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Notekeeper for iPhone

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Notekeeper is the latest app from High Order Bit, and it just launched on the iPhone App Store. It’s a simple notepad for iPhone that supports photo and location attachments. It matches the iPhone’s built-in note-taking app in simplicity, but it makes noting your current location a snap. It also allows you to express your note in photos in addition to text. Because location attachment is automatic, and snapping a photo is a quick, low-concentration event, Notekeeper helps you take notes without even breaking stride.

And, after all, why shouldn’t you be able to use the full power of your phone for keeping reminders?

Here are some screenshots:

List of Notes

Notes Plotted on a Map

Creating a New Note


When might Notekeeper come in handy? We’ve been using it for a while now, and we come up with new uses all the time. Here are a few of my favorites:

Restaurant Reminders

I live in Chicago, a town known for it’s many great restaurants — so many great restaurants, in fact, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Every time I’m out, I find another restaurant I’d like to try.

Notekeeper is great in this situation. As a reminder, create a new note with your location, take a quick photo of the sign and jot down which night they have specials. Later, when you’re back in the neighborhood looking for dinner, pull out Notekeeper and view your notes on a map.

And it works well for other types of places, too: parks, stores, a nice spot on the beach…  The possibilities are endless.

Travel Journal

Notekeeper works great as a light and easy travel journal. Track the day’s events with locations and photos, and come back to attach your notes when you’re taking a coffee break. Later, your notes can help you flesh out a more polished journal that you can share with friends — or help you write photo captions.

There are all kinds of other ways we use Notekeeper from remembering parking spots, to marking waypoints on hikes. Notekeeper’s simplicity makes it extremely versatile.

Learn more on the Notekeeper website. Or, better yet, just download it for 2 bucks and check it out for yourself. We think you’ll love it as much as we do.

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July 27th, 2010 at 8:46 am

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Introducing GPS Tracks: Background Location Tracking for iPhone

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Today we’re excited to announce our latest iPhone app, GPS Tracks. Here’s the elevator pitch: it turns your iPhone into a full featured GPS tracking device. It records your location in real-time, taking advantage of multitasking in iOS 4 to continue recording even when you’re making a call or using other apps. Record as many track logs as you’d like, add waypoints as you travel, and export your data as universal GPX files when you’re done.

For only $1.99, your iPhone can completely replace a $100 dedicated GPS unit. Get it now on the iPhone App Store.

Here are some screenshots, or you can check out the website.

Live Track Log

Live Track Log

Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike in Rocky Mountain

Saved Track Logs

Saved Track Logs

As with all of the software we’ve released so far, we made GPS Tracks because we wanted to use it ourselves. For example, I love geotagging my photos and seeing them overlaid on a map later, especially on the iPad. Unfortunately, just about the entire process of geotagging photos is incredibly clumsy. From carrying around a handheld GPS tracking device to the cumbersome task of post processing on the computer, it leaves a lot to be desired.

GPS Tracks helps make that process suck less. It completely replaces the need for a dedicated handheld GPS device, which is one less thing to carry around and keep track of. If you’ve got your phone in your pocket, you’re good to go. Better yet, GPS Tracks exports your data via email as GPX files, so it completely eliminates the cumbersome step of plugging the GPS device into the computer with a USB cable and sucking down the track information with a tool like GPSBabel.

This is my primary use for GPS Tracks, but yours might be completely different. For example, it can be used to track runs or bike rides. I live in Colorado and do a lot of hiking, and it’s great for recording my trip. I’ve used it to track the length of my morning runs, and to track my bike ride downtown. This winter I’ll be using it to track my days on the ski slopes. Since it’s a general purpose app that provides the same functionality as a handheld GPS device, it can replace one in just about every situation.

Add waypoints along the way, track elevation gain as well as distance, configure the accuracy of your GPS recording so you can find the right balance between accuracy and battery life, and lots more.

Read the full feature list and download it on the App Store now!

Written by jad

July 1st, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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Twitbit 2.10 Now Available

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Twitbit 2.10 is now available on the App Store! It includes these new features:

  • Added retweets tab
  • Added public timeline tab
  • Changed “add to contacts” behavior to add a link to the user’s Twitter page in addition to Twitbit
  • Implemented various interface enhancements
  • Fixed various small bugs and quirks

Check out the release notes or download it now!

Written by jad

June 21st, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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Chirpy 1.1.0 On The App Store

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The first Chirpy feature update was released on the iPhone App Store today. Aside from a nasty crash-inducing bug, the initial launch went smoothly. We were pleased to receive a great deal of positive feedback. As is the case with all 1.0′s, however, there was definitely room for some improvement. We think this update addresses the most pressing deficiencies in 1.0. Here are the changes:

  • Added a ‘find username’ button to the new message view (shows a batch of 100 friends)
  • Added an automatic refresh when a push notification is received while the app is running
  • Updated address book entries to include both the Chirpy url and the twitter.com user page
  • Fixed bugs related to sending a message to a new recipient
  • Fixed bug where ‘Add to Contacts’ button was enabled after adding a contact and restarting the app
  • Fixed errant ‘dismiss’ button title that resulted after sending a new message
  • Fixed some obvious landscape orientation bugs

We think it’s a nice little update, but you can expect that we won’t stop here. Enjoy!

Written by kurthd

June 1st, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Introducing Chirpy, A Twitter Direct Messages App

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Twitbit push notifications are fast. So fast that we find ourselves using direct messages over text messages with our Twitter pals. For those new to Twitter, direct messages are basically private tweets — short messages sent directly to people in your Twitter network. They work great as a substitute for text messages. With direct messages, you can save a couple bucks, benefit from internet ubiquity, and you don’t have to worry about sending messages to friends abroad. In addition to your mobile device, you can access your inbox through the web, email, or wherever else you use Twitter.

Until today, however, the experience has been suboptimal on the iPhone — yes, even with Twitbit. We appreciate the benefits of Twitter packaged into a single app, but with so much functionality in one app, there is no escaping certain usability compromises. It might just be the difference of an extra tap or two, or losing screen real-estate from the tab bar, but even the little things add up. We wanted to build an app to address these shortcomings.

Our newest release, Chirpy, is that app. Chirpy makes direct messages as intuitive, familiar and useful as text messages. With that goal as our focus, we made Chirpy’s interface very similar to the built-in messages app. Messages are organized as threaded conversations, not by inbox and outbox. New messages are composed right in-line, so you can reference the conversation as you type. Check it out:

Another critical aspect of any messenger app is fast notifications. We have a great deal of experience with Twitter notifications from Twitbit, but with Chirpy, we’ve made notifications even faster. We think we’re pretty close to making notifications instantaneous, and due to some exciting additions to Twitter’s API, notifications should only get faster.

Other Chirpy features include integration with your contact list, multiple Twitter accounts, landscape mode, photo attachments and alternative notification sounds. We also invested considerable time in making the app fast and polished.

Chirpy is available now on the iPhone App Store. And it’s only a couple bucks, so it should pay for itself in no time. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Written by kurthd

May 18th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

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Twitbit 2.8 Feature Overview

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Twitbit 2.8 was released on the app store earlier today. You can get the full list of features and bug fixes on the Twitbit release notes page, but there’s one feature in particular we want to highlight: xAuth! xAuth allowed us to drop our former web-based login workflow and replace it with a much simpler one. Here’s a screenshot of the old workflow:

And here’s the new one:

And because we now collect your username and password when you add an account, we don’t need to ask for that information again when you setup a photo or video sharing service. Bonus!

We also fixed a few bugs and made some small UI enhancements. Enjoy the update!

Written by kurthd

March 4th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

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Twitbit 2.7 Available Now

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Twitbit 2.7 has been approved by Apple and is available on the App Store. We’ve seen approval times get significantly better since our 2.3 release in December 2009. Twitbit 2.7 was approved on the same day it was submitted, the second time that’s happened this year. Kudos to Apple for responding to developer complaints about excessive wait times.

Now to the details of what’s new in 2.7:

  • Added customizable font sizes.
  • Load links to tweets directly in Twitbit, rather than opening the embedded browser.
  • Display an icon on the timeline next to tweets that link to photos.
  • Fixed a bug where the user’s avatar would not update after it was changed on twitter.com.
  • Fixed a bug where the PIN number no longer populates automatically when adding an account.
  • Other minor bug fixes and UI enhancements.

Download it now!

Written by jad

February 25th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

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Twitbit 2.6 Now Available

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Today Apple approved Twitbit 2.6. It includes these changes:

  • When adding users to contacts, the Twitter field now opens the user directly in Twitbit when tapped.
  • A brief sound is now played when posting a tweet.
  • Fixed a crash when either the user’s timeline, mentions, or search results are empty.
  • Fixed a bug where the “highlight new” setting was not working correctly.

You can read more about it on our release notes page.

Get it from the App Store now!

Written by jad

February 4th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

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Twitbit 2.5

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Twitbit 2.5 was submitted to Apple yesterday! Our previous two or three submissions were accepted much faster than they had been historically, so we expect that you’ll have it in your hands soon (maybe early next week?).  We’ve deviated from our tendency to introduce BIG changes in this release, but we are nonetheless excited, as 2.5 addresses two of our most common requests: configurable push notification sounds and saved timeline scroll position.

There are now 5 push notification sounds available in addition to the default. This feature is great for distinguishing Twitter messages from text messages and other notifications. Sounds are set per account so you can identify which account received a message before you even look at your phone.

As for the timeline, one design goal we’ve had is make the timeline in Twitbit simple and deterministic. For that reason, we’ve been reluctant to tackle things like read and unread tweets, syncing and tracking your timeline position. We also appreciate the value of being able to close the app without losing your place in a batch of tweets. Twitbit 2.5 doesn’t make the timeline complicated but it should make you a little less gun-shy with the home button. Specifically, we made two changes to timeline behavior. One, and this is independent of scroll position persistence, when new tweets are fetched and the tweet you’re currently viewing is still displayed, there’s no jarring change in the scroll position. Second, provided you’re scrolled somewhere within the first page of tweets, we will persist your exact scroll position. We think the new behavior strikes a good balance between simplicity, avoiding sudden display changes, and coping with interrupted timeline browsing.

Twitbit 2.5 also has a number small enhancements, UI refinements and bug fixes. Another more notable feature is an index on the person selection view. We’ll have release notes up soon! Stay tuned for the release notice and information about Twitbit 2.6!

Written by kurthd

January 22nd, 2010 at 10:42 am

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Twitbit 2.4 Now Available

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Twitbit 2.4 is a bug fix release. To borrow from the release notes, it contains the following fixes:

  • Fixed a crash when Twitbit receives an error message from Twitter. This could be caused by sending a DM to a user that does not follow you, exceeding your API rate limit, trying to view a user whose tweets are protected, etc.
  • Fixed various issues with sending and receiving geotags and user locations.
  • Fixed a “request timed out” error that would sometimes occur when uploading photos or videos.
  • Twitbit Lite only: fixed a bug where a tweet posted from the app would occasionally not display correctly in the timeline.

In addition to these bug fixes, Twitbit 2.4 adds the following feature:

  • Added support for the “shake to refresh” gesture for updating the timeline.

A modest release for us by historical standards, but we wanted to get some of those bug fixes out ASAP. Enjoy!

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January 7th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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