Archive for the 'Keep It Together' Tag

KIT on NeatLittleMacApps Podcast

Monday, August 28th, 2006

NeatLittleMacApps LogoKIT is reviewed on this week’s NeatLittleMacApps podcast with Frank de Graeve. If you’re currently experiencing a mild case of deja vu, that’s because you may recall Feeder reviewed on the same podcast not too long ago.

Don’t think this is some cliquey arrangement with Frank whereby he reviews both my apps; Frank told me he went looking for such an app and wound up back here, at Reinvented Software. 😀

It’s another good review, Frank gives KIT quite a good going over and really gets the app. Frank always gives some developer feedback, in this case he first finds a bug creating a new library (not sure when this popped up, I’ll get it fixed soon!) and also wants KIT to search inside files.

KIT actually does that with as many file types as Spotlight can index – you choose All Contents from the search menu – so I guess I need to make that clearer and add an option to only search the contents. Oh well!

Search KIT files

Also, if you listen to the podcast, there’s a chance to win one of three free copies and a special discount code (which is quite funny) if you don’t. In fact, just about every episode lately has had free copies or some special deal. NeatLittleMacApps is a neat little podcast that quickly showcases a different app each week and Frank’s easy style and warm sense of humour make it a pleasure. Check it out and tell all your friends! 😉

Sounds like NLMA is doing well in the iTunes Technology Top 100 also, so keep it up, Frank, and good luck with building that house!

KIT on Apple’s Hot Picks & i use this

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

It’s great to see KIT featured on Apple’s Productivity Tools Hot Picks and I’ve received some great feedback about the changes in the new version too. All this is a relief after such a hiatus!

KIT on Apple's Hot Picks

Anyway, I just remembered that I still haven’t blogged about the new site, i use this. The newest and coolest kid on the block, this site has been described as a cross between MacUpdate and Digg, but I don’t think that description really does it justice. In any case, it’s very Web 2.0.

On the site, currently Mac OS X only, is a list of apps. If you use the app, you can click “i use this” to show you like and use it. All users keep a list of apps of their own, you can see who uses a particular app and apps can be tagged so you can find similar ones. Plus you can build a network of friends, see what they use, and there are RSS feeds aplenty too.

KIT on i use this

All this makes it such a different approach to traditional download sites with their flakey search, rigid categories, random reviews and ratings and download figures that may bear no resemblance to how many people actual really like and use the app every day. It’s also so quick and simple to show what you like that’s it’s actually a lot of fun, and you can see what’s hot that day too, making it great for finding new, happening stuff.

Right now, the site is in beta but working well and growing quickly. I only added Keep It Together yesterday and Feeder is on there too, both could do with a bit of a boost. 😉

… Done it yet?

Keep It Together 1.2 & Discount Code

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

KIT IconI released Keep It Together 1.2 today. For anyone who doesn’t know, KIT is my other application that’s been a little neglected of late, thanks to Feeder. The product page says it best:

KIT is like a magic scrapbook for everything you want to keep. Text, documents, images, movies, sounds, web pages and bookmarks can all be dragged to KIT for safe keeping, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again in an instant.

This version is so much better than the last one, I’m really pleased with it. The release notes tell the story of how much has changed. I started working on something more or less like this version just over a year ago. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my bank balance) podcasting exploded with its inclusion in iTunes and Feeder started to take over my life. It’s only these last couple of months that I’ve had time to work on anything else.

As a result, a lot of things had been piling up for ages – redesigning the website, rewriting my store and administrative backend in Ruby on Rails (because the last system was done in J2EE and I couldn’t work with that any more and I hatehatehate PHP), getting the dreaded books up to date, doing my tax return, etc. I also had to work out what to do next.

So, now everything is sorted out and has calmed down I can devote my attention to both my applications. Expect KIT to continue to evolve alongside Feeder.

Finally, if you read this blog and like the look of KIT, use the following discount code when you check out to save yourself $5 and get KIT for $19.95:


That code will only last a month, expiring at Midnight, PDT on August 25, 2006.

KIT Featured on LifeHacker

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

KIT was featured as a download of the day on LifeHacker.

Drag and drop images, movies and office documents into KIT and create file groups, like per project or topic. One file can live in several groups. KIT indexes files when they are added and offers as-you-type search. Instant preview of PDF, Word, HTML, sound, image and movie files appears within the KIT interface. Overall, KIT sounds like it works the way the file system should.

KIT has received a lot more attention since Bare Bones released Yojimbo, which shares many similarities with KIT. People like Yojimbo, and it’s been, er, entertaining reading comments where people say “if only someone had thought of this before!”.

In some ways this has made me realise that KIT was quite ahead of its time but I have lacked the marketing clout to get it noticed out there. KIT 1.1 was released in 2004 and is due an update, but the whole podcasting revolution has kept me very occupied with Feeder for the last year.

I’ll be working on a new version of KIT after releasing Feeder 1.3 in the very near future.

KIT, Feeder Mentioned on NosillaCast

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Both KIT and Feeder get mentioned by Allison Sheridan on Show 18 of NosillaCast. Allison also talks about Feeder’s 1.2.5 update on Show 19.

Feeder often gets podcast exposure, but I think this is KIT’s first mention on a podcast and that’s really cool. 😀

I *almost* met Allison at Podcast Expo, she emailed me just as I was leaving the hotel for the Bay Area. I should probably make a list of the people I meant to meet at the Expo to try again next year (well, if I go again next year – hope so!), it would be quite long. Anyway, Allison does an interesting tech podcast and is great to listen to. Thanks Allison!