My name is Hans. I’ve been working on Midnight Inbox for about ten years. Over this time I’ve released nine major versions of Inbox. Two for the Mac. Three for the iPhone. Four for the iPad. The next will be number ten.
A few of you who have followed the development of Inbox will know that I have struggled to ship a grandly envisioned Midnight Inbox 2.0 for the Mac for several years. This app does in-fact exist right here on my desktop. It is very close to feature complete. The problem is: I don’t like it. It has strayed from my vision. It has become overwhelming in its scope. It’s just not feasible for me to manage by myself, and sadly, probably not what you need to get things done.
This realization started when I began to think about iOS 7. What should I do to follow Apple’s lead in simplifying and clarifying my app. Looking at what I’d created, I started to realize Inbox had become old, difficult to use, hard to maintain, and not very pretty. Stuck on design patterns from ten years ago. Split into three legacy versions for different devices. Complicated and heavy.
With iOS 7 it’s like being given permission to do less and achieve more. So I stepped back. Tore it all apart. I removed all the texture, all the color, all the buttons and sheets. Everything until all I had left was the raw lists, actions, notes, boxes, folders, events, calendars, and views of GTD. What a huge relief to have all that cruft and distraction gone.
With this clean break my interest in making Inbox great again is completely renewed. The fun, the energy, and the discovery are back. I can’t wait to show you. When? As soon as possible, but not yet. And yes, there will be a beta period for a select few.
Thank you for your patience and support.