Comapping is now 2.0!

We have quite a milestone here at Comapping – we decided to call our new version that is currently on production ‘Comapping 2.0’. We’ve done it for a number of reasons:

  • Comapping Desktop version is now 100% officially not BETA: it is now a commercially signed Adobe AIR application leading to a lot better user experience when installing and update the application.
  • This is the last version before our pricing changes as announced in the separate post.

Additionally, we have a small batch of new features available now:

  • Full-screen mode (check the Advanced tab) allows for using as much of your screen as possible for map navigation
  • Map publishing in your blogs has been improved a little to allow users search inside published maps and authors to specify width and height of the map to publish

However, 2.0 doesn’t mean we’re all done – we have one major new feature coming out the next couple of weeks, and more are in the works. So as usual – stay tuned!

Comapping Pricing Changes

Effective April 1st, 2010, Comapping pricing is changing in the following way:

  • 6-month license won’t be available any longer
  • 12-month single-user license will cost USD50 per year
  • The desktop version is USD100 per license (not time restricted!).
  • Group pricing will be updated accordingly
  • Existing customers will keep the old prices when renewing

We could pretend that the reason for increasing the price is that we now offer a desktop version or that we have this or that new feature, but we will not claim that this is the reason. We could also pretend this is due to the financial crisis or that we wish to sell or market Comapping in other ways that require a higher price point, but we won’t.

The true story is that we are spending an unreasonable amount of time explaining why Comapping is as cheap as it is! Some people can’t believe that the product is mature when the price is so much lower than the competition. So let us state this once and for all: Comapping is a project that is a spin-off of years of research in distributed teams and collaboration and has been highly critical to the success of the two founding companies of Comapping, Lanit-Tercom and Area9.

And so what? Well, the point is that Comapping is not driven by any crazy Web Bubble 2.0 dream, but purely by a principle of ‘Let’s ask for a small contribution to see if we are on the right track with this’. That has worked fine so far, except that a significant number of our support calls have been around the issue of why it is so cheap. We would rather improve the product than answer those questions.

We are convinced that most of you understand the irony of this. If any of our passionate users are getting into financial trouble over this decision, rest assured that you can continue to renew your account at half the price in the future. In case you have recommended Comapping to someone else, just tell us and we will issue vouchers for you that will keep the price at the current level as we definitely do not wish to disappoint anybody.

New features: partial export and Split Topic

A small update just released for our users with two new features:

  • Partial export – allows you to export parts of the map, not the whole map. Very useful for sharing parts of your maps with not-yet-Comapping-enabled world around you.
  • Split Topic – a handly little tool to split a topic by newlines or paragraph breaks into several topics. You asked – we made it!

And of course a lot of bug fixes and enhancements.

Comaping and Context Organizer together

I am writing this blog post to announce that we’re launching a pilot for the new feature – integrated Context Organizer service. This is a great way for you to quickly analyze documents and web links and insert summaries of their content into the map – basically, an automated way to make maps, something you were dreaming about before! Context Organizer slogan is ‘Read less – Learn more’, and now the power of it is available to Comapping users.

Please do not hesitate to try this new feature out and share your feedback! Just to clarify, you don’t need to download and installing anything, just use the Map It! feature now built-in to Comapping!

Cross-topic links live!

We are terribly sorry for being a little bit silent for a while, but this was for a reason. We have just released a brand new feature many of our users asked before: cross-topic links! Yes you can now put links between different topics in your maps and visually connect the related topics from different branches.

Additionally, two new export formats are ready: SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and (as many people asked) PDF! The last one was asked particularly often and we are sure will be of great value for our users.

There are lots of other improvements you might have noticed already, and a lot of new cool stuff in the works. We hope you would keep enjoying our service in 2010 and onwards.

Spell Check and a lot more

I am glad to announce that we’ve just put our new Spell Check feature online. You can now spell check as you type, get suggestions and replace incorrect words in a totally userfriendly way. I am sure this alone is worth a release, however we have even more stuff now:

  • New welcome dialog is now even more easy to use than before allowing you to see up to 16 recent maps and quickly access the Import Map feature – yes you don’t have to open a map just to import another map anymore!
  • And you asked for it – you have now a way to remove a user from the list of your contacts. Check the Share with Address Book dialog and you will find a nice context menu there.

A small FAQ on spell checking:

  • Yes we plan to add more languages later
  • Yes we plan to add user dictionaries
  • Yes we plan to speed it up

Enjoy! And waiting for your feedback!

API examples now available

I am pleased to announce one more tiny thing we’ve made to help you integrate your applications with us. We’ve just put the PHP examples for our API online – check them out!

Forgotten feature: batch sharing

I’ve just realized this morning that I forgot to mention one more new feature we have: share multiple maps at once. Now you can multi-select a number of maps in file dialog and share all of them – especially useful when you add new people to your team.

Protect Map, My Users and more

We’ve just put a new release online. It includes the following changes:

  • Protect Map feature allows you to mark a map as protected meaning that your collaborators won’t be able to extract content from this map. This is an ideal way to share a confidential and/or private information with your peers.
  • My Users group in Share Dialog is a way for our most heavy users to deal with too many contacts in their lists: it allows you to show either all people having access to the same maps as you have (‘All users’) or only people directly shared on your maps (‘My users’).
  • And of course a lot of bug fixes and enhancements.

We are opening the API!

I am ready to announce some excellent news for many of our users. We’ve just put an API Reference document online, so try it NOW! And of course do not hesitate to share your first impressions with us and the community.