Hi everyone,

Regarding our goal to create alternative stationary for future, that does not mean to eliminate traditional ones. What we try to do is to renovate them for future style, so iPhone app is the new way for the renovation…

iShodo was born in December and have been loved by many users since its released. We are really happy our app is loved by many users. Regarding the app, her sister was born!!!

She is s fountain pen application. As for fountain pens, many people would use the fountain pens by MONTBLANC. The company is one of the most famous stationary makers in the world, and the new application was created in collaboration with the company! The same technology as iShodo is applied to her to realize the reality of the way to write with a fountain pen.

The baby’s face is now open to the pubic at Mitsukoshi in Nihonbashi, Japan. I put some pictures of her on this post. She will stand with her feet and start to walk before so long. First in Japan, and soon after that, she will be able to visit your iPhone around the world!

 

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Hope you will love the application and we can create something interesting for you. Please wait for her until she is released on the AppStore!

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WWDC is now being held in San Francisco. As one of developers of iPhone/iPod touch Apps, of course, we are attending the conference and heard the keynote. We are very excited.

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On the first day, we stood in the line of attendees from early morning. Though we tried going there as early as possible, there had been already some other attendees when we arrived at Moscone Center!

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You would be glad at the new features of iPhone, such as copy and past from app to app. For us, interesting new points are voice control and built-in digital compass. I often roughly estimate the direction by seeing the direction of the sun. But from iPhone 3G S, such primitive way you (I) do not have to use anymore. You (I) will be able to read maps smarter with the compass ;-)

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Regarding Apps, Push Notification Service would push the usability and possibility of Zeptotools up.  iPhone is changing people’s life style, and we hope Zeptotools will change people’s work style too, for more easire and comfortable way.

Before we developed ZeptoPad and Zeptoline, we had to sit in front of PC or on the chair to write documents or draw images with PC or by handwriting.But now, using ZeptoPad and ZeptoLiner, we can write draft of documents and share image sketches wherever and whenever.

Up to now, Apps’ new notification was shown only when we checked it. However, Push Notification Service will notify you of something new in the Apps automatically. In addition, iPhone’s alarm sounds are changeable in each App. So, we think that the system will provide something new work style as well as some tricks!

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Considering such things, we are planning to develop something new app using the system. Of course, we are upgrading ZeptoPad and ZeptoLiner to be more tactful tools. I’m really looking forward to the future of iPhone, Apps and Zeptotools.

Hope the future will be more exciting and wonderful for you.

See you on next post or at WWDC!

Hi guys,

How things going for you? Again, I brought small tips of Glandarius Wing Strike!

This is a walkthrough video of level 3. It will tell you how to dodge attacks of armies, take chains, and defeat the boss! check it out :-)

Hope you have nice weekend with Glandarius Wing Strike.

See you later.

DIY with ZeptoPad

March 31, 2009

Spring has come, and it’s become good time for doing anything.

On such a glorious day, it’s good to go for a walk around my town, to read books under a tree, or to chat with friends. I also like carpentering and gardening for my spare time.

Last Sunday, as one of my such hobbies, I tried to improve my room’s veranda by fixing some bugs of it and adding some pots with greens.

For the improvement, I measured the length and the width of the veranda,  sketched an image of the space, and listed things up to buy.

Sketched the image…??? Of course, I used ZeptoPad for that! The function to import photos and draw pictures on them is helpful for me. I took pictures of my veranda with the iPhone’s built-in camera and imported them into my ZeptoPad. I took notes of the space’s lengths on it. It’s easier to sketch images on it rather than on a sheet of paper.

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Also I could show the image to shop clerk of DIY store. I consulted the clerk  for the materials, which is suitable for the space, and tools, which tool should I use to fix the bugs, and so on.

For DIY, I have used ZeptoPad to sketch images and take notes on it. In addition, to make lists of to buy and to do, I used ZeptoLiner. I always do DIYs with these apps!

How about such a life style with ZeptoTools?

iPhone OS 3.0 and After

March 20, 2009

Apple disclosed the features of coming iPhone OS 3.0.

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Among about 1000 new APIs introduced by them, the followings seem to be related to end users.

  1. Stereo Bluetooth A2D2 audio (accessing your music from applications)
  2. Landscape Keyboard in Mail
  3. Copy & Paste
  4. Spotlight (Searching across entire information)
  5. 3G Tethering

The following features are related to developers like us.

  1. Subscription to Apps
  2. Purchase for additional content for apps
  3. Peer-to-peer WiFi Bluetooth connectivity
  4. Push Notification

(for further information, see Gizmode)

iPhone, as a mobile device, is to “check mate” other mobile devices, at least Japanese ones.

This version up will make iPhone superior to Japanese mobile phones except the system of Felica. However, it can be said that a better feature than Felica will be added to iPhone before so long.

On the AppStore, it will be possible to purchase new contents thorough software itself (the same way is adopted in the latest Japanese i-Appli). That means it also becomes possible to sell games by stages or  comics by chapters. Users will be able to download a software itself free or charge. If they would like more, they would purchase its additional contents.

Checkmate, yes, that is the checkmate.

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I heard that 30 million iPhones had been sold.  Even the latest device as the main stream of Japanese mobile game contents  have not. Now, subscription system is applied to AppStore. There is no reason to reject developing contents for iPhone.

Even my least estimate, iPhone will increase its lead over the Google’s Android Market or Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Market. It would be difficult for Google and Microsoft to apply the subscription model to their market. At least 6 months, or a year at the most, iPhone keep the advantage over them. A year after, iPhone will be increase its lead more.

iPhone is being developed really systematically. Like a divine creation. We, as developers on the earth, such a development cannot explain well.

Junk Apps only for a moment pleasure will disappear. Instead, more sophisticated one which is valuable to pay continually will make constant profit.  In other words, creators of contents should not sell junk softwares, but plan credible business model and manage their products. That has functioned as a prime rule in Japanese mobile market.

So far, even not good but popular applications have made profits by millions yens per week. However, from now,  only good application will make its profits by billions yens per year because of the subscription model.

I suppose iPhone App developers around the world think the same things as us during these a few days. What can we create with this new features? How about this? Is that better?

iPhone OS 3.0 has far better features than I expected. More interesting and exciting applications will be developed by many developers. iPhone market must become more competitive.

Our competition around the world has just started!

BullCam & Color Canvas

March 14, 2009

How things going?

Are you enjoying  BullCam life? Today’s weather was so nice, so I went for a walk along the beach near my house, and took pictures with BullCam. About 2 months has passed since its release, and I continue to take at least … ha ha (see previous entry), but still enjoy taking pictures with it.

BullCam is simple continuous shooting camera. The pictures by BullCam themselves are enjoyable. But, there should be a lot of ways to make it different, like Jet☆Daisuke’s animation.  Exploring  the sea of application to find new possibility, today, I got a treasure of application, ColorCanvas by Big Canvas Inc. (They are webmasters too!!).

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Did you find the differences between them? ColorCanvas is a software to make the picture firstly in black and white, and add color again to the picture by brushing over it. With the application, you can arrange BullCam picture’s color frame by frame!

You can change the opacity of color. So, it’s easy to make gradation color photos like below.

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The sea of applications expands day by day, it’s difficult to try them all, but we should explore more applications. Combination of applications will make us strong and make our iPhone life more interesting! and exciting!

See you at the next island;-)

Captain Hidemy

iShodo & Photo Brush

March 13, 2009

Hi all,

Are you enjoying iShodo? About 2 months has passed since its release. I continue to make at least a sheet of work per day. Though I agree that black monotone color is one of Japanese calligraphy’s elements and that is a cool point of iShodo, sometimes, sooometimes I feel an impulse to use color  in iShodo work.

So, with other applications, I decorated my iShodo works. This time, I used Photo Brush by Bobby & Sam’s Software. The followings are parts of my works! So cute, aren’t they?

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"ZeptoTools" with stars

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A girl with dots and clovers

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Japanese style with musical notes

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Flowers with pink clovers

Photo Brush is an application to “customize photos by using your finger as a paint brush and a large assortments of designs in a rainbow of colours as paint.” Lite version is also available!

If you’ve already enjoyed iShodo with other applications or in another amazing way, why don’t you show it to us on facebook?

Of course, we are developing new applications, at the same time, we are improving and finding a new way of use in the current apps!

Hope your continual love for ZeptoTools,

Bye☆

Shi3z @Japanese TV Show

March 11, 2009

Economic recession! I want it to go away soon… Not only companies but also students in Japan are suffering from the recession. Companies recruit less and less new people.

The other day, Ryo, oh sorry, Mr Shimizu was invited as a guest adviser of a TV Show. Every time the programme invites one professionals in business and the guest gives advice to students.Sony’s ex-chairperson, Mr Idei or CEOs of big companies were the advisers in the past. Also, one of MCs in the show is famous Japanese comedian. Chihara Jr. I love him!

Anyway, in the show, Ryo told his future vision (like the posts a few days ago) and the image of person he wanted to hire. He said that a good programmer loves computer, and a good worker loves their company. If one has love for the company, not only the company’s fame, but also the worker’s skill will up.

A student asked him whether skill of programming is useful to manage company. Because the student thought the two skills have no relation each other. But Ryo answered that they are almost the same. How manage the difficulty and find alternative way are the same things both in programming and management.

In the end of the show, Ryo, or Mr Shimizu gave a word as his advice to students. The word was “CRAZY.”  One does not have to be confined to the convention. Keep own creativity and break the rule. That was his massage, and his motto.

To see whole clip, click here (in Japanese).

By the way, 10 years later, what will happen to computers in the office?

Ryo says there will be no computer in the offices.

At first I couldn’t believe his words, because he loves computers so much! But I understand the meaning of his words as he continued the story.

In the future, People won’t use computers except some who have computer-specialized jobs.

It is only during these 10 years that each people in the office became able to use at least one computer. So, situation will change greatly as well.

Now, liquid-crystal display is widely used. But it was so expensive only a few years ago and instead of it, CRT was taking space on the desk. Thanks to the low price of note PC, address-free offices became possible.

The next stage of “note PC” will be “no PC.”

In fact, now, more people can do their work only with iPhone.

Firstly, “no PC” life will be started by the persons whose work is done mainly by meeting and exchanging e-mail. Such persons lack of time and have higher status, so people around them can adjust their schedule to the persons. Gradually, “no PC” life style will prevail into the people who does not always use PC. And after 10 years, there is no computer in the office.

Furthermore, business e-mail has much redundant. Greetings nor Salutations are not necessary.

Actually, between colleagues in the same company, less and less greetings are used. The day would come before so long when people use only content words in their e-mail, “next week, meeting, afternoon, member XX, CC all,” like this. You may not believe but only for about 10 years since all colleagues have their e-mail address of their company.

So, 10 years is enough time to make work style change so different.

The number of computers is increasing rapidly. So, one day, it may turn on its head.

Because computers are big, space taker, and not convenient. Cannot bring in my pocket.

Note PC is after all, “note” PC.

The size won’t be smaller than the PC like type P. However, this size is still a bit too large to bring in one’s pocket. Even in one’s pocket, PC will protrude whilst walking like the clip above.

In Microsoft’s clip, there seems to be no computer. It may be common and unspoken agreement that a computer as a device is disappearing from the office. Considering this, Microsoft predicts the relevant future. Present PC is denied in a sense by the company whose heart of products is PC.

PC will dissolve into a form which is accessed by new paper or new card.

In the world as such, Microsoft will develop their computer. Won’t they?

This is the future story Ryo told me the other day.After I heard the story, I felt a concern for salesmen of Microsoft. My one concern is that they may be confused by the clip, thinking “which Windows should I sell?”

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Are you tired with this series? But I will continue the future story imagined by a computer cowboy.

Do you remember “alternative paper” is one of the concepts of ZeptoTools. This post is related to the concept.

Regarding the Microsoft’s clip again, people seem to use electric paper in the video.


We can find some animation on the newspaper, but I humbly say that it is just redundant. Users want to spend their time in another way rather than watching not so informative animation.

Furthermore, in the clip, detail information will come up by tapping the article. That means only one and small screen is enough to read the newspaper. Such a big screen in the clip is not demanded.

In the future, people will not read newspaper, even if by means of electronic paper.

Then, into what shape will newspaper transform? Ryo predicts that it will into general-purpose reading device, like Kindle.

Kindle is not the exact one Ryo thinks. Though, it indicates the direction to the future form of stationary, it cannot be said as future book. Present books are more legible.

Ryo thinks Kindle will be thicker and a little smaller.

All pages will be liquid-crystal displays. The first model has 64 pages, and the second 128 pages. Little by little, the number of pages will increase.

Because, book is a bundle of paper.

The significant usability of book is turning pages.

But, this prediction may fall short. If people are satisfied with present Kindle, color display and thinner body would be enough renovation of Kindle. 8 pages is enough to display whole information. Because 200 pages is enough at present.

But Ryo wants to remain spreads of the book. So he wants Kindle to be folding shape which has at least 2 screens.

This ASUS’s concept model of dual-screen will be sophisticated in next 10 years. I heard that electronic paper with touch screen has been already innovated though it is still in experimental stage.

These accessories and mobile phones, and HMD (glasses-screen) will share the system each other under some common features.

Pervasive computing is the exact one.

This concept is implied and seems to be main theme in Microsoft’s clip. I make completely no objection to it. Microsoft, by for now, has not shown any concrete ideas of pervasive computing. Ryo personally thinks pervasive computing will be developed not by Microsoft, but by some others.

W3C’s concept is much similar to pervasive computing, but seems not to have so positive attitude to it.

Apple has the potential most. Google may make the similar one and open it.

So, one of them, some of them or any other company will construct the infrastructure of pervasive computing in near future. Microsoft may be one of them.

If the function of screen is transplant into glasses, future mobile will be in pen-like shape.

Also if you want, camera can be built in either pen or glasses like the picture above.

A pen itself is not futuristic, but the shape of pen has potential.

Because, it is long enough to build an antenna and normal batteries in.

10 or 20 years later, no one will use pens with ink, but one’s suit jacket still has inside pocket. Next Jobs (or possibly Lisa Jobs?) will take the pen-mobile out of the pocket without knowing the original use of the pocket. In such scenario, pen-shaped mobile may be introduced in the future, as Jobs took iPod nano from his pocket on the event of its introduction. Apple-addicted boy, Ryo thinks such things.

To be continued… but tomorrow the story will reach the climax!!

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