Blue Nomad, formerly BackupBuddy Software, has focused on providing high-quality software for the Palm operating system since 1997, software like WordSmith and BackupBuddy.
Recently, I had the pleasure of discussing WordSmith with Blue Nomad’s founder Dr. Alexander Hinds.
Brighthand: You’ve developed some of the most popular handheld applications ever, most notably Backup Buddy and WordSmith. How did you get your start in Palm OS programming?
Alexander Hinds: I started programming for Palm OS when I was a medical intern. I was really excited about the device, and purchased one along with the development kit as soon as it was available. I intended to write medical
applications, but somehow I never got around to working on them.
Brighthand: Handheld computing has virtually exploded in popularity in the last few years. Where do you see the market headed?
Alexander Hinds: That’s a really tough question. Certainly the market for handheld devices is going to continue to explode, and there are a lot of
interesting business opportunities, particularly in medicine and education. As far as the devices go, whether people will want to have a cell-phone and a PDA is still an open question. My sense is that at some point, they will merge into one product. But I’ve been wrong before.
Brighthand: WordSmith is certainly your flagship product at the moment. Were you surprised at its amazing success?
Alexander Hinds: We were definitely surprised, and have been very pleased with the reception it has received in the Palm community!
Brighthand: Can you give us a sneak peek at new features you have planned for future releases of WordSmith and Backup Buddy?
Alexander Hinds: The number one feature for the next version of Backup Buddy is support for desktop-based backup of SD/MMC cards. For WordSmith, shortly after the release of 2.0 we will release a desktop-based font converter that will allow users to convert any TrueType font into a FineType font. We’re also looking at adding support for bulleted and numebered lists, and spell-checking.
Brighthand: What exciting new products are in the works at Blue Nomad?
Alexander Hinds: We’ve begun developing a spreadsheet application and integrated suite using the same core technologies that we’re using in WordSmith.