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Calliflower on iPhone releases.

This morning started like any other, and then rapidly blew itself to bits.  I’m not disappointed, though.  In fact, I’m rather pleased at the way that the whole thing has played out.

At 7:15 AM, cup of coffee in hand, I sat down to my PC to find email from iotum Chair Randall Howard letting me know that sometime after midnight last night Calliflower Mobile for iPhone had been released to the Apple iPhone App Store.  Perhaps Apple notified us, I don’t know. In any case, our development director, Noam, is on vacation this week and we were all in the dark.

By 7:30 we had a plan, including drafting a press release and letting folks in the industry know that we had released.  At 8:22 I forwarded the release internally, and then hit the treadmill for a run, which I cut short after 35 minutes.  There wasn’t anything worth watching on TV anyway.

At 9:07 we discussed feedback on the first draft briefly.  Randall and I debated the merits of asking Apple for a quote for the release. In the interests of timeliness we decided not to.  I’ve worked in and with big corporations – by the time you get a quote drafted, up the corporate hierarchy and approved by legal, it’s a two day process.  We didn’t have two days.

An hour later, the second draft was done and over to Andy Abramson’s team at Comunicano.  And by 11:30 AM, or 8:30 Pacific Time, Sue Huss had the release out, in between dropping children at school.

It’s a testament to the professionalism of the Comunicano team, and the ability of small players like ourselves to react quickly.

And Calliflower on iPhone – well, let me just say that you’re going to love it.  We’ve remained faithful to the Calliflower experience on the web, while taking full advantage of the iPhone experience giving you the hands down BEST mobile conferencing experience ever.  Here’s a few examples of what I mean.

1 Login Screen Here’s the login screen. 

It’s a faithful replica of the colors and people on our web page.

2 Public Calls View And here’s the public calls view.  It’s a scrollable window, and each of the calls can be accessed by touching the chevron on the right hand side of the screen. 

Across the bottom, you can access controls to view upcoming calls, view previous calls, and create a new call.

3 On a Call And here’s the “in-call” view.  Just as you can on the web, you can see everyone who is currently on the call. To mute a line, just tap the person’s image on the screen.  To unmute, tap again. 

Below the participants, you can also see the chat wall.  Below that you can access the agenda, recordings and controls for the call.

4 Controls Tapping on the controls icon at the bottom produces an overlay.  Here you can see the moderator controls allowing you to mute and unmute all lines, or start the recording. 

And if you touch the text entry box at the top, the iPhone keyboard will pop up allowing you to add text to the chat wall.

5 Retrieving Recording And of course, just as on the web, if you make a recording of a call, it’s accessible immediately afterward.  The clip can be downloaded and played immediately using the iPhone media player.

There really aren’t any compromises, except that if you’re a Calliflower Premium customer you won’t be able to share documents on your iPhone.  At least, not yet.  But you can still use the network of international conference calling numbers, and all the North American local dial numbers.

To try Calliflower on your iPhone, go to the AppStore and search on Calliflower, or simply click this link.

Let us know what you think!

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Brad Jones February 3, 2009, 5:15 pm

    Congrats Alex and team! Now I have a reason to get an iPhone.

  • MGU February 4, 2009, 10:01 am

    Congratulations to you and all the Iotum lot. Dad

  • Jason November 30, 2009, 2:46 pm

    If only Calliflower would fix the bug that sends international text messages to Sprint customers, making us pay 40 cents for each one, even with a text plan. PLEASE FIX THIS

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