Archive for November, 2010

November 14th, 2010
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How Do You Use TinyGrab?

Enter the ‘How I Use TinyGrab’ Competition

How do you use TinyGrab and what do you use TinyGrab for? Simple enough question, but it’s one that we’d love to know the answer to.

As I’m sure you’re aware by now we’re rebuilding TinyGrab. Part of that process involves a site refresh and we’re looking into building usage scenarios. We could make something up about how we think you use TinyGrab, but we believe it would be so much better to discover how exactly our users use our app in a day to day basis. We think we have a pretty good idea already, but we may be pleasantly surprised!

To thank you all of you who give us feedback we’re turning this into a small competition. We’re going to give away a 1 year TinyGrab 2.0 Pro subscription to the 5 best answers we get. We’ll decide the winners over the next few weeks and we’ll make the final winning announcement here on our blog, as well as notifying you by email.

To enter the competition all you have to do is visit http://tinygrab.com/iuse tell us your email address and fill out the really simple box telling us how and why you use TinyGrab!

Good luck and thanks, in advance, for all of the feedback!

Chris Leydon
TinyGrab Project Manager

Please Note: The judge’s decision is final, multiple entries are allowed, the competition is available to a global audience. No cash alternative. 1 Year TinyGrab 2.0 Pro subscription refers to the new TinyGrab account pricing tier. The Pro account will become available when TinyGrab 2.0 launches a retail / sellable version.

November 10th, 2010
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TinyGrab 2.0, it’s the buzz word that we’ve been chucking about for the past few months, but what exactly is it? a very good question that needs answering. TinyGrab 2.0 is a complete rebuild of the original service that you use and love so much. Rebuilt from the ground up, we’ve also added a tonne of new features and REALLY improved on our current offering.

“That’s all great, but how much will it cost?”, “I’ve already bought TinyGrab, will I have to pay AGAIN?“, questions that need answering. Hopefully this post will be able to answer all of your questions.

We’re incredibly grateful to all of our customers, users and fans, without you none of TinyGrab would have been possible. We want to be able to give you some shiny new toys to play with, to say thank you, but we also need to think about the future of TinyGrab; we need to pay the bills and keep the fridge stocked. So this is how pricing is going to work. Currently we have a two tier system, TinyGrab Free and TinyGrab Premium. TinyGrab Free is, well, free. TinyGrab Premium currently costs £10 and will give you unlimited lifetime of service access to the service. With TinyGrab 2.0 we’re renaming TinyGrab Premium and calling it TinyGrab Basic; we’re also adding a new and third tier called TinyGrab Pro. Anyone who currently has a TinyGrab Premium license will automatically switch to a TinyGrab Basic license when we turn on TinyGrab 2.0; there will be no extra charge for this. However, we’re scrapping the one time fee approach and moving towards a renewing annual subscription model instead. The new tiers/plans of service and how much they cost are in the chart below:

TinyGrab Feature Comparison Chart

As you can see, TinyGrab Premium/Basic is going under a price cut and TinyGrab Pro will retail for the same price. Now, time to squash all of those questions you have about being an existing TinyGrab Premium user. If you have purchased TinyGrab Premium, or received a license through the MacHeist/other promotion, then your account will switch to TinyGrab Basic. HOWEVER we promised you that your license would be for the duration of the lifetime of the TinyGrab service, it still will be. Your account will switch to TinyGrab Basic at NO EXTRA charge and we will NOT be charging you annually for continuing to use TinyGrab. We want to reward your loyalty, not punish you. It’s only fair, right?

We’re still working out details for promotions / trials / upgrade plans, but the chart you see above is the new pricing tier plan for TinyGrab 2.0 and a list of the features that you will get with each account. We’ve worked really hard on this and hopefully we’ll have your full support and backing. Please do let us know what you think to the new pricing structure and change.

Best wishes,

Chris Leydon
TinyGrab Project Manager

November 9th, 2010
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TinyGrab 2.0 Beta

Silence and secrecy is not something that we’re known for at TinyGrab. However with the recent TinyGrab 2.0 news and updates we’ve shrouded ourselves in a cloak of mystery, it’s time to step out a little bit and let you know what’s going on.

Development of TinyGrab 2.0 is about a month and a half behind schedule. There’s no hiding or denying that. We originally planned to launch a big beta testing programme on September 20th, but didn’t quite manage it. Allow me to explain to you the reasoning behind this.

TinyGrab 2.0 is a completely new system, built from the ground up. We have a brand new API and a completely new database system, because of this we need to completely overhaul our apps and the way that they work with our service. Every TinyGrab app has had to be rewritten to work with the new API and this is where the delay in development has taken place. We want to ship all of our new TinyGrab 2.0 apps at the same time, but some apps are easier to rewrite than others.

This week we are going to ship an open beta of TinyGrab 2.0, but a warning comes with this. Once you start using a TinyGrab 2.0 enabled app, you cannot switch back to the old system. It’s not possible. This is because when you first authenticate your account with a TinyGrab 2.0 app, we run a migration script to transfer your data from TinyGrab 1 to the TinyGrab 2.0 service. Our panel is pretty much ready to go and some of our apps are bursting at the seams with new features, unfortunately it’s not the grand launch we wanted to have.

Last week TinyGrab hosted a TinyGrab 2.0 launch party in London. The purpose of this party was to celebrate the hard work of the development team and to give the UK tech press a sneak peek of what’s to come. Now that we’re happy with the reaction that we received at the party and that the apps are stabling out, we’re ready to invite you to see and test TinyGrab 2.0 for yourselves.

I must thank you all for your patience and continued support through this troubling technical time. Let’s get ready to kick some ass.

Some of the features that you’ve requested for TinyGrab 2.0 that we’re going to roll out over the next week are as follows.

  • A better way to manage grabs with thumbnails / a completely overhauled Control Panel system.
  • Online folders / groups for your grabs.
  • Custom URLs for grabs. IE http://g.clydn.com/b4dg
  • SFTP, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files uploading support.
  • The ability to upload any file to your own server, with a short filename.
  • A new iPhone app with Facebook and Twitter sharing.

There are plenty more features that we’re working on getting ready and out over the next month, so for this period of time that we’re calling the ‘Open Beta’, we’re inviting all TinyGrab customers to upgrade their accounts to TinyGrab 2.0 Pro accounts for free. When the Open Beta is over you’ll roll back to your original account type, but we have a feeling you may want to pay the reduced subscription to upgrade to get all of the TinyGrab 2.0 features again.

Chris Leydon
TinyGrab Project Manager