So, you are a grown up and yet you still believe in fairytales?
What? You don’t? Well, then please explain to me why you still believe in the cloud? With 24/7 sync for all your devices? A, of course, ever-working and free sync without any conflicts or loss of data?
Here’s a bummer for you: That’s a fairytale!
In the last years I’ve wasted months on finding a working solution that offers reliable sync for Mac and iOS and I’m sorry (and I really mean that, since I’d love to have it for myself as well) to say this:
There is not a single, working, reliable and affordable solution out there! Not a single one. And no, I’m not talking about sharing solutions that may work for your single use case.
I’m talking about ‘real’ syncing for ‘real’ data over multiple devices; not about placing some images in the Dropbox and accessing them on the train.
Again: Not a single one. And I’ve tried them all.
Honestly, I don’t know what do do. iCloud is not working. Dropbox (and their new APIs) is not really working as I had to learn the hard way after I first thought it might. And all the other solutions out there are not working as well; as a general solution that will work for the ‘general’ user.
Take Bill for example. I’d love to offer a solution for you to create invoices ‘ToGo’ on the iPhone and iPad without risking data loss, duplicate invoice numbers, and worse.
You may not like it, some of you don’t want to hear it – but there is a reason why Billings got dropped and you have to pay more money for the pro version. And that is the same reason for any other Apps offering ‘sync’ that is more or less working and that is:
They all had to ‘write’ their own (and therefore incompatible) solution just for their own apps. And that costs money, lots of money. Period. And than it costs even more money to support it, since there is no such thing as an ever-working sync; not to talk about servers and security.
Conflict free sync is as rare as a democrat actually voting for the right thing when it counts, or like an unicorn.
So, do you still believe in unicorns?
The ‘must read’ for today: Why Indie Developers Go Insane
And, of course, the comments under that article say it all. There is actually a good article on the subject and guess what they take from it? Yes, it has to be about the money. No it isn’t, you morons!
No, no joke this time. This is a ‘serious’ tip, for once: Since almost everyone carries an iPhone around, the moment someone gets a call, an email, or a tweet all people in a room, in a train have to look at their mobile phones until someone finally shouts “It’s me!”
So, one of the most important tasks when setting up a new iPhone is to change the tones. No, seriously, change your stupid tones right now!
To help make the first world less annoying I’ve created a set and since this little blog hasn’t that many readers, chances are you will be the only one in a room or train next time…
Just to let you know: I don’t care anymore if you may work in 2019 or not. The last couple of weeks I tried out the Dropbox Sync API.
And guess what?
It just works!
…is, of course, to sync the Ollerum album :–)
Last night Apple approved the MAS version of ookkeeaapp.
In case you wonder what the heck ookkeeaapp is:
ookkeeaapp is a powerful (yet easy to use and to understand) application for freelancers, small companies, and agencies that are tired of having to use cluttered, cumbersome, and ugly apps that are usually crappy ports of even crappier Windows software programs.
Even though the GUI is currently in English, ookkeeaapp will work for every language. All you need to do is to quickly provide a handful of words like ‘Taxable Income’ or ‘VAT Declaration’ in your own language and you will be able to directly export and printout all your declarations and reports in your own language.
We don’t have a mobile gaming industry anymore. We have a mobile scamming industry.
ookkeeaapp (Bookkeeping for Freelancers made painless and simple) and
Bill (Invoicing made painless and fun) are friends now because I’ve just published the latest Bill update (and submitted it for review) which enables it to directly send your invoice data to ookeeapp so that you bookkeeping is almost fun now :–)
I’ve also fixed some bugs, added some new templates and did all the other usual boring stuff as well.
Jus a quick reminder, if you already own ookkeeaapp you can get Bill for a reduced price here…