It’s been quite a year so far. What with 29 product releases to date, including 11 major feature releases, and 18 maintenance releases it’s been all hands to the pumps!
Alongside the day to day operations, looking forward is one of the delights here at Shinobi HQ and there’s a lot to look forward to over the coming weeks and months. Here are just a few of the highlights.
After a successful spell in ShinobiLabs we are pulling out all the stops to bring a full product to market later this later month. Creatively named ShinobiGauges, it will be the perfect control to use if you want to visualize targets or performance metrics and save yourself time and money into the bargain.
ShinobiGauges will provide a rich assortment of radial and linear gauges which are extremely easy to use with fully customizable styling. We will be in touch when it launches. Best of all, it will be part of an even better value ShinobiSuite so if you have a valid ShinobiCare or ShinobiCare Plus contract for ShinobiSuite, you’ll be getting this release absolutely free – can’t say fairer than that!
ShinobiCharts for Android
Now into its third month and with two releases under its belt already, our favourite Android control is now well into its stride with future releases scheduled every 4-6 weeks. We are planning great new features to round out the current chart types and add in the most requested chart features such as multiple axes, OHLC and Candlestick charts so beloved by the Financial developers. Watch this space for more information as we launch each new release.
If you’re using or thinking about using ShinobiCharts for Android, we’ve been having some internal debates on how to handle inevitable API changes and we’d love your views on the subject.
New ShinobiLabs Project – Calendars
Following the success of Gauges in the incubator that is ShinobiLabs, we are ready to cultivate the next control. A smooth and dynamic calendar control is undergoing careful construction and we hope to make it available for all to review and try out later this year. Ironically, we don’t have a hard and fast date but don’t worry we will contact you as soon as it’s ready to go.
New Charts, Grids and Essentials next year
Early next year we’ll be releasing the next installment of our iOS controls bundle, including new chart and grids features and essentials controls, such as polar charts, data point labels, proportional column width grids, pull to refresh functionality and more. As ever, we’ll let you know when the product is fully baked and ready to go, but look for it early next year. In the meantime, make sure to let us know what features or controls you’d like to see as part of a future ShinobiSuite release?
Thinking about Connectivity – Feedback Please!
All of our planned releases are driven by feedback from customers and the developer market in general. As is our wont, we’ve been mulling over how we can further ease the life of app developers out there, and one logical route we’re considering is thinking about connectivity. How do you get data into our controls and where does it come from? Do you think having such functionality available out of the box would make your lives easier? For example, would it be useful to you to just be able to point a ShinobiChart at SAP and let it deal with the details? Could you see yourself, having need of a grid populated from data sucked out of Parse or Azure or some other cloud platform?
There are all sorts of avenues from which we could approach this broad idea but we would like to be guided by you – so if you’d like to have a call to discuss your specific needs or have some feedback to send us, please just let us know!
And Finally – iOS7 Day-by Day
We’ve been blown away by the positive response to our iOS 7 day by day tutorial series written by our very own evangelist, Sam Davies. Our website traffic doubled throughout the month and very complimentary comments have been gratefully received. As a result Sam, has now compiled it into an e-book and it is available to download now or you can purchase a hardcopy here.
Encouraged by its success we now plan to do something similar later this month. Check out the blog on a regular basis for this new series as well as regular new hints and tips to get the most from our controls.
Until the next time…