See you in Las Vegas for XDC 2014

The Xojo Developer Conference (XDC) 2014 session list was announced a few days ago at http://www.xojo.com/xdc/sessions.php and, as you can see, I will hold a case study session about PubCoder.

I’m really excited about this and I can’t wait to be there: XDC is going to be held in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on March 26-28, 2014. See you there!!

PubCoder launches beta and gets special mention at CONTEC Frankfurt

Last week, PubCoder launched the first public beta release of the interactive publishing tool.

At the moment, PubCoder already allows you to create highly interactive, multi-format and multi-language books on your Mac and export them in EPUB3 Fixed Layout (iBooks + Readium) and KF8 (Kindle) formats. In the near future, we will also add the ability to export books as native apps for iOS and Android devices. And yes, PubCoder will be available for Windows too.

The beta release, downloadable for free at pubcoder.com, was launched during the 2013 Frankfurt Buchmesse. As co-founder and lead developer of PubCoder, I am really proud to announce that PubCoder was runner up with special mention at the CONTEC Frankfurt International Publishing Startup Showcase, “for proprietary technology, focus and emphasis on learning but foremost for its philosophy”.

Actually the entire experience of the Frankfurt Book Fair was amazing, allowing us to create important connections and business opportunities and to speak with our future clients and hear what really matters for them. We listened to their feedbacks and we are working really hard to make PubCoder the best tool for interactive digital publishing.

You can actually download and use PubCoder for free while it’s in beta, so please go get it, use it and tell us what you think about it.

PubCoder is born

Today is a special day. In fact, this morning I was in H-FARM to co-found a new startup!

PubCoder, this is the name of the new company, aims to create a software platform to enable graphics designers to easily create and publish interactive multi-language eBooks for every tablet device, either in ePub 3 or as native apps.

My role is leading the development of the desktop authoring application, which is the heart of the platform.
A website with more informations about the project is on the way. Stay tuned.

Deadlines Pro 1.1

Today I released Deadlines Pro 1.1, an update for the deadlines manager and calculator app for iPhone and iPad.

Deadlines Pro 1.1 is queued for the usual Apple review and should be online on the App Store in a few days.

What’s new:
[NEW] Displays date and time of next alarm in deadline detail
[NEW] Support for multiple lines of text on notes field in deadline detail
[IMP] Displays long deadlines titles in two lines
[IMP] Improved readability of title field in deadline detail (iPhone)
[IMP] Improved dates computation speed
[IMP] Improved app sharing and feedback options
[IMP] Improved english and italian localizations
[FIX] Removed artifact displayed after deadline computation

Deadlines Pro above Angry Birds: Little Big Satisfactions

I was looking at the Top Paid Apps in the Italian App Store when I noticed that Deadlines Pro is actually ranked number 39, above award-winning apps like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja, Documents To Go, djay and others. This is something to be proud of, especially because this is my first iOS app and I did almost nothing to promote it…

[UPDATE] It actually went even better: not only the app has climbed another position on All Top Paid Apps Charts, but it also reached position #5 in Top Paid Productivity Apps, right after Apple’s Numbers!!

 

The back of this thing looks better than the front of the other guys

That Steve Jobs’ quote was actually referred to the original iMac, but that’s what I thought when I looked at the back of the NeXTcube shown at the Steve Jobs Exhibition in Turin’s Natural Science Museum. The exhibition was extended until April 15th and has some very rare pieces like an original Apple I. You gotta see this, expecially if you haven’t seen this yet.

NeXTcube