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Inquisitor for iPhone launched

It took far too long for reasons I’ll never know, but Apple has finally approved the Inquisitor app for the iPhone.

Late last year, I released my first iPhone app, Ski Lodge, which brought a unique experience to skiers and snowboarders with the iPhone’s combination of GPS, 3G, and rich user experience. While Ski Lodge was my first iPhone app to make it out the door, it was not the first iPhone project I began working on. That particular honour goes to today’s announcement – Inquisitor for iPhone.

The iPhone is a unique platform with many strengths, but also many limitations. A small screen means that app design needs to be uncluttered, direct, and essential. Sometimes slow and error-prone keyboard entry means that search aids are critical. Slow website loading speeds mean that users cannot afford too much back and forth.

It turns out, these limitations map well to Inquisitor’s strengths. Inquisitor’s central premise is that providing a native search experience can provide a better, more direct way to navigate to the information you want. Visiting a webpage just to find another webpage, with all the hunting, pecking, pinching and tapping that entails, can get tiresome quickly.

Inquisitor has always been about speed and simple design. Instant search suggestions attempt to complete your thoughts and save you from the keyboard. Results are designed to be easily read on the iPhone screen, so there’s no need to hunt and peck. A built-in web browser means you can flip between search results and web pages with a single tap. There’s even an extended abstract preview that hovers over webpages while they’re loading, so you’re never left staring at a blank screen. On top of it all, Inquisitor remembers your history and personalizes the experience to you.

You can get it from iTunes. At the moment it is only in the USA store, but we’re working to get it launched everywhere once a few legal hurdles are passed. Oh, and it’s free ($0.99 is so lame).

  • March 5th, 2009 12:10 pm

32 comments...

Adam...

Nice work, I’m in the UK so its not for me yet :(

Still desperately waiting on Newsfire for iPhone though


John...

Looking forward to being able to pick this up in the Swiss store. The search results are from Yahoo I presume?

Really looking forward to Newsfire as well – any idea on a release date?

GUI as usual looks stunning.


Shiva...

France soon ? Can’t wait.


Francisco...

Congratulations!

I’m watting for app in spain ;)


Felix...

Great news! Waiting for the Launch in Germany. Any ETA on the fix for Inquisitor’s (Safari) Google search results?


Rick...

I’ve been looking forward to this for some time but not as much as with your teaser icon for NewsFire on the iPhone. Thanks, as soon as it’s out here in Holland I’ downloading this for sure


dck...

Why its available only from US store? Any chances to get it worlwide?


DVD404...

Damn this USA only store thing. Australians should be able to get this too! I look forward to it reaching our shores soon i hope.
Any ideas when Inquisitor will work with Safari 4 beta?
Keep up the great work!
Cheers.


Daniel...

Hey.. amazing work! I love this new app.. so are we getting inquisitor for Safari 4 Beta now? Good Luck


iamse7en...

Dave,

I have been a huge fan of yours for a long time now. Your products are smooth, fast, efficient, and gorgeous.

Inquisitor for the iPhone is FABULOUS for a first release. It is so fast – it has now replaced Safari in my iPhone dock. I would have definitely paid for it. :) I will give some feedback once I use it more and more, but it’s fabulous so far. Perhaps swiping one of the auto-completes to have it complete your search field, but not taking the next step of searching that auto-complete… this way you can quickly refine your search. This is kind of like in the regular inquisitor, where you search, it auto-completes for you, I press the right arrow and add a few other words to refine my search. Does that make sense?

I know this isn’t relevant, but I’d love it as soon as you could get Inquisitor working for Safari 4! :)

Great work.


Aaron...

I’d love to check it out, but both iTunes and the App Store on my Touch indicate that it’s only compatible with the iPhone. This even though the Inquisitor page in the iTunes Store indicates it runs on both the iPhone and Touch.


Alex...

Hi Dave – this looks really cool. Please post when it hits the international stores, or I’ll have no way of keeping up.

Cheers,

Alex


We’re trying to sort out the iPod touch issue. The app itself works on all devices, but the App Store can be a fickle mistress at times.


peve...

Hey great app!!! But still waiting for newsfire, and the update of the desktop version of inquisitor. Am I the only one that have problems with inquisitor for Safari/Leopard in these days?
Also it will be great to be able to run inquisitor wth Safari 4 beta…


Glenn...

Will try Inquisitor at once! Good work!

Hoping for a NewsFire version for iPhone soon, syncable with the desktop version.

Starting to get desperate here, looking for alternatives, but don’t want to jump ship just yet =)


Daniel...

Congratulations, David!


Fran├žois...

Just what I was waiting for and missing on my iPod Touch! Thank you!

+1 on the question about Safari 4. I’m tempted to go back to Safari 3 just for Inquisitor, but if it’ll be released soon for Safari 4 I’ll hold on a bit longer. Thanks again for the great apps.

Oh, and I just started using NewsFire a week ago, and loving it. Great design!


Tally...

Inquisitor can be installed onto an iPod Touch now by downloading it in iTunes on your computer the syncing to the iPod. Thanks for this great app, David!


sx...

i want inquisitor for safari 4 pls, with proper google search of course :)


Ian...

Great! Just wish I had an iPhone!

On another note, will you be releasing Inquisitor for Safari on Windows anytime soon, particularly for Safari 4?


Galley...

A definite “first screen app”. Thanks!


Jonathan...

nice work guys. just mass updated the twittersphere on your app :)


Fran├žois...

David, will custom searches be incorporated into the iPhone app (as they are on the Safari plugin)? That’s possibly the best feature of Inquisitor (certainly my favorite).


Dale...

Newsfire please? I’ll be happy to pay. Again.


Andrew...

Looks good, this and kindle in the UK app store ftw!!


Benjamin...

Funny how everyone seems to be most interested in worldwide launch :)

Just adding my name to the UK list :P Can’t wait!


Scott...

Not available in Canada you say? Fucking pitty.


convert...

I will see it when it come over here down under. BTW during the last weekend I had a first chance to play with the Android powered mobile phone device, it’s also fantastic. Thanks


Dave...

How long till this is out in the UK?


Amran...

This is way cooler than google’s search app for me right now [especially because it doesn't open safari for external links]. thanks for releasing this for free.


Chris...

Looks great! Loved Inquisitor on Safari and I hope it comes out for Safari 4 and, despite some of the features it provides are coming standard with Safari 4, it still looks a lot better!

And I’d guess your sick of every news post of yours having a comment asking about Newsfire for the iPhone, but could you respond to this comment with an update? I know you’ve said if you can’t make it something special or impressive then you won’t do it at all, but honestly just having Newsfire on the desktop sync with any iPhone RSS app would be worth money to me.


basetta...

great!
sadly I’m from Italy and I can’t find it on the appstore…bring it on!