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Mac apps updated for security fix

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with the discovery that it was theoretically possible for Mac applications that used the Sparkle updating mechanism to be compromised.

To make sure that this doesn’t happen to any of Karelia’s applications on the Mac, we have issued updates to our product line to use HTTPS so that future updates are secure. (We have also updated to newer versions of Sparkle, which was required in order for the release notes to be visible over the secure connection.)

If you are using copies of Sandvox, The Hit List, or Tangerine! that you downloaded from Karelia (and not the Mac app store), you will want to update to the newest versions: 2.10.4, 1.1.19, and 1.4.3a respectively. You can use the built-in (Sparkle) updating mechanism, or if you want to be extra-cautious, you are welcome to download the new updates directly and replace them manually — just visit the product pages (linked above) to download a fresh copy.

The Hit List, Native on iPad

The Hit List is going big. 

Not small — like our last release, squeezing it down for Apple Watch — but BIG to take full advantage of iPad. 

Please welcome iPad to the family of devices supported by The Hit List on iOS, all as a single universal app purchase.

Our goal with the iPad app was to blend the simplicity of iOS with the extra power of The Hit List for Mac, and we think you'll love the result.

Hold your iPad in portrait orientation to focus on your list with no distractions. Towards the right-hand edge of the screen, you can conveniently see and edit the start or due dates of your tasks, making scheduling a breeze.

Turn your iPad to landscape and the left of the screen opens up to reveal your lists, folders, and tags, and quickly navigate between them. And of course, tap on a task to open up its details card to use The Hit List's full suite of task editing features.

As an iPad user you might also find an extra little feature comes in handy: it's now super-easy to share lists by email, to send a copy to a friend for example.

Multitasking

iOS 9 introduces multitasking features for iPad, turning The Hit List into an even bigger companion in your daily usage.

For example, say you're working on something when you remember an item that should be on your shopping list. Use Slide Over to quickly pull up The Hit List, add the item to your list, then return to your work with a single tap.

And with Split View, you can run another app side-by-side with The Hit List. Perhaps you're doing some research in Safari for an upcoming trip; use Split View to keep The Hit List on screen and create a list while you browse.

iPhone 6s

Are you the proud owner of an iPhone 6s? The Hit List now includes Quick Actions with 3D Touch. On your phone's Home screen, press The Hit List's icon and you can immediately create a new task, or go straight to your Today list.

Other Improvements

A popular customer request has been for an easy way to see when there are notes attached to a task. We listened and added exactly that, with a handy little badge to indicate their presence.

Lastly, we've given tags a bit of an overhaul, with a cleaner, streamlined appearance, similar to that seen in The Hit List's Today Widget.


The Hit List for iPhone & iPad is available immediately from the App Store, and is a Universal app, running on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Available for a special introductory price of just US$14.99.

Karelia Apps and El Capitan. Ready!

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We’ve been using El Capitan — Apple’s new version of OS X released yesterday — for a while now, and the current versions of all of our Mac apps (Sandvox, The Hit List, Tangerine!, and Stars) — work just great with the new operating system.

Consider this a green light from us if you weren’t sure whether to update yet.

iOS 9 and The Hit List

Today — Wednesday 16 September — Apple is releasing iOS 9 to the public. We've been testing with it here, and think it's a very nice update. Hopefully you're quite excited to get your hands on it!

Of course, our testing has been focused on The Hit List for iPhone. In the process we've found one bug, whereby attempting to adjust the list a new task is being assigned to will unfortunately wind up cancelling creation of the task. We have an update that fixes the bug submitted to Apple, and expect it to be approved and available very soon.

As ever, we have more improvements for The Hit List planned in future. To stay informed of all the latest news, keep an eye on our forums, or here on the blog.

One Today At A Time

Can you imagine compacting The Hit List into a brief interaction of just a few seconds long? Certainly, you can imagine how the Apple Watch would be used in shorter bursts than iPads or iPhones.

But in bringing you The Hit List for Apple Watch, our design process really had to involve careful consideration — of what you want on your wrist, which gestures get you there fastest, which functions you want, and what you want in a Glance.

Clearly, to us, moving everything over to the smaller device was simply not the answer. We wanted to take advantage of its location on your wrist, to provide timely information that can be viewed at a glance and interacted with easily. We wanted to create a unique experience designed for the wrist.

Once we really understood that the Apple Watch is about immediacy, about “now” and about “today,” we centered the design around the Today list.

Using The Hit List on an Apple Watch requires pairing an Apple Watch with an iPhone. They go together. So, today, we released The Hit List for iPhone version 2.3 that introduces a Today widget for Notifications Center, in addition to The Hit List for Apple Watch, which provides timely information about your Today list, viewed at a glance.

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Not only does the Today approach eliminate extra taps, but the simplicity is more elegant and immediately useful. The Hit List glance provides an overview from your own Today list about how much you’ve done and how much is left to do.

When you open The Hit List on Apple Watch, you’re immediately presented with the Today list. Tap on a task for applicable actions and details.

A press lets you add a task using dictation. When you tap “done,” the task is added and syncs with your iPhone and your Mac immediately.

What was our biggest challenge? The iPhone app, the Apple Watch app and the Today widget all read and write to the same place, so keeping it coordinated along with The Hit List Sync Service meant re-engineering quite a bit of our underlying code.

The technical challenges led to a decision to resist pushing something out the door before we had a chance to actually test on an actual shipping devices. This proved to be a smart decision.

So, while many other companies just ported everything and released the day the device shipped, we took a different approach. Every decision founded on the quick-burst customer experience. We approached the design differently, and carefully. We took time to test on real devices. We paid extra attention so you could get the most out of the quick burst of your attention.

We think investing this extra effort and time produced a higher quality app for the Apple Watch. As always, The Hit List strikes the perfect balance of app power and ease of use. We’re pretty excited about it and proud to bring The Hit List for Apple Watch and The Hit List for iPhone 2.3 update to you today.