built is being featured in iTunes again.

latest app released: TeneoMobile

August 11th, 2011

Last week we released our latest app, TeneoMobile [iTunes link], a virtual assistant iPhone app we built for Artificial Solutions.  The app allows you to have a regular conversation with Sol, the company’s 23 century virtual assistant, who can answer every question you throw at her.

TeneoMobile nicely integrates with the iPhone’s core features: Maps, Safari, Calendar, Telephony and Mail – be sure to check out the free download.

Using the very latest in Natural Language Processing & Computational Linguistics, Sol can help you with any queries regarding our company and its software products.

Her advanced intelligence and natural language capability mean she can instantly respond to questions (even the misspelt or ambiguous ones), just like a human conversation.  You can also interrupt her, ask about something completely different and then return to your original question and she won’t bat a (virtual) eyelid, picking up where you left off, every time.


DorisDesktop 1.6

May 19th, 2011

Dear Mac users,  please upgrade to the latest version of DorisDesktop:

Download the latest version of DorisDesktop

This latest version fixes a lot of usability bugs and is recommended for all users.  This will be the last update before I introduce the new multiple view layout that will make a History view possible and some other nice surprises.

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Here’s what’s updated:

  • Fixed ability to tab through fields when adding new task
  • Disabled multiple selection of tasks
  • Added command r to refresh tasks and sync
  • Badge added to icon in doc for current number of open tasks in Today
  • Fixed wrong task and group selection bugs
  • Total task count added to window title
  • Group folder icon based on type: group, today or inbox

For this last item, if you have a folder called Today (it’s not mandatory) you’ll get a nice checkmark icon for it.  And if you name one of your groups Inbox you’ll get the appropriate icon.

Kings and Queens featured as iPad App of the Week

April 21st, 2011

iPad App of the week

Just in time for the Royal Wedding, check out the latest app we’ve just built, Kings and Queens, currently featured by Apple as the iPad App of the Week.  The app was a collaboration between Trade Mobile and Harper Collins and we were hired by Trade Mobile to build it.

The app features interactive timelines of the history of the British monarchy, family trees, maps and video commentary by David Starkey to guide you through the app.

UPDATE I: Kings and Queens is also #1 in Books now (in the UK)

UPDATE II: watch the video

UPDATE III: Harper Collins press release

UPDATE IV: featured by Apple in What’s Hot

Top of books

Our latest app being showcased by Harper Collins at the London Book Fair

April 12th, 2011

In fact the app’s not on the App Store yet, it’s due to be submitted on Thursday, but an early version went on show at the London Book Fair 2011.

Harper Collins stand

DorisDesktop 1.3 – Complete UI Overhaul

March 18th, 2011

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Check out the latest version of DorisDesktop – I’ve done a complete UI overhaul and it’s much more pleasant to use.  UI improvements include:

  • Apple Mail like interface with task counts per group
  • date creation and update times in collapsible panel
  • better keyboard controls:
    • use <command> N for new Task
    • use <command> G for new Group
    • <spacebar> to toggle completed Task (Full Keyboard Access must be enabled in system prefs)
    • <del> key to delete any selected Group or Task
    • <esc> to dismiss any panel
  • much better speed/performance than all other versions
  • see the CHANGELOG for the list of changes

The last vital features that’s missing is the ability to drag tasks between groups, this will be implemented in the next release.

Give this early beta a try while it’s still free and please send any comments, all feedback appreciated!

Our EDF Energy app featured by Apple in What’s New

March 7th, 2011


Check out our EDF Energy [itunes link] iPhone app, especially if you’re an EDF customer, it’s currently being featured by Apple in the What’s New section in the UK App Store, and is in the top 10 in the Utilities category.

The ratings are not too bad either.  Thanks to the guys at Accenture and EDF for making this a great project.

UPDATE: and makes it to #1 in Utilities in the UK

DorisDesktop 1.1 Released

February 8th, 2011


After quite a bit of work a new version of DorisDesktop is ready, you can download it here.  While in beta the app will be free.  My plan is to make the desktop version of Doris the most full-featured of all the ways of accessing Doris, it’s where all the new ideas and feature requests will be tested out.

In general I’ve become a bit fed up with web apps, mainly because you have to learn substantially different interfaces with each one.  Desktop apps, especially on the Mac, not only get around this shortcoming, they also allow you to link in directly to some rich resources you use every day:

  • your Calendar
  • the Address Book
  • your Email
  • photos and docs

Managing these items on the web is possible, but it’s always more painful.  A desktop app provides the best experience and can sync with the cloud and be just a single click away.

What is DorisDesktop?

It’s just a desktop app that provides an additional, hopefully easier way to get to all the tasks stored in your online Doris account.  It’s main advantages are:

  • it launches fast
  • it runs in the background and is only one click away
  • being on the desktop, you’ll be able to better integrate task management into your existing workflow

What’s new in this version of DorisDesktop

  • drag and drop to re-order tasks now works properly (same for groups coming soon)
  • you can easily add notes to your tasks
  • you can drag URLs from your browser into DorisDesktop and they becomes tasks
  • security is improved with passwords now saved to the Keychain
  • the login workflow is improved
  • the app is globally available from its icon in the menu bar
  • interface improvements for adding and deleting tasks
  • see the CHANGELOG for the full list of changes, and note the API has been updated

What’s not working yet

  • currently you can’t drag & drop to re-order groups
  • nor can you drag tasks into different groups, this is planned for the next release
  • one-click access to bring DorisDesktop to the foreground no matter what you’re doing – to get this working I need to do some more work to be able to record keyboard shortcuts


One bug I’ve discovered is if you drag to re-order, and in the process drag your task outside the task list, eg, into the groups list, the app thinks it’s a URL, I’ll fix this for the next release.  Also, in some cases the task list and note description doesn’t update properly, this will be fixed.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are supported for all the basic features:

  • <spacebar> to add a new task to the current group
  • <enter> to edit the current task
  • <backspace> to delete the current task
  • <cmd> , to launch Doris’ prefs, currently where your can login


As always I’d love to hear your feedback, either here in the comments, at Uservoice, or just shoot me an email to  I’ve updated the Doris Uservoice account with the tasks that have been completed.  According to their overview my feedback isn’t looking too bad.

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Update: Troubleshooting Ad Hoc Builds

January 16th, 2011

We added a new page to our iOS Services section, How To Troubleshoot Ad Hoc Builds for iPhone and iPad.  Hopefully there’s some helpful advice there for the next time you have problems getting an Ad Hoc build to install properly.

CliniCal #1 in Medical Category

October 6th, 2010

clinicalCliniCal, a medical calculator app we recently added some enhancements too, is currently #1 in the Medical category on the UK app store [iTunes link].

Read more about the app here.

Hand Picked Industry News

September 20th, 2010

There have been a lot of interesting developments in the mobile industry recently, particularly with the usage of iPads going mainstream with corporates, so I’ve added a feed to the site to keep readers up to date with some of the big stories.

You can find the feed at the bottom of right column on all pages on this site.

tap tap tap reveals secrets of how to succeed in the App Store

July 14th, 2010

(via tuawtap tap tap, developers of a number of popular iPhone apps, recently posted an entry on their in-house blog about how they made their most recent launch, Camera+, succeed in the App Store. According to the company, the classy photography app launched very successfully, making over $250,000 in the first month of sales.


Thinking about building an iPad app?

July 1st, 2010

iPad App StoreIf you haven’t played with an iPad yet I highly recommend it.  It’s surprising how much more fun it is to use than a laptop or regular mobile device.  Even the iPhone feels quite boring by comparison.  To give you some ideas Apple has created a site profiling some of the better 3rd party iPhone apps, with videos, recommended viewing.

Update Submitted for Doris App for iPhone

June 27th, 2010

Thanks to all the users who wrote in about the Doris crashes after updating to iOS4, a new binary was uploaded to Apple last night and should be with you shortly!  Thanks for your patience.

Login problems fixed with Read Later app

May 27th, 2010

There was an issue with the new Yahoo login feature on our Read Later app, this is now fixed since our latest update went live in the App Store last night.

Yahoo had changed the HTML on their login page which we scrape to allow for easy logins from our app.  The fix, which consisted in changing one line of HTML, took over a week to be accepted by Apple!

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Major Update for My High Street app

May 10th, 2010

On May 4th we released a major update for our My High Street app.  At last you can view your favourites brands and retailers within the app, no need to quit out into the Maps app.

Also we added the ability to search by brand or retailer.  Rather than having to scroll through the hundreds of High Street brands stored within the app, simply pull down the categories list and type in  your search, just a few letters are needed to bring up the relevant results.

Here’s a full list of the new features and improvements in version 1.3:

  • maps now work inline
  • integration with Maps app for directions
  • integration with the Contacts app
  • email a location to a friend
  • search for any brand

Update for Read Later released

April 10th, 2010

On April 8th 2010 we released a major update for our Read Later iPhone app.  Users will happy to hear you can now login to the app either with your Yahoo ID, or a Delicious ID.

As some users may be aware, in the last few months Delicious has changed its account creation policy and now you may only create new accounts using a Yahoo ID.  Existing Delicious accounts are still functional, and those users may optionally migrate their account to be Yahoo ID based.

Some other exciting features that made it into this release:

  • you can now view original webpage saved, as well as the offline version
  • we implemented a rotation lock for those who prefer a specific device orientation
  • shake to update: shake your iPhone to check for new links added to Delicious
  • the swipe to delete animation was improved

iPhone Apps Developed by Seagull Systems

March 26th, 2010

book_of_greenI got a chance yesterday to put together a brief list of some of the iPhone apps we’ve developed recently, check it out:

You can also get more information about our in-house apps and how to get a quote here:

If you’re a customer here’s some information on locating your UDID, which you’ll need if you want to install an Ad Hoc build we provide you.

My High Street voted Top Shopping App by T3

January 16th, 2010


Check out the Feb 2010 issue of T3, in their 60 Best iPhone Apps feature you’ll find our My High Street app as one of the 4 finalists in the shopping section.  Thanks guys!

Season’s Greetings to all our customers

December 24th, 2009

We’d like to thank all our customers and partners for a great year and we wish you all the best in health and happiness for 2010.  Thanks for your continued interest and support and stay tuned in 2010 for some great new products we’ll be announcing.

Season’s Greetings!

Doris API Announced

August 1st, 2009

Doris APIAs some of our techie users will have guessed, we’ve had an API (Application Programming Interface) for Doris working for some time now, that’s the reason you can use a range of clients (iPhone, Dashboard widget, Opera widget) to access and update your account data.

But starting today we’ve made the API publicly available, see for yourself by checking out the Doris API documentation.

What does this mean for all users? It means you now have total control over your data and can use it exactly how you like. With the help of a developer you can write custom programs to use Doris data in new and exciting ways.

What does this mean for developers? It means you can now create Doris-based applications and/or integrate Doris with your existing development workflow.

We’re excited to see what ideas our users come up with and judging by the amount of requests over at Uservoice, I’m anticipating a healthy response.

If you have any questions, ideas or bug reports please drop us a line at the usual place.

Demian interviewed on Betavine

July 23rd, 2009


The folks over at Betavine/Vodafone interviewed me several weeks ago thanks to our second place results in the Betavine widget contest.

We had of course hoped to win the contest with our Doris widget but were very pleased with second place results, there were a lot of great competitors.

Read the Betavine interview here.

Read Later live in AppStore

June 16th, 2009

Read LaterRead later finally went live in the AppStore last Saturday.  Took a bit longer than expected, but that’s Apple for you 😉

Read Later is targeted at heavy users who want to keep track of their favourite web finds and don’t always have time to read everything they bookmark.


Simply add the bookmark of your choice on Delicious to signify that an article must be read later, eg, to_read, and let Read Later load up all your articles for easy reading on the iPhone, offline if needed.

All web content is cleaned up for easy reading, ie banners and ads are stripped, as are images.

UPDATE: it’s already #21 in the Japanese AppStore!

Doris wins second place in Betavine widget contest

June 4th, 2009
Betavine Widget Competition

Betavine Widget Competition

We almost won, but second place is not too bad so we’re really happy with the Betavine results!

Two months ago we entered the Betavine competition which asked mobile developers to build widgets for devices based on the S60 platform using the Opera widget runtime.

You can check out the Doris mobile widget on the Doris Integration page.

Doris first result in Google

June 1st, 2009

first result in Google

When we launched Doris back in Oct 2008, of course we were nowhere to be found in Google.  After a few months we were comfortably in the top 10 results for “doris”.

So to overtake Doris Day and claim the #1 spot is quite a proud moment – thanks to all our users for helping make Doris a success!

Seagull Systems site redesign

May 26th, 2009

Seagull Systems Ltd

We’ve had the Seagull Systems site totally redone.  In the new version you’ll find details of our iPhone development work, our new products: Doris, My High Street and Read Later, and some new services we’ll be offering.

In the weeks to come we’ll be adding more details about the new service offerings about additional products set to launch.

We also had the logo redone, hope you like it as much as we do!

Read Later app launched

March 6th, 2009

Read LaterOur latest iPhone app, Read later, was submitted to the AppStore last week and will go live any day now.

The app is targeted at heavy users who want to keep track of their favourite web finds and don’t always have time to read everything they bookmark.

Simply add  the bookmark of your choice on Delicious to signify that an article must be read later, eg, to_read, and let Read Later load up all your articles for easy reading on the iPhone, offline if needed.

All web content is cleaned up for easy reading, ie banners and ads are stripped, as are images.

Doris Public Beta Announced

January 29th, 2009

Doris launchedAfter some preparation, the public beta for Doris was finally announced yesterday!  We’ve had some great feedback so far, and are scrambling to keep up with feature requests already coming in.  Some interesting enhancements on the near horizon:

  • community translation, so Doris will be available in YOUR language
  • iPhone doris, so you can create and sync your TODOs on the go

We also will be putting together a top requested features page, and implement new stuff according to demand.

Keep the feedback coming in and let us know if you experience any probs with your account.  Thanks for checking us out!

Kindo Acquired by MyHeritage

September 22nd, 2008

KindoI didn’t get a chance yet to blog about our last TechCrunching, but Kindo, the startup I co-founded in March 2007, today announced its sale to MyHeritage, the biggest player in the family tree space.

Kindo is a PHP social net app built on our Seagull framework and other open source software.  At peak popularity our users were building 38k profiles/day and we acquired more than 1m profiles in our first 10 weeks.

Hats off to the Kindo team on this great achievement.