About Luxylight

We launched Luxylight many months ago, and since then more than 70.000 people across 40 different countries have downloaded it. It was our first application and we wanted something simple to get started into the iOS world.

There is no doubt that Luxylight is the most beautiful flashlight application in the world. We created it with the belief that even on a simple application there is room for improvement on the graphics and user experience.

Apart from basic functionality like flashlight, strobe light, and a S.O.S. we have Lock screen. This is particularly great because you can enable it and forget about accidentally touching your device, turning off the light or changing to another function.

Luxylight currently is iAd supported and available only on the iPhone 4. With our latest update we included a small change in the behavior of the application, highly requested by our users: turn on the light immediately after opening the application.

I want Luxylight Pro!

We don’t see here too much room for improvement, and of course, we don’t want to include a lot of useless stuff just to justify the Pro version. With such a beautiful interface the only ‘feature’ we can think on is the absence of advertising. If you don’t like it and you want to support us, you will be able to remove them soon with an in-app purchase. If not, thanks for using our app!. Remember you can follow @luxylightapp on twitter to get fresh updates.

Don’t you have it yet? Go get it on the app store, it’s free.

 

An emotional movie filtering


One of the features many users have requested is a way to filter movies. This is particularly great when you have a big library. We wanted to make it ala Squire-way, so that implies simplicity and effortless use. We have in the works some interesting things to solve this problem, and one of them is a more human filtering solution.

Squire database has more than twenty categories for movies and we have the power to use all this data to create interesting stuff. As humans, we’re moved by emotions, so giving you a long list of categories don’t seem to be a good approach. And you know, users don’t read.

When you are going to watch a movie, you have no idea about what you want to see. Or if you do, it’s highly conditioned by your current mood and situation. For instance, if you are with your family you might want to see something funny, and most importantly, for all audiences. If you’re with friends, get some laughs sounds like a good idea. Maybe it’s a girls night? definitively a love history. Or imagine it’s a rainy saturday and your lights are off, perfect atmosphere for a scary movie.

Having in mind this variables, we thought we could make the filtering system significantly transparent for the user, fun and intuitive. In resume, more human.

We came up with around eight to ten emotional filters but we’re keeping them as a surprise. Currently we’re testing an internal build with this functionality and doing some usability tests.

We’re planning to add this in the next alpha version 0.4, we can’t promise it but we’ll do our best.

 

Introducing: Squire

First of all, we would like to thank all of you all who took the time to send us your feedback, suggestions and good vibes. We’d also like to thank our wonderful group of alpha testers for spending their valuable time helping us.

As you may have noticed, we’re just a few people doing all the work: Jonatan Castro (the designer) and Fernando García Torcelly (the developer). We’re grateful to have Fernando García Ramos on board as well, helping us build our database and web application. We’re working hard to create something different: a simple application that provides an engaging experience; one that anyone can use and enjoy. Yes yes, your grandma too! Trust us when we say: this is different.

What’s Squire?

Squire is an elegant, easy, simple yet powerful way to consume media. It’s developed in Cocoa—Apple’s language.
On its first launch it will scan your internal and external hard drives, as well as any shared drives in your local network, finding any media files. With the help of our proprietary database, Squire DB, it will gather all the metadata it needs to automatically recognize and sort your media in a stunning interface.

I’m sure you’re eager to see how it looks or how it works, so feel free to take a look at our screenshots and videos.

How I can get my hands on it?

This is alpha software, which means it is not yet ready for public use. We send a batches of invites everyday so, if you’re interested, please sign up at Squire’s website and we will make sure to get you on the list. Please be aware that invitations are not sent instantly, so you’ll probably need to wait a few days—sorry.

When will it go public?

We can’t commit to a date yet. As we’ve said before, we’re just a small startup with (very!) limited resources so any unexpected problems can potentially significantly change any schedule. However, we would really like to launch a public alpha (or beta) before Summer.

How much will I have to pay for it?

0$, 0€ (zero). No, it’s not a typo. Our application will be free to download and use. We could consider some premium services for paid users but it’s way too soon to talk about that.

On a side note, we wanted to use all the great technologies available on Apple’s newest Mac OS X so, at least for now, you’ll need Snow Leopard (10.6+). Also in the subject of requirements, you’ll need a 64-bit processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or higher) but we’ll try to make a 32-bit version and assess it’s performance and usability at a later stage.

One more thing…

So, do you want to know what’s coming on the next alpha version 0.3? From a UI standpoint, not a big change, but this is amazing improvement: we’re happy to announce the introduction of our own database, SquireDB. After more than six months in the works we now have a dedicated server, running an incredible powerful MySQL database and web application. This flexibility makes the possibilities truly limitless.

Of course this could’ve not been possible without the amazing work of our database architect: F.G. Ramos. He tapped into his many years of experience in database design and architecture to create something truly remarkable, efficient and scalable.

For now, only the “Movies” module is SquireDB-enabled and, as you can imagine, it’s all still at a very early stage. We’d really appreciate your help in helping us improve its search effectiveness. To do so, please send us the following information:

  1. Exact file name: The Italian Job.avi.
  2. File size: 4.5GB.
  3. IMDB code of the movie. Learn more about this.
  4. Was your movie successfully recognized? If not, please give us the IMDB code of the (badly) recognized movie.



Also, don’t forget to send us your crash reports. You can do so by copying & pasting the report text onto an RTF file (you can use TextEdit, for example). We will continue our hard work on SquireDB so that we can get the “TV Shows” module working with it as well as soon as possible. Folks… this is just the beginning.


With love,
The Sylion Team.