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Goodbye SyncNotes

Goodbye-SyncNotesSyncNotes was born out of our desire to have small snippets of information always at our fingertips and brought to life by some fantastic design and engineering by the Cynapse team. 10 years ago when we first released SyncNotes on 21st October 2004, it was a one-of-a-kind service that enabled you to create notes on your desktop or mobile device and access them anywhere, anyhow. The Pocket PC version further empowered users to access their notes on their portable devices. The combination of the desktop app, the mobile app, the web and WAP interface tightly coupled with a near realtime sync made SyncNotes a killer app of its time.

SyncNotes-ScreenshotThe lack of a market for revenue generating consumer software in those days did not allow a bootstrapped company like Cynapse to continue development on SyncNotes. While the Cynapse team has moved on to solve other needs and in time most of us stopped using SyncNotes as we moved away from the Windows platform to Mac and Linux, SyncNotes continued to be very popular amongst its users and a lot of you have requested us to keep the system alive. Thanks to its awesome engineering, the service continued to tick with minimal maintenance from our side. To ensure infrastructure continuity we moved to Amazon Web Services to host the system.

Being one of our favourite creations it pains us to announce that the time has come for us to finally put SyncNotes to rest. Due to a change in Amazon’s policy and due to the aged technology at play, the SyncNotes server will go down forever on the 25th of October 2014. It has been a great experience inventing and running SyncNotes and some of the most enjoyable parts of the experience was to interact with you, its users and fans and learn about your unique use cases and applications of SyncNotes.

While the technology landscape has changed exponentially since we first released SyncNotes, diverse current world solutions exist to solve the same problem. While these new solutions provide features far beyond what SyncNotes does, we believe there is still much to be desired in terms of simplicity and ease from tools that let you manage your small snippets of information. We at Cynapse intend to re-solve this with a fresh approach in the future, taking from all of the learnings we have had with SyncNotes.

Goodbye SyncNotes! For some of us you will be always remembered as one of the best software inventions ever.

Thank you for using SyncNotes.

Track your WordPress Site Statistics from your iOS Devices with Numerics

Today, we’ve released Numerics v1.2, with a shiny new integration with WordPress. We have carefully designed 5 widget packs with 23 widgets giving you some great ways to know more about your readers and what attracts them to your site. Quickly look at your site’s visitors, views, monitor top posts and discover top search terms with Numerics on your iPhone or iPad. The new integration presents WordPress stats in intuitive graphs, funnel lists, number tallies and more.

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Numerics already integrates with Google Analytics to provide site statistics and more. The new integration enables users who use WordPress analytics and would like to see them alongside Google Analytics and other information in one unified view.

The WordPress integration works for both, WordPress.com users and self hosted WordPress site users. The Basic Stats widget pack is available for free and is a great way to try out the WordPress integration. It presents the big totals for your WordPress blog or site, like all time Posts, Comments and Views.

The Visitor Stats gives you an overview of the number of visitors on your site for a chosen time span along with the difference in percentage from its previous period. It also gives you a trend of visitors plotted on a line graph giving you a perspective of traffic on your site in the 7 days or last 30 days. It is a great way to keep track of the days your site received high traffic.

The View Stats widget packs lets you dig deeper by showing the top posts and pages, top 5 sites referring visitors to your site or blog, the top search terms that visitors used to reach your site and more. The View Stats widget pack enables you discover where your readers come from, the popular content on your site and as a result think of better ways to help your visitors find what they’re looking for.

The Interaction Stats widget pack gives an overview of how visitors engage with the site content. The Network Stats widget pack is specially designed for the WP.com users to track their blog followers, subscribers and more.

GrandfatheredAs promised, all Numerics v1 users, who have been given a special status due to our recent shift to the Freemium model, will automatically have all the WordPress widget packs enabled for free.

If you are a self hosted WordPress site user, Numerics requires the Jetpack plugin installed. Jetpack is a popular plugin by the makers of WordPress, that extends the WordPress.com stats to your site. Once installed, please ensure the JSON API and WordPress.com Stats modules are activated in the Jetpack settings.

v1.2 also fixes the integration with the Stripe API and the layout of the Widget Store on iOS8 devices.

Numerics is available for free on the App Store, so go ahead and try it out.

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If you use a particular service that is not already available in Numerics, get in touch with us, we are welcoming requests to service integrations from diverse fields from our early adopters. You can email us directly or catch us on Twitter with any thoughts or service requests.

Numerics is in the App Store’s Best of September List

Amongst the spree of new app releases and updates for iOS8 in September, Apple caught the sight of Numerics v1.1 Freemium release and has showcased it in the Best of September list on the App Store.

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Best-of-September-detailNumerics is listed in the Best of September list in 7 countries, including India, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, UAE. We are ecstatic to be featured in the best apps of the month list for the second time in three months of Numerics’ lifespan.

With v1.1, Numerics shed its $19.99 (or equivalent in other countries) price tag to become free to use, and extended advanced features via in-app purchases. This shift came alongside an update to the app that introduced custom JSON data integration enabling users to render important numbers from their internal business software via their own JSON REST API.

We have exciting new updates planned in the coming months including new service integrations and iOS8 specific features. So go ahead and download Numerics for free today! If you use a particular service that is not already available in Numerics, get in touch with us, we are welcoming requests to service integrations from diverse fields from our early adopters.

Keep watching this space for more news and updates.

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Get Your Numbers Right with Numerics recommends Entrepreneur India

Entrepreneur IndiaGetting featured in a prominent magazine is always an exciting feeling, and the excitement is heightened when a customer happens to call in to tell you about it. We are thrilled to see Numerics featured in the September issue of the Entrepreneur India magazine. The magazine publishes business knowledge to enable entrepreneurs in India to conquer daily challenges of building a business.

The author loves Numerics’ features and says it is a Must-Have App in every entrepreneur’s iPhone or iPad. Here’s a snippet from the article:

“Figures or statistics in a business change almost every day whether they are about sales, revenue, visitors or subscriptions. It can be a cumbersome task for entrepreneurs, especially for those who are always on-the-go, to gather that data. Moreover, it can be really tough for them to wrap their brain around all those figures and be updated every time. However, here is a solution to that called Numerics.”

The business model has changed since the article was published, Numerics is now available for free on the App Store with premium widgets that are available in packs as a one time restorable purchase and unlimited use. We’ve also added a Custom JSON integration provider enabling you to get valuable data from your custom business software with minimal programming on the business system end.

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Numerics is now free, includes Custom JSON integration to track business metrics from internal business systems

Today we’re releasing Numerics v1.1 with Custom JSON integration and removing the entry barrier to getting started with Numerics by making the app available as a free download.

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Numerics v1.0 was applauded by the media, our customers loved it and Apple showcased it. Numerics was featured on the App Store homepage in India along with 78 other countries and prominently featured with a banner in the Business Category in the US and in various other lists. Numerics also got some awesome reviews from TUAW, iPad Insight, Springwise, iCulture and more.

But the most exciting element has been the ever encouraging feedback shared by our customers. While some of our users depend on Numerics for their daily dose of numbers on their iPhone or iPad, many have deployed it on dedicated big screens in their offices. We’ve received a large amount of feedback and our users are craving for more service integrations. The biggest feature request has been some way of connecting to custom internal business data from systems within the businesses network.

We understand that many businesses have their own set of custom business software that run behind their firewall and hold valuable data. So with v1.1 we are adding a Custom JSON integration provider that can consume and render 9 unique types of widgets out of custom data from any business system with minimal programming on the business system end. The business software simply has to output the desired data in a JSON format compliant with the Numerics Widget Data Specification that is well documented within the app. ( Sample JSON data can be obtained here ) This new integration will enable developers and business users to create mobile dashboards using their valuable data that resides in custom business software, alongside the 20+ integrations with popular cloud services.Custom-JSON

Numerics is designed to give businesses a better way to visualize their vital numbers in one place and make better decisions. We want to enable more users worldwide who depend on cloud services and apps to experience Numerics and take advantage of this powerful tool.

We released 1.0 as a paid app with a relatively high entry cost of $19.99 (or equivalent) but with all integrations and features available to all customers. This allowed us to build a small but very valuable set of early adopters who have been actively seeking for a solution like Numerics to create business dashboards and are glad to buy, use and provide valuable feedback about Numerics. It also helped to ‘kickstart’ a positive revenue stream for the app to fuel continuous development.

We think Numerics is now ready for the whole world to use. This version onwards, we are removing the price barrier and making Numerics available for free for the world to use. Users can now download Numerics and connect with the many free widgets from 20+ services. To track additional metrics, Numerics offers various premium widgets that are available for purchase in packs as one time restorable purchases and unlimited use. Premium in-app widget packs are priced depending upon the service and kind of widgets in the pack. Unlike other business dashboards available on the market, we are not charging any monthly or annual subscription fees!

To thank all our early adopters and backers who supported us by buying v1.0 and providing their invaluable feedback, with v1.1 we have something really special for them. All our customers who have purchased the first version of Numerics will automatically be upgraded to an exclusive lifetime Numerics unlimited access for free. This means that all current and future in-app purchase driven premium widgets and services will automatically be unlocked for use for free forever. All these users will also see a special icon next to the version number in the preferences screen to indicate that the app identifies them as special! We hope that you like our token of appreciation and hope that you recommend Numerics to your friends and colleagues, now that it is much easier to get started with.

Numerics 1.1 contains various bug fixes and optimizations stemming from user feedback as well as fixes for iOS8. A complete list of What’s New in v1.1 is available on the App Store.

If you have been waiting to try out Numerics, now is the best time to try it for free!

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Numerics is in Apple’s Best of July

Every month Apple features the finest new iPhone and iPad apps that released in the last month. We are proud to see the App Store featuring Numerics in the Best of July list along with the month’s most memorable apps and games.

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We are honored to be listed in Apple’s Best of July along with other elite apps and and we are only getting started.

Numerics currently integrates with over 20 prominent cloud services and we aim to scale to a 100 by this year end. If you use a particular service that is not already available in Numerics, send us an email, we are welcoming requests to service integrations from diverse fields, from our early adopters. We are also calling out to cloud based apps and services to get in touch with us if they would like to see their services integrated with Numerics.

If you haven’t tried out Numerics yet, get it before the special launch offer ends! Numerics for the iPhone and iPad along with its hundreds of custom widgets is available just at $19.99 (or equivalent in other countries). Users of Numerics v1.0 will be treated to all future paid widget packs for free. No additional costs and no subscription fees ever!

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Numerics is in Business!

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Analyzing Apps for BusinessesWe are incredibly excited to see our newest app Numerics for the iPhone and iPad featured in the Business Category on the US App Store! In 78 countries including India, Numerics has been featured on the App Store home on the iPad and in the Best New Apps List on the iPhone. Numerics has also earned its place in the Analyzing list along with many popular business apps.

We are thrilled with the response Numerics is getting from the App Store, the media and our customers alike. Mel Martin over at TUAW recommends picking up Numerics, he says – “It’s easy to use, very customizable, and inexpensive.” And Patrick Jordan of iPad Insight thinks “Numerics is a powerful tool for presenting some meaningful numbers from those (integrated) services.” Bastiaan Vroegop of the Dutch site iCulture thinks the biggest pro of Numerics is the AirPlay mirroring feature to project your dashboards to an HDTV with a unique, big-screen UI.

We’ve been getting awesome suggestions and feedback from our users. We are thrilled that so many of our users are as excited as we are about the possibilities Numerics brings to the table, and we are already working on some impressive features that you are all going to love. Keep watching this space for more news and updates.

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As a special launch offer, Numerics for the iPhone and iPad along with its hundreds of custom widgets is available just at $19.99 (or equivalent in other countries). Users of Numerics v1.0 will be treated to all future paid widget packs for free. No additional costs and no subscription fees ever!

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Announcing Numerics – Dashboards to visualize your numbers

These days, businesses have a seemingly insurmountable pile of data to track, but no reasonable ways to track it all in one place. You can pay a few services to collect, analyze and display it, but they’re complicated, they store your credentials and, naturally, hold onto your data.

In a world where businesses depend greatly upon diverse cloud services and apps, we believed there was a better way to help businesses visualize all their vital numbers in one place and make better decisions. That’s why we created Numerics for iPhone and iPad.

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A bird’s-eye view of your business

Numerics shows all your live analytics, engagement metrics, revenue, and other data from over 20 services in customizable dashboards. It’s a streamlined app that drops the enterprise-grade complexity and learning curve, giving businesses of all sizes and professionals an invaluable window into the numbers that matter most.

We designed hundreds of widgets that display your data as everything from simple number tallies, to complex charts and graphs, to funnel lists, and more. At launch, Numerics supports over 20 cloud services including Google Analytics, PayPal, Basecamp, SalesForce, Google Spreadsheets, Facebook, Twitter, Chargify, Youtube, and Zendesk, with more on the way.

If you absolutely need to stay on top of your data as it happens, Numerics also supports Push Notifications and iOS’s Background Refresh features, ensuring you always have the latest information with which to make the best decisions.

Your data is your data

Numerics truly is one-of-a-kind in that it is a native, local app. It creates a direct, secure connection between your services and your iPhone or iPad, so we never host your data or see your credentials. This is made possible by our native data analysis framework built over some fantastic APIs in iOS, which is why Numerics is exclusive to iPhone and iPad.

Collaborate when you want

We have plenty of options when it’s time to collaborate with coworkers and clients. There is AirPlay mirroring to project your dashboards to an HDTV with a unique, big-screen UI, which is a great way to setup team dashboards for office room displays or to present your live numbers using meeting room projectors. You can also share snapshots of entire dashboards or individual widgets through Email, Messages, WhatsApp, Dropbox or any other collaboration app installed on your device.

A price like no other

With all of this business power and privacy in the palm of your hand, you wouldn’t be wrong to expect to sign a contract or pay a monthly service subscription. But again, we believed there was a better way.

At launch, Numerics for iPhone and iPad and its hundreds of custom widgets is just $19.99. That isn’t per month or any other recurring subscription — you get it all for one single price.

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Tell us what you think

Numerics has been over a year in the making and it’s our most important app yet. We truly believe it will be an invaluable tool to you and your business, so we’re listening intently to feedback. You can email us directly or catch us on Twitter with any thoughts or service requests.

Localscope is Editors’ Choice on the App Store!

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We’re thrilled to see Localscope featured on the front page of the App Store as Editors’ Choice in 9 countries including India, Dubai, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt!

This is incredibly exciting for everyone at Cynapse. Its been more than 3 years since Localscope was first chosen as “App of Week” (the top spot an app could achieve back then). Its been a long road, but its a great feeling to see our hard work paying off. Localscope is also featured as a Best New App on the App Store front page in these 9 countries.

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On the US App Store, Localscope is featured in the Navigation category alongside popular navigation apps Geocaching and Spyglass, and as a Best New App.

 

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We want to thank you all—our fans, customers, users, critics, the media, family and friends—for your continued support. We would not have made it here without all your love. You make this possible.

To celebrate this awesome news, we are extending our launch sale through the weekend. If you missed the v4.2 launch sale, you have one more chance to grab Localscope at 33% off through Monday, May 5!

v3.0.1 A faster Phlo for Mac

phlo-mac-bannerToday we’ve released a quick update to Phlo for Mac v3.0.1, that makes it even faster to use.

Phlo for Mac saves all your searches so you can put an end to endless re-typing and quickly get the desired results on your preferred site. Additionally, if you use Phlo Sync, all your search terms and search sites that you’ve added get synchronized across all your iOS and Mac devices. All the searching on Phlo amasses an enormous history of your searches over time, making Phlo for Mac slower for some users with a huge history list. While search history can be deleted, some users prefer to retain the searched terms for easy reuse.

With v3.0.1 we’ve done architectural changes to Phlo that fix the issue making it a faster and a more responsive app. This means Phlo now is faster to load and filter your history, so you can search even faster.

v3.0.1 is now available on the Mac App Store, get your update now!

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