CaptionIt! 2.0 Released

After working hard through the long, cold winter nights, CaptionIt! 2.0 has been released. This new version incorporates a lot of the ideas and feedback I got from the first release, with the biggest improvement being that you can now interact with captions using the mouse, much like how PowerPoint lets you drag text boxes around and resize them. Now you are no longer limited to placing a caption in one of 9 predefined locations, giving you tremendous flexibility over the layout of captions.

I also introduced several new styles including speech balloons, text boxes, and thought bubbles. The bubbles were the most interesting to implement, in terms of programming a pleasing cloud-like bubble. You can now select the border, fill, and position the tail of the caption to point to a particular location.

The next big change was an overhaul of the interface. I switched from the Office 2003 light blue color scheme to a more neutral dark gray scheme. This was modeled after Adobe’s Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture professional photo imaging applications. These programs are designed by user interface experts and are worthy of emulation. For example, the dark gray palette helps you focus better and the color composition of the photo and is less distracting than the light blue color scheme was. I also got rid of the directory browser panel since it occupied too much space, reducing the canvas or workspace you have.

This release is a milestone in my microISV’s journey and next I will turn my efforts to marketing and improving the visibility of the product.

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2 Comments on “CaptionIt! 2.0 Released”

  1. Bob Walsh Says:

    Congratulations Pedro! By the way, you really should add links to your blog about yourself and your microISV: Without those links, anyone intreged by your post who (as I did) found it on Google has too work way too hard to find your product!

  2. pmesoftware Says:

    Thanks for the tip Bob. I added a product link to the blog. As a matter of fact, I’m working my way through your e-book MicroISV Sites that Sell and it really got me thinking about my website. I’ll post about it when I finish reading it, it’s been a great read.

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