Posts Tagged ‘mobile applications’

Rogomi, Inc.

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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Rogomi, Inc. spells a new brand, a fresh start. We all look forward to greater and more exciting developments in the world of mobile technology in the coming years. Here’s a statement from our President and CEO, Ramon Pastor.

We are delighted to announce the birth of our mobile software development company, Rogomi, Inc.

Earlier this year, our majority owners and management decided to undergo several major changes for our previous company, Numlock Solutions Co. The first of these changes involved amending our business type from partnership to corporation. As our business continued to grow over the years, we felt it was time to embrace a corporate identity more suited to our expanding company.

Although we initially wanted to retain our former company name given that we’ve already established solid roots in the mobile software development industry via Numlock, we welcomed this opportunity to establish a new brand and a fresh start.

As most of our stakeholders know, Numlock started as a three-man startup building websites and mobile applications in 2008. In the back of several successful releases of mobile applications for iOS and Android in 2009 and 2010, we decided to focus on designing and developing software applications for mobile devices and moved to our current head office in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The company expanded to a 12-man team developing in-house apps, as well as mobile apps for a wide range of clients, from startups to multinational companies.

This year, along with a new corporate identity, we also decided to focus exclusively on helping enterprises design, create, build and test mobile applications for their businesses. Backed by years of designing and developing mobile software applications for both SMEs and global brands, we feel that creating high-quality mobile applications for outsourcing customers is what we do best. All of our former in-house apps under the Numlock brand will continue to be supported by Rogomi until a new and separate company is established to manage them.

Apart from narrowing our focus from website and mobile applications development to mobile applications development for outsourcing clients, we’ve also expanded our development facility by establishing our second office in Iloilo City. Our long-term plans include the recruitment and training of more designers and developers in our satellite office in Iloilo to support our Manila operations.

In light of all these business type and strategic changes, we would like to assure our customers, suppliers and stakeholders that the transition from Numlock to Rogomi will have no material impact on our operations. The Numlock team that managed, designed, developed and tested mobile software applications for all of our projects will be the same team that will handle all of these functions under Rogomi.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to better processes and more world-class applications under Rogomi.

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We’re Ready to Test Your Apps!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

We’re happy to announce that we’re rolling out our iOS QA services for enterprises this week!

Whether it’s an outsourced mobile app that requires an independent QA testing company or an in-house app that needs to be beta tested, Numlock is finally opening its doors to helping customers and enterprises reach their goal: to launch apps that have successfully undergone a full suite of tests, ready for release to the App Store.

For inquiries, let us know how we can address your QA/Mobile Testing requirements by sending an email to inquire@numlock.com.ph or by calling us at + 63 2 5846312.

 

Ramon Pastor To Talk at Globe Labs’ iOS Training on May 14!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

A newbie to iOS development? Interested in developing mobile apps for the iPhone and other iOS devices? This is your chance to take that first step in becoming an iOS developer!

Numlock’s Ramon Pastor is slated to conduct an introduction to iOS development at Globe Labs’ iOS Training on May 14, 2011 (Saturday) from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The half-day basic training program covers the following topics:

1) Intro to Cocoa Touch & iOS SDK
2) Intro to Objective-C
3) Intro to Frameworks: Foundation & UIKit
4) Intro to Tools: Xcode 4

Learn from our head honcho and, perhaps, join Globe Labs’ MobApp Hunt 2011.

For more details about the training program, visit Globe Labs’ website here.

A Mobile App Design Newbie? Three Books To Get You Started

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

by Glenda Pastor

When I started helping out designing the user experience for Numlock’s mobile apps in 2009, there were a very limited number of resources on the topic. There were plenty of books and written articles for web design. UX design for mobile apps was a whole new game, however, and I had little to go by. In the “early days,” most of what I knew came from downloading apps others have published on the market and immersing myself in a variety of mobile applications – fart apps and all.

As we gained experience at Numlock, we began to give more and more attention to design. Anybody worth his programming salt can code an app but not every programmer can make it beautiful, engaging and compelling. The standards for design became higher and our team had to unlearn some old habits and learn new ones. Fortunately, there are now a substantial amount of written resources on designing specifically for mobile apps and today, when we hire a designer or an intern learning UX design, I usually recommend these three books to get them started:

Tapworthy
(Designing Great iPhone Apps)
by Josh Clark

This is a practical guide on how to design “tapworthy” iPhone apps. Clark explains his principles of good design in an easy to understand and conversational manner. Don’t be fooled by the words “easy to understand and conversational” however – this book lays out a deep understanding of what makes a mobile app stand out.

It’s sensible (“Go figure, but people use mobile apps when they’re mobile”) AND it packs a punch (“By using a physical object as your interface metaphor, for example, you might ensure your user’s instant familiarity, but you’re also limited by the expected form and function of the original real-world artifact…Sometimes the right thing to do is leapfrog familiar metaphors instead of reinventing them. Allow yourself to explore the possibilities, and don’t be afraid to experiment with offbeat concepts”).

Newbies will find examples of existing apps (USA Today, Gowalla, Facebook, etc.) in the book helpful. Even though the design guidelines are specific to iPhone, mobile app designers will find most of the principles in Tapworthy applicable to other platforms.

Designing the iPhone User Experience
(A User-Centered Approach to Sketching and Prototyping iPhone Apps)
by Suzanne Ginsberg

This book has a great overview of the different types of iPhone apps (Utility, Productivity and Immersive Applications) as well as the functionalities of the iPhone device itself (Multi-Touch Display, Location & Compass, Cameras, etc.). For somebody who’s just familiarizing himself with the iOS interface, Chapters 1 and 2 of Designing the iPhone User Experience would be a great aid.

What I like about this book is that it shares a wealth of information on how to conduct research for conceptualizing (and not just designing) mobile apps. A huge chunk is also devoted to developing the app concept from brainstorming, to sketching and prototyping. I like that case studies of existing companies are given as it gives me an idea of how other businesses are researching and prototyping apps for their target audience.

Lastly, Designing the iPhone User Experience not only tackles research but usability testing and branding/advertising as well. I would say that entrepreneurs, ad executives or managers in charge of their companies’ mobile apps conceptualization and branding will have the most to gain from this book.

Designing With The Mind In Mind
(Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules)
by Jeff Johnson

Call me a geek but I found Designing With The Mind in Mind such a delight to read. It basically deals with the design of interactive computer systems but the concepts are broad enough to include mobile UX design. This book appeals to the pseudo-scientist/psychologist in me as it not only discusses well-researched user interface design guidelines (consistency, universal usability, informative feedback, etc.) it also explores in great detail the science behind them.

So many interesting facts about visual perception, hand-eye-brain connection and their application to user interface design are given in the book. The chapter on Responsiveness and The Many Time Constants of the Brain is a personal favorite. For instance, it’s a common practice by UI designers to display a “fake,” static version of a screen while the actual, interactive screen is loading in the background to make it appear that the app has displayed in an instant. But did you know that 1.0 second is the maximum lag time that this gap is allowed to occur before a user gets impatient and considers the app unresponsive?

Johnson’s Designing With The Mind in Mind leaves no doubt that designing is not just an art – it’s also based on science.

There are other interesting books and written resources for would-be-mobile app designers. But of course, even though design guidelines can be learned, creativity is a whole new different matter. My take on this is that for a truly amazing UX design to shine through, discipline and creativity must go hand-in-hand.

(Our head honcho would also like to add – bring in passion to the equation and you’ve got yourself a killer app).

Tune In to #hashtag Radio for “Mobile App Era”!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Numlock’s iOS developer and head honcho, Ramon Pastor, will be a guest in #hashtag Radio (a young & hip radio program devoted to technology and trending topics in social media) tomorrow – Feb. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. He’ll talk about mobile applications and mobile app development under #hashtag Radio’s topic on Saturday, “Mobile App Era”.

Tune in to DZRJ AM 810 kHz tomorrow and see (or rather, hear) what interesting things Ramon has to say on the topic.

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