Combining form and functionality to address your many frustrations with email.
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Crono, an email client for the iPad and iPad Mini, is our vision of beautiful and intuitive email for touch devices. Similar to other email clients, Crono lets you connect and access all of your existing accounts in one safe, secure app. Because Crono is compatible with nearly all email providers, you will have no problem setting up your Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, MobileMe, Hotmail, University and corporate accounts.
The app also includes the option to set up email for multiple users with optional password protection. Now you can share your iPad with family members or roommates without having access to each other's private mail.
I use the Apple Mail app . . . so why switch?
The design and functionality of email clients have been static for years. Crono aims to change that.
Your inbox is massive, almost certainly unorganized, and cluttered with junk. Junk may be spam or it may be something one level up, like subscriptions and newsletters. Current email clients just don't have the functionality to intuitively sort these types of emails. Crono automatically organizes your email for you.
Sounds about right. How does Crono do it differently?
- Crono will do more so you can do less . . .
As soon as a new message arrives, Crono scans the message for various characteristics and places it in the correct folder. The app comes with some folders, like "Spam" and "Subscriptions & Stuff," so you can check out your daily deals and newsletters when it's convenient to do so.
Users may also create an unlimited number of new custom folders. For instance, if you would like all receipts and invoices to flow into a folder, just create a "Receipts" folder and the app will adapt as you begin to drop in your email receipts.
- Finding the needle in a haystack
For a lot of us, email is an essential part of our lives. If you need to find a contact, check your email. Need to find an old attachment, check your email. Looking for written proof that your boss promised that promotion, check your email.
Currently this is difficult when you have a ton of attachments and even more emails. Crono allows you to use custom and flexible filters so you can find the email or attachment you're looking for almost instantly. The app even separates attachments for you so you can quickly find them without hunting through emails.
Crono focuses on a consistent user interface, and in doing so, utilizes the same layout for the Search feature as it does for creating folders. Instead of creating a new folder, you just create a new filter.
- To-do or not to-do, your choice
One thing email does particularly well is provide the user with important time-stamped information. The problem is that important information is often surrounded by a bunch of less useful information. Crono solves this by allowing you to quickly turn any email into a task. When the user creates a task, Crono extracts the relevant information and links the new task back to the original email.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Features are great, and we have blueprints for plenty more, but sometimes an overhaul really just needs a facelift. Email was created for the typical desktop computer--a primitive one at that. Modern technology has paved the way for a beautiful email client, yet no one has seized this opportunity. Instead, current clients were created for the desktop computer and subsequently adapted for mobile devices. The problem is that you don't interact with computers the same way you do with a touch screen. Here's why:
- The mouse is now the finger. No hovering--just tapping, swiping, and pinching.
- Multiple windows don't exist on tablets or smartphones.
- Scrolling is as simple and quick as the flick of a finger, so why the small-print lists and inefficient use of space?
Crono was designed from the ground up with a focus on mobile interaction. The GRID-based design uses all the available real estate, making it easy to read and tap. But what we love are the different view modes. Tap the eye and select Standard for our reinvented but recognizable view. Alternatively, we think you'll really appreciate the Cover Flow mode. Swipe to the right to view previous emails one at a time; swipe down to see the full email, but you're still just a left or right swipe away from another email--no back button needed. Try another, say Stacks, and you can pinch to expand a pile from the same sender (a great one for viewing Subscriptions & Stuff).
We also designed a better way to reply to an email. On a computer, it's easy to view the email you're writing side-by-side with the one you're replying to. Unfortunately, mobile email clients don't allow for such luxury, until now. Crono has a split-view reply screen so you can see what you're replying to.
Looks pretty awesome already, why do you need help from Kickstarter?
We see Crono as an opportunity to build something great, maybe even transformational. We hope to bring it to other mobile devices in the future as well, but we need to take a step before we can leap. In order take that step, we would sincerely appreciate your help.
The UI design and prototype are almost complete, as you can see in our video. It's a great start but to help finish the app and get it within a finger's touch, we will need $40,000. Here's our breakdown:
- Kickstarter and Amazon will earn $3,500 to $4,000 in their effort to provide this awesome service.
- A little over $6,000 for rewards for our amazing supporters.
- $20,000 is what we think it will take to hire another developer so we can make Crono as flawless as possible and deliver it on time.
- $1,500 will cover miscellaneous expenses like software and other coding tools.
- The final $9,000 will cover further design, servers, push notifications, and the proper security measures.
(**Only the iPad and iPad Mini? The iPad is the perfect platform for a few reasons. For one, it's beautifully design-oriented. More importantly, the iPad is just the right size for reading and responding to email. It gives us the chance to incorporate an intuitive interface with ideal functionality. Also, due to its ease of mobility, email can be accessed from anywhere. Don't worry though, we plan on releasing to other devices as soon as possible. Any excess proceeds will go towards this goal.)
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We know that nothing in the world goes exactly as planned, but we've thoroughly thought about the challenges we may face, and are prepared to tackle them head on if and when they do arise.
One of the main obstacles we will face involves the development of the app. While we already have a talented developer on our team (Jack), finding another talented developer or two will be a challenge. However, we have already begun the search, and we are confident that we will find someone that will add value to our project.
Another challenge that we face is the back-end server side development for the app. This is a very important part of our project and we want to make security a top priority. We will have to design a very robust and secure system to handle checking users emails and sending push notifications. Fortunately we already have a great push provider in mind, and we are confident we will be able to produce a high quality and functional system.
Finally, there is the receipt of funds and distribution of rewards. Once funded, we will begin to order our rewards and hire our developers. In determining our prizes, we made sure that we received several bids and made sure to factor in any extra fees needed to complete the rewards (embroidering, printing, etc.).
Unforeseen challenges may arise, however, we will continue to update our backers at the first sight of any issue. We believe that transparency is always a good thing. As such we will update the project regularly.
Initially, the app will be produced for the iPad and iPad mini. However, the long-term goal is to make the app available on as many platforms and devices as possible.
While we do plan to make the app work with Exchange, the initial version may not not support it. Since Exchange is Microsoft's proprietary format, integrating it will require quite a bit of work.
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