Vesper 2.004

September 18, 2014 by

iOS 8 is now available, and with it comes a new release of Vesper. There’s really only one change in this version, but for a lot of you, it’s a really big one: we’ve fixed the scrolling/cursor placement bugs that plagued Vesper throughout the iOS 7 era.

There are a number of technical details that Brent can clarify, but the bottom line is that UITextView on iOS 7 had a number of significant technical problems. iOS 8 brings fixes for most of them, which allowed us to work around the rest fairly reliably. If you find any lingering problems, please let us know.

Also, while not technically a feature, we did use 2.004 as an opportunity to provide support for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. When you get your new phone, Vesper should look great.

And now back to focusing on Vesper for Mac and beyond.

How to Make a Vesper: Sync

May 29, 2014 by

Since the release of Vesper 1.0, the single most requested feature has been sync. While the vast majority of the decisions that make up Vesper 2.0 are code-related, building a pleasant, nearly invisible system required a good deal of thought. Here’s a look at how we approached sync design.


Support Guidelines

November 4, 2013 by

In addition to my duties as designer (and sometimes office manager) here at Q Branch, I also handle our support inbox. There are several benefits to doing this myself, including some interesting implications for product design and road map planning. I also noticed pretty early on that the emails we were getting had a common theme of being written by smart, thoughtful people, which got me thinking: Contacting support is part of the experience of using Vesper, so how can we design this part of the experience with the same care and consideration we put into the software itself?


Vesper 1.008

October 25, 2013 by

Vesper 1.008 is now available. Release notes:

• You can now pan from the detail view to the list view by dragging from the left edge of the screen.

• Fixed a bug that could cause tags to dip below the keyboard when the extended status bar is active.

• Fixed the flicker when returning from photo view.

• Fixed a crash when tapping Next on an empty tag.

• Fixed a bug which made it possible to drag multiple notes at once.

How to Make a Vesper: 1.007

October 3, 2013 by

When Vesper 1.0 launched, it represented months of discussion, planning, consideration, and scrutiny. Our real goal was to create an experience that we ourselves genuinely enjoyed, but we also made a number of educated guesses about where iOS might be headed. This past June when Apple unveiled iOS 7 — mere days after our own launch — our first reaction was relief: We had gotten pretty close to the mark. Our second thought: With iOS 7, many of the tricks and concepts we invented for Vesper would now be standard operating procedure. How could we ensure Vesper stands out in a post-7 world?


Vesper 1.007

September 25, 2013 by

1.007 is now available. Release Notes:


Vesper 1.003

July 16, 2013 by

Vesper 1.003 is now available on the App Store, adding support for Smile’s TextExpander. Our thanks to the review team for their confounding momentum.

Vesper 1.001

June 30, 2013 by

1.001 is now available. Release Notes:

• Tags now hug the top of the keyboard during note editing.

• When adding a tag, “Next” starts the creation of a new tag. Continue…

How to Make a Vesper: Design

June 19, 2013 by

Vesper is opinionated software. Every interaction, pixel, and line of code was carefully considered, and no work was too precious to throw away. I’d like to share some history of how Vesper came to look and feel the way it does.