Knapsack 2.1.4

Knapsack 2.1.4 fixes Copy & Paste for ToDo items and the “Persistent store migration failed, missing mapping model” error when trying to upgrade from Knapsack 1.1. This update also fixes several other minor issues and a rare crash during failed trip exports.

Read the full Release Notes for
more details.

Use “Check for Updates” under the main Knapsack menu or download it directly.

This update has been submitted to the Mac App Store and should be available once it passes Apple’s review process.

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Outer Level Welcomes New Developer to the Team

As I mentioned in my 2010 End of Year post, it’s been a crazy year for Outer Level. Adding two new products (Knapsack and LicenseKeeper for iPhone) and jumping in to Apple’s new Mac App Store has kept me really busy. So busy that I’ve been struggling to get everything done that I need to.

I’d like to welcome Kirby Turner to the Outer Level team. Kirby will be helping out with new development on Knapsack, our travel app.

I met Kirby about a year ago when he first started joining us at the Boston CocoaHeads meetings and we got along right away. As I started considering the need for help, Kirby seemed like the perfect guy to help since he was always asking me about new Knapsack features and when the heck was I going to make an iPad version.

Kirby is an outdoorsman, long-time programmer, and even a budding author: “Learning iPad Programming, A Hands-On Guide to Building Apps for the iPad”

Knapsack 2.1.3

Knapsack 2.1.3 fixes several crashes and the validation errors many have been experiencing. This version also includes a bunch of underlying architectural changes that should improve overall performance and stability.

Read the full Release Notes for
more details.

Use “Check for Updates” under the main Knapsack menu or download it directly.

This update will be available to Mac App Store customers once it passes Apple’s review process.

UPDATE (Feb. 7, 2021): Knapsack 2.1.3 is now available in the Mac App Store.

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2010 End of Year Sale

2010 was a crazy busy year for Outer Level (me).

Year in Review

Knapsack Acquisition

In April, Outer Level announced the acquisition of Knapsack, the personal travel organizer for Mac.

The announcement came after weeks of negotiations followed by several more weeks of transitioning the code, online store, web site, and customer database. Add in all the time dealing with the legal paperwork for things like copyrights and trademarks and this was no quick short cut to adding an app to the product lineup.

New Online Store

The Knapsack acquisition forced my hand in that the original online store was only able to support the sales of one product. After much research, I settled on adopting the excellent open source Potion Store to run the Outer Level online store. The fact that Knapsack’s previous developer also used Potion Store made the decision and migration much easier.

With Potion Store up and running, not only could I now sell more than one item, I added the long requested Family Pack option where customers could get a discounted five user license to share with family members in their household.

Knapsack 2

As excited as I was to add Knapsack to the product lineup, I couldn’t wait to get my hands in the code and take this already cool app to the next level.

Knapsack needed new interactive maps. This release was all about replacing a neat but ultimately limited static world map with a fully interactive detailed online street map. The Knapsack 2 release was a success that brought some nice accolades.

LicenseKeeper for iPhone

Not to be left out, LicenseKeeper got a big upgrade this year too. October saw the release of its companion app LicenseKeeper for iPhone which gave users the capability to take their software license information with them on the go.

Sale Details

To celebrate the conclusion of a pretty good year and set things in motion for 2011, I’m offering a 20% discount on all apps sold through the Outer Level online store. Use the coupon code BYEBYE2010 when checking out to get your discount.

If you’re already a customer and have all that you need from us, please pass the coupon on to someone who could use it.

This sale runs through January 3, 2011.

Happy New Year!

Knapsack 2 with Powerful New Maps

After months of hard work, I’m proud to announce that Knapsack 2 has been released.

Knapsack helps you plan, organize, and relive your greatest adventures.

With Knapsack 2, now you can research your trips with powerful new world maps with street level detail and map search.

Use “Check for Updates” under the main Knapsack menu or download it directly.

What’s New

Search the World

The powerful Map Search feature in Knapsack 2 lets you quickly find places, addresses, and even points of interest anywhere in the world. Locate cities, hotels, museums, airports, and more. Map Search uses an extensive online geographic database that is constantly improving.

Zoom from Continents to Streets

Knapsack’s incredibly detailed world map let’s you view your trip’s destinations at any level of detail. Get an overview of your trip or zoom in to see all the parking lots near your hotel.

What Else

The new maps provide tons of powerful new tools to help you plan your trips. But Version 2 also fixes a bunch of issues and several crashes.

Checkout the Release Notes for details on what is included in Knapsack 2.


Knapsack 2 is available for download as a free 30-day full-featured demo and is available for purchase as a single-user license for only $39.95. Five-user Family Packs are available for $59.95. Knapsack 2 is a free upgrade for existing Knapsack customers.

Knapsack Tip #2: Sync your trip to iCal, iPhone, and MobileMe

This article was originally published on the TinyPlanet Software blog on January 15, 2009.

The iCal integration released as part of Knapsack 1.1 provides a simple way to get trip information to and from iCal, iPhone, iPod Touch, MobileMe (formerly .Mac), and anything else you may have synced with iCal for use while you’re traveling. Any changes you make in a synced device (iPhone, iCal, MobileMe, etc) while on your trip will be synced back when you return home and relaunch Knapsack.

To sync a trip with iCal:

  1. Select your trip from the trip list or double-click your trip to open it.
  2. Choose Sync with iCal from the Trip menu.
  3. You can now choose which iCal calendar you would like to sync with. It is recommended that you choose the New Calendar option to keep your trip on its own calendar. You can choose an existing calendar, but any items already existing on your calendar during the date range of the trip will be added to your itinerary in Knapsack.
  4. Click Sync. Now, any changes you make in Knapsack will be made in iCal and vice versa. When a trip is synced, activities on your itinerary will show up as iCal events and to do items on your checklist will show up as to do items in iCal.
  5. Once your trip is complete, it is recommended that you stop syncing with iCal to preserve your trip data. Knapsack will automatically prompt you to end syncing when you open a synced trip which has an end date in the past. You can also choose Stop iCal Sync from the Trip menu at any time.

Has this tip helped you? Have you used iCal syncing before? What other tips or tricks do you have that you’d like to share with other Knapsack users? Leave a comment here or email us directly.