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iExpression is coming to the Mac

And it's bringing along an upgrade to the iOS client with it. Keep up with the latest progress on the blog. With iCloud syncing (between Macs and iOS devices too), rich text editing, smart channels (and we mean really smart), and a completely re-written synchronisation engine and UI, iExpression is ready for whatever you can throw at it. We will be releasing iExpression for Mac first, with an update to its iOS sibling shortly afterwards.

Oyster 1.2 (The Mac Regex Tool) Released

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

We pleased to say Oyster 1.2 has just been approved by Apple and the update should be availble through the App Store over the next few hours. 

Oyster 1.2 is a modeset update with some minor bug fixes, and adds support for Rx+ (a set of Regex categories and Macros available on Github here). We came  across these and have to say that they are very well thought out and we’ve started using them ourselves. You can follow the creator @BendyTree we think he deserves a big thanks for making one of those more convoluted pieces of API much cleaner for the common (80%) tasks!


Monday, September 23, 2013

We thought we would round up the updates we’ve made to different apps in the last week:

  • Cloud Mate iOS: Updated for iOS 7 with bug-fixes addressing issues where not all DropBox files would be listed
  • Cloud Mate Mac (1.5.7): Fixed crashes in 10.8.5 and added support for Shared Photostreams
  • Sumbolon: Improved support for 32-bit applications and added a work around a Spotlight defect that could result in archives not being found
All of your apps should automatically update!

Oyster 1.1 Released

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

We’ve just released version 1.1 of Oyster, the Mac Regex Tool. This release adds a new feature (CodeBox snippet integration) as well as fixing a couple of bugs. 

The more observant amongst you will notice that the Oyster icon, product page, and Oyster Farm have all also have a bit of a refresh. The moment we ran it on Mavericks, we knew we needed to make sure it would fit in a little better from day one. 

As always even though Apple has approved the update, it will take a little while to roll out around the world, but that process is normally complete within a few hours. 

Sumbolon Update

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

We have just released Sumbolon 1.0.4. Although we’ve made some minor tweaks the real changes are elsewhere. In response to customer feedback we have made two changes

  1. We’ve increased the price to $29.99. Yes our customers said they thought it was worth more. 
  2. We’ve introduced a 7 Day Trial period
The two things go together. We now Sumbolon needed to build a reputation, but it’s hard to do that with an app so squarely aimed at developers. Increasing the price (to where we’ve always thought Sumbolon deserved to be) wasn’t going to make that easier, so we’ve decided that it’s best to let the product speak for itself with a no risk trial. 

We hope you decide to give the app a try…. our customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we can’t wait for more of you to get back to what you do best; building great apps rather than trying to understand what the crash log says. 

State of the Nation

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

RED When Excited was founded in 1995 (almost 20 years ago now) by four guys who were building games on the Amiga. We shifted into game developer tools for that platform, in addition to taking on contract work in various internet projects including web-design. With the demise of the Amiga, not everyone wanted to switch to the PC and Windows so three of the founders bowed out. 

The next period focused on just a few products (Familiar, and AD&D character manager) but really our bread and butter became web-design. Over the years as the field became more and more competative our activity became very hand to mouth. Although we were profitable, it was always difficult. Growth essentially stoppped for almost 10 years. 

In 2010 we decided to start developing products again, and introduced iExpression. An iOS app that enabled our customers to update their ExpressionEngine sites while out and about. This product has never made, nor lost, a penny but convinced us that we needed to get back to our roots and build applications. 

Since then we’ve experimented whilst continuing with our contract work. In 2012 we launched Cloud Mate. It has been a huge success, and over the last 9 months the product and company has gone from strength to strength. In Decemeber last year we were able to stop taking on new web-development contracts. 

With the new found freedom we started developing more tools. Just as we did in the beginning, we’ve been building tools we want to use. In the last two months Cloud Mate has been joined by Sumbolon (Mac Crash log management and symbolification) and most recently Oyster (regular expression or regex tester). We’ve started advertising. We are growing again. To this support this we’ve just hired our first new staff in 10 years. We are delighted that for the first time in our history we are able to hire someone who is not a developer but is solely focused on customer support. 

Please join us in welcoming Olly onto the RWE team. Olly is going to look after product and customer support, as well as manage online content. He joins us fresh from college, is currently going through training on all of our products, and will start answering your suppport e-mails in early July.

We really can’t tell you how excited (red or otherwise) we are as we look ahead into the next few years, and just having new blood, new ideas, and a fresh perspective has already begun to impact our thoughts about new versions, new features, and even new products. 

For now though, some of those will have to wait. Whilst our Mac products have required almost no changes to support 10.9 Mavericks, iOS 7 is a new beast. We are currently developing the designs for a long over due update to iExpression iOS, and we believe Apple has changed the iOS game in very very exciting ways. Cloud Mate iOS has been undergoing significant rework, and iOS 7 will have an impact on that too. Ahead of the public release, short of bug fixes and smaller features, this is what we are working on now. 

So a huge thank you to all of our new customers, and here’s to the future. It’s red, and it’s very, very excited. 
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