So… it’s early July and still no sign of the Novlr beta… “what’s gone wrong” I hear you cry. Well I’m pleased to say nothing has gone wrong. A lot has gone right. The overwhelming enthusiasm from all of you wonderful people has led to us feeling a bit of pressure to deliver you a windows key product that you’d really love to use.
Initial beta plan
When we first thought this Novlr thing up, we intended to throw up a rudimentary beta that just worked and see how that went. That was a good plan, but it was a plan formulated when we thought maybe ten or twenty people might try it out. Instead, we had to close the beta as it edged high into the hundreds of people, and we’ve got over 6000 followers on twitter. The attention has been incredible, and we’re so touched that people like what we’re trying to do. So we felt that the original interface design wasn’t quite good enough for you all, so have been working like mad to get you one that is.
An interface overhaul
We’ve been honoured to work with a couple of great designers on Novlr – but I’ll post about them in full another day. This time round we were looking at the interface that you’ll write into, and we’re really pleased with where we’ve got it to. It does mean that there might be a little delay in getting the beta out, but we think it has been worth it. We’re hopeful that we can get it out this month or very early August. The functionality with the beta release is the foundation work really. It ensures that you are able to write your novel easily and securely. It breaks it into chapters, but not much more. So, what we wanted to make sure you got a taste of is the lovely feel we want Novlr to have. Again, remember this is just the beta so there is sooooo much left to come.
A sneak preview
So here is what the writing interface for Novlr looks like. We really love it, so we hope you do too.
Full writing screen
With chapters menu open
So…what do you think?