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