All Stuck Up 1.06
Task and Idea management for your iPad
All Stuck Up (ASU) is a tool to aid in task and idea management. While it is a useful general-purpose stickie-note tool, it is specifically designed to aid with Agile Development methodologies (such as Scrum and Kanban).
For example: you can configure different Pages, or use colors and Piles, as "Swim Lanes" - moving tasks between them easily.
In the spirit of Agile development, this version supports the basic features that we believe are required - the ability to organize thoughts and details and their relationships (via sticking notes together, piling them up, and putting them on different pages); the ability to import from a remote source (via the web, as XML plists); and the ability to export what you've changed (via email, again as XML plists).
That isn't to say that we want to stop here - far from it! While advanced users can take advantage of the import and export functionality as-is, we'd like to find ways to make this simpler and streamline this tool's use in to your Agile multi-user team's workflow. We'd love to hear from folks that use a distributed electronic Story Board with which we might one day interoperate. We also have other plans for sorting, task management, arrangement, notification... our only problem will be what order we add these in, based on customer feedback.
So drop us a line!
Free, or not free?
We're currently offering two versions of ASU in the App Store. The full version has no limitations, and costs
$1.99 $0.99 for a limited time. The free version limits you to 20 stickies on 2 pages but has no other limitations.
This is very close to the shareware model that we've successfully used since 1997: let people use our software for free, with some reasonable bound on functionality. If the free version meets your needs, then by all means - use it! And conversely we would strongly suggest that people try out the free version before buying. We believe strongly that people should be able to determine whether or not an application meets their needs before they purchase it.
If either of these versions doesn't meet your needs and you would like to tell us, we're all ears. Send us some email with your idea and we'll seriously consider it.
Right now, the upgrade path is a little rockier than we'd like. We have plans to streamline this in the future. To preserve your data in ASU Lite when you upgrade to the full version, you have two options:
- Use the in-app "export via email" option in ASU Lite; save that email attachment on a web server someplace, and use "Import via URL" in the full version of All Stuck Up to import your data; Or...
- Use iTunes to copy "full_state.xml" out of ASU Lite, and then copy that file in to the full version. (You can find the files in the "Apps" tab of iTunes, under "File Sharing".)
We're working on a User's Manual for ASU, but it's very simple to use. Most of the features are described within the About box; tap on "About" in the upper-right corner for a review of what gestures ASU supports.
The one piece of documentation that may be important to you (if you're looking this far) is what the XML files look like for import/export.
The following are known bugs or limitations in the current version, which are scheduled to be addressed in a future release.
- In-store purchase to upgrade: we're working to put in-store purchasing into the Lite version so that users can upgrade seamlessly. It turns out this is a significant amount of work, and we've decided to put it in the next release rather than delaying our product launch.
- Import and export are limited: we're working on at least two alternate import and export methods: file transfers via iTunes, and Web Services to specific applications (e.g. XML-RPC and SOAP).
- Layout: we have code in-house that performs layout operations on stickies (sorting, displaying in grids, and so on). We've decided that it's too immature for our initial release but expect to have it in an upcoming version.
- Undo: Our undo implementation doesn't know anything about different Pages; it doesn't undo swipes between pages, and adding or removing pages will clear the undo stack. We'll be addressing this limitation shortly.
- Slow while connected to iTunes: We have no idea why, but if the iPad is connected to iTunes (has just synced), ASU is often (but not always) dead slow - nearly unresponsive. As soon as you unplug the USB cable it goes back to zippy fast. We're investigating.
1.06 (Released 4/5/2011)
- More in the iOS 4 fix saga! Apparently the gestures attached to stickies weren't being re-created after the OS silently discarded them (somehow, which we don't quite understand yet) while in the background. We've worked around this and are looking for a more reliable root cause rather than finding each little bit independently and treating the problem symptomatically. (In good news, none of these problems affects data; the user just has to re-launch ASU to get back full functionality. But re-launching an app under iOS 4 is more difficult than just pressing the square button, because that just puts it in the background.)
1.05 (Released 3/22/2011)
- Another iOS 4 fix: when the app's in the background, other apps might exert enough memory pressure to cause the OS to dispose of some Stickie views; they weren't ever re-initialized properly, which resulted in seeing the message "Oops! Something has gone wrong. Relaunch."
1.04 (Released 3/9/2011)>
- Fix for iOS 4, where backgrounding could cause notes to never save (the OS might kill the app before it saves).
- Minor fixes for user-reported crashes (which seem to only happen in low-memory conditions, where the app can't function anyway).
1.03 (Released 11/13/2010)
- Fix for notes getting lost and app not saving any new notes
1.02 (Released 10/23/2010)
- Cosmetic fixes for VGA output
- in-app backups, accessible via iTunes filesharing
1.01 (Released 9/29/2010)
- Added VGA output
- memory leak fixes
- fixed a typo in the about box
- added 2-finger swipe, in addition to 1-finger swipe, to change pages
- improved popover positioning
1.0 (Released 8/30/2010)
- Initial release for iPad.