Pinning 1.4

pinning_1-4

This is a huge update for Pinning. It’s a re-write on many aspects of the app. I focused on improving note capturing and organisation. And this comes with a completely re-designed even more minimal interface.

Physics!

From the get-go I wanted the note handling being as tactile and natural as possible. Beyond the usual drag an drop interaction notes now have a physical weight. They drift, bounce and can be snipped away for very quick sorting. Furthermore notes automatically avoid overlapping which saves time for manual reordering.

Pinning_Drift

Interface

The most common task of Pinning is to add new notes on the board. After 1.3 I ended up with 3 methods to do this. Now there’s only one. Tap on the board where you want to add a note. This challenges discoverability. Adding notes is the most important action but also the only one that has no visual clue attached to it. I tried to cope with that using a help message popping up at the first launch or tapping “Help” in the menu. However I do expect most users to discover this by simply trying, mainly because there isn’t very much else to tap on anyhow (except the menu ••• symbol) knock on wood.

Pinning_Add

iOS7

On a technical note, implementing the physics-based behaviour of notes took me down a curly road, giving both Box 2D and Chipmunk Physics a fair chance to drive a physics layer for Pinning’s UIKit based interface. However I ended up creating my own little engine using CADisplayLink for custom animation behaviour. An then this happened … iOS7. I am super excited about 7 and its new built in physics engine. Therefore this will most likely be the last version of Pinning running on iOS 6. Next I will rip out my custom physics behaviour once again and replace it with UIKit Dynamics. This opens up a plethora of new options for organising and moving notes in even more organic and fun ways. I am very excited about that.

On features

I have a big list of features I’d like to add, like iCloud sync and multiple boards. But I focus on nailing the most important aspects of the app first, which still is the basic board handling, creating sorting, organising notes. With 1.4 I removed the Omnifocus/Drafts export feature. I plan to add this functionality back again at a later point.

Check out Pinning 1.4 and let me know what you think. I appreciate any feedback.

Pinning on the App Store

Projekt 04.07.2013

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