beardFIX© – the app and website

What a busy Summer it has been! Our app is on target to be released on the Apple App Store this coming December. We are super excited to see the app finally coming together at last!

We have spent the past couple of months getting our teeth into ionic, angular and firebase and we have an app at last that is 95% fully functioning from end to end. It will be ready for user testing at the end of the week.

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Once our user testing starts so can the fun part – the UI design that will fully bring to life our UX desires. We have just secured some real estate online at www.beardfixapp.com – please pop over for a quick visit. At the moment we have only a landing page to whet your appetitie but there’s loads more going on in the background in the meantime so stay tuned for more updates. It is a mobile first design so if you’re out and about your mobile device will ready it without any problems.

We are super super busy at the moment so it may be a while before I update this blog again. Keep an eye out on www.beardfixapp.com for more news and follow us on our more regularly updated instagram account here.

Ciao for now 🙂

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Prototype V6.0

We are on Version 6 of our prototype testing already! The feedback so far is giving us fantastic direction and navigational insights. Already drafting V7.1 as I type this (V7 has just been done in Flinto which we are moving away from in favour of Invision App). Two gifs of V6.0 is shown below with an android interface but V7.1 will be an iOS interface as further to development tools and supports open to us, our team have decided to focus solely on an iOS app for release late next year. Loads to do yet so back to the drawing board as it were!

Link to V6.0 on Invision here: https://invis.io/2NBE7OXQ4

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Virtual Machines, OS X & Sketch

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I am amazed that I have come this far in life without ever having used an Apple computer. Well that has all changed now but alas I am currenty not in a position to purchase, loan or even have a timeshare in a macbook at the moment!!! What I really need is a workaround which the internet gladly shared with me.

Hooray for the virtual machine!! I have spent a productive part of my reading week following the instruction’s on Martijn Schoenmaker‘s blog entry titled “How I started Using Sketch App in Windows” which provided all the information I needed to get set up OS X on my acer laptop. Once I had it up and running, I was then able to install the Sketch app which was the easy bit. While there is no guarantee that this solution works for everyone and granted my laptop is straining under the weight of OS X, it is an affordable way into the world of Apple and apple only programs for those of us on a shoestring.

Freshly installed, I have taken a quick break to pen this article before beginning at the basics in Sketch. I have heard and seen great results from this app so I am super excited to see what I can achieve once I get stuck in. Wish me luck!