Archive for the ‘Night Stand’ Category
If you’ve been on the fence for whatever reason about buying Night Stand HD then now’s the time to stop procrastinating and go for it! We’re happy to announce that from Fri, Nov 25 through Mon, Nov 28 all versions of Night Stand will be marked down to $0.99. That’s our lowest price ever for the world’s number one alarm clock app, so now’s the perfect time to buy. Look, the download link is right here, we couldn’t possibly make this any easier!
It’s been quite a week for all us lovers of technology, and both E3 and WWDC brought some exciting news and big announcements. Nintendo debuted the Wii U, Sony named their new handheld the PS Vita and Apple dropped the details of iOS 5 as well as iCloud. To celebrate all this fun and excitement Spoonjuice has been giving away practically our entire catalog of apps completely free, but now the end is upon us. Today is the LAST DAY to pick up Climate, Daily Deeds, Fun Booth 2, Night Stand, the Plateau and Valentines completely and totally free, so if there are any apps you haven’t snatched up yet this is the time. This really is an unprecedented offer, and there’s no telling if we’ll ever do something similar again. If you don’t have these apps yet then go get them right now, lest you put it off another day and have to pay for them tomorrow!
We also want to thank everyone who’s supported us and picked up one or more of our apps this week. We hope you enjoy what you’ve seen and promise that there’s more great stuff to come in the future. We look forward to continuing to create the juiciest apps money can buy!
Next week is an incredibly exciting one, as it will feature two huge tech and gaming events at the same time. Over in San Francisco, Steve Jobs and friends are getting ready to show off the latest Apple goodness at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Meanwhile, a few hours south in LA the gaming world will gather for E3, the industry’s biggest annual event. It’s like some sort of super-eclipse, and in celebration of both this momentous occasion Sourcebits and Spoonjuice have decided to make a number of their most popular apps free on iOS devices for a limited time. Users will be able to download Climate, Daily Deeds, Fun Booth 2, Night Stand, the Plateau and Valentines all for gratis from June 6-10.
Night Stand HD has always been one of the most popular apps created by SpoonJuice, and now it adds another feather in it’s cap as it has been named by Gizmodo as one of the best Lifestyle apps for iPad.
We’re really proud of this achievment and would like to thanks the Gizmodo staff for including Night Stand HD in this list.
Night Stand HD is loved by users throughout the globe for several features that make the application stand apart from the rest. It has been widely acclaimed for its gorgeously designed clocks and easy to use functionality.
You can find numerous clock apps on the app store, but it’s the beautiful UI and equally brilliant UX of Night Stand HD that makes it stand apart from the crowd.
Not that you could tell from the blog, but the working-class heroes at SpoonJuice have been clocking massive overtime lately. Earlier this month we dropped the latest version of Night Stand for iOS, celebrating with our first ever giveaway promotion via Twitter & Facebook – for a 64gb 3G iPAD, which of course none of us could enter to win… *cough cough* … but I digress. Of the thousands who actually did enter, the congrats belong to Nick Snyder. So, CONGRATS, Nick!!! No man, YOU RULE! ^_^y
So the new Night Stand is entirely, erm… NEW, and reborn as a universal app so you buy it once and if you have, say, iPad and iPhone, that one purchase will sync to both. Now that alone is some pretty fab news and for a lot of app houses that’s a worthy point release on its own, but we pulled out all the stops with the new version and you know what? It’s an absolute gem. And no, it’s not just our moms who love it. Every tech blog that’s covered it, and a loooot of customers on the App Store are just raving. Ahem… #1 in HOW many countries? Try 30.
With that, let’s close this post with some wooly bear hugs from all of us at SpoonJuice to everyone who’s already purchased Night Stand. If you’re lovin’ it, do drop a line in the forums! And if you haven’t downloaded it yet, feast yer eyes on the reviews below and see if you don’t change your mind. (And here’s a link to the App Store, just in case.)
Night Stand HD makes the iPad useful even when you aren’t using it. It’s good to look at, easy to use, minimalist in its design and great for what it does. – 148apps.com
This is one great looking app. – thenextweb.com
an incredible app… not only gives you a choice of clocks, but you also have a world clock, multiple alarms, limited weather info right on the clock fake, and a stopwatch — the unofficial Apple weblog
a beautiful looking app that will make your friends and family drool – smokingapples.com
if you plan on doing a lot of traveling with your iPad… this is a must — engadget.com
What!? Still here? Stay tuned, massive updates in the works for our other titles, too!
This is a good day. Yes. We have finished polishing NS 2.7 and we finally are satisfied with it enough to give it to you. We had submitted the new version to App Store around two weeks ago and today (finally!) it went live.
(Of course if you have Night Stand installed already — if you don’t, I suggest go grab it now as big things are coming in the following paragraphs)
The best alarm clock in App Store just got massively better. We answered the biggest questions of our users, provided solutions you all wanted and threw in a couple surprises. Here’s the list of new features then:
Beautiful, animated analog clock theme: Glow.
It comes as in-app purchase for just $0.99. Which is nothing considering how cool this theme is. I can show you a screenshot:
But believe me — it’s nothing. There is nothing like seeing this clock slowly fire up before your eyes in the night. It pulsates when alarm goes off and delicately fades away when you dim the screen. I think we have managed to capture a very soothing, futuristic experience here. You have to try it!
Next is a big one. Everyone wanted to
Set any song, album or playlist as your alarm and now it’s finally possible!
iPhone OS 3.0 brought a set of updates which allowed us (developers) to make you (users) even more happy with apps which make wider use of your devices. So rejoice! Go to Alarm settings, tap Sound, iPod Music and pick away!
Night Stand is helping to save your device’s battery and screen.
Set the alarm, lock the screen with lock button on top of your device and the alarm will play when it’s time. Don’t quit the app before locking the screen though — it has to be running “in the background” for the alarm to go off. Saves screen and battery — you don’t have to fiddle with cables and power blocks or docks before going to bed!
Alarm now sets off on time which is displayed on the screen.
How does it work? Quite intuitive really:
- Let’s say you live in Cupertino, CA
- you set your alarm to 7:00 AM
- you swipe the screen to show away time zone, which is set to Tokyo, Japan
- the alarm won’t go off on 7:00 AM your local time, but on 7:00 AM Tokyo time
So be wary of this rule: alarm goes off in whatever time zone which is currently displayed on the screen. In Glow theme, which displays both clocks simultaneously, alarm always plays in home time zone.
You can customize snooze now.
You can set it to activate after 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes or — if you’re confident enough — never. We suggest to have it enabled though. Combined with our powerful math puzzles, Night Stand proves to be very effective waking you up.
Improved time zone support.
We listened to your feedback and changed the way Night Stand handles time zones. It should be faster and more accurate now.
And as always — many bug fixes and performance improvements!
We’re sorry that it took a bit long but we wanted to make sure we provide the best product possible. We polished it like maniacs, seriously. We didn’t want to rush out with a quick update, instead we played down iPhone OS 3.0 initial excitement and implemented what it offers peacefully and carefully. We hope you will like it — let us know if you do or don’t!
I know it’s a bit late and all of you probably have it on your devices already but still… maybe some of you don’t! Better safe than sorry — I’d like to announce that we released a much-anticipated update to Night Stand, which comes with the following sweet things:
1. New themes: Binary Clock and Classic LCD. Have a look:
2. Away time zone mode!
Swipe your finger on the screen to change to away time zone. If you are traveling or are in a different time zone, you can set a second time zone in Night Stand’s preferences and have access to both home and away time with the swipe of your finger. Can it get easier than that?
3. Bug fixes and other minor things:
Due to popular request, we changed snooze time to 10 minutes and finally — math questions can be turned off in Alarm settings. Apart of that, we fixed over 40 small issues reported by you guys — so again thank you very much!
We dropped the price of Night Stand to $0.99 — this promotion won’t last forever, so tell your friends to grab it ASAP!
It’s been quite difficult to bring all of these things into 2.5 and we’re going to hold with more updates until iPhone OS 3.0 is released. A few big new features are planned and already in development, so stay tuned!
I’m proud to announce that our flagship iPhone application Night Stand was reviewed by the biggest online Mac magazine — Macworld. Rob de la Cretaz gave our baby 4 of 5 stars! Have a look at the excerpt of the review:
Something I really love about new technology is the possibility that it’s so revolutionary, it replaces things that have been commonplace in our lives for a long time. The iPhone is no exception to this, as it has found a way to take over the roles of all sorts of things we hold near and dear. Thanks to Night Stand, you can add digital alarm clock to that list.
To read more, head over to Macworld website.
I’d like to take this opportunity and address a few Rob’s concerns:
1. If the iPhone goes to sleep, the alarm won’t go off at all.
This is a potential problem, I agree. One solution is to set Auto-Lock to Never and connect your device to power supply. We are also working on a little trick, that will allow alarm to go off even if screen goes to sleep. We’re not sure if it will work, so cross your fingers!
2. Multiple, scheduled alarms.
We’ve been tinkering with this idea a lot. Our main concern is that it will duplicate iPhone Clock’s functionality, which might put us into trouble. We all know stories of apps like Opera or that podcasting utility. We want to avoid Night Stand being banned from App Store since everyone likes it so much
Again — thanks to Macworld for such a nice review and as always — big thanks to all of our users for splendid feedback and ongoing support. You rule!
In this post, I’d like to address a recurring issue with the time displayed on Night Stand’s icon. We’ve been getting many comments and support e-mails with either praise or hate. Some people ask to remove it, some accuse us of being drug addicts…boy, 4:20 certainly stirred things up!
I must admit it’s rather amusing for me to watch what’s happening. Being perfectly honest with you, 4:20 on the icon is a pure coincidence. When designing the application, I typed in digits almost randomly, paying attention to visual aspect only: I wanted them to look good and make a nice composition. That’s it. Seriously. I cross my heart, I’m not lying here.
It boils down to cultural differences. As defined by Urban Dictionary:
4:20 was the designated time for a small group of smokers at San Rafael High School in California to meet at a specific location and light up. The number originates some time around 1971. It has since been adopted by smokers the world over as the “universal time to get high.”
The thing is: this association does not exist where I live. Statement that this notion has been adopted as the “universal time to get high” is not true. I am Polish, I live in Poland and 4:20 doesn’t mean anything here. I learned about it from Night Stand comments in App Store. Now I realize that it’s popular in United States, not sure about the rest of the world though. I did ask friends from Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic and Netherlands — and none of them was familiar with 4:20. One guy from UK heard about it from an American movie. In India this number is correlated with theft and cheating. So 4:20 certainly is a symbol, but: it’s meaning is geography-dependant. I realize this survey was amateur and incomplete to say the least, but my goal was to hint our American users that what they perceive as universal might not be in other parts of our lovely planet
So…it turns out to be an issue which doesn’t quite transfer to global culture, hence our decision is to not change it. Simple as that. We’ve been getting lots of positive feedback about it too and actually — most of our users ignore it altogether.
Summing it up, I’d like to add another 4:20 reference, this time from literature. Maybe it will shed a different, more interesting light on this matter. On the same page of Urban Dictionary, there’s a quote from H.P. Lovecraft’s story “In the Walls of Eryx”:
I had encountered at least one of those curious mirage-plants about which so many of our men told stories. Anderson had warned me of them, and described their appearance very closely—the shaggy stalk, the spiky leaves, and the mottled blossoms whose gaseous dream-breeding exhalations penetrate every existing make of mask…Although everything was spinning perilously, I tried to start in the right direction and hack my way ahead. My route must have been far from straight, for it seemed hours before I was free of the mirage-plant’s pervasive influence. Gradually the dancing lights began to disappear, and the shimmering spectral scenery began to assume the aspect of solidity. When I did get wholly clear I looked at my watch and was astonished to find that the time was only 4:20. Though eternities had seemed to pass, the whole experience could have consumed little more than a half-hour.
Full story is available here. Big recommendation actually: H.P. Lovecraft is a classic, you really should know his works.
ps. To clear it up: we are not pot smokers
Dear Night Stand users!
We would like to take this opportunity and thank you for being so supportive and eager to check out our application and give feedback for it. We’ve had over four million downloads to date and this number is far beyond our wildest expectations.
We are continuously working to improve Night Stand. There has been some bug reports, we addressed most of them already (a maintenance update is coming) There’s also an ongoing river of feature requests and let me make this clear to everyone: we inspect every single feature request, discuss it and consider adding to our to-do list. Though, we do have a clearly set feature scope for Night Stand and we know what we would like it to become in future — it’s not like we will pack everything you’re asking for
Again — thank you so much! We will do our best and not let you down with Night Stand. Rock on!!