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We are a small and agile mobile development boutique that has been in business since the first iPhone came out in 2007. We founded our own company in 2013 and by now we have a portfolio of 60+ apps. We are based in Tallinn, Estonia and we also work remotely.
Orchestras and choirs manage their sheet music on paper, which is outdated, time-consuming and expensive. Ordering sheet music from publishing houses/resellers takes weeks and costs a lot.
The goal was to create an app for tablet computers which would allow easy management, taking and sharing notes/annotations, distributing and using sheet music in an orchestra and choir setting.
The client came to Applaud with an idea and wanted an MVP. We suggested to instead make a clickable prototype using Flinto before starting development, so this could be shown to potential customers (choirs/orchestras) and publishing houses that publish sheet music. We made the clickable prototype, the client presented it on a few tradeshows for the industry. Clients did not like the prototype. Applaud redesigned it according to the feedback in the course of a day. The client presented it again on the same day, got a signed letter of intent, used that letter to raise capital from investors, and Applaud started developing. It is an iOS app only for now. It allows orchestras to share music among themselves, define groups and share content among these groups (like string instruments see one type of content, wind instruments another). Different annotation layers can also be created and shared. There is also a web interface together with a marketplace functionality for buying and renting sheet music.
Applaud is a cooperative, responsive, solution-oriented and trustworthy company who has a professional, talented and dedicated team. We have had and still have a very good experience with Applaud since we started a cooperation. We appreciate that very much.
INTERVIEWED BY APPFUTURA ON MAR 14, 2018
Please present yourself and your business.
My name is Kristjan Nõlvak, I am the founder of ScoreMusic based in Estonia.
Explain what your project was about.
ScoreMusic is a paperless cloud service for professional usage that connects publishers and musicians all over the world by creating a marketplace for renting and selling sheet music digitally. We offer a digital alternative to paper-based sheet music.
Our service includes:
-Application for reading and annotating sheet music digitally with tablet and stylus
-Cloud for storing and synchronizing all data across tablets and web app in real-time
-Marketplace for digital sheet music
Explain to what scope extend Applaud was involved in your project.
Applaud is involved in the design and development of our app and web.
How did you get to meet the Applaud team and what led you to hiring them?
We were looking for a developer for a prototype of our service to use it in presentations to our customers and were advised to contact Applaud for that. We introduced our need to Applaud and got a prototype in a short time. So we decided to continue collaboration with Applaud to develop final product both app and web.
How was their project management?
Project management is good - cooperative, responsive and solution-oriented. All questions and concerns are responded quickly.
What was the budget range quoted for this project?
The budget for development is slightly higher than expected due to small improvements.
Was the project completed as expected? Was the time and the budget the same you agreed on?
We are finishing the first stage of development and are going to launch iOS APP in a month. It has taken a bit more time than expected.
Did you find their expertise up to what you expected? Did they require any kind of training from your end to understand your product?
Applaud has a professional and dedicated team. I have provided them with our requirements and specifications myself as I am also professional musician end user of our product.
Please highlight the best things of Applaud.
Applaud is a cooperative, responsive, solution-oriented and trustworthy company who has a professional, talented and dedicated team.
Is there anything you believe Applaud could improve on?
There is always something to improve in communication of both sides to get on the same level of understanding the different approach for setting and solving tasks. Especially making innovation on the field offering digital alternative to paper-based sheet music that hasn’t been changed for centuries.Hide extended review