We've been hard at work on our next app and wanted to share some teasers with you all. With your feedback and impressions we can make sure that we're going in the right direction. We're pretty close to getting the app in an alpha stage for testing and are really excited about it.
Not only that, but we also have a couple of great teasers for the next version of Math Ref too. We've had a few emails regarding the tablet version and have decided to go back to the drawing board. One of the biggest problems with the tablet edition is an ineffective use of space. We think we've helped that a lot and are moving away from the thin spit view of the current version and moving towards a more flat design with fewer taps to get to the real content. This new layout will also give us room to expand the interactivity of the app too, which will be great.
Overall, we're pretty happy with the unified look of these two apps and hope you guys like the look too. Even though Happy Maau is only two people with full time jobs, it's awesome to be able to take the time on the side to make apps like these. You guys provide some amazing support and it really helps us continue to do the best we can.
Hope the past few weeks have been great for everyone. We've been busy with a new secret project and making awesome apps and sites for other people. Very soon we'll be talking about our plans for Math Ref and the really great future we have planned for it.
In the meantime, we want to remind everyone that there's only a few days left to vote for the Best App Ever Awards. Voting ends on the 31st, so if you haven't voted or you know someone who hasn't, please get the word out and vote.
Thanks everyone! Your support has been amazing and we really appreciate it. You guys are the best users ever.
Thanksgiving is pretty soon and before we take a break for the weekend we have some very cool news. First off, there were some major problems with the last update, mainly with the iPad version. We went through and fixed some bugs and added a good amount of content. Below are the issues we've addressed.
- Add partial derivatives
- Add MIRR and IRR in financial ratios
- Add special 45-45-90 and 30-60-90 triangles
- Label propositions
- Add divisibility rule
- Add Sagitta solver to Tools section
- Add table of values to Unit Circle
- Pre-Algebra converting decimals - Simplify not Simply
- Electric Field E = -del . V incorrect
- One to One incorrect
- Cotangent plot incorrect
- Pi is listed as sine in series functions
- iPad note input broken, especially for long notes
- Done button when adding a favorite does not dismiss popover
- Math Ref Free hangs on launch
Next, for this entire weekend starting on the 22nd, Math Ref is going on sale. For the entire weekend you'll be able to get it at 50% off. Right now the sale is scheduled to end after the 25th. So get it while you can.
Lastly, is our shameless plug for the Best App Ever Awards. We're hoping to make it to the next round, but can't get there without your help. Here's the seven categories we'd loved to be nominated for. So, if you can take the time, nominate the app and if you haven't, head over to the app store of your choice and rate the app. Rating the app is the best way for us and others to know how the app is doing.
Things have been busy for us here. We've been doing some contract work lately that is pretty much done. We're hoping we can talk about it more soon, but we'll see. Now that it's done we're back to working on the next update to Math Ref. We've gotten so much great feedback from the bug tracker, it's been really helpful helping us focus new content. A big thanks to a few of you for suggesting we set it up. So far there have been around 50 bugs and/or features requested. Of those, 11 are set to be in the update after next. There's only about 7 left for us to fix for the next update which is great. This next update is really a user suggested update. Just about everything in it was either suggested via email or through the bug tracker.
The biggest bug that is going to be addressed is the page turning bug on the iPad. When even one negative feedback is received, it's our top priority to fix any issue.
Lately, we've been a bit torn regarding the direction of the app. We get about equal emails suggesting we take the app in a more advanced route adding things like real and complex analysis, or adding more fundamental math like pre-algebra. We're going to try to do both in the next few versions and your feedback will be really appreciated. Also, regarding the direction of the app the tools section has been widely popular and we'll definitely be expanding that. What we're not sure about is how to price it. It takes a huge amount of work on our end to add these tools and to continue to support that app, and at $0.99 it really doesn't break even. But as long as you guys are using and loving it we'll do everything we can to continue to make it better. What we're thinking for the tools section is to have a tiered versioning system for Math Ref. So there will be a $1.99 version, which will included more advanced topics like we mentioned and a ton more tools. The $0.99 version will include a smaller set of tools and none of the advanced topics. They both will be able to be purchased separately for $0.99, so you'll save about $1.00 just getting the pro ($1.99) version. We'll of course still have the free version, which won't really change at all. It'll still have a few of the tools and a subset of the topics in the paid versions. Well, what do you guys think? We want to do right by you guys, especially those of you taking the time to read this post. We're making, supporting and continuing to build the app for you, so your opinion matters a lot to us.
Well, that's it for now, feel free to contact us anytime, we love hearing from you all and have a great week.
Wow, it's been way too long since we posted, in fact it's been almost two months. Yikes! Well, needless to say we've been very busy and we really wish we could tell you more, but all we can say at this time is we've been working on a very awesome secret project. We're trying to work out the details, and we hope we can share some of the info with you all soon.
The next update to Math Ref is going really smooth now that we're back focused on it. We're adding a ton of new content and squashing quite a few bugs and typos along the way. We get a lot of emails with requests for new content, features or sometimes letting us know about a bug or a typo. Up until now, these requests stay with us and there's never been a way for a person to see what bugs, typos, or requests other people have mentioned. Well, we're really excited to say that we've set up a bug tracker for everyone to participate with. Go to: http://happymaau.com/bugtracker and check it out. You can look through and report new bugs anonymously too. So next time you see something in the app, or something's not there that you'd like to be there, just be sure to head over to that site and add it. This is a really cool new community feature that we hope raises the quality of the app even higher. We haven't added all the things we've completed with this upcoming update and there's some things on our whiteboards that we're still debating implementing, but this list is a good start we think for new things to come. Aside from the bug tracker, what we're going to start doing every week is recapping some of the email questions we receive during the week. You guys have so many great ideas on how to make the app better and we really want to share them with everyone.
We really enjoy making a great app for you all and we can't thank you enough for your support. Hope everyone has a great rest of the week and we're always here, so drop us a line.
What a week we've had here. We started the week with Math Ref on Apple's Education What's Hot list, which was awesome. Math Ref got some great feedback on Twitter and a few websites like this one and we saw it climb all the way into the top 40 in Education. If that wasn't amazing enough, we had a really big surprise when we saw Math Ref make the top of the iPad Education section in Australia. Not only that, but it made the top 50 in all apps there too. And even with all that, one of the coolest things has been the huge number of positive feedback we've gotten about the app. It's incredible to get emails from you the users, thanking us for even making the app. So, thank you all for your amazing support! That's a lot of success and we're very excited about it.
We'd also like to remind everyone that this is the last week of voting for The 2011 Best App Ever Awards. We're really hoping to get at least a top three spot this year, but we need your help.
Hope everyone has a great upcoming week, remember to vote, and thanks for all your support. Definitely a great year so far thanks to you all.
Thank you everyone who voted for Math Ref in the first round of The 2011 Best App Ever Awards. For the 3rd year in a row we've made it into the second round thanks to you all. We're really excited that both the iOS and Android versions were recognized, so humbling. We're hoping to keep the momentum going and get it into the final round for each of the categories we were nominated for:
Check out all the categories at the Best App Ever
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a great and safe holiday season. We're busy working on some awesome new projects, but took a break for the holidays and made a nice little web app for our fellow Beavers. Go to http://happymaau.com/OSUWebcams to check it out. It should work on any modern browser and even on most mobile devices. So, if you want to see the web cams across the Oregon State University campus and want an alternative to the one provided by the university that looks great on most mobile devices we've got one for you. We're really excited to bring you some great new products this coming year and make our current ones even better. Have a great week everyone.
It's that time of year again and the Best App Ever Awards are taking their initial nominations. This contest means a lot to us as it's you guys, our users, who get us nominated. The education section this year is pretty large and there's a lot of different categories. Here's a list of categories we would love to see Math Ref nominated for.
We hope everyone goes to the site and nominates their favorite apps. It really is a great way to show support for the developers of the apps you use.
Thank you Mr. Jobs. Without you Happy Maau Studios would not exist. It's because of you that we created this company. Put simply, each of us would not be here if it weren't for your vision and creative genius. We are long time Mac users and Apple has been apart of our lives long before there was an iOS or iPod. We want to change the world in our own way and with the devices and platforms that exist now thanks to you, we now have ability to do so from our own garages. We make our living developing for your products, and for us it's a dream come true to be able to bring math and education to so many people around the world so easily.
To quote Jeff LaMarche,
But I feel like an old friend has died. I'm fighting back tears, and maybe I should be ashamed of that.
But I'm not.
Steve died far too young. I think a few tears are in order.
We feel the exact same way. Thank you Steve for changing the world and making our lives a little bit better in the process. Your impact on us is more than words can describe. You will be deeply missed.