Sylights iOS Update & Moving Forward

So. It’s been a (very) long time since our last post. I guess it’s no secret to anyone but let’s be honest: Sylights has been running very slowly during the last months, even the last year.

We have many reasons for that, the main one being that until recently Sylights was only a side-project we were working on during our spare time. But that time is over!
We’ve decided to give Sylights more attention and move forward to achieve our initial goal: producing a professional lighting diagrams app to help you in your daily photography work.
So, during the last year, we’ve all reorganized our lives and started our own company. It’s called Digital Cuisine, and it’ll allow us to continue working on Sylights and other projects.

You don’t quit your job and organize a new life to dedicate yourself to a project in two or three days, but that’s where we are now, and we hope you’ll like the outcome :)

We’ve just updated Sylights for iPhone and Sylights for iPad as a first step forward.
Here are the main points of this update:

  • We’ve added a undo/redo feature in the lighting diagrams editor, so that you can make mistakes and forget about them quickly!

  • We’ve fixed a few bugs and crashes to improve the apps performance and make them work under iOS 7.

  • We’ve started working on a new design. It’s already there in the updated app, and we’ll try to migrate everything to the new look iteratively. I won’t say too much here, but it won’t only be about the look :)

  • Finally, we’ve added a new “Support Sylights” screen.

Let’s talk about this last point. As I said above, we’re now in a situation where most of our time will be dedicated to improving Sylights and bringing the apps and website to the next level. Our main focus will be to make the apps and more tied together, so that you can browse lighting diagrams from the community and synchronize your own diagrams between the apps and the website.
Though there’s a lot of work to do and new infrastructures to invest in to support these improvements, we want to keep delivering our core services for free. Yep, for free!

You guessed it already, the new “Support Sylights” screen is a way for you to help us deliver.
For the moment, what you can do is remove the ads from the apps for $1.99. In exchange of that small fee, you get a nicer app free from these ugly ad banners and you help us improve Sylights!

Of course we’ll need all the help we can get, so we’ve also included a set of social media buttons. Use them to spread the word about Sylights and how it’ll become the greatest studio photography app thanks to your support!

Lastly, if you want to help us more significantly, we have set up donation buttons via PayPal. You can get us some coffee to keep us coding night after night using the $5/5€ buttons, or send us the amount of your choice using the “help us” button!

If you don’t feel like sending us some money, please consider talking about Sylights to your friends, coworkers, family… Share this article on Facebook (or like our page), Twitter (and follow us), G+, to let people know about us and what we have to offer. Please continue sending us suggestions on our feedback platform too.

Whatever you do, be sure that we highly appreciate the effort! We will do our best to live up to your expectations and make Sylights better and better.

Sylights is far from a finished product, we do have a lot of ideas to improve it, and it can only go faster and closer to what you’re looking for, thanks to you! :)