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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Store screen for Screen Shot app for win 10Screenshot - screen capture app for Win10 devices

App Review   -- Screenshot    ☕☕☕ /☕☕☕☕☕
Works on: Win10 devices
Developer: Cundhi

This is a fairly decent little app. It does what it says it will do, mostly. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do a lot. Screenshot acts as a holding pen for your screen captures. Fire it up and you can rapidly scroll through your screen captures without having to wade through all the photos stored on your phone. The store page says it provides “some processing after the shot” but I was hard put to see any difference.

I’ve struggled a bit trying to justify Screenshot. Unless you take a ton of screen captures, there isn’t much this app can offer the average user. You can’t edit/share directly from screenshot so it’s easier to open the photos app that comes with Windows 10 and work directly from there. The app’s promised “Screenshot guide, explains how to capture” is so spartan, it’s almost none existent. This is all I could find:

Screen capture of app ScreenShotScreen capture of app ScreenShot

And alas, the info on capturing is incorrect, at least on the two phones I tried. The other screen is marginally useful, but terribly vague. That’s about it for help.

I’m giving the developer a few extra points for intent. It’s nice to see someone trying to demystify windows apps and how to use them. It’s a bit unfortunate the delivery isn’t stronger. He (she?) also gets points for stability. I’ve tested a couple of apps recently that crashed my phone, so using an app that actually does what the creator said it will do while not corrupting my SD card earns instant karma with me.

My single biggest complaint? The developer is terrible at promoting himself/herself. They’ve neglected Marketing 101 ->promote yourself because no one else will do the job. Cundhi has no webpage to refer to, no “about” info, no social media profile, no email – nothing. Just a vague name. I scrolled through his store page a couple of times and went to the other apps to find details but there is nothing. An online search proved equally futile.

This is one of my big hobby horses – lack of communication or promotion. Pulling together an app and then throwing it up into the store isn’t going to cut it. It’s a wildly competitive place and they need to supply customers with more, including a place that showcases the developer's work. Relying on a single store page isn’t enough. The notion “build it and they will come” doesn’t work in the real world unless you’re app is so stunningly brilliant, word of mouth creates a ground swell. But face it, this isn’t happening to over 99% of all apps created. There are just too many out there. App development is fiercely competitive and if a developer wants to grab customer attention, they need to use all tools at their disposal – especially social media. They need to create an identity that quickly reaches a broad market - one that shows both existing work, updates and possibly developing apps. It’s also an excellent way to show off what customers are saying - go ahead and brag a bit. It’s about building a brand. Getting instant feedback on what works/doesn’t work on an app will only help a serious developer build a solid portfolio. Quickly communicating with a customer about issues creates good will that is priceless. Not sure why this seems to be rocket science to many app creators.

In the meantime, I'll go off and mutter to myself a bit and check out what else Cundhi offers. They might be worth a look. I’ll keep you posted on what I think.

 

 

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