I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not the right developer for PlainText. I’m now looking for another developer take over the project.
With all of Hog Bay Software’s different apps I have found out the hard way that I don’t have time to make it great. I’ve come a little late to realizing that Hog Bay Software has expanded to do too many things without enough focus. I’m now in the process of scaling back so I can focus better on a few and make them great.
I’m very hopeful that PlainText will find a good home where it will get the developer attention that it deserves. Last year it made a bit over 30k in ad revenue and its single IAP, and had about 450k downloads. I hope this will attract a good developer who can carry on the torch better then I can.
Even with this recent disaster of a release I think it’s in position to do better, if given the right attention. I just spent 4+ months rewriting the app. It now has modern iOS 7 foundation. It supports iCloud. It uses the official Dropbox sync framework. And it has three new features as in-app purchases in addition to the original “Remove Ads” purchase. It needs a few rounds of interface updates, but the foundation is solid and ready for the future.
My goal is to get this done soon so development of the app will continue without pause.
This update didn’t go as I had hoped. I’m sorry about that. Here’s what we are doing:
WriteRoom for iOS is free while we work on PlainText. It has all the same features as PlainText 1, plus extras. Please use WriteRoom if you rely on any PlainText 1 features.
We are taking your feedback and getting PlainText 2 back to the level you expected. This will take some time. Try out the updates, keep giving us feedback. Use WriteRoom in the meantime.
Thanks. This hasn’t been fun for any of us, but the problems are fixable. It will just take some time.
We’ve just released a new app, Oak Outliner.
Oak is a web app for outlining your ideas in plain text. It’s free, doesn’t require an account, and I hope it will be a quick and easy place for you to think on the web. Please give it a try and let us know how it works for you.
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