It’s always nice to get mentioned, but getting mentioned in the 37signals Campfire room brings a particular swell of pride.
Ketchup 1.0 is here
Last night, we quietly pushed a new website and turned on billing for Ketchup.
As promised, we’ve kept an always-free plan, along with a Personal plan for €9 per month and a Business plan for €49. Everyone gets 30 days unlimited use of the whole app, even if you’ve already signed up.
This release also brings in a new bonus feature that we decided to add to the Business plan: customisation. You can upload your own logo and company details, and choose a theme to suit your brand.
This is a huge milestone for our little app. Thanks for helping us get this far!
Announcing “Projects” : a way to group and filter meetings in Ketchup
One of the most requested features for Ketchup was a way to group, or tag meetings together.
It’s often really hard to get the balance just right for this kind of thing. Keeping with Ketchup’s philosophy of simplicity and effectiveness, I think we’ve come up with an elegant solution that adds just enough power to the app, without impinging on the cleanliness of the interface.
Project support starts when you’re creating a meeting. You can now type a “Project” for your meeting:
When you’ve added a few projects, when you click the project field, you’ll notice that your other projects appear inline for quick selection using the mouse or the up and down arrow keys.
If you type the first few letters of a project and hit the tab key, it will select from your current projects. Fast, simple.
When you save your meeting, other meetings in that project appear in the sidebar:
A meeting’s project also appears on the meetings index page:
Finally, to switch between projects, use the project selector:
This has been a really fun feature to implement, and I hope you like it. I’m really excited about being able to add such powerful, useful features, without compromising the core values behind the app.
Recent Ketchup Writeups
Wesley Fok, blogging for Canada’s “Globe and Mail” writes:
“Ketchup is so much easier to use that you might start to wonder why you’re bothering with other options.”
Meanwhile, “Online Tech Tips” agrees:
“Ketchup is incredibly easy to use—so easy that we wonder why no one has thought of it before now”
It’s flattering and vindicating to read these and strengthens our resolve to focus on keeping our features lean, focussed, well-thought-out and intuitive.
Ketchup PHP API Wrapper
We’re delighted to announce a PHP wrapper for Ketchup, available now on Github. Thanks go to Till Klampaeckel. If you run a PHP site and you want to integrate with Ketchup, this library provides everything you need!
The PHP wrapper joins the Ruby library that we announced two weeks ago. It’s great to be able to announce these useful tools for interacting with our API.
We have attachments now. Maybe you’ve noticed.
The ability to attach files to agenda items has been something we’ve been thinking about implementing for a bit, and we’ve received a number of requests for the feature. But it’s a tricky one, because it requires fiddling with the juicy centre of the Ketchup app - the entry of agenda items & notes. We don’t want to mess with that workflow too much.
I’m pretty happy with what we came up with. To attach a file, click the paperclip icon and use the little file uploader. Attachments are listed in a little box above the notes. Easy.
Just copy the link from the bottom of your meetings index, and paste it in to your calendar app of choice.
This feature is delivered via our new API: it’s really cool to be able to deliver two interdependent features back to back!
Ketchup gets an API
We’ve had a number of requests for an API since we launched last month, and today I’m putting the official API spec for version 1 live.
The API contains everything you need to interact with all your data in Ketchup: meetings, agenda items and notes. It even includes some preview methods for future features.
Introducing features to the API before we introduce them into the main site is a great way for us to get these features tested without them being fully live.
If you have any issues or questions about the API, or if you build something that uses it, shoot us a message over at the API forum.
I’m very excited about this, as it’s one more significant milestone checked off for us, and paves the way for a few more good features to be released over the next few weeks.
The “Show more…” way to load new items is all the rage, and we’re jumping on the bandwagon. We’re now displaying 20 meetings at a time, and you can keep loading more inline until there’re no more to display.
This is just the start of our plans to help find and filter meetings, which will become more relevant as more people add more meetings to the system.
We’ve reworked the drag and drop sorting for agenda items and notes. Given that we’re very particular about trying to do things right, drag and drop sorting has been a bit of a pet peeve for us since we launched.
There were a few other features that we introduced and then killed before launch, but we decided to keep drag and drop sorting: it was clunky, but it was unobtrusive and didn’t interfere with the interface.
Today, we’re pushing a fix that cleans things up. We’ve added handles to notes for grabbing to sort them. We’ve also introduced an icon at the top of the agenda list for folding up the notes, which adds grab handles to agenda items too.
It makes for a much smoother, more intuitive interface for sorting items and notes.