updated 09:20 pm EST, Tue March 4, 2014
Facebook ignores name change request, improves article sharing
Facebook, which was asked by a prominent iPad developer to change the name of its Paper magazine-style article reader, has instead issued a minor update with the first new feature since its debut in late January. The iPhone-centric app is now at v1.0.2, which adds new ways to share Facebook articles.
Users can now share Facebook articles directly through Messages and Mail on iOS, as well as through Facebook's own private messaging system. In addition, photos uploaded to Facebook through Paper rather than through the website are stored at 2048x2048 resolution, more than twice the normal storage resolution. The update now also supports post creation in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The free app is now available from the App Store.
Karelia Software acquires Andy Kim's Potion Factory
Both Karelia Software (best known for Sandvox, its website creation tool) and Potion Factory (best known for its The Hit List to-do productivity app) have posted notices on their respective sites saying that Potion Factory has now been acquired by Karelia, including founder Andy Kim. Kim will now work on Karelia's products as well as his own, and in his post expressed relief that marketing and product support will now be handled by a company with the resources to do them well.
For its part, Karelia told its customers to expect new improvements to The Hit List and Tangerine, though Potion Factory's Voice Candy will be put on hold for a while in order to modernize its code for OS X Mavericks. The company said that Kim is also already contributing to Sandvox.
Kim in his letter told users that "Potion Factory started as an experiment to see if an extremely small team could survive by making and directly selling software to the end user" and that while he never had acquisition as a goal, "other Potion Factory software will have access to more engineering resources. It also means that our customers will get more timely answers to technical support questions. These are all great changes. Having been a small company whose passion lies in making software, not in marketing or customer support, these were always areas that I wanted to improve upon and now it will happen."