As we’re nearing the end of 2013, I thought it’d be a good time to talk about our product lineup and where we’re headed in 2014. But first I need to talk about Courier and Analog.
We’re a small team, eight to be exact, and having so many products has taken its toll on us. During the course of this year, it became obvious that we’ve spread ourselves a little too thinly. We simply couldn’t give all of our products the care and attention they deserved. Something had to give. It’s been hard, but we’ve come to the decision that as a team we need to be more focused and to do this we must cut down on the number of products we sell.
We sadly pulled Courier for Mac from sale earlier in the year. It had been struggling for quite some time, sales were low and the different APIs for the web services it supported seemed to be breaking every other week causing much stress and unplanned engineering time. While we loved Courier it simply wasn’t financially viable to continue to support it.
I’m really sorry for those of you out there that still use and frequently rely on Courier; I hope it’ll continue to work for as long as you need it. If you’re looking for a replacement, the closest thing I’ve found is Dropzone from Aptonic.
Analog Up For Adoption
As of today, Analog for Mac and Analog Camera are now on garden leave. There are two major issues with Analog Camera that we’re working on fixing (time permitting) so users can continue to enjoy them; after that we don’t plan on issuing any more updates.
However, now that the Apple allows developers to easily transfer apps from one account to another, we’d ideally like to find a new home for Analog and secure its future development. It’s a great product with a lot of potential. It’s sold over 150K copies, combined with both apps being well received by users and the media. Both also made it into the top ten paid apps at launch (Mountain Lion held Analog for Mac from the top spot, grrr).
It doesn’t happen often, but this is a chance to acquire two world class apps. If you’re looking to kickstart your app entry into the Photo Category or bolster an existing lineup, then Analog is a seriously good choice. Please get in touch if you’d like to chat about the possibilities of acquiring Analog for Mac and/or Analog Camera for iPhone.
Let's Talk About The Future
One of the benefits of having fewer products means we can have dedicated teams for each app (previously, our developers would hop from one product to another). If you’re an Ember or Clear user you’ll hopefully have noticed the benefit of our dedicated teams already, as both these apps get more frequent updates. Our plan is to bring this approach to RapidWeaver too.
We’ve been slowly updating our site to reflect the changes in our app lineup. We still have some work to do, but we’re getting there. Here’s our new product lineup for the first half of 2014:
Now let’s take a look at our near term plans for each.
Clear for Mac and iOS
What started off as a small side project with my good friend Milen Dzhumerov in late 2011 snowballed into an award winning app, with over 1 million paid downloads. Clear is now available on Mac, iPhone and iPad and uses iCloud to sync between them all. It’s something we’re very proud of.
Since the launch of Clear+ for iOS earlier this year we’ve been hard at work adding one of the most requested features, Reminders. We’ve been working on this feature for the last few months and it’s shaping up rather well.
Update Due: Feb 2014
Ember for Mac and iOS
We released Ember back in July. It was a major overhaul to LittleSnapper; as well as new features and a new UI, the internals have been re-written to give us a solid foundation so we can iterate quickly. Since July, we’ve added Smart Drawing, Colour Analysis, iCloud support and much more.
Just a few weeks ago, we launched Ember for iOS as a free app. In January, we’ll be bringing Annotations to the iOS version of Ember, along with the much requested Blur tool to both Mac and iOS.
Update Due: Jan 2014
RapidWeaver for Mac
We’ve had a lot of questions about RapidWeaver, asking if it’s still in development. I can understand why users are asking this, it’s been several years between major upgrades. However, I wanted to take the time to reassure all RapidWeaver users that it certainly is still in development. With our renewed focus we now have some huge plans for it, with the first being RapidWeaver 6.
We were originally aiming to ship RapidWeaver 6 in 2013, but it just didn’t happen. However the good news is we’re on schedule to ship version 6 in the first half of 2014. We’ll have some more news on this early next year.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in helping beta test version 6, be sure to follow @RapidWeaver on Twitter.
RapidWeaver 6 Due: 1st half of 2014
Hopefully this gives you an idea of how serious and focused we are on making the apps we support the best they can possibly be. It’s getting harder to stay independent, and there seems to be fewer quality software houses around, but we’re doing the best we can. I think 2014 is going to be a great year for us and our users.
Before I wrap this post up, I want to say thank you to everyone that has supported us and bought our apps, it means the world to all of us here at Realmac Software.
See you in 2014!