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New Product Updates

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:20:05 +0000

We at Stand Alone have some major news on some product updates available today focused on and influenced by Apple’s release of iOS 7. The new app updates we are announcing today are: Crosswords for iOS 7, Crosswords Classic and Words Play 2.0. Crosswords for iOS 7 The first announcement is an all new release for our […]

Play Crosswords With Your Friends in Crosswords v2.51 for iOS

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:51:06 +0000

With iOS 5, Apple introduced Game Center’s Turn Based multiplayer system. It was appealing as it would allow us to build a better multiplayer word game without having to build a massive infrastructure to support it. After learning the ins and outs of that system in developing Words Play we thought to ourselves: can we […]

Crosswords for iPad

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 21:55:15 +0000

iPad day is nearly upon us, and we’ve been busy! We’re extremely excited about the new platform, and can’t wait to see what developers are going to do with it. In trying to move Crosswords from iPhone to iPad we ran into a number of difficulties, most importantly, of course, the fact that we’ve never […]

Introducing Satchel, Backpack on your iPhone

Tue, 07 Apr 2009 23:26:15 +0000

Like many of you, we’re huge fans of 37signals’ Backpack. It’s a terrific tool for organizing to do items, ideas, files: basically, all those things you need to keep track of. Here at Stand Alone, we use it for keeping track of upcoming releases, feature requests, and generally anything we need to remember for longer […]

Puzzling Out an Interface

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 06:17:20 +0000

We in the iPhone development community face a rather large conundrum when it comes to blogs: we’d love to share what we’re finding out about this new platform, but are shackled in what we can say by the ongoing NDA covering all discussion. Given this constraint, I decided I’d talk about the design decisions we […]


Tue, 25 Mar 2008 16:19:34 +0000

To coincide with our recent Crosswords for iPhone announcement, we’ve optimized our website for iPhone and iPod touch users! If you’re reading this via Safari on your iPhone or iPod touch, you should see an easier to navigate website – no more pinching or pulling! That’s just so stressful to have to rearrange the size […]

iPhone AutoSync

Tue, 11 Sep 2007 00:59:34 +0000

After two months of work we recently put the finishing touches on our first ‘real’ Mac product: iPhone AutoSync. What is it? Out of the box, the iPhone does a great job of synchronizing with the Mac’s built in PIM applications, Address Book and iCal, and bookmarks, courtesy of Safari. After years of somewhat kludged […]

Our Redesign

Sat, 08 Sep 2007 02:18:07 +0000

Welcome back! As you may have noticed, we’ve revamped our site!  First, let me introduce myself: My name is Glenn, and I’m the Stand Alone, Inc. web guy, and I oversaw and implemented our recent redesign. The redesign, as conceptualized by Ben and myself, was intended to make the site easier and more intuitive to navigate without sacrificing the more advanced features that our users enjoy, and I […]

The More Things Change

Sun, 15 Apr 2007 08:42:54 +0000

On Tuesday, Palm released the first official word on their new, Linux-based operating system. Palm’s announcement was a welcome dose of déjà vu, they made an awesome video about it. Back when we started out on Newton, Palm was the new kid on the block. As we watched, it became the dominant player, and Newton […]

Iron Coding

Wed, 04 Apr 2007 09:04:27 +0000

Hello World! We’ve been meaning to start a blog for a while, this seemed like a good excuse: over the weekend, I entered the Iron Coder contest and won! Iron Coder is based on the Iron Chef concept: you’re given an area of the operating system to work in (in this case the Screen Saver […]