After posting my last article about Diarist here, I had a quick email exchange with Kevin Daly; the brain behind the application for mobile blogging. Thanks, Kevin for taking the time to writing back to me. In his email, Kevin gave me a rather detailed update of where he is with his blogging app, what his plans are for the future and what he is spending the most time on right now.
I had the chance to ask Kevin if he would give me an update and he mentioned that he is very thankful for the interest we’ve taken in the tool he has developed. He has also mentioned that there will be a Windows Phone 7 version of Diarist (woohoo!), as well as a port of Diarist for iPhone and iPad.
In his comments, he also mentioned that right now he is working on getting up to date with WP7 development tools, interface details, etc. He is planning on creating a proper WP7 application. He indicated that he will attempt to integrate Diarist to the Hub system and operating system services among other things. By making Diarist a proper WP7 version as opposed to a hastily converted WM6.x, he will attempt to increase the chances of having the application approved once it is submitted. Even though he made no promises, he indicated that it would most likely be ready by the time the first wave of WP7 hardware becomes available.
Even though the current version of Diarist is free, he has also made a comment about charging a small fee for the new version. In all fairness, he also stated that he would release the new version along with a companion trial version, so that potential users would be able to determine whether they like it or if it works out for them.
Because of all this work he has been doing, the versions for iPhone and iPad of Diarist have suffered a bit of a delay, but he will soon be working on those as well.
He also finished his comments by stating that he was not planning to stop at Diarist. He said he would be writing a variety of different apps for the new WP7 platform in the near future.
Keep up the great work, Kevin!