Sunday, April 28, 2013

Zekira progress report


I'm overdue to give you a progress update on Zekira. I apologize for the long silence; we've been sending updates to our beta testers, but I should have posted them here as well.

We distributed Zekira beta 8 in March. If you're on the beta list and didn't receive the notification, please ping me and we'll get you the information on it. The feedback so far on the beta, plus our own performance tests, showed us that we needed to make some improvements to the internal database in the app. We were getting occasional errors in searches, and performance sometimes wasn’t up to your (and our) expectations.

Those changes require some careful restructuring of Zekira’s internal database. While we have the database opened up, we’re also making changes that will let us take the app mobile more quickly. We’re making good progress on all of that work, but it’s the sort of thing you can’t rush.

The new version we’re working on won’t just be more stable; it will also do a much better job of ranking search results by relevance. We hope that will dramatically improve the quality of the results it gives you. We’re also adding some other interesting features that I’ll discuss as we complete them.

Thanks for your interest, and as always you can drop me a note if you have any questions.