Some of you have seen the Macworld article about “Daylite Touch” – our upcoming version of Daylite for the iPhone that supports OTA (Over the Air Sync). We are extremely excited about Daylite Touch and we’ve been working very very hard on it.
Many of you have asked us what we plan to do for the iPhone – and we answered that “we’re looking at it” or something else along those lines, but in reality we’ve been working on it since March 6th – the day the iPhone SDK came out. We have a significant portion of the engineering team on this project with the remainder split between Daylite and Billings. The engineering team is larger than it has ever been (50% of the entire company) and they are working at full tilt with lots of late nights.
A quick recap:
- Daylite Touch will offer a subset of the features available on the desktop as well as a subset of the data. We will not discuss the specific feature set until we ship
- You’ll be able to synchronize from any place, any time as long as you have a WIFI, Edge or 3G connection and your firewall ports are properly configured. You’ll be able to continue working if you are not connected for whatever reason
- Daylite Touch will require a server (Daylite Touch Server) in order to perform the synchronization. The server must reside on the same machine as the Daylite database
- We’ve taken what we’ve learned with the old Palm sync, the old Address Book sync, the current Sync Services and the current Offline sync and developed a new compact and interruptible Over the Air sync platform – designed to handle various Daylite intricacies
- You will need Daylite 3.8 or 3.9 – which will be a free upgrade for all current Daylite 3 customers. There are no visual changes planned.
- The server will be licensed on a per-devices basis – the per-device cost is yet to be determined
- We will ship towards the end of the year
It was with great reluctance that I agreed to make this information public at this time. The main reason is that we don’t want to be distracted. We are making very good progress but we have lots to do. Remember that the iPhone SDK is a 1.0 release and Daylite is pretty deep (as many of you know), so we have some challenges to overcome.
We will be keeping this pretty low key until we ship. Please don’t expect frequent or lengthy updates. We are really excited and we’re pushing hard, so it’s best we stay in the groove.
An old dream is finally coming true and the future is looking great.
Until next time…