updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue March 27, 2012
Updates, new version already underway
A story of an approval process that took a winding road has finally come to an end, and a new app called TaposÚ -- a kind of spiritual successor to Microsoft's short-lived Courier tablet -- will arrive in the App Store later tonight, the developers say. The multimedia note-taking app took over four months, with various rejections and appeals, to gain formal approval. Retina graphics and a 2.0 version are already underway.
TaposÚ (pronounced "tap-o-SAY") is aimed at the iPad and functions as a kind of catch-all journal and organizer, tying into the calendar, notes and to-dos while allowing free-from writing, drawing and dragging in of various media types including images, videos and more. It allows live recording while taking notes, can be used as a word processor, ties into cloud storage options, features a snippet library and offers collaborative tools for sharing between other TaposÚ users.
For various reasons, TaposÚ was initially rejected by Apple not once but a total of three times. The main objection from Apple was the program's innovative "split-screen" function that allowed users to run another app side-by-side with TaposÚ to allow for easy "lassoing" and "drag and drop" of data between apps. The company appealed one of the rejections and won, only to have the win reversed. The program was eventually escalated to a "management UI review" and a final review before eventually gaining approval.
When it goes live, the program will be available for $3. Now that they have finally won approval, the developers are charging forward with updates (such as an upgrade of the program's graphics to Retina Display quality) and preparing a "huge" 2.0 version for future release. The company has set up a forum area for early adopters to share their thoughts and report any issues. Because the program has so many different functions, an early focus will be on letting users know how to get the most out of the program.