We’re Coming to JSFoo

 by Mohan Ramkumar  on   18 Oct 2012

After enthralling the audience at Pycon India, our resident Philosoraptor Saket Bhushan is attending JSFoo this weekend. He is scheduled to talk in detail about “Unit Testing a Modular Backbone Application” on Saturday, October 20.

We’ll be posting the slides and session notes sometime next week. But, if you are free don’t miss the opportunity to come say hi to us!

Tickets are available online at http://jsfoo-2012.doattend.com/



Wonderful Day version 1.4 Available

 by Anand  on   12 Oct 2012

Wonderful Day is our first iPhone app. We released the first version early this year. And when we look at its user reviews now in the App Store, here is what we can read.

“Best app I’ve gotten in months!”

“I have a horrible memory so this app really helps me to do what I need to. And I always feel so accomplished when I see all those green dots in a row.”

“Helps you to keep moving towards your goals in a really subtle and unobtrusive way. Would  recommend this app for anyone who’s tired of making lists that never get done.”

“Worth every penny.”

There are another 300 similar reviews in the US App store alone.

In the beginning, We had a very simple idea in mind to achieve goals every day. It was inspired by Seinfeld’s productivity secret but in a different outlook. That is to show one simple colourful chart that can motivate people to achieve their goals every single day.

We started brainstorming on this idea and soon we all had a common understanding on how the app should work like. 

When we looked at other similar apps in the store, we felt they were simply bloated utilities. Such apps overwhelm users with calendars and other unnecessary features. They disturb users with reminders throughout the day. And users end up disabling the reminders from such apps.

We wanted Wonderful Day to stand out of all of them.  

We think an App shouldn’t come in the way of users. It should never disturb user’s privacy. But at the same time, it must add value to users in the simplest way possible. So when we developed the app,  every single design decision was made keeping these goals in mind.

When you start using Wonderful Day, you will realise pretty quickly that it doesn’t come in your way at all. It simply lets you add your goals and gives a neat little chart of your achievements. And our users loved the app. Soon after the release, we hit the top charts in USA, India and a few other countries. 

But not all of the users were happy. Few had complaints on the things they didn’t like. And some requested features that would certainly help them even more in their goals. Here are some reviews which requested features or complained about the app.

“This is a simplified tool that easily achieves what it set out to achieve. I would like to see the ability to change the reminder time and frequency. Other than that, solid app.”

“When I’m slammed doing other thing, Wonderful Day is on my phone to remind me of ongoing commitments. It does that really well! The only irritant is that it gets a bit slow when you get out three or four months and it needs to keep track of a whole stack of yes/no data points.”

“Its helpful, good and simple. What i don’t like is the constant request for reviews, the non ability to re arrange the list”

These requests were repeatedly coming in and so we added these into the new version.

Apart from fixing performance issues and polishing the look & experience inside the app, we built the following things into version 1.4.

  • Users can change the order of activities if they want to.
  • There is a new “Settings” section through which you can customise the daily notification time. These reminders can even be turned off.
  • Last week view is the new default view in Activity list.
  • To support those who have trouble identifying colours, there is a new accessibility setting to switch the colour theme of the entire app.

And yes, the app now supports iPhone 5 and the new iPod touch. Wonderful day runs full screen in the new 4 inch Retina display. With this update, we hope the App becomes very useful to all of our users.

Simplicity has always been our goal whenever we develop any Software. And in Wonderful Day, that was “the” factor in every design decision we made.

When others went for custom reminder for each activity, we went for one reminder for all activities. And when others used complex calendars to showcase analytics, we used a simple chart with two colours to show the same data. Like these, we made decisions in the app such that it is simple to understand and easy to get started. 

We hope you love what we make. WonderfulDay version 1.4 is now available in the App Store . Please update and let us know what you think.



30+ Books Every Web Designer Must Read

 by Mohan Ramkumar  on   10 Oct 2012

Learning is fast moving to the online domain with a gazillion blogs and video tutorial networks catering to every niche in the longtail. Reading books is going out of fashion and if not for ebooks, they would have become relics long ago. Irrespective of their length and quality blogs and video tutorials, still they lack the research and organization of a good book.

There is a very possibility that web design is the one domain that generates so much educational content online. But thankfully, there is no dearth of books catering to web designers too. We have put together a list of books that might come in handy to sharpen your skills, get better at handling customers and running a profitable business.

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We are at PyCon India!

 by Mohan Ramkumar  on   28 Sep 2012

Pycon India

Pycon India

PyCon India is the primary Python conference in India. Brilliant Python developers from India and abroad get together to share their wealth of knowledge with the community. We at Tenmiles use a lot of cutting edge technologies. But the fact that our flagship products HelpdeskPilot and HappyFox are built on Python speak volumes about our love.

Representing Tenmiles at PyCon is our developer extraordinaire Saket Bhushan. He is scheduled to present a session titled “Guide to TDD and Flight to BDD with python/django” on Saturday, September 29.

Do attend the conference and while at it, say hello to Saket! He gave us a pic of his to make it easy for people to find him in the crowd!

Philosoraptor

Philosoraptor

Except for a beard and a kind voice, the looks are very uncanny!



Startup SuperStars: The WooThemes Story

 by Mohan Ramkumar  on   10 Sep 2012

This interview is part of our Startup SuperStars series. You can checkout our conversations with other SuperStars here.

The rise of WordPress from a nimble blogging engine to a Content Management System powering millions of web sites has been meteoric. In addition to the selfless work by the folks at Automattic, a handful of indie developers were very much instrumental in taking WordPress mainstream.

WooThemes is a massively popular brand in the WordPress theming vertical. But, even before the inception of WooThemes and probably even before people started recognizing WordPress as a proper CMS, there was Adii, the WordPress Rockstar. He was very vocal, opinionated and his work, exceptional.

Shortly afterwards, he founded WooThemes and the history of the company becoming a million dollar enterprise is very well documented online. We asked him about their urge to innovate pushing the limits of WordPress, their business model, customer support practices, bootstrapping and more. You can read all about it after the break!

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Startup SuperStars: The Producteev Story

 by Mohan Ramkumar  on   31 Aug 2012

This week, we launched the Startup SuperStars series in our HappyFox blog. Over the next few months, we plan to interview brands that have won their customers hearts with exceptional customer service and innovative business models. To kickstart the series, we interviewed Ilan Abehassera, Founder and CEO of Producteev. A pioneer in the field of productivity and task management, Producteev is the collaboration tool of choice for tens of hundreds of businesses.

Ilan talked in detail about their marketing strategy, customer support culture, money management, freemium conversion rates among other interesting things. You can read the interview in it’s entirety in our HappyFox blog. It’s an amazing read. Don’t miss it!