What is Wooly?
Wooly: A Ravelry Companion App is an iOS app that brings Ravelry, a fiber community of over 3 Million, directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch wrapped in a beautiful and simple-to-use touch based interface. Since its launch over a year ago, Wooly remains the first and only iOS app that provides on-the-go access to the fabulous features and content you're used to seeing in your Ravelry account. In June 2012, we were proud that Wooly made the Top Ten paid iPhone apps in the Apple App Store lifestyle category.
About the Developers
Wooly has been designed and built by a couple of knitters with lots of love for all you fiber fans out there. We're David (Dstys) and John Stys (MenKnitToo), two brothers whose mother, Sharon, introduced them to the fiber world at an early age. We're real knitters, fiber enthusiasts, and app developers. If you don't believe us, check out our work on Ravelry.
When we started knitting full-time a few years ago we became instantly addicted to Ravelry and developed a passion to create a superb mobile app experience to support Ravelry's wonderful community of users.
History of Wooly
We released the first version of Wooly in April 2012. At that time the feature list was limited to most of the features found in the Ravelry "Notebook." These included viewing Projects, Queued items, Stashed items, as well as a list of a user's Friends, friends' projects and project details. Over time we developed some basic ability to edit the information described above. We were also the first iOS app that allowed users to add photos to a project and stash directly from the iPhone in concert with a built in photo editor. This feature alone has accounted for thousands of users using their Ravelry accounts more fully.
Our biggest critique from users has always been their desire to see us develop a more "fully featured" app that works with Ravelry. While Ravelry's API is pretty spectacular and constantly growing, some of the features users have asked for were simply unavailable to us...until now!
As we speak we're building the next version of Wooly. We call it Wooly 2.0. New in this version, Wooly will be native to all of Apple's iDevices. This means you know longer have to use the "2x" feature to expand the iPhone native interface when using Wooly on your iPad. Just to be clear, Wooly will now look and feel absolutely spectacular on the iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Here's a partial list of new features in Wooly 2.0
- Pattern Search!
- Offline access - your notebook content stored on your device
- Filter and sort results
- Add to queue
- Cast on/create a project from a pattern
- Projects (list, create, edit, add photos, share)
- Queue (add to queue, re-order, edit, share)
- Stash (view list, details, edit, add, yards remaining, share)
- Needles (view inventory chart, add/edit/delete needles, share)
- Friends (view friends and their projects
- Messages (Ravelry inbox, read and compose)
These new features and design elements will only be completed and available to you if we reach our goal. So we hope you'll continue to be generous to us so we can finish a product that so many of your have wanted for so long!
Stretch Goal - Android!
Our primary Kickstarter goal is to raise enough funds to help us complete building the newly redesigned and feature rich Wooly 2.0. However, we've received so much interest from the Android community that we're just about ready to start developing a Wooly app for them as well. So, we've split our planned development into two phases:
Phase I - Complete the Wooly 2.0 universal app. That means it will work native on all the iOS devices. We will make a beautiful experience for these devices and take advantage of all the most sought after features in Ravelry's API.
Phase II - Develop Wooly for Android devices. We've received overwhelming requests from those of you in the Android community to create a fully featured app for them as well. Android development will be our Stretch Goal.
Our Final Pitch...
We started this project simply out of passion for the Ravelry community and our passion for well built mobile apps. We've also learned so much from all of you who knit, crochet, dye, and spin fiber out there that we want to give something back to the fiber community at large!
Please consider supporting us!
Risks and challenges
Our goal is to utilize all the features available to us in Ravelry's API in our iPad and Android apps.
Depending on the level of support we achieve and the time and effort it takes Ravelry to develop new parts of the API, it's possible that we may have to limit the number of features we add to Wooly. If we were to be limited in this way we would poll our user community to help us prioritize what features they want first.
Our number one priority is to create the universal iOS iPad app when our campaign is successful. If we receive a greater response than we initially expect, and have the funds to do so, we will begin active development on Wooly for Android devices.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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