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January 11th, 2012
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We’ve made lots of progress since taking over TinyGrab a few months ago!  The TinyGrab ecosystem is larger and more complex than you may realize, and stabilizing it has been no easy task.

The Great Crash of 2011 was primarily due to server-related and domain-related issues, which affected everyone.  That had a cascading effect that required a very incomplete version of the TinyGrab 2.0 Client for Mac to be released, which caused completely different issues for Mac users.

Server / Cloud
To “stabilize” TinyGrab, we’ve had to address several different pieces, starting with the servers / cloud.  That’s the home-base that all applications talk to, and it must be reachable and reliable at all times.  The servers are now very reliable and working, but have a few quirks that we are in the process of fixing to solve some fringe problems that a few users are experiencing.

TinyGrab Mac Client
Next up, even though the server was reliable, most people were experiencing major problems with TinyGrab, making it virtually unusable.  For all intents and purposes, TinyGrab was still unstable for Mac.  Rather than slap a band-aid on the previous version, we undertook a complete re-write from the ground up, so it would be faster, more compatible, more stable, and easier to maintain going forward.  That re-write is nearing completion, and will make TinyGrab a much nicer experience for a huge number of Mac users.

Mobile Apps
We removed the iPhone app from the Apple store because it was buggy as well, and are in the process of rewriting that from the ground up, and can’t wait to re-release it!

After the iOS version, other mobile versions will be released shortly afterwards.

3rd Party API
There is a little-known API for TinyGrab that allows other services and developers to interact with the service.  This is largely working, and is in fact used by the TinyGrab client applications.  However, it is undocumented and has a few quirks and incomplete features that we’re finishing, so others can begin accessing the API.  Get ready!

Paid Premium Version & New Features
Much to everyone’s chagrin, the premium version of TinyGrab has been unavailable for nearly a year.  While it was buggy and unstable, we didn’t feel right about charging for it.  Now that the applications are getting back up to par, and the service is more reliable, we’re getting ready to re-release the paid version.  Along with this, we’re adding a few new features to the service.  Those features will be described when released – but they’re good!

Thanks for bearing with us, and if you gave up, we hope you’ll come try out TinyGrab again – it’s better than ever!

December 12th, 2011
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Well, over the past few months we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes to stabilize and transition TinyGrab over to its new home.  It has taken longer than we expected, but is going well – we’ve made substantial progress and we’re really excited to start releasing *visible* updates and improvements.

New-and-improved grab.by Page

Over this past weekend, we released a new-and-improved Grab.by page that brings back some of the better parts of the very original grab page, while adding new convenience features – social sharing, view counter, and notes.


Sidebar Opened


Sidebar Closed

 

Mobile Compatible

In addition to being less obtrusive on standard computers, this new grab.by page is now almost fully compatible with most mobile devices as well (tablets, smart phones).  We have more optimizations coming for mobile soon, but it’s now functional for the first time.  (pro tip:  touch the little orange arrow to collapse or open the sidebar)

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This new grab.by page is published immediately and is now showing all TinyGrabs – you can see it here: http://grab.by/bnLI or with your own uploads.

July 27th, 2011
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As many of you noticed, the past few months have been very rocky for TinyGrab.  Starting with the first downtime in March, TinyGrab experienced a series of unfortunate events that made the application and the service embarrassingly unreliable.

Company 52 | Web and mobile application developersBut we are thrilled to announce that on July 8th, TinyGrab was acquired by development agency Company 52 and has begun a new chapter; one of stability and growth.  Since taking over 2 weeks ago, Company 52 has stabilized the service, solved nearly all of the outstanding problems that were making TinyGrab unusable, and dramatically improved customer support response time.

How does this affect TinyGrab users?  Only that TinyGrab is, and will continue to be, better than ever.  All previous purchases will be honored, current features will continue to be supported, and all previously working or incomplete / buggy features will be completed!  In addition, new feature enhancements are in the pipeline and will be coming soon.

Chris, Nick, and the TinyGrab founding team has done an outstanding job of creating the best and easiest screenshot sharing app + service.  They did such a good job that TinyGrab grew faster and bigger than they were prepared for, and they chose Company 52 from multiple offers as the best new owner to ensure TinyGrab’s long-term growth and stability.

Company 52 is a primarily US-based web and mobile application development agency.  Our small team of full-time designers and developers is geographically distributed, and has been developing very secure high-availability applications for the last 5 years.  We have already been handling all maintenance, programming, and customer support for TinyGrab since acquiring it 2 weeks ago.

As long-time users of TinyGrab, we felt the pain every other user experienced when TinyGrab became unstable.  Now that it’s stable again, we’re very excited about the new things that are in the works – including an updated iOS app with iPad support, a Windows Phone 7 app, and re-introducing premium subscription features and plans.  Oh, and there will always be a free version of TinyGrab!

If you became frustrated and gave up on TinyGrab over the last few months, we invite you to come try it out again.  We look forward to earning your trust again, and providing you great service!

Michael Poythress
CEO, Company 52