Sunday, September 16, 2007

Regarding Netvibes support

Apparently lots of people request Netvibes support. No promises yet but in upcoming weeks I will be looking into possibility of creating a Knotler Netvibes widget. Btw, their UWA looks very solid and impressive.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bugfix Roundup #2

Here's another batch of fixes and tweaks:

  • BUGFIX: backslash symbol in items names was misbehaving
  • BUGFIX: was not able to drop dragged item if there was single item in the list
  • BUGFIX: dragging and dropping an item during autorefresh no longer clears the list
  • BUGFIX: adding consecutive items very quickly sometimes their order was messed up and some were not shown
  • BUGFIX: [iGoogle] bad behavior when list password was incorrect
  • BUGFIX: [iGoogle] fixed incorrect behavior in IE and Safari that was caused by security restrictions (cookies from iframe) 
  • TWEAK: added iPhone detection and special stylesheet to improve experience
  • TWEAK: notices and error messages now autohide after 10 seconds

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Suggestion Roundup #1

These excellent features were suggested by Knotler users. We will do our best to make sure at least some of them see the light as soon as possible.

  • Some kind of checkbox marking in mobile version to mark items that are already in your shopping cart
  • Item grouping
  • SMS
  • Submission of items via IM
  • Item list templates or preset lists
  • Item editing
  • RSS

Two Issues: iPhone and SMS

We have been receiving vast amount of feedback on various topics lately. Thank you all!

However there are two issues that clearly stand out from the rest: iPhone usage and lack of SMS. Let me address them here one by one:

 

iPhone

Some iPhone users have reported that text in Knotler is too small to read on its screen. The trouble is that since I live in Europe Steve does not think I'm worthy enough to have it. And frankly speaking I'm not too psyched up the device to go through all the eBay and unlocking hassle.

However I will try to do my best to make necessary adjustments as outlined in this Apple document. (kindly suggested by Knotler visitor)

I would also appreciate if some iPhone user with a bit of spare time on his/her hands would volunteer to help me in ironing out iPhone support (preferably with access to ICQ, MSN or Skype). Just leave a comment on this post if you would like to help.

 

SMS

Sending and receiving your shopping lists via SMS was the feature we drooled for even before we started developing Knotler. As we though user should be able to add items to lists by sending SMS. He/she should also be able to receive complete list via SMS. Much like Google Calendar updates.

However the sad reality is that we're not Google. We don't have neither technical or financial resources to handle SMS infrastructure nor credibility to persuade service providers to give us free SMS.

Some people suggested using Twitter for updates. It's a great looking service but it requires registration to send or receive messages. This solution would violate our unwritten philosophy of not requiring people to register where registration is not absolutely necessary. So it's a NO GO for Twitter-based solution.

Bottom line is that we want SMS no less than you do and we're doing our best to find a free (hey we're not exactly mining gold here) SMS gateway service provider. Any tips would be very appreciated.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

New Feature: Tips and Shortcuts

Two things:

First. We've replaced those bulky "instructions" below "Add new item" field with the elegantly rotating nonintrusively short tips.

Second. We've added a keyboard shortcut. Now hiting A or T on your keyboard will focus on item addition field ready to type in.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Bugfix Roundup #1

Fixed following bugs:

  • BUG: Everything after "&" in item description was being eaten up
  • BUG: HTML entities like < and > symbols are now properly encoded
  • BUG: Autosuggest now inserts special symbols correctly
  • BUG: [m.knotler.com] Refreshing page or going back in mobile version does not rpeat previous action
  • BUG: Revised Windows Mobile IE browser detection and fallback to non-AJAX operation on a non-mobile version of Knotler
  • TWEAK: Revised automatic "small screen" stylesheet to hide many non-essential parts and save screen space
  • TWEAK: [m.knotler.com] Removed "action" messages like "Items was added" from mobile version since it was unnecessary clutering precious screen space
  • TWEAK: [m.knotler.com] Reverted back to large item buttons to make them useful on touch-screen devices

Thanks everyone for reporting!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

New Feature: Autosuggest

Using Knotler frequently just got easier as we've implemented an autosuggest feature. Just start typing item description and list of suggested items will pop up.

Items are ordered by frequency they have been added to your lists in the past so the most important ones are displayed first.

Once you see the item you want in the autosuggest dropdown hit TAB to select it. Or use your your mouse. Simple.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

FAQ updated

We've updated FAQ section. Lots of new Q&As added. Be sure to check them out.