Archive for the ‘Daylite’ category

iPhone App: Daylite

July 9, 2008

First in our series of iPhone developer interviews is AJ, CEO of MarketCircle about their approach to developing DayliteTouch for the iPhone. Transcript follows:

Getting really busy for you this week I suppose?
Always busy. We have a lot going on in addition to the iPhone announcement.

How and when did you decide Daylite for the iPhone made sense for MarketCircle to build?
It goes back to our methods in the early days really. We built Daylite for ourselves. With some encouragement from Apple we commercialized it and began selling it. The sales overtook our original line of business and the rest is history. So it was with the iPhone version of Daylite. We have a need ourselves to have this app in mobile form. Apple conveniently brought us the iPhone and very soon we’ll have another amazing extension to our product line. With each build we are more and more excited and encouraged by what we’re seeing come out of our engineering group.

Speaking of that, will Daylite for the iPhone be available “day 1” on the App store?
No, there are business model issues and testing issues we want to perfect before getting too far ahead of ourselves. The mobile app is really a companion app to Daylite.

Have you settled on pricing yet? Or, will it be free?
We know it won’t be free. What the final pricing is will be a wait and see matter.

Sure. That makes sense. As this is a mobile companion what other mobile platforms were considered.
This is our first commercial mobile app for Daylite. Developing for iPhone made a lot of sense as XCode makes it so easy to do what we do. Blackberry and Windows Mobile… not so much. The platform decision was easy.

What else would you like to offer application wise?
Let’s get this one out first and see what unfolds. Our hands are full as it is.

On an aside… iPhoney, your iPhone emulator, remains REALLY popular. What’s the story there?
As you know the Aspen emulator is available in the iPhone SDK (free to registered developers). But, for some reason iPhoney still draws a lot of traffic despite Apple’s more feature rich emulator. It’s fun and it’s novel and we’ll keep it around. But, there’s no real rationale for the healthy stream of traffic as far as we can tell.

Any parting comments?
The iPhone architecture is proving out OSX as “the new way” and I’m certain we’ll begin seeing heightened business productivity. Besides, there are becoming less and less reasons to buy a Windows Mobile device. We’re enjoying the innovations and it’s just an exciting time to be developing for Apple products.

The Business Card Boogie

June 25, 2007

Yesterday and the better part of today was business card day.

I just counted the three stacks of business cards to see just how many I input into Address Book. I typed over 210 new names into Address Book. Now, when I use Daylite… everyone’s there and linked appropriate. Man that feels good!

Billings goes 2.5

May 9, 2007

The earlier review of MarketCircle’s Billings was, I think, fair and favorable. Well, they’ve taken it to version 2.5 and I’m in the process of updating right now in the background. Sounds like they have a sweet API available to those GTDers out there.

Two things come to mind… immediately. HERE is a software company that “GETS IT”. Jill McCubbin is a fantastic marketer for their stuff. She’s made of absolute gold in my book. Despit the fact I’m not likely to use Billings, personally (it just doesn’t fit what I’m doing)… She’s marvelously adept at notifying me and other bloggers presumably of their progress on DayLite, which is just massively awesome and Billings.

I’ll post my interview with Akyknan Jetha (AJ), President of Market Circle soon. There were a couple of things I wanted to know about their forward looking product dev plans (Leopard, iPhone, etc).

Billings: REVIEW

February 24, 2007

Billings 2Once again, the folks at Market Cirle have created a darned cool application. This time, let’s say you’re a pro of one sort or another with a need to keep track of the time you put into a project and then need to roll that into invoicing.

Their Billings 2 package can do all that and a little bit more for you. And, do it in good style. If you’re a high powered art director… you’ll probably have an edge over the included templates. But, if you’re not… This is gonna be helpful!

I’m not necessarily in need of a way to bill for time (I’m a flat fee, by the project kinda guy myself). But, if I was, I’d give this app first crack at tracking my time and helping me bill (and track payment of those bills). Billings is nicely integrated with the Apple Address Book (just like it’s cousin: Daylite). I REALLY like the menu bar Billing Timer on the top of my screen when the app is running.

And, once again, a QuickSilver extension would be a super nice treat on top of an already helpful app.

Same disclaimer as before: The software was donated to the g-WH!Z blog by Market Circle with the expectation of a review of some kind.

Daylite: REVIEW

February 21, 2007

DayliteI’ve been spending a LOT of time lately beating on my new, FAVORITE app for GTD: Daylite. Disclaimer: The software was donated to the g-WH!Z blog by Market Circle with the expectation of a review of some kind.

Initial impression was essentially, “HOLY CRAP! This looks hard”.

It isn’t.

Mathematica, on the other hand, IS both amazingly hard and amazingly powerful. Daylite is only initmidating while at the same time remaining amazingly powerful. Here’s what I mean…

The application is nicely tied into mail.app and iCal. All my contacts, all my emails, all my appointments and to-do’s are intertwingled with a correctly configured Daylite. Aye, there’s the rub!

If you’ve ever read about or (hopefully) used QuickSilver… you’ll know what I mean. A correctly configured set of preferences and you’re good to go places. If you’re not one to get under the hood and futz around with things… Well, it’ll be usable. But, tinkering and fine tuning gets you a 1970 Boss 429 doing 4 second flat quarter miles. Yeah, it’s become that powerful for me. I’m setting objectives, putting time brackets on them, hitting goals and keeping my thoughts straight and focusing on the important things and ignoring the distractions (as much as anyone can).

What’s missing?

Well, if it had a QuickSilver extension… I’d be the Bruce Li of GTD 😉 Other than that it’s the kitchen sink of productivity apps. I’ll NEVER go back to SalesForce.com (EVER).

I’m very curious to know how Daylite’s going to play with the new iCal server (if at all) and some of the other groupware coming down the pike with Leopard Server (again, if at all).