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February 16th, 2011
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TinyGrab 2.0: We're Almost There

February, the shortest month of the year. We’re great fans of short things here at TinyGrab, in fact it’s what started us out on this whole journey to begin with. Share your grabs with a short/tiny URL. However, sweet things tend to come in short bursts and we hope that February will give you sweet things in the form of TinyGrab.

Many of you will know of our now almost comical delay in launching TinyGrab 2.0 but you won’t have to wait for much longer. We’ve finished TinyGrab 2.0 for Windows, TinyGrab 2.0 for iPhone has been in the app store since December and this week the finishing touches are being put on the new TinyGrab 2.0 site… but what about TinyGrab 2.0 for Mac? It’s no secret that we’ve been plagued with development issues for everyone’s favourite and oldest TinyGrab app, but that all changed at the start of January.

Since the start of 2011 we’ve had two new team members join TinyGrab, which has greatly helped us in improving development speed. Erin Kennedy is our new Mac OS X developer, whilst Sam Gray has joined as our intern and plugin developer. Together they’ve both been working on getting a version of TinyGrab 2.0 for Mac ready to ship by the end of February, as well as a plugin for the Real Mac Software app “Courier“.

Sometime over the next few weeks we’ll be making existing TinyGrab accounts “TinyGrab 2.0 Ready”, meaning that they’ll be able to upgrade to the new system automagically when they login with a TinyGrab 2.0 enabled application. We’ll also be announcing the winners of our “How Do You Use TinyGrab?” contest.

In other news, February has also seen us switch advertising partners. We’ve left our friends and colleagues from Yoggrt Ads, to join the team over at Ad Packs, by Buy Sell Ads. We’re incredibly excited to be on this new programme and we look forward to working together for the foreseeable future!

Thank you all, as always, for sticking with us over these messy past few months. Good things come to those who wait, and we’re certainly aware that you’ve been waiting for a long time.

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

July 7th, 2010
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The last time you heard from anyone at TinyGrab HQ was when we were appealing for money and support, or rather thanking you for all of your support. In the short month that’s passed we really have accomplished a lot. With the support gained from you, MacHeist and the Rackspace Cloud, TinyGrab has been saved and we’ve been working away extremely hard over the past few weeks.

TinyGrab for iPhone successfully launched at the end of May, way ahead of schedule and I would personally like to thank everyone involved in the development and testing of the app, as well as those who have purchased it. TinyGrab for iPhone allows you to quickly share photos and screenshots taken with your iPhone, in a very similar vein to TinyGrab for desktop. We’re working hard on a few updates which will include FTP support, multiple file sizes and a social aspect; as well as iOS 4.0 support. You can purchase TinyGrab for iPhone from the iTunes App Store.

It’s been a while since we talked about TinyGrab 2.0, so let me fill in the gaps for you. We were hoping for an alpha / beta phase at the end of June / start of July. However we’ve had a little setback by about a month or so. Nevertheless you can see the clear progress that we’ve been making. We’ve introduced a new grab page, with our new ad partners Yoggrt, as well as launched our freshly redesigned site. The new TinyGrab Control Panel looks good to ship by the end of the month along with the new and updated apps. This is the TinyGrab 2.0 that we keep alluding to, social screenshot sharing.

Please keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter account, as well as this blog for any important service announcements and updates. We thank you for your patience and continued loyalty.

Chris Leydon
TinyGrab Project Manager.