Mac users be sure to update your Doris app, some UI improvements in the new release.
Looks like the Kings and Queens app we built is being featured in iTunes again.
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.
Dear Mac users, please upgrade to 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.
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.
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuUPpxkzMko
UPDATE III: Harper Collins press release
UPDATE IV: featured by Apple in What’s Hot
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!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
If 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.
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.
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
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
I 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:
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.
As 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.
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 is targeted at heavy Delicious.com 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!
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.
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!
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!
After 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 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.