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Public Beta Time!

By Shelly Wilson on Monday 22nd of October 2012

We’ve come a long way since we launched our private beta just over a year ago, and we’re proud to say we’ve got a lot to show for it.

Typecast launches public beta
Man we’ve been looking forward to today! After 12 full months in private beta, we’re opening our doors to all comers. Typecast is officially in public beta starrrrr…tinggg…NOW!

We’re fortunate to not only have great designers using Typecast and tweeting kind and wonderful messages to us, but folks who have over and over given us candid, constructive feedback on what they didn’t like about the app and could be more useful to them.

It’s because of everyone’s feedback that we’re one step closer to realising our vision:

  • improving the way designers work with web fonts; and
  • making the web a more beautiful place.

We’re replacing hours of assembly and manual work with effortless experimentation, and even fun! And that’s good news for everyone.

Help us make some noise

We’re trying to get the word out to as many people as possible, so if you love using Typecast and think it’s a must-have in every designer’s tool box, PLEASE tweet and blog and tweet some more about us so others can sign up and love it too.

Baby photos

First Typecast prototype
Although today Typecast is bursting with dozens of features, this is what Typecast looked like when started back in early 2011.

Very first Typecast demo video from Jun 2011
Here’s what else we found in the way-back machine…our very first video of the app in action, from before the private beta when only a few close friends were helping us test drive it.

Early typecast prototype
And the day we launched our private beta, this is what we looked like: just a handful of controls.

We’re delighted that today Typecast boasts loads of useful features, like editable CSS, external publishing, a baseline grid, background colour, OpenType features, indentation and inline formatting, versioning, classes and inheritance, and more than 23,000 web fonts. Oh how we’ve grown :)

Our stats

So what it has taken to get Typecast to this point? Here are a few fun facts about how we’ve spent our time this year:

  • days in private beta = 389
  • invitations sent = 21,100
  • usability sessions with customers = 122
  • customer support emails sent and received = 1,734
  • releases = 69
  • cups of tea = 7,280
  • project staff = 14

Still free web font goodness

In case you were wondering, yes, Typecast is still free, for now. We’ll be announcing details about pricing later this year.

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