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The past few weeks have been extremely busy at my day job, so I haven't had any time to work on KnitMinder or other iPhone projects for quite some time. It seems like work is calming down now, so I thought I'd check in with a couple of things that I'll be focusing on in the coming months:
KnitMinder on the iPad
I used to boot up my laptop to check email and surf the web, but now that I have an iPad, the laptop stays in its bag and I carry the iPad around the house. It's a great device, and I think that Apple has hit another home run in the consumer electronics market. One of my primary goals for the next version of KnitMinder is to update it so it looks beautiful and runs well on the iPad. You may have noticed other developers and companies releasing versions of their apps specific to the iPad with a new and improved purchase price. This will not be the case for the next version of KnitMinder. I feel very strongly that nobody should ever have to pay for KnitMinder twice, so if you already have the iPhone version, you will not have to pay anything for the iPad version.
I've mentioned before that I'm working on a major revision of KnitMinder (called, rather unimaginatively, "KnitMinder 2") to clean up and improve the way that the application runs internally. The changes are so pervasive, especially now that I'm adding iPad support, that I have decided to create an entirely new application rather than an update to the existing KnitMinder app. "But wait," I hear you saying, "does that mean we have to buy KnitMinder again? You just wrote that we would never have to pay for KnitMinder twice!" This is still true. My plan right now is to provide KnitMinder 2 as a free download. The app will have limited storage just like KnitMinder Lite, but if you need unlimited storage, you can unlock that feature with a purchase from inside the application for $2.99. Knitters who have already purchased the full version of KnitMinder would get that feature unlocked automatically. The Lite version of the app would no longer be necessary. If you already have KnitMinder or KnitMinder Lite, you will be able to use the import/export feature introduced in version 1.5 to transfer your data to KnitMinder 2.
The overall plan is to provide a better app that runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, doesn't cost anything for existing users to upgrade, and makes it easier for new users to "try before you buy". I really want to hear your feedback about this plan, especially if you have any concerns about the direction I'm taking, so please leave comments on this site or email me using the contact form!