The number one question I get when I post anything on my Tumblr is “Where can I download this or when will it be available?” For this reason, I figured I would explain myself:
Everything that is initially posted on my Tumblr is a concept unless otherwise specified. This may come as a disappointment to many of you, however I’m here to say that I only create concepts that I feel would be worth pursuing and developing. In other words, I fully intent on getting these projects developed in one way or another so don’t let your sprits drop!
When it comes to bringing a project to life, the hardest first step is finding the right person to work with. Expertise, personality, and a friend relationship are the three main characteristics I look for when I’m scoping out potential partners. Entrusting the vision of your project into the right person is vital for the success of the application, so naturally, the selection process is rigorous. I have high standards for how I want things to work and operate and my expectation is that my co-partner is on the same path and shares the same goals as I do.
Now to the fun part. I have begun my first project based on one of my concepts with John Heaton. He’s the developer of tweaks such as MarkThatMessage, BadgeClear, and Locktopus, plus he’s a great friend of mine. My decision to approach him with my project was deliberate and I know that I made the right choice. Without further to do, I’d like to officially announce our first project together - Abstergo.
Abstergo is based off of my lock screen notification clear concept and is going along quite well. There are obviously hurdles to get this functionality to run smoothly and efficiently, but John has done a wonderful job of taking each chunk one at a time and I’m excited for each new step. The picture above is what we have done thus far.
To alleviate any questions you may have, skim below to get an overview of what we’re willing to answer at this time.
1) First of all, why would you name it Abstergo? That’s a really odd name!
Well growing up, my first language I actually studied in school was Latin. As a result, many of the words and phrases I learned make up a great word bank of names to choose from! They all have significant meanings and definitions and are the foundation for languages such as English, French, Romanian, Italian, and Spanish (plus any other Latin based languages)
Abstergo in Latin means “to clean or wipe away.” For you Assassin’s Creed fans out there, the use of Abstergo is because the group’s purpose was to “cleanse” the world of assassins, or basically their enemies. A domination technique.
Because managing lock screen notifications will require you to clean or wipe away the badges from the screen, I found it to be an appropriate fit. The name is not set in stone, however I’m almost 100% sure this is it.
2) What kind of progress have you made? Is there an ETA?
All we will say at this time is that progress is definitely happening. Giving out an ETA will only setup us up for failure because really, we’re not sure how things are going to play out as things move forward. Since we are both perfectionists, we want to ensure the user experience as well as the coding efficiency behind it are on par. For this reason, we would appreciate all you users to refrain from asking ETAs, although we won’t rudely respond to you if we do answer those types of questions here and there.
3) What will Abstergo do?
Since it is a a lock screen notification manager, it will allow you to do the following:
- Clear individual notifications from the lock screen
- Clear all notifications from the lock screen
- Mark individual notifications read from the lock screen
- Mark all notifications read from the lock screen
Obviously things will change in terms of additions and how it will work, but those four things are our goal at this time. At some point, we will post a video about how it works since a simple photo doesn’t give it justice.
4) What’s the compatibility with Abstergo?
Abstergo will be available on all devices capable of running iOS 5.
5) How much will Abstergo cost?
We haven’t come to a conclusion on that. Whatever the pricing is, we won’t charge anymore than what it is worth.
6) How can I stay updated on Abstergo’s progress?
Follow both John and I on Twitter. At the very bottom of the post, both our Twitter accounts are linked for your convenience
These are all the questions I’ve come up with thus far; if more questions come in, I’ll add them to this list. You’re welcome to comment below if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions.
Until next time!
© 2012 Joshua Tucker