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Trunk Spotlight: Developer Profile – Daigo Wakabayashi of FastEver, FastEver XL and FastEver Snap

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 08 Jul 2011

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 08 Jul 2011

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Name: Daigo Wakabayashi
Company: Rakko Entertainment
Location
: Hokkaido, Japan
Apps
: FastEver, FastEver XL, FastEver Snap
Website
http://rakkoentertainment.com
Twitter:
@rakko_ent

 

Bio

Daigo Wakabayashi runs his development company, Rakko Entertainment, out of Hokkaido, a northern island of Japan. Daigo is a solo entrepreneur — writing code and doing graphic and UI design. He started developing iPhone apps two and a half years ago, after quitting his job at another company, and now works for himself full-time. One of the very first apps he developed — FastEver — is also his bestselling. It was built on the Evernote API.

We spoke with Daigo about what it’s like working on the Evernote platform, the inspiration behind his apps, and his tips for how to build apps that users will love.
How long have you been an Evernote user? What inspired the creation of FastEver?
I’ve been an Evernote user since January 2009. As a user, I wanted to be able to write down my memories faster, so I developed FastEver in response to a need that I had. FastEver was launched at the same time as I started Rakko Entertainment and was extremely well-received. It also inspired the creation of another app, FastEver Snap, which allows users to take quick snapshots, save them to Evernote and resize them so they’re easier to view inside of Evernote. All of the Evernote apps I’ve built address needs that users have requested.

 

What need do the FastEver apps address?
Evernote is packed full of features, but there are users that want to be able to do certain things very quickly — without even launching the Evernote app. FastEver (and FastEver XL for iPad) is a very simple app that lets you take quick notes and save them to your Evernote account. FastEver Snap launched in August of last year, largely in response to FastEver user requests who wanted to take photos, but wanted to decrease the amount of space and upload time their photos required. For most people, Evernote images are a way of ‘noting something’ — the quality of the photo isn’t so important. I wanted to make snapshots captured in Evernote easier to look at on any screen, and send faster.

 

What was your experience working with Evernote’s API?
Evernote’s API was very easy to work with. I was drawn to developing on it because, as an Evernote user, I was eager to create my own tools to customize my experience — and the experience of other users. It’s a powerful platform that offers a lot of flexibility to developers.

 

From a business perspective, how has working with Evernote helped you market and sell your product?
When FastEver was first launched, it was covered in a number of Japanese iPhone review websites, which was how many Japanese Evernote users found out about it. When FastEver was featured on the Trunk, U.S. users immediately noticed and started buying the app. The product’s Japanese user base also expanded substantially. Being featured in the Evernote Trunk provided a huge boost in sales. Both FastEver and FastEver Snap sales are going strong.Why would someone want to develop on Evernote? How does it make sense, financially?
The Evernote user base is growing at a staggering rate and I believe that developers can build a very viable business on the platform. The most successful and well-received apps that I have developed are, by far, the ones built on Evernote’s API. In sum, there have been 50,000 downloads of the FastEver apps, which are priced at $1.99 – $3.99 (for FastEver XL). Today, my business is my full-time job — the apps I have built on Evernote’s API have allowed me to focus on my passion for building apps that people want and love. I’m able to impact users’ lives in a positive way.

What Evernote features inspire you as an app developer?
Having remote storage and accessibility from anywhere makes many ideas possible and understanding how people use Evernote is at the core of building apps that expand and better their experience.

What advice do you have for other developers looking to explore Evernote’s API and build apps?
Be an Evernote user and interact with your users; ask what they are trying to do and get feedback about your apps. The most important determinant of how successful your app will be is how well you can meet the users’ needs. It’s critical to look into how people are using Evernote and how they could be getting even more out of it.

How do you use Evernote?
I have Evernote installed on my Mac, iPhone and iPad. I take note of almost everything, but I use Evernote a lot for my business, actually. I save ideas that people share with me of ways they use Evernote — these inspire me to to come up with the apps that I build.

Visit the Evernote Trunk to learn more and download FastEver, FastEver XL and FastEver Snap.

Evernote Trunk Conference and Developer Competition

Want to develop an app on the Evernote platform? Learn more about the Evernote Developer Competition. We’re giving away $100,000 away in prizes to developers who build the next great Trunk apps. It all leads up to The Evernote Trunk Conference, a one-day event packed with sessions, workshops and discussions to help you learn how to take advantage of the Evernote platform.

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  • Jon

    These are 3 fantastic apps, now we need one for fast recording of voice notes

    • redhed

      agreed, i have been looking for something like eversnap for a long time now as i dont like uploading a 5mp photos of everything,

      is there anything like that for android? hopefully somebody might be cooking something up for the developer competition!

  • Toni

    Great story and great job, hope can find same thing for android.

  • Arjan Broere

    Is it possible to add tags and a notebook with fastcode in these apps, like Evernotes mail-feature with # and @ in the subject for tags and notebook?

    • Evernut

      From Fast Ever’s menu bar, you can access your list of tags and notebooks to specify your entry’s Evernote destination. The lists are populated during sync, not manual entry.

  • Preston Ehrler

    I have kind of a devil’s advocate question…to help me better understand the app, why wouldn’t a person just go straight into the Evernote app?

    Thanks…and I look forward to understanding the differentiation!

    Preston Ehrler

    • Evernut

      The time difference between Evernote and Fast Ever opening may only be one second but I have lost a thought in one second. Fast Ever offers me a totally focused environment in which to make Evernote entries, no getting distracted by my Evernote content. Cool features include swipe to move cursor one space and font adjustable up to 36 point.

  • Evernut

    FastEver is very thoughtfully put together and streamlined to use. Three different colored skins, good looking icon and even apple doesn’t offer FastEver’s advanced feature of swipe to move cursor one space right or left. If you’re into the GTD productivity system you can empty your head of an idea quickly to Evernote with zero distraction. Daigo (the Developer profiled above) has always promptly replied to my input and questions.

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  • Issara-Franky

    Can you please make a fastever app for Android????

    • Дмитрий Писаренко

      I’m developing an application for Android, similar to FastEver.

      If you’re interested, look at http://bit.ly/1eanqMY .

    • Дмитрий Писаренко

      I’m developing an application for Android, similar to FastEver.

      If you’re interested, look at http://bit.ly/1eanqMY .