14. February 2013
We’re incredibly excited to show you a short teaser video for our upcoming app. The app is called “Next” and it will be available February 21st.
We think you will really like it and can’t wait to show it to you in its full glory. In the meantime check the video below.
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12. November 2012
After we submitted the iPhone 5 updates for ListBook (already available) and Yearly (hopefully out soon), we’re now hard working on the next update for MoneyBook. It will bring iPhone 5 support too and make good use of the new available space. Check those two preview images and the shot on dribbble too: MoneyBook 2.7 on dribbble
19. October 2012
So, where should we begin…
When Apple announced iOS 5 with iCloud we thought this would be awesome for our apps. So we looked at the documentation and took the example code and built it into ListBook. At first it seemed to work as expected, but we made a huge mistake and didn’t test it good enough.
We received lots of eMails which told us that sync didn’t work or even worse, that they couldn’t open the app and lost all their data. It was a shock for us, we want to make perfect apps and have happy customers.
So we made a troubleshoot site (http://www.noidentity.com/icloudhowto.html) which isn’t the best solution but it handles most of the problems.
After some users updated to iOS 6 or a new iPhone, we received again some mails that the app was broken after the update.
So maybe you’re asking yourself, whats wrong with noidentity? Are the developers not fucking capable of writing good software?
To answer this question we have to go deeper in the development side. I’m sure some of you have apps who sync like a charm with iCloud. These apps use Documents to store the Data so they are Document based apps (mostly text editors) and iCloud works perfect with these kind of apps. But we use a relational database (with CoreData) for our apps and, there’s no other word to say it, this really sucks with iCloud.
So why we don’t just replace our store to a document based store? A document based store is just saving files in the cloud and it works for simple models but not if you have complex data-models with many relations like in BudgetBook. That’s why.
There are a lot of Blogs from really good developers who say that iCloud in combination with CoreData is
not ready and a nightmare. So after one year fight and trouble we have decided to remove iCloud from ListBook in the
next version and wait until Apple shows us a working solution.
The same thing with BudgetBook. The new iPad- and iPhone-app are 98% finished but we can’t release it because the sync doesn’t work.
We can not stand behind a product which causes trouble for many of you. We wont make the same mistake again.
So what’s next? First we will update ListBook of course with iPhone 5 support, some new features and like I said above, removed iCloud sync.
We are also updating Yearly for iPhone 5 and it looks quite more sexy: http://twitpic.com/b3ce5j
aaaaaaannnnd we plan to update MoneyBook too of course, but this will take more time and effort because the codebase is already several years old.
And last but not least we have yet to decide if we want to release the big BudgetBook update (which brings a complete new user interface, retina support for iPad and a brand new iPhone version) without iCloud sync or not.
So that’s what’s happening at noidentity.
I hope you all understand our point and keep supporting us in the future.
We wish you all the best and kind regards
your noidentity team
Sandro & Mischa
1. June 2012
We are working on some really cool stuff and today we want to keep you up to date.
Let’s start with ListBook. We made ListBook because we missed a powerful todo app with a simple and intuitive interface. We love ListBook, we use it everyday and we have great ideas for future updates.
After the release of ListBook 3.0 we received a lot of feedback. Some of it was good and some of it was bad.
We can say that 90% of the negative feedback was because of iCloud sync. This is also really hard for us.
Some of you lose data after a simple update, some of you couldn’t sync across your devices. Even if it only happens to one person, it’s one person too much.
So maybe you think whats wrong with noidentity, because you have other apps with iCloud sync and they work quite good. Thats because those apps are Document based and not CoreData (with a relational database).
For some apps like ListBook it could make sense to make it Document based, but not for apps with a more complex data model like BudgetBook. iCloud in combination with CoreData at the moment is very beta and we as developer have poor control over it. I am sure apple will change this in iOS 6 and we will know more after WWDC, which starts June 11th.
And now let us talk about BudgetBook. BudgetBook will get a completely new user interface and I can’t say it often enough but i promise you, it will kick asses! BudgetBook is the most ambitious app we ever worked on. Every pixel is in the right place and it is a joy to use. Oh and if you missed it, it will be a universal app.
Unfortunately I can’t tell a release date, because of the iCloud problems and we want to take all the time to make it perfect.
Thanks again for all your feedback, we do our best to bring you some great stuff.
Your noidentity team Sandro & Mischa