Ok, this is the first newsletter on the new site but the third since March when we first went public with our intentions.
So here we are. I want to thank all those who have already signed up for the beta trial and for their kind feedback and input into the Experience Designer we’re building now.
If you haven’t seen them already from Newsletters 1 & 2, the “brochure” we published on the service can be downloaded by clicking this link and the update on what’s in Release 1.0 can be downloaded here.
Where Are We Now?
We had a few ups and downs and false starts with the coding which set us back a few months but we used the delay to once again redesign the user interface, making it even more easy to navigate, and we moved forward a selection of minor updates we’d planned for a Release 1.1 and put them into this first release.
Release 1.0 is now planned for Fall 2011 but I’ll keep providing updates as I get them.
About Release 1.0
It’s going to be a big leap forward for storytellers who don’t code. You’re going to get Twitter, Email, YouTube, Facebook, Bit.ly and Blog inter-working allowing all kinds of cool interactive fiction and cross-platform storytelling. You’ll be able to publish on scheduled dates or interactively (using “Triggers” in our jargon) – automatically posting a blog post when someone comments on your YouTube video or having two fictional characters talk to each other across Twitter! And loads more.
But it’s only the tip of the iceberg. We know that and we’ve got so much more in the pipeline but there comes a time when you have to say “let’s go with this” and then we’ll follow up with more later.
In the meantime, please feel free to email us questions, propose features and join the Community. In these early days of the market there are many who are going to need help and we can all help and support each other. When you join the Community you’ll use the same log in to access the Experience Designer and the Experience Designer will be accessible from your Community homepage.
Live Long and Prosper.