This blog post is an announcement for folks who’ve been with Nirvana since the early days of development. We wanted to let you know that after 3 years of burning the midnight oil, Nirvana has finally launched!
On July 22, 2012 we stopped referring to Nirvana as “beta”, began charging for the service (for new users), and made the transition from being a bootstrapped startup into a sustainable business.
As a special thanks for sticking with us during development, the full-featured Nirvana will remain free for you for a little while longer, but we’d like to encourage you to consider becoming a paying subscriber.
We’ve priced Nirvana at $5 per month, or for a limited time you can lock-in an annual subscription for $29 per year.
We hope you find this a reasonable sum. Paying for the service will help us to keep things fast and responsive, develop new features, and make getting things done with Nirvana even more fun and delightful.
If you’d like to take advantage of the special $29 offer, learn more about these changes, vent or ask us questions. please visit this page over in Nirvana Support.
~ The Nirvana Team
Nirvana is a GTD® task manager for Getting Things Done®.
Capturing thoughts whenever they occur and confidently drilling down to the thing you should be doing right now is at the heart of Nirvana — freeing your mind to be in the moment and focused on the task at hand.
This app is the mobile extension of the critically acclaimed, cloud-based Nirvanahq.com desktop app — the trusted system of thousands around the world, always in-sync, and now always with you.
We submitted our app for review on June 29 then waited for about 10 days before Apple started actually reviewing what we’d submitted. Perhaps everyone there went on vacation for the July 4 weekend.
This week it’s been back and forth with them trying to explain why we require an email address as part of the registration process for new users.
Apple’s stance is that a simple username should suffice.
Now, looking at the Nirvana iOS app in isolation you can (sort of) see why they are barking about this… spammers and privacy concerns and such. Clearly they are not factoring in the whole Nirvana web-app / multi-device / cloud sync eco system. (Evernote, anyone?) They don’t know who we are so they are being risk-averse and conservative.
Adding to the frustration is that we make our case and then wait a full day for a response. Apple says no again, so we make our case yet again with more backing arguments, and wait another day for a response… and round and round we go.
The list of productivity apps that require email address as part of registration is pretty significant, and all of the major players need this for, if nothing else, password recovery. Pretty standard stuff you’d think.
I’ve been patiently letting this process play out as these seem to be the normal hoops everyone goes through on first app submission. That said, if we don’t get the green light by end of day I’m going to call in some favors as this is starting to feel a bit ridiculous.
Thanks for your patience everyone.
The Nirvana iPhone app has been submitted to the AppStore for review … and so now we wait for Apple to approve. Fingers crossed! Major props to Mitch, our mobile lead, for getting this done (and for putting up with yours truly’s perfectionist streak), and to all of the beta testers who gave invaluable feedback along the way.
We’ll post an announcement once the app becomes available for download. :-)
We’re happy to announce that we’ve created a new forum for hanging out and discussing all things nirvana, gtd, life/work balance and more.
Think of the new forums as the local pub/cafe where Nirvana fans and the Nirvana team come to hang out and chat, exchange ideas, ponder the state of the world, discuss both deep and frivolous topics, and occasionally blow off some steam. A lot of product ideas get hatched here. Sound like fun? Come join us!