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New iOS Update! (v 1.3)

We just released a more stable version of our iOS app for iPhone and iPad. There were a lot of crashes happening, especially during signup and sync. We’ve hopefully squashed most of those problems but if you run into anything, let us know at support@penzu.com.

Grab the update in the App Store on your device or click here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/penzu/id452674732?ls=1&mt=8

We have plans to continually update the app with the features you’ve been requesting. Lots to do!

Thanks for your love for Penzu and be sure to Tweet and tell the world!

- Penzu Team

November 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm, by Alexander Comments (2)

iOS App Update in the App Store!

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p>We’ve just updated our app that hopefully addresses some of the problems people were having. Here’s a quick list:

- Fixed a bunch of bugs which should lead to less crashing
- iOS5 Support
- Removal of Next/Prev bar on keyboard when typing

And a bunch of other minor things…

If you have the app, please update! If not, you can download it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/penzu/id452674732?mt=8

Let us know what you think!

October 30, 2011 at 10:48 am, by Alexander Comments (3)

New Feature: Custom Email Reminders!

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Today we’re announcing something we’ve been meaning to release for a long time. While it’s a small feature, we think it will expand and heighten the journaling experience—especially for those already using Penzu Post or that have email reminders setup. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that you can now customize the subject of a reminder email, the body or message, and (if you’re Pro) reply directly with your journal entry.

For example, let’s say you’re keeping a food diary. You want to enter what you eat at each meal, three times a day. Instead of having to login to Penzu and fill out an entry (and especially remembering to do so!), you can now create a custom email reminder. For instance, you can add a reminder that gets sent at 8:30 am everyday that says, “Breakfast – What did you eat for breakfast this morning?” and one for lunch at 1 pm that says, “Lunch – What did you eat for lunch today?” and one for dinner too. You’ll never forget a meal!

Or let’s say that at the end of every week you want to write about the highlights of the week. Just schedule a reminder for Sunday at 8 pm and the subject could be, “How did your week go?”, the body, “What were the best and worst things that happened?”

Another great use case is for settings goals. If you set out to accomplish something (like losing weight), wouldn’t it be great to track your progress along the way? You can schedule a custom reminder at the end of each month and ask yourself, “Have I lost 5 pounds this month?” or whatever your target may be. The options are truly endless!

Go to your settings page to set up your reminders. Creating one will now look something like this (pro):

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To really get the most out of custom reminders, you gotta upgrade to Penzu Pro. With Pro not only can you schedule more than one reminder, but you can also set a specific time of day (like at 8:36 pm, something our friend Buster does everyday!). AND because you can create multiple journals, you can have a whole new set of reminders for each journal! Most importantly, though, is the ability to reply directly to reminders with your entry right from your email inbox. Penzu Post gives you the capability of sending entries via email and attaching pictures and tags as well—highly recommended for those that journal a lot or even those that journal less often and want the least amount of hassle.

Upgrade to Penzu Pro and get native mobile access, encryption, themes, tagging, importing, exporting and more… all for just pennies a day. Don’t like it? Get an instant refund within 30 days of purchase!

Reminders keep you active and fill your journal so you can look into the past as time inevitably zooms by. While you think you will remember everything, you’d be surprised how much you forget.

We hope you guys love this feature and let us know how we can make it better be emailing us at feedback@penzu.com.

Write on!

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October 21, 2011 at 8:00 am, by Alexander Comments (1)

Rich-Text For All!

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Fresh off the heels of our mobile apps announcement, we’re adding a feature that our free users will be happy about: free rich-text formatting!

It’s hard to believe that we didn’t have text formatting in the past (we kind of liked the forced simplicity), but we’ve decided to add it to the pad so that more people can use and enjoy Penzu.

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So now you can bold, underling, italicize, change fonts (we have 15 free fonts and 20 Pro ones), change size and color, align, indent, strikethrough, highlight, bullet, add a numbered list, spell check, insert date/time, hyperlink, and remove formatting (great for converting pasted text).  Awesome right?

We don’t support rich-text on our native mobile apps, but our mobile web app has a View Mode which preserves formatting, but for viewing only. We hope to support rich-text across the board down the road.

We’re really excited to be able to add such a widely available feature. Pro users recently got more fonts—and they’re gorgeous! Read more here.

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October 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm, by Alexander Comments (2)

Penzu Hits A Quarter-Million Users, Launches Mobile Apps

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It is with our great pleasure to announce today that Penzu has passed 250k registered users! And to celebrate, we’re launching FREE native mobile apps! Many of you have been using our Mobile Web App to date, and while that will still be working (and improved upon in the future), you can now download native apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Whether you’re on a trip, on the subway, or can’t sleep and need to jot something down in the dark, Penzu will be there. Insert photos into entries, lock the app with a PIN (for extra security), easily send an email to your journal from within the app, and more!

The reason for the change is that our Mobile Web App simply wasn’t cutting the mustard. There are a ton of limitations for web-based mobile development that, while improving, are still very prominent. Speed, use of the camera, local file/photo access, offline capability,  and many more features that make up a great journaling experience are absent or lacking for the mobile web. So we decided to buckle down and make native apps for the most popular devices on the planet. They are all free to download, but if you want to sync to your Penzu account you’ll need to be a Pro user.

This is just the beginning — these apps still have a long way to go to live up to our web app. But the future is bright!

Thanks for your patience (especially Android users). We hope it was worth the wait! And thanks to all of you who make up the now 265k Penzu users! Your support has meant everything to us.

Write on.

- The Penzu Team

September 26, 2011 at 8:00 am, by Alexander Comments (4)

Fonts Galore, New Entries Page, and More!

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p>Hi Penzu lovers!

It’s been a really long time since we posted here, and even longer since we’ve updated our web application. You’ll be pleased to hear that we have made some cool improvements today—for Pro and Free users alike. Read on!

FONTS GALORE!

We’ve always had better fonts for Pro users, but we’ve extended the list of fonts to 18 gorgeous hand-picked typefaces for you to enjoy. If you aren’t a Pro user, what are you waiting for? Upgrade now and start expressing yourself!

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NEW ENTRIES PAGE

We’ve refreshed our entries page and made some big improvements to the UI. For one, it’s a lot cleaner now. Less ugly links and buttons to distract you. Check out the before and after:

Before:

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After:

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Much better, right? We consolidated all links into three dropdown lists: Select Entries (All, This Page, None); Date Filter (View entries in a certain time frame); View (Trashed Entries, All Tagged Entries, All locked Entries). We also cleaned up the search field and button—some people weren’t finding it!

More on this new Date Filter dropdown: now you can easily view entries for either a pre-set date or a custom date range. So if you’re looking for an entry from last week, last month, or the first week of 2009, you can do that with a few clicks.

EMAIL VERIFICATION

Previously, if you wanted to change your email address, all you had to do was go to your Account page, enter a new address, and click submit. That could be bad if your account gets in the wrong hands. An intruder could simply change your email address and block you out. And worse, they could email us with a request to permanently delete your account.

We’ve changed that now. Every time you want to change the email address associated with your account, you must enter a special code which we send to you via email. Just make sure no one gets into your email account!!

So hopefully these little changes will make your writing experience more enjoyable. We’ve got a TON more on the way, so stay tuned!

- The Penzu Team

September 20, 2011 at 10:33 am, by Alexander Comments (2)

Express Yourself with Penzu Pro!

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p>You must be asking yourselves, “Where the heck have you guys been?” We know, we dropped off the radar for a bit there. But, thankfully, we’re back and have some exciting stuff coming soon! First, we’d like to publicly share this trailer showcasing our Customizations feature. A lot of you may have already been using it (and loving it hopefully!), but a lot of users – especially free users – have no idea how amazing Penzu Pro can be. So give this trailer a quick gander and see for yourself!

Awesome, right? You now not only can have a high-res custom background of your choosing, but you can also choose any color in the rainbow as a background. Want your entire journal to have the same customization on each entry? Just click “Make Default” under each style and you’re set!

For those that have already been customizin’, check out some new backgrounds (below) we added today: Rubber, Cracked Earth, Sand, Ocean, Bark, and Red Door. See more at http://penzu.com/customize.

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We’ve got a lot more coming, so stay tuned!

Cheers,
- Penzu Team

August 24, 2011 at 10:02 am, by Alexander Comments (2)

Something Exciting Coming Soon…

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We’ve been busy working on some really cool stuff that we believe is a great fit with our offering and a natural extension of our writing experience. There have been a ton of email requests for this, so we’re excited to finally get it out to our users.

We’re always committed to making Penzu (and our web app) better and will be tirelessly working on improving the notion of what journaling is. We’ve been listening to all the feedback you send us and have a long list of features that we hope to add down the road.

Stay tuned!

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June 17, 2011 at 11:02 am, by Alexander Comments (6)

New Help Section Is Here!

Something that was in desperate need of attention has been our Help section. It hadn’t been changed in years and we have finally given it a fresh coat of paint.

You’ll notice that we’ve added a new search field. Simply type in a question or a keyword and (hopefully) the answer will appear. Before our search box was hidden in the side column and not very user friendly. We have also split the Help landing page into three columns: Most Frequently Asked Questions (our most common questions and most commented on as well), Browse (look through our categories of answers), Contact (easily find us to get more answers).

We feel as though this will reduce frustrations and aid our users in finding the answers they need. Have a look and let us know what you think: http://help.penzu.com

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April 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm, by Alexander Comments Off

Update to Save Status

A month ago we wrote a post about the overhaul of the save status on the pad. After a closer look we made another big change to how saving information is communicated to the user. Here goes:

When you first create an entry, the status will be “Unsaved”. Until you write on the pad, that entry is not saved to your account:

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Then, when you start typing, after a period of time your entry will auto-save:

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Once saved, the status will have a green checkmark and the word “Saved” with the time saved underneath. There will also be a word count below:

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Then, when you start typing, it will say when the entry was last saved so you know that since then, your work has not been saved:

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We’ve also added a warning when leaving the pad page when there is unsaved text:

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Hopefully these small changes will go a long way in terms of making sure your entries are saved!

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April 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm, by Alexander Comments (3)

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