Here’s my first attempt at answering your questions and setting a sustainable vision for the future. Please let me know if you still have unresolved questions, and I will add my answers here. I will post the upcoming release plan soon.
The future of Everdo
I know many of you would like the app to get more new features, or possibly expecting some particular changes.
The truth is, the product is reaching a relatively small audience. Which is enough to fund operations and some development, but not sufficient to enable continuous work on new functionality.
To ensure the longevity and preservation of the app, the available budget must be spent very carefully.
In the order of priority, development will focus on
- Keeping up with breaking OS updates
- Bug fixes
- Keeping libraries up to date and avoiding deprecated APIs
- Improving sync transparency and stability across all apps
- Improving the mobile apps, in particular the capture capabilities and feature parity between the apps
Increasing the price or introducing a subscription
Some of you have suggested this.
As I replied earlier, a reasonable price increase would not help, and could easily make things worse because the price would become less competitive. Productivity apps is a very crowded market. For every user willing to pay 10x more, another 100 users will just find something cheaper instead.
Release schedule and the backlog
There will be no public backlog to avoid setting incorrect expectations.
Public releases will be scheduled infrequently (no more than twice a year) to avoid the associated overheads.
There will be a page / topic that shows the next release date, as well as a list of planned changes for each app.
Early access releases will be done without a predefined schedule, as things get developed and tested internally.
When will the feature X be implemented?
In general, if it’s not listed in the upcoming release page, please don’t expect it.
In addition, some things will probably never be implemented, for example
- Markdown support in text
- Nested projects or actions
- Adding images or file attachments to actions
- Grouping of projects in navigation
This is because there is long list of features that are both more useful and easier to add.
Edit: Next Release Details (Q1 2024) - #2