Thanks Leo, I didn’t think to check their twitter account. I’m puzzled by companies who have a website, but don’t put important information like this on their site. It doesn’t inspire great confidence in their app. As much as I enjoy using Soulver, I’m afraid I’ll have to abandon it if this is how they manage their apps.
This is exciting—hope version 3 for iOS is imminent. I’ve been really happy with it for Mac and a few of the updates have been suggestions of mine. He’s a conscientious Mac/iOS developer despite his website not being the best.
I had a couple of Soulver docs with important financial information. I normally use my iPad for this, but on Saturday I was out visiting a family member. I wanted to talk about a financial thing in one of the Soulver docs, so I take out my iPhone to look at it and the app wasn’t installed for some reason. So I went to the App Store to get it and couldn’t find it anywhere. I didn’t know it would appear in this hidden My Purchases section of the App Store. At least now I know to look there in the future.
But still, I find it to be a major issue if an app disappears without a trace. There was not a single mention on the website. That is not an app I want to use to store important information. The free Apple Numbers app can do the job and I know it will always be available when I need it.
Now either you’re a serious developer who wants to be taken seriously and communicates with your users or you are an amateur who doesn’t think about your users. If I’m spending money on an app, I expect a professional attitude. Make it free if you can’t be bothered to let your users know what your plans are. And no, a tweet in response to a question is not good enough.
I immediately upgraded from Soulver to Soulver 3 for the Mac when it came out two years ago, and I was frankly disappointed in it. Different architecture, different coloration, slightly different way of working. They essentially remade the app from the ground up (Acqualia Software basically said that the original code was a hack that needed revamping), and it’s taken them this much longer to (still not) get a syncable iOS app, which is disappointing.
I liked the original conceit on the Mac of app + files and I chafed at the new design of a single database containing all calculations, inside the app because at first you couldn’t save files out of the app. I use the app to make calculations and save Soulver documents into related Finder folders, which I couldn’t do for months after the v.3 release. And with the initial release printing was borked - if you were in Dark Mode and tried to print or save to PDF you got everything saved/printed as Dark Mode, which is a good way to use up all your ink/toner.
I’m glad to hear they appear to be finally coming up with v.3 of Soulver/iOS, but I’m chary of new releases by this developer now.
Ah, good to know. I am about to do a nuke and pave to Mojave (from High Sierra!) and was going to buy Soulver 3 right away. I’ll stick with Soulver 2 for now as it does everything I need it to do just fine.
I’ve also been playing around with the Juno app. Probably overkill for most people, but perfect for me because I use Python every day. I really like the fact that you can use Markdown alongside your Python code. So it has that same feature I liked about Soulver of surrounding your calculations with text and explanations of what the numbers mean.
The Alfred-type quick launcher and the CLI in 3 are pretty useful too. I’m an Excel expert, I guess, and I still prefer Soulver for a lot of quick math and reporting. Right tool for the job, etc. Due to the nature of the app, it’s taken me awhile to warm up to the new calculations, variables and affordances (more flexible variable names, etc.) But they’ve been incorporated.