It’s time! After a few months being in the Alpha stage, Pausly switches to Beta.
What’s an Alpha anyway?
In software development, it’s common to go through different stages before releasing a product. You are probably familiar with Beta software. Alpha software is the same concept: it’s a product that isn’t considered fully finished yet.
While a Beta is usually close to being released, an Alpha is still rough around the edges and is expected to have bugs and break from time to time.
The reason it’s important to differentiate these versions is to curb expectations and avoid too many users reporting known issues.
Releasing an Alpha is still very valuable though, because it allows to get feedback very early and incorporate it into the development of the product.
It’s expected for an Alpha to break from time to time, so it allowed us to move faster and introduce changes quickly, without spending too much time worrying about issues and downtimes.
What does the Beta change?
We think that we have reached a stage where the app is stable and developed enough to be used by more people. The most important message for you to take away from this, is this:
Start sharing Pausly with all your friends and colleagues!
There are still many, many things we want to change and improve about Pausly, but we think that we have reached a point where all the core functionality is there. The app is easy to use and understand and has a positive impact.
We now want to broaden the audience a bit to get more diverse feedback and a fresh perspective. This goes hand in hand with us thoroughly testing new changes before releasing them, and taking more care not to break the app (but of course, things can always go wrong 😀).
If you encounter any issues, please report them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
T-shirt and achievement
Since the Alpha is now completed, from now on, no one will be able to get the Alpha t-shirt or achievement – ever. So cherish it 😄
With the launch of the Beta there’s a new t-shirt and achievement that you can get after completing a session. So make sure you’ll claim yours before the Beta is over.
Our goal for the next weeks is to continue polishing the app, make it more stable, as well as adding more features. We have a big redesign of the Stage (the screen that you see while stretching) in the works, as well as stability improvements for the audio chat, richer reactions after a session, integration with more tools, pomodoro timer functionality, global group sessions, and lots more.
We hope that you are as excited as we are about the future of Pausly!
PS.: To celebrate the Beta launch, we created a public event. Make sure to join and celebrate with us.