Friday, 23 June 2017

Version 5.0 Coming Soon!

We're finally coming up with a newer version of the app! However, this update will only apply to Journal, and not affect the other products in Productivity.

As per current plans, we intend to release Journal as a separate app on its own, but users of Productivity will also get the new update.

The new Journal app is now cross-platform, which means it will run on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. We've rebuilt it from the ground-up, with a fresh new UI!

Apart from the same great features you're used to, the new version now encrypts your journal using AES-256 encryption, so you'll have to provide a password to open your journals. This keeps your private information safe.

Among other features planned, you'll also be able to now add multiple images to each day's journal entry.

Unfortunately, all these new additional features do mean that we now use a newer file format (.ejournal) instead of the older .journalx. The new format allows us to store more information, like additional images and app version number in the file. This means that the app is no longer backwards compatible, so if you open a journal you created with the older Journal (which was a part of Productivity), you'll have to upgrade to the newer version. Your previous data will be retained, though, so the only difference you'll notice is that you'll now have to enter a password to open the new files.

Although we don't have a release date in mind yet, our current plan is to release it later this year, though at earliest it will be out in late September. This is to improve the current UI and to test for bugs, to make sure your data is safe.

The new standalone Journal app will be published to Softpedia, so those who wish to use only this app can download it for their platform once it's released.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Productivity 4.0 Released!

The new version of Productivity has now been uploaded on Softpedia! You can go to the download page by clicking here.

This version focuses on the Journal feature, giving it a new Events feature and changing the journal files to a JSON-based .journalx format, along with UI changes.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Source Code Updated on GitHub

We announced a while ago how the code published earlier on GitHub had issues including licensed third-party controls as dependencies, and other issues that would make it harder for other developers to clone and compile the code themselves.

We're glad to announce that these issues have now been resolved, and hence devs can now freely download the code and modify it to suit their needs. The code we published also includes the new features from version 4.0, which will be out shortly.

You can find the code for Productivity at this link.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Productivity 4.0

It's been about 3 months since we made any announcements about the app, but it's just that we're a little undermanned at the moment, so development is going slow.

But the good news is that we've been working on it quite a bit of late, and we're done with a few things that we had planned earlier.

Most of the source code is now available on GitHub. It may not compile yet, and we're working to remove proprietary third-party components so that developers may work on it without hassle. We'll publish the link to the project once that's done.

We've focused on improving the Journal feature, and we have an exciting new feature for you! We call the feature "Events", and basically it helps you keep track of major events like birthdays, anniversaries and graduations in your life. When you're done writing your entry for the day, click on the Events button on the menu, and give your event a title. Every day in subsequent years from then, you'll be able to see that event when you click on the Event button. Clicking on an event will take you to that day's journal entry. Make sure you've saved the current entry before doing that though!

 In implementing this feature, however, we've had to change the format of the journal file. We've moved from the .journal extension, which was based on XML serialization, to .journalx, which is based on JSON serialization. It won't be any problem to you, though, as the app can still open the old .journal files for compatibility purposes. You can only save to the newer extension, however. The new format also produces a smaller file than the old one :)

Apart from this, we've changed the UI of the app in most features. This is because we've switched to open-source alternatives for design, making it easier for other devs to collaborate. It's still very user-friendly, though, perhaps even better! Here are a few screenshots of the changed UI.

We're not sure of a release date, since we have a few more features in mind. We'll let you know once we do.

Thank you for choosing Productivity!

Monday, 7 December 2015

We're Open-Sourcing Productivity!

To encourage other developers to help improve the app, we've decided to open-source Productivity, meaning the source code for the app is now available for download for free. We've made a GitHub repository with the source code and we're adding chunks of the code to it regularly.

The code is written entirely in Visual Basic .NET, so anyone who knows the language should find it easy to work on the code and help improve it.

To make it easier for other developers to work on it, we've removed third-party paid components and switched to free ones. We still do use other open-source third party components though, whose full source code is available on GitHub and CodeProject. Links to these source codes are given in the Readme file of the project.

So what does this mean for you if you're not a developer? It simply means that although the app hasn't had many updates in quite a while, it's surely not a dead project, and we're simply reaching out to other devs to assist in the development. If you have any friends who code, you could ask them to join in as well! 

We hope to see your involvement in the project to make the app even better!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Version 3.0 Released!

After over a month of waiting, version 3.0 of Productivity has finally been released! The new version features a new UI, bug fixes in CompLock, automatic update checking and a new Scheduler feature as well.

You can download the new version at Softpedia.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Productivity 3.0 Will Release on June 9

We're finally putting the finishing touches on version 3.0 of Productivity. We've discussed most of the new features in the previous blog post.

Apart from these changes, we've also fixed some bugs in CompLock and the automatic update checking, which used to return an error.

We hope you like the new interface and features.