Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Demo Versions!

Good News! All of our apps now have 10 minute trial versions. :)
Check them out and let us know what you think!
You can find them here:
www.domloveskim.com/software
Kim

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rabbit Word Released, IfWizard Switches Hands

We're very happy to announce two news items this evening. Firstly, our speed reading application, Rabbit Word, has been made available on the Mac App Store. We look forward to hearing from folks as they use this app and let us know what they think.

Our second news is something that we've alluded to in previous posts but which has now become much more concrete. With the high level of interest and positive feedback that we have received about IfWizard, we have created a new company, IfWizard Corporation, specifically dedicated to the ongoing improvement, sales, and support of IfWizard. I will continue to head IfWizard's direction and development as IfWizard Corporation's CEO.

We'll have more about this soon, but currently this means that Dom Loves Kim will no longer directly sell IfWizard as it is now owned by IfWizard Corporation, all existing IfWizard customers will now be serviced by the new company, and existing customers will automatically be upgraded to the upcoming releases of IfWizard for free. As we've indicated before, we believe that IfWizard has a tremendous future ahead of it and that we're just getting started. By having a dedicated company for IfWizard that can truly support IfWizard's future growth, we believe that we will be able to much better support our customers.

Speaking of our customers, we would like to thank those who have purchased IfWizard's in these early times and let you know that we consider you partners in the ongoing progress of IfWizard. We want to make the best possible product for you and all our future customers. Thank you for joining us on this adventure and we look forward to sharing more positive developments with you in the near future.

Thank you!

Cheers,
Dominic


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

From Author Jim Miller About Skim Clip...

One of the great things about this business is that we often hear from customers about our software. Whether it's a feature they would like added, a question about the product, or, as in this case, a review, we really are thankful for customer input. We've been invited to share the following comments from one Jim Miller, author of the well-regarded Rabbi Hawkins Mystery Series. Here's what Mr. Miller has to say about Skim Clip:

Skim Clip is amazing. I’m usually disappointed by Apps that claim to do everything, including saving the world, and then do nothing at all. That is not the case with Skim Clip. It does exactly what the developer says it will do. It is a screen capture and OCR combo that works.
Another plus for this program is the obvious time and effort that has gone into making the user manual simple and easy to understand. I was able to walk through the step-by-step instructions and capture a variety of screen shots. I do a lot of screen shots with the Mac’s commands, but they all end up as jpegs. With Skim Slip, I get the jpeg and if I choose, I can convert it into text and then insert it into Word, Pages and Scrivener very easily. 
This is a timesaver I love. I used to cut and paste a captured image into a word processor or have it up on the screen so that I could then type the content into some other program just to make it useable. Not anymore. With Skim Clip, it’s all done for me.
Many thanks to Dominic and Kimberly,  (DomLovesKim Company)
Jim Miller
Thank you very much, Mr. Miller, for these kind words. We hope our readers will check out his books such as Rabbi Joins The Army and Soliders Are Not Always Nice. Mr. Miller also has a website at http://rabbihawkins.com/ where you can find out more about his work. Rumor has it that more books are coming soon, so we'd recommend checking his site in the future as well.

Thank you also to the many folks we've heard from since the company's inception in June. With Rabbit Word soon to be the Mac App Store and the IfWizard Professional version 1.1 update released today, we look forward to hearing more from our customers in the future. Thanks again to all of you and please have a great week staying safe and healthy.

Cheers,
Dom

Saturday, October 27, 2012

IfWizard 1.1 Coming Soon...

We've submitted a minor upgrade to the Mac and iOS App Stores for IfWizard, addressing a bug in action parameters when swapping pages and adding a few small features. Here is the full list of changes:

  • Added settable width and height for images and videos
  • Improved video and audio embedding
  • Redemption code for IfWizard online (more about this soon)
  • Fixed bug in displaying action parameters
  • Fixed rare crashing bug when deleting variables
  • Remove unused media files
We have some very big things coming up for IfWizard and want to make sure to take good care of early customers. The feedback on IfWizard has been very positive and we're really looking forward to the future!

This past week we received word from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that our patent application for IfWizard has been accepted. Thus, it has passed their relatively stringent procedural requirements and will continue to be a legally protected unique software system. While the breadth and duration of software patents have generated some debates in recent years, we are thankful as a small and growing company to be afforded protection of our original work.

As we indicated, lots of big changes are coming for IfWizard and even for Dom Loves Kim. We look forward to sharing more as time goes on. Please let us know if you have any questions about this update or any other matter by contacting us at info@domloveskim.com. Thanks!

Cheers,
Dom

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A New App: Rabbit Word

We've just submitted a new application to the Mac App Store: Rabbit Word, a speed-reading tool with some innovations based on recent neuroscience research about visual information processing. I've long found the physical act of reading very interesting and as I've recently been watching our youngest son learning to talk, the translation of thoughts into symbolic sounds and phonetic glyphs has again proven fascinating.

Linguistic philosophy and neuroanatomy aside, this app's raison d'ĂȘtre is to allow more of your natural visual brainpower to be applied to reading by seeing chunks of text as idea-objects, rather than codified sounds. While chunking is a long established speed-reading technique, Rabbit Word extends it to help you read by seeing whole ideas rather than words in the same way you recognize a face as a gestalt object rather than just a collection of parts.

Normally reading is kind of like trying to recognize a face by peering at it with a microscope, seeing only an inch at a time. Of course, the brain is a truly phenomenal organ and can do the miraculous trick of turning letters into ideas through recognizing the sound they represent and their corresponding symbolic communication. But, if we could make reading less about imagined listening and more about seeing the ideas, our efficiency and understanding of text could theoretically be greatly increased.

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. With the goal of seeing text as complex pictures, we present Rabbit Word, soon to be available on the Mac App Store. We're very excited to see what you think about it.

Cheers,
Dom

Friday, October 12, 2012

Free IfWizard Trial Version

A heartfelt thank you to the customers who have already purchased IfWizard! We've heard from a couple folks inquiring about a trial version and one person made a particularly good case for doing so. Well, we agree and we've added a trial version of IfWizard Professional that you can download here.

The trial version does not allow for exporting the wizards, but you can save them for later use should you decide to purchase IfWizard. Additionally, the trial version only allows for three pages to be created in a single wizard. We believe this should allow for a good examination of IfWizard's core features while still making it worthwhile to become a paying customer.

We hope that you enjoy the trial version, like what you see, and purchase IfWizard. If you have any questions about the demo or anything else with regard to IfWizard, please write to us at support@domloveskim.com and we'll be happy to help. Thanks!

Cheers,
Dom

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Almost 30 Minutes of IfWizard Tutorial Videos Posted

We think IfWizard is a pretty powerful and novel program and that's why we are patenting it. But, even though it makes creating interactive content much easier than other kinds of tools, some training early on can really be helpful in making the most of IfWizard.

To help get new users started, we've added almost 30 minutes of training videos along with a downloadable tutorial project over in the IfWizard manual. You can also view the videos on YouTube here. Whether you are already using IfWizard or considering purchasing it, we recommend that you take a look at these videos to get a good understanding of how IfWizard works.

If you have any questions not answered by the manual or these videos, please let us know at support@domloveskim.com. Thank you and good luck!

Cheers,
Dom

Apps Galore!

We've eagerly been awaiting Apple's approval for our applications and contacted them yesterday requesting that they expedite their reviews. Well, today's a happy day because they showed us some real kindness and approved all three projects we were waiting on.

As of today, IfWizard Professional, Oh Behave, and Skim Clip 1.1 are all ready on the Mac App Store!

Please check them out and consider their purchase if you'd find them useful. Our next app is nearly complete and hopefully this one will be approved by Apple with like responsiveness. Thank you to Apple, all of our existing customers, and to our soon-to-be customers as well!

Cheers,
Dom

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Near Future

As with any new software company oriented around "organic" growth, we expect that creating sales will take more than just developing the programs, but also informing folks about them through marketing, networking, and word of mouth. We currently have four more projects that are in progress and expected to be completed this year. With their completion, we will be shifting our focus from creating new products to finding and developing relationships with their potential audiences.

This change will happen through three main paths. Firstly, we will work to provide responsive updates and adjustments that reflect the needs and interests we discover through our expanding customer base. Secondly, we will begin doing marketing and channel development by investigating different kinds of customers and product uses, sincerely engaging them to understand how to best meet their needs with our products, and applying this understanding through carefully positioned advertising and product enhancements and differentiation. And, thirdly, we will begin to explore partnerships and other cooperative endeavors that could be mutually beneficial and sustaining over the long term.

Though we are a new and, therefore, young company, our focus is and will remain stable, long-term growth based on human relationships built on trust that we will earn by listening to you, our customer, and treating individuals and organizations as partners in creating the best software we can for your needs. We've really enjoyed the interactions we've had with our customers since launching in June and are looking forward to the opportunity to listen and respond more completely in the future as we shift in 2013 from raw software development to a focus on co-creating customer solutions.

Cheers,
Dom

IfWizard Touch Now Available!

For the most part it's been a long process waiting for approval from Apple. For example, we've been waiting since August 27th for Skim Clip 1.1 to be approved. It's a bit frustrating for a small company like ourselves that is trying to plan for multiple products.

But, there's good news, too. Oh Behave entered the last stage of Apple's review process on October 2nd after being submitted September 10th and will hopefully get approval in the next day or two. Best of all, the iPad version of IfWizard, IfWizard Touch has been approved after being submitted September 23rd! 

Overall, we're happy with Apple's response time, understanding that the iOS approval process is much more established and staffed than the App Store as well as noting the very significant arrival of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. And, hopefully we'll see apps approved more quickly in the future. We're still waiting for IfWizard Professional, which we expect will take a week or two longer as it is an OS X app -- but hopefully not as long as Skim Clip has taken. :)

IfWizard Touch is the first iOS app available from Dom Loves Kim and contains most of IfWizard Professional's functionality with main exception of exporting Mac and Windows applications. We're really excited about this new and powerful application and hope that it will find a large audience on the iPad! 

Now that it's ready, please give it a try and let us know what you think. We truly want to be responsive to our customers and many folks have already seen their importance in how we decide what features to add and what quirks to improve. We appreciate their input and we'd appreciate yours as well! :)

Thanks for reading and please have a great day!

Cheers,
Dom

Monday, September 24, 2012

IfWizard for iPad and OS X Sent to Apple

We are very happy to announce that we have completed IfWizard, a powerful new application for turning your knowledge into interactive programs and websites using patent-pending improvements in the field of knowledge engineering. Knowledge engineering is creating, managing, and using human knowledge with technology and forms a modern approach to expert systems and similar artificial intelligence tools.

Expert systems have their roots in the 1960s and generated enthusiastic interest into the 1980s as the idea of converting human knowledge into functional computer systems held great attraction for many fields of study. However, creating expert systems required a great deal of technical skill and often required tools that were more complex than general purpose programming languages. This complexity barrier prevented lay people from creating expert systems, limiting their creation and, therefore, use.

IfWizard is a dramatic change from the text-based systems of the past, allowing normal computer users to easily build interactive knowledge-based systems (wizards) using a completely visual approach. A wizard is built by making pages of knowledge that can have interactivity for entering information such as a person's age and navigating to other pages. Using plain english with a visual interface, you can add simple true-false tests to make decisions about what page to show or what actions to perform.

Our patent covers improvements to the flexibility and simplicity of our editor and how we actually model knowledge itself. Indeed, IfWizard is unique in how easily and quickly you can create interactive experts, quizzes, games, and troubleshooters. If you know the subject, you can turn your knowledge into a program or interactive website. For more advanced users, wizards you build can be extended to change the visual style, call your own custom scripts, or integrate them with other programs.


When I started programming in the 80s, I really believed in the vision of normal computer users being able to create their own applications. In those days, most computers came with a programming language called BASIC and there were many books and magazines to help ordinary users make handy programs. As time went on, there was a shift away from lay users programming to it being something that was only for "professionals" to do. I've been happy seeing this shift a little back towards a more popular activity in recent years, but tools and techniques for developing programs remain very complex and often difficult to use.


IfWizard is a real game changer. First, it makes it very easy to create useful wizards. Second, it contains the easiest and fastest way I've ever seen to make a complete standalone application. You literally just press one button to export your wizard to a Windows or Mac OS X application and, voilĂ , it's ready! And, third, the websites and applications you make are completely free to use, share, and sell without any restrictions, fees, or additional licensing. You made the wizard, you own the resulting program or website.


It's true that making some programs does require years and years of software engineering experience. But, if you can take your unique knowledge and turn it into a interactive tool, that's also a valuable product that deserves to see the light of day!


I think of it like writing. Yes, there's fine literature written by professional writers who apply years and years of experience in crafting sentences. But, many of the most useful books available aren't written by professional writers at all. They're written by experts in their field whether politics, science, medicine, humor, parenting, and so on.


IfWizard is made to do the same thing for computer interactivity. IfWizard is all about people with extraordinary knowledge expressing it with the power, interest, and audience that computer applications offer. That's why I'm so excited about it; it's a step forward in bringing that vision of popular programming to life!


We have two versions of IfWizard available. For Mac OS X, there's IfWizard Professional and it has everything you need to create standalone applications for OS X and Windows. For Apple iPads, there is IfWizard Touch, which includes most of the functionality of IfWizard Professional but just exports websites. You can learn more about IfWizard by visiting http://www.ifwizard.com.


We've submitted both apps to Apple's Mac App Store and iOS App Store respectively. It can take a few weeks for approval; indeed, we're still waiting for Skim Clip 1.1 and Oh Behave to be approved. In the mean time, we'll be adding instructional materials for IfWizard and beginning work on our next app, a program to help you read and understand information faster than ever before.


If you'd like more information or are interested in a review copy, educational discounts, or volume licensing for organizations, please contact us. We have some very big things planned for IfWizard as time goes on and, as usual, are very interested and open in hearing from you what would make it even better. Thanks so much for reading this and please do purchase IfWizard when it becomes available. Have a great day!


Cheers,

Dom

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

IfWizard Patent Submitted

We're in the final steps of publishing IfWizard and one of the biggest steps has been completing the patent application process. Thus, we're very happy to report that we have completed the considerable paperwork and specification necessary to do this and have submitted a patent application for a 'Method and System for Simplified Knowledge Engineering' to the USPTO. IfWizard is officially patent-pending!

It is necessary to submit a patent application before a product becomes available for sale, so this was a crucial and large part of the work necessary for IfWizard's launch. With this cleared, we expect to submit IfWizard to the Mac and iOS App Stores within the next few days. Thank you to our customers in this nascent stage of Dom Loves Kim for your early support! We truly appreciate it! :)

Cheers,
Dom

Monday, September 10, 2012

Oh Behave Is on Its Way to the Mac App Store

Today we're happy to announce the initial release of our new self improvement app, Oh Behave. We are both really excited about this program as it is the most flexible and powerful tool for affirmations, "priming", creative visualization, and similar mental boosting techniques we've ever seen.

If you've ever tried to think more positively or keep certain meditations in mind, you know that it can be difficult to stay focused on your goals when distracted by other responsibilities. Oh Behave really makes it easy to have keep visualizing your goal in the background of your mind so that you can go about your day while continuing your inner progress.

I think we'll see folks in the future frequently using technology intentionally augment and increase their intellectual capacity, memory, spiritual awareness, and more. Oh Behave is that kind of software, really designed to help you direct your thoughts. Like the prayer beads I remember from childhood, Oh Behave is all about keeping mindful of the things that matter to you.

One of the most interesting features of Oh Behave is the subliminal visualization mode. I don't know if subliminal suggestion is actually any more effective than more direct priming techniques, but it certain can produce results. In fact, we've included content to recreate the results of a Stanford University study showing increased academic performance when certain intelligence-related primes are shown. Even visual backmasking is included for the most potent outcomes.

Personally, I'm enjoying using Oh Behave to remind me of my larger goals while I work at Dom Loves Kim. This includes trying to not only make interesting and innovative software, but also to support our family with the sales from our company. With this in mind, I feel deeply appreciative to our current and future customers for their support. Thanks, folks!

And, indeed, we have a lot of programs coming up. IfWizard, as mentioned in this post, is looking very close to release and we're looking forward to doing so this month. After IfWizard, we have three other apps in the incubator stage and are really excited about them as well. So, please keep checking out our blog to see what's next.

Speaking of next steps, we hope that you check out Oh Behave and buy a copy when the Mac App Store publishes it. This is fun one that really has hundreds of uses! All our thanks to all of you! Please have a great day!

Cheers,
Dom

p.s. We've made some changes to the website to support Oh Behave and hope you'll take a peek :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What's Coming Up

It's been a little over two months since the release of Skim Clip and throughout this time we've been working on a new project called IfWizard that we're very excited about and which has recently reached feature completion. IfWizard is a powerful tool for creating complex interactive content such as expert systems, surveys, troubleshooters, quizzes, games, and more. IfWizard runs on iPads and computers using Mac OS X and the content it creates can be embedded into websites or exported as standalone Mac or Windows applications.

We think that for many tasks IfWizard can give lay persons the flexibility and power of traditional programming without needing any special training or experience. With a simple page-based approach and an intuitive system for specifying the logic and flow of your wizard, you can turn your knowledge of a real world subject into a dynamic, interactive system that you can use, distribute, and sell without any fees or conditions.

We have big plans for IfWizard as our flagship app and will be adding many features as time goes on. Right now we are finishing the testing, documentation, and patent application process (IfWizard contains several technological innovations) necessary to make it the best product possible and will be releasing the app in September. Needless to say, we're really excited about this!

In addition to IfWizard, we have a self improvement tool called Oh Behave in progress as well and will be releasing that app even sooner. We know that the site and blog have been static recently, but things have been moving very quickly internally and we're really looking forward to sharing these new applications with you. Thank you and please feel free to contact us at info@domloveskim.com if you have any questions or other thoughts!

Cheers,
Dom

Skim Clip 1.1 Headed to the Mac App Store

As some of you know, we've been very busy as of late working on a large new application. Recently this new project became feature complete and we decided to switch gears and add some much requested features to Skim Clip. Last night we completed these changes and are now waiting for Apple to add the update to the Mac App Store.

The biggest and by far the most requested change is adding support for clipping regions of the screen. We didn't want to encumber the clipping process with a second hot key, so instead you can switch to clipping a rectangle on the screen by just holding down the clipping hot key. When you hold down the hot key Skim Clip will switch to freeform mode, showing you an animated rectangle spanning where you first pressed the hot key to wherever your cursor is now. Releasing the hot key then clips this region and adds it to Skim Clip. You can even add instant notes by quickly clicking the hot key after selecting the region.

Although the description may sound a little complicated, we think the freeform selection process is actually pretty simple and intuitive and hope that the many folks who have requested it will like this new feature and find it suitable for their needs.

In addition to the freeform selection, we've added a few more features such as playing a sound when clipping, an option to remove all headers from the exported output, and the ability to use a script to filter the OCR text before it is saved as a clipping. This last feature, filtering, is particularly interesting because it opens up many work flow possibilities as you may apply your understanding of UNIX and scripting tools like sed and Perl to perform all kinds of creative transformations and processing on the scanned text.

Thank you to everyone who sent their suggestions for making Skim Clip better! If you had a suggestion that isn't addressed in the 1.1, you may very well see it in the future as are planning to add more features to Skim Clip in a future update including expanding what it can scan and adding integration into other systems. Please keep letting us know what you'd like in this and our future products as we really enjoy "getting it right" by listening to your input.

Cheers,
Dom

Monday, June 25, 2012

Skim Clip Reviewed by Cult of Mac


All things Apple news site Cult of Mac has added a nice review of Skim Clip, calling it "a very clever, and very handy little Mac app."  Thanks, Cult of Mac! Check out the review here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

And Now It's Real

After reviewing Skim Clip and finding no bugs or other gotchas, Apple has now approved Skim Clip for sale on the Mac App Store! You can purchase Skim Clip by clicking here.

If you like the app, please leave a review and include any suggestions for how we can make it better. We already have some things planned, but before the upgrade we're going to release our first full-size application. This new app has a special place in my heart as it brings the dream that I grew up on of everyone being able to create useful interactivity with a computer closer to reality.

We hope you give Skim Clip a try and find it as useful and efficient as we do! As always, contact as at info@domloveskim.com with any questions, ideas, or other inquiries. Thank you and please have a great day! :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Love Starts with a Smile

The last couple of weeks we've been very busy writing our first application, Skim Clip, designing our website, and doing all the SOP business mumbo-jumbo. Now as all these things come into place I feel very excited and happy knowing that this is the tip of the iceberg. Thank you, of course, to my very lovely wife, Kim, and our kids for their help in making this dream a reality!

There is so much planned and we're really looking forward to providing you with many apps over the coming months. It's thrilling to think of the adventure that awaits ahead and I'm glad you're part of it.

Please check back in the coming days as our first app should be approved by Apple very soon. Here's to many happy times ahead!

Cheers,
Dom