Need beta testers for a new iPhone app

Hi folks. Well, it’s time for me to break my radio silence. I’ve been away from Adobe for a year, and I’ve now worked on three projects since then.

The first project was a big project. The kind that you end up trying to build a startup around. I’m still interested in getting back to that project at some point, and I’m not ready to talk about it yet.

The second one was a smallish project. The kind of thing that one person does in his basement for a year. I might do something with this project at some point like publish it or give it out as shareware, but I’m not sure. This project was more along the lines of the kind of thing I did a lot at Macromedia: tools for web developers.

The third project is a tiny project. Coincidentally enough, it’s also the one that we managed to finish. (go figure).

So now we need beta testers.

The program is called Note*spark, and it’s very modest, but we think it’s useful. Basically, it allows you to take notes on your iPhone/iPod Touch and access them over the web. It also goes the other way: type in notes while you are at your desktop machine and you’ll find them on your phone.

Your phone keeps its own copy of the notes so you can access them even when you don’t have network connectivity.

It also allows you to share notes with others. My wife and I now use this for things like keeping track of the things we need to do before our relatives come visit for Thanksgiving. As each of us adds new items, the other person sees it automatically.

We wanted to keep the UI pretty clean and simple, although it does handle some pretty gnarly things like conflict situations, with visual diffs, etc.

So like I said, it’s a tiny app, but we think it’s useful. If you’d be interested in beta testing, we would be very grateful. Just visit the form at:

9 Responses to “Need beta testers for a new iPhone app”

  1. Juan Sanchez

    How does this compare to Evernote?: http://www.evernote.com/

  2. sho

    Definitely in the same space, but ours is a “less is more” application instead of a “more is more” application.

    Evernote does images, sound, handwriting recognition, etc. etc. etc. It’s a good alternative if what you want is a permanent repository for everything you might possibly want to keep around.

    Our application is a small app for keeping and organizing text notes, as well as simple collaboration with others.

  3. Juan Sanchez

    Cool! Sign me up :)

  4. Terry Schussler


    Anything you’re working on, I want to test. ;-)
    Beta form filled out.

  5. Mrk jackman

    I’ll try it on my iPhone 3g. It’s unlocked & jailbroken with firmware 2.0

  6. Eric Thompson

    Sounds cool. Occasionally I use Jott because you just talk to it and it tries to transcribe what you said (e.g. so you don’t have to text while you’re driving). Best activity-specific note app I’ve found is GroceryIQ, can’t wait until it has sync. Notes with sync would be very nice. BTW: Wufoo link doesn’t seem to accept submissions, but I’ll keep an eye on the iTunes store unless you have another signup mechanism.

  7. sho

    Hi Eric. Good feedback.

    If you just want to be notified when it is ready, you can just sign up on the wufoo link even though we are no longer taking beta submissions.

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