A few years ago Open Door Networks released Envision for the Mac, but the app didn’t do as well as the company had hoped. However, the successful launch of Envision for the iPhone has lead to a resurrengence in interest and development for the Mac product.
Envision is a Web image browser that allows users to view slideshows of images by scanning a Web site. The application also includes several built-in “Web shows” from sites around the Web.
Alan Oppenheimer, president of Open Door Networks, says the revival of the Mac version is tied directly to the success of the iPhone version of Envision.
“Envision on the Mac was a bit ahead of its time,” said Oppenheimer. “It’s ironic that it took the diminutive iPhone to revive interest in a product originally intended for large-screen Macs and HDTV’s.”
Envision 1.2 has several new features including integrated publishing of Web shows to the iPhone, via MobileMe; improved transition effects on Mac OS X 10.5; Envision is now a Universal application; and numerous bug fixes.
Oppenheimer characterized the sales and revenue of the iPhone product as “significant.”
“With this changed landscape, it clearly made sense to bring Envision into the modern era,” said Oppenheimer.