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App Making is here

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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There has been a lot of talk about the fall of indies. I don’t buy it. I think if we learn from each other, we can not only survive but thrive on the App Store. That is why I spent a bunch of time putting together everything I’ve learned from the past five years into a comprehensive guide to launching successful apps.

I call it App Making and I am super excited to announce that it is finally available today:

http://www.tapity.com/app-making

All three packages are 25% off for 48 hours so grab your copy now.

If you really want to make my day, tweet the link and up-vote App Making on Product Hunt.

App Making course coming on Tuesday, get the free preview

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

App Making - learn app design and app marketing

I am excited to announce that my App Making course — the definitive guide to designing and marketing successful apps — will finally be shipping on Tuesday. Be sure to get it on launch day to enjoy the 25% discount!

App Idea

In the mean time, sign up to get a free preview section of the course.

The preview covers the foundation of a successful app: the idea. It also talks about how you can think outside the box to find a business model that may work better than the dying 99 cent model. I would love to get your feedback on the preview to help me make the final course better.

Win a free copy of the course

Tweet a link to the App Making website for a chance to win one of three full App Making Course packages. I will contact the winners on Tuesday.

Tapity is open for business

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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Check out the new Tapity.com

This is a big announcement for us.

Over the past few years we have been struggling with what we want Tapity to be.

We have done a bit of client work here and there to support the development of apps like Grades, Languages, and Hours but we never really embraced services as a core part of our business. You wouldn’t know from our website that we did client work at all!

After a lot of thought, we have decided to stop fighting it and embrace who we are. Tapity is:

1. An indie app company

We have set out to build not just great apps, but great app-based businesses. We have made tremendous progress with Hours and we hope that we can turn it into a very significant business over the next few years.

2. A boutique app consultancy

In the past, we have hesitated to fully embrace and build up a client business because we were afraid that it could distract us from our own products. But our experience has taught us that our client business and our product business actually complement each other. Crafting our own products gives us a unique depth of understanding that we bring to our clients. Doing client work gives us a breadth of experience that helps us make better products.

Client work gives us the opportunity to work with the most innovative entrepreneurs and companies on the planet to build apps that we could not have built on our own.

3. A teaching company

We are super passionate about teaching. We’ve written articles and books and we are about to release a brand new App Making online course. Making apps is hard, so we want to do our part to share what we’ve learned.

Will Hours and the other apps go away? No way! We are working to grow our team to where they will move forward faster than ever, and that is the whole point.

Is pushing both our own apps and client work hard? Yes, but we’ve had some success doing it already and we will be working with some incredible people to help us take it to the next level.

So, bottom line? We are open for business. Check out the new Tapity.com and please get in touch if you or anyone you know would like to work with us to build some amazing apps.

Hours for iOS 8 is here

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Hours iOS 8 Widget

I am thrilled that after a hiccup that prevented us from launching yesterday, Hours for iOS 8 is finally here!

This update will change the way you use Hours. Here is what’s new:

  • Notification Center widget that allows you to start, stop, and switch timers from anywhere in iOS 8, even the lock screen!
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus optimization so you can see more of your day on the timeline and more timers at once.
  • Localization for Spanish, Russian, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese & Chinese (simplified).

Get it now on the App Store →

Snag it while it is 50% off to celebrate the iOS 8 launch!

Win an Apple Watch

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Get a chance to win an Apple Watch just by tweeting about Hours to your friends:

1. a link to http://hourstimetracking.com
2. Winner chosen at random in 48 hours. The winner can choose any $350 Apple Watch when they start shipping.

Hours + Watch

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Apple Watch@2x

Ever since we heard rumors about the iWatch, we knew it would be a game-changer for Hours.

To track time consistently, you need to be able to start, stop, and switch timers extremely quickly.

The original app does it’s best. One tap to start a timer, another tap to stop or switch.

Our iOS 8 widget is going to make it so that these actions are just a swipe away, even from the home screen.

The Watch takes this to a whole new level. It means you can switch timers without even taking your phone out of your pocket. Just glance at your wrist and tap. Boom.

We absolutely cannot wait to start time tracking on the Watch and you can bet Hours will be available for Watch on day one.

Update: here is iteration #2. What do you think? (Tweet me!)

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