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TapCellar - The Next Generation

TapCellar just got a big update. Many of the user requests Gabe and I have received have been included – things like bar-code scanning and list sharing – as well as a number of performance improvements, fixes and enhancements. with over 45,000 beers available for your offline searching and perusing, it has gotten a lot more useful for those of you who care about what we call “anti-social” beer drinking.

Many of you don’t care about sharing your latest beer escapades with the world at large. You might share a suggestion or two with a group of close friends or make a note or grade a beer to remind yourself that you had a beer at one point, but social sharing isn’t a focus. That is where TapCellar works best. It functions as a personal diary, library and cellar manager for your beer experiences.

If you’ve been on the fence, now is a good time to try TapCellar. That said we’re introducing something with this version that might raise a few eyebrows.

With this release, we are making our “Pro” features in-app purchase. For those of you buying the app prior to this release, and for the next month, you will get all of the TapCellar features that we consider key to managing your beer experience, including the in-app features. You’ll also get all future upgrades and new features going forward. For now, this will set you back $4.99. To enable this switch for current users, the in-app “Pro” feature unlocks will be FREE for a month. For current and brand new users, just “purchase” these features from within the app for $0 and then, when the pricing tiers change (at the end of September), you’ll own them forever.

After a month, we will be changing the price of the base app to $.99 with the Pro features setting you back $3.99. For those of you good at math, you’ll see that the price of the app isn’t changing but we’re just lowering the barrier to entry for those of you who want to try the app without making such a huge financial commitment. We think you’ll like the app enough to unlock the Pro features.

Here are the release notes:

It’s been a great summer for beer and we’ve been hard at work trying to drink them all. We’ve also been hard at work adding some cool new features and cleaning out a bunch of floaters.

Barcode Scanning

TapCellar now has an optional feature to help you find beers faster. We can scan barcodes off of most beer bottles and cans to find them in the database. Barcode scanning requires a network connection.

Share as a List

We made this feature for ourselves and think it’s super cool. While viewing any list less than 200 beers, you can export a plain text version using iOS sharing. That means you can quickly text someone your top beers or post the spoils of a really good Asheville beer-cation.

Improvements

TapCellar now includes OVER 45,000 beers and it’s all available offline. We work where you drink. Syncing should be much faster now. All of the data is still local but we try to go out and get the latest data every day. Syncing requires the TapCellar to be active but we think we’ve made it much faster so you’ll always be up to date. We fixed a bunch of bugs with data export and import. Our testers drink a lot. Err, I mean they are great at testing large exports. You can now purge label image caches if you’ve viewed a bunch of labels and want to save some space

Pricing

We’ve changed the pricing model for TapCellar. The app is now much cheaper but offers an in app purchase for some of the new hotness. To celebrate, the in app purchase price is FREE as in beer.