May 4, 2012
Most people look at Photosmith and think it’s a simple app. That’s by design, and believe me, nailing that is very hard work. But once you get into the guts of it you realize that Photosmith 2 is quite complex. Everyone on our internal team (and especially the poor guy who has to document it) wasI quite surprised!
With all that complexity comes a lot of testing. I haven’t totaled it up yet, but I’m pretty sure we’ve collectively spent more hours just testing Photosmith 2 than I spent on the entire development of my last app… by a factor of two or three.
The great news is that things are going very well, we’ve sent out the build to the widest audience we can (within Apple’s rules) and we’ve already fixed everything that has been reported. We expect to issue a second and final release candidate to the pool within the next few days and then it will be off to Apple for the golden seal of approval (hopefully!) and into your hot little hands.
The less great news is that we’ve been lobbying for a fix from Eye-Fi to make card setup much easier but it looks like that’s not going to be possible. In it’s place we have a very workable solution but it’s one you definitely have to follow the instructions carefully. We’re documenting it very well and hope to have a walk-through video ready by launch.
The bad news is that we’ve had to temporarily pull GoFlex support from this release. Our stuff is ready to go (and we believe 100% solid) but we discovered a critical data consistency bug within the drive. When we brought it to Seagate’s attention they confirmed they are aware of it and are working on a fix. We don’t have any information of the timing of that fix yet. Since we’re positioning the GoFlex as a mobile backup solution and this bug has the potential to cause dataloss in certain scenarios we feel it’s better to protect users from unsuspected problems. We hope this is something we can reenable very very soon.
In other news launch activities are now in full swing. Nico is polishing the final version of the press kit and has done such an amazing job on the launch video that chills ran down our spines. Chills! Chills I tell you! Horne is keeping the bug queue as close to zero as possible and Morse is bothering every press, blogger, and photographer personality he can reach. Additionally, we are preparing a series of short “walk-through” videos so that you can see the various features of app in action.
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