Alas, no Manula launch yet this week.
The app is completely ready for release, but sadly I am the bottleneck myself, as I’m completely swamped with CLZ releases at the moment.
Oh well, no hurries. Live next week?
But today I do have more screen shots for you, the first screens of the Manula app itself. Also, more details about all Manula’s features can now be found on the updated website.
My new product Manula will go live within a couple of weeks. We’re currently aiming to launch before the end of this month. Just a few weeks left!
A quick recap of what it is: Manula is a web-app for creating online manuals. It lets you create, maintain and publish your manuals online. On top of that, it comes with built-in statistics tools that help you track the usage of your manuals so that you can easily spot which topics need improving.
In an earlier blog post, I have already told the story of how I got into the business of creating a manual tool. In short: I looked for a tool like this for the Collectorz.com manuals, couldn’t find one and decided to create it in-house.
Manula is basically version 2.0 of that in-house tool, rewritten from scratch.
So, knowing the history of the tool, who do you think is Manula’s first “customer”?
Yep, of course Collectorz.com is the first user. We have been using Manula ourselves since September 2012, for actual real life manuals. We’ve been tweaking the look of the manuals since then and today I am confident enough to show you the first screen shots of a manual created with my new toy. Continue reading
But how did I end up in the market of manual authoring tools? Why did I choose this particular area for my new challenge?
Well, like many software ideas, it started with a problem I was running into myself.
I have been working on the Collectorz.com products since 1996, first part-time, then since 2000 full-time.
The company is doing great and we still have lots of ideas for improvements of the current products and are even planning new products for the Collectorz.com software portfolio.
However, it’s time for a new challenge.
Something else to work on, next to Collectorz.com.
So in the past 4 months, one of my web developers and I have been working on
a new product, for a new audience. And it’s called: Manula.