Please make app :)
Now that Apple’s WWDC is over, I can confidently say that we’ll be building a Strides Mac app. :)
I'm really looking forward to having an app available for use on my laptop! When I'm going through my weekly goal review, it's just so much easier to see everything on a large screen. I know that currently I can still see all of my goals through the web app... but I'm just waiting for the day that I log in and see that it doesn't exist anymore like the "...web app are being shut down" banner suggests. Any idea when we'll get a Catalyst app?
Mark Brooks commented
I like having access on my laptop as well. I see this as a differentiator for you. Its one of the reasons I just came back to using Strides vs competitors. I think you should expand this feature, rather than sunset it. More people would use it, and you could make it more of a differentiator for you by doing the following IMHO.
1. Offer the online version to show more graphs of performance. An expansion pack on the app, basically. Make it available to subscribers only. Your real avid self-quantification and goal-oriented people will be drawn to this.
2. Use email to draw people in and back to the app. Many people end up bailing on their goals. I think you can help re-engage people by using a combination of email and linking people to check out the online app.
Seeing as you have the app already, I think you could leave it live, and enhance it a bit, so its more of a drawer, and your differentiator.
If you had to choose, I think an Android app would be more profitable for you to add. You're missing out on a huge swathe of the market by not having it. Personally, I'm on both, and miss the Android app.
You'll always see single digit percentages of your users using the online app, but look deeper on your numbers and I think you might find that they are you most avid users...and the ones most likely to be your evangelists. I urge you to take a deeper dive on your analysis of the userbase for this feature.
Frank Fariello commented
I was disappointed to hear you plan to close down your web based app. The ability to operate cross-platform is a really important feature for me. And I"m sure I'm not the only one. Like a lot of people, I start my day with a coffee at the breakfast table while I read emails, check social media and plan out my day on my laptop. Checking in on my goals and habits for the day are a big part of that.
If you don't want to maintain a web based app, what about porting Strides to MacOS through Catalyst? I don't know how much time/effort is involved, but I bet a Mac app would be better subscribed than a web based app, as t would enable useful features like desktop notifications.
I'm wavering at the moment between Strides and Habitify. I like Strides better in just about every way except for this, but it may well tip the balance. And again, I can't imagine I'm the only one with this kind of work flow.
Also disappointed that the web app is going away. The future is web apps - both on desktop and mobile. Forget long release cycles, annoying app review process, wasted money to Apple (pass your savings on to your customers), and requiring a particular device or OS. I don't see any reason why this app needs to be native. I want to be able to access and manage my stuff on any device. I suppose, as a Mac user, a Mac app should do the trick, but a web app and browser extension would be so much better.
Very disappointed that you're discontinuing the Web app. I was specifically looking for a tracker I could use from my mac as well as ios.
This is a dealbreaker for me.
So yes: please release a mac app.
Chris Curtis commented
I'd like a mac app too. It could be the best place to put a reports module. E.g. I'd love a pie chart showing number of habits done or time spent by tag.
A quick access, menubar app for the Mac which allows users to access their Strides data at a glance and log data in a couple of clicks.
There have been a few good implementations of this on other apps (example: WaterMinder, Momentum, etc).
The ever-present aspect of the menubar on the Mac makes it the perfect place for frequently used apps that sync data across devices. It’s a win-win because it allows users to always access their data throughout their workday, and it also allows developers to have their app in front of the user at all times (maximizing app utilization and therefore, user retention).
Would be awesome to have a desktop app for Mac! Would much rather use it vs the web app.
I usually check my phone only on evening, 90% of the time I use my laptop to do some chore. There are some task I want to do in the morning but I am not able to check my phone.
It would be nice to have notification support on mac :)
The Mac app has been a very low priority because we have a Web app, which can be added to the dock with a site-specific browser tool like Fluid app.
That said, Apple is supposed to release a big update in 2019 that should make sharing code between iOS & Mac apps a lot easier. If they do, we'll strongly consider building a menubar app for Mac. If they don't, we will probably create a lightweight menubar companion to the Web app.
John Blodgett commented
What is the ETA on the Mac app?
A dedicated app with a menu bar pulldown is essential! Please make it happen.
Rad Dougall commented
For quick entry I think it would be ace to see favourite trackers in the notification centre widget in OSX. Not all, I have a few, but just favourite ones.
Aditi Ray commented
They have an app now. Why is this still showing as "Planned"?
That would be cool!
Easier to tweak on a computer.