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Julian Miller

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Mark and friend

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Kirill

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Peter

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Hannah

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Rick and Amriel

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Santi kayaking in Alaska

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Dalton

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Frank and Julian at Checkpoint Charlie

About Plum Amazing

We love people who dedicate their time and efforts to making the world a better place. This has become our goal. 

Plum Amazing, Llc is a US based but international company specializing not in fruit but in iPhone, mobile, Mac, Android and Win software applications. Plum Amazing is a direct evolutionary descendant of Script Software which was long the home of iClock, iWatermarkChatFX (copied and integrated into iChat in the Tiger operating system by Apple), idTunes (which id'ed songs via audio and tagged them), iKey and many other software products. In fact the very first software products with an i in front of the name were our iView *, iSearch and iCount long before Apple's iMac, iPhoto, and the rest of the iNamed products. Perhaps we sparked Apple's/Steve Job's interest in iNames...who knows? Plum Amazing is our new name and home.

Plum Amazing creates and sells its own software but also does development work (programming) for other companies. Our partners/client list is here. If you want to have a beautiful iPhone, iPad, Mac, Win or Android app created please contact us. We are happy to discuss your ideas, specs and timeline.

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Plum Amazing is a group of people who are both skilled in and very enthusiastic about technology. The individuals are dispersed around the world but we work together on a variety of projects using our particular abilities in diverse ways. 

Julian Miller, CEO, juggler of projects and chai wallah. He loves to surf and one day a year he runs the annual Hawaii Sand Castle/Art Contest on Kauai in Hanalei. Julian is very proud of his brother James and his wife Connie for their Sundance Award winning film "Being Elmo."

Hannah, Administration, great tech supportician. For fun she enjoys running, snowshoeing, canoeing and camping in the great white north. Hannah loves her dog Tiki.

These people are devoted to great software applications.

Peter (Senior Programmer), the creator of CopyPaste, the first ever clipboard utility, and the original yType. He has 3 amazing daughters, a wonderful wife, works full time, holds at least 2 patents in the arcane field of spectrographic analysis, started the company "Radius" which built the first recumbent bikes in Germany, is an active member of the Bahaii community and his family of 5 can all ride unicycles which makes being around them feel a little like a circus.

Mark (Senior Programmer), the creator of iClock and improver of iKey*, the upcoming version of iWatermark Pro. Marks also is improving the 3 Mac apps TinyAlarm, TinyCal and PixelStick.* Mark also worked on iView and many other Mac apps. Mark lives in Canada with his incredible wife Bonnie. He loves photography which he does while walking and kayaking around Kingston, Ontario and sometimes other parts of the world.

* iKey was originally created by talented programmer and Frenchman Philippe Hupe.
* TinyCal, PixelStick and TinyAlarm were originally created by the amazing Ryan Leigland who got snarfed up by Google.

Kirill (Senior Programmer), the creator of Galactic Pool, Expenses, KidPaint and iWatermark all for iPhone. Kirill also created idTunes on Mac which sampled songs in your iTunes library and then gave each song the correct title and other tags. Steve Jobs at the end of an email to us said, "By the way, you shouldn't be using the name "idTunes"....Thanks, Steve". He really did say thanks :). So we quickly changed the name to ID Tunes. Many years ago Kirill was on the team that did the handwriting recognition for the Newton. Kirill lives in NYC with his family. 

Santiago (Intern), created Checkerz, Plum Klondike, Plum Shakespeare and also did the prototyping on iWatermark for the iPhone. Santiago is unusual in that was 12 years old when we met was soon going to college with a major in Math and CompSci but still finds time to do programming and be a regular kid in every other respect. There is an article in Rolling Stone about him. He has a great and very supportive family.

Dalton, is the creator of NetCheck and MountWatcher for the Mac.

Andrey (Senior Programmer), created the latest version of Natural Cures for iPhone which has been downloaded over a million times. Andrey also made the Yoga Sutras app.

Anton created SpeechMaker which is an iPad app to create, archive and help you give speeches.

Rick is PHP guru. He has mad skillz. He is fast and talented. I am always amazed at his speed and knowledge. He is married to Melissa and they have a beautiful daughter Amriel. In his spare time he...wait he doesn't have spare time.

Frank Lemke is the creator of KnowledgeMIner a very powerful data mining and data modeling application. Among the accomplishments of KnowledgeMiner here is recent article that describes how it saves animals lives from being used to test chemicals in Europe. Frank lives in Germany and has two sons. He is a one of a few experts in the world on the subject of GMDH. That sounds kind of arcane and academic but its a powerful numerical tool that is helping save the lives of animals. He plays guitar and loves music and jazz in particular. Recently Frank started using KnowledgeMiner (yX) to check the data and make predictions on climate change. He has found some very surprising results and posted them on this new site.

We have a passion for making creative, useful and fun products. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or you want to partner with us.

"What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now." - Buddha

*  iView MediaPro - we get email about this software all the time, so... If you are wondering, what the heck happened with iView? Why after creating the best photo browser on the Mac did we suddenly not support or sell it? Its a long story but the short answer is we had a partner in the UK and by trusting a little too much, we unfortunately, lost legal control of iView. The way it happened was we relinquished control so a corporation could be set up in the UK just for iView by our partner there. During the transition of documents to create the UK corporation they realized they had control over the intellectual property and after a year of stalling they announced they alone owned it.  At that time numerous companies and digital camera manufacturers were negotiating and wanted to work with the US side. Our lawyers told us to not to discuss this, don't communicate at all and don't help or hinder the person in the UK that we initially paid to do programming on iView, just be neutral, so we sat on our hands for years as the legal proceedings dragged on. Since we no longer controlled the company all those deals with camera and software companies sitting in the pipeline eventually withered away. Out of our control iViews cost went up, the quality and innovation went down and it was eventually sold to Microsoft and became Expression Media. Microsoft was desperate for a product to compete with iPhoto, Lightroom and Aperture. iView was the perfect candidate. Creating software that is eventually picked up by Microsoft is certainly an accomplishment but iView had other potential suitors and partners and could have been many times better and many times bigger and instead was sold cheaply to Microsoft and a couple years later appears to have been discarded by Microsoft. Eventually after all the litigation the real winners were the many lawyers and a bunch of venture capitalists who had nothing to do with iViews creation. Since many of you ask, no, we did not get a penny from the Microsoft purchase. Like all our software we loved the product and loved to nourish, release each new version and work with users. The beginning was fast paced, creative, fun and we met lots of great people and excellent photographers via email and at conferences. The last 4 years in international legal battles was an extemely difficult and stressful episode for us and we learned that some people are all about money and willing to do anything to get it. The documentation for the lawsuit is all on file with the courts in NYC. Truly the whole thing was a complete waste of everyones time. Perhaps this story will help others avoid something similar. If it wasn't for this iView MediaPro could still be one of the most useful and popular photo catalogging browsers in the world. Everyone, users and both sides would have been better off if greed had not reared its ugly head.

A few years ago we got to know John Knoll when he bought copies of iView and CopyPaste and we much prefer his story also story2 about the history of PhotoShop to our one about iView. 

Cabel Sasser at Panic has his own story about the history of Audion that we found fascinating.

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