[App] Textto - Text From Your Computer

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Hello everyone, I've finally launched a long-time side project of mine, Textto, and would love some feedback.

Textto lets you text from your computer. When one of my favorite apps became too expensive, I set out to make my own text-from-pc service. I've been using Textto for over a year now and I love not having to check my phone to reply to texts.

While Textto is still an early product, it comes featured out of the box with:
-works with any texting app (Textra is my favorite!)
-sms messaging
-mms messaging
-sending photos from your computer
-group conversations
-searching for emojis
-simple sign in

Some features that are queued up for development include:
-native apps for Linux, Mac, and Windows (almost done!)
-dark theme
-improved contact syncing
-link previews

I'm looking to get community feedback so that I can build in the features people want and create a great texting platform.

Link to Website

Link to Play Store

Thanks you!
 
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Phlooo

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First impression on the looks : beautiful.

I'm trying it in a few minutes, this seems to be the iMessage replacement I've been looking for ages

Edit: First remarks
Can't be easier to set up, it seems to work really nice. Will see how battery life is impacted on the phone.
One aesthetic concern: text is hard to read in the blue bubbles. Might be better with white text, or even cooler, an option to customize colors (like in Textra)
 
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Will be trying this when I am home later. Just adding post to remind myself.

From pictures it looks great, easy to us, and I am happy you made something like this because I too, was annoyed at all the other apps opting for heavily paid services when all I want is sms/mms messaging from pc.
 
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Thank you everyone for the feedback so far!


First impression on the looks : beautiful.
One aesthetic concern: text is hard to read in the blue bubbles. Might be better with white text, or even cooler, an option to customize colors (like in Textra)

I haven't heard this before! I think when I finish building the dark theme, I'll add in another light theme with easier to read colors. I would also like to build a theme editor so that anyone could tweak their theme on the fly.

You should update the first post with a direct link to the app

I wish I could but I'm unable to since this is a new account Please feel free to edit your comment with a direct link :)

Will be trying this when I am home later. Just adding post to remind myself.

From pictures it looks great, easy to us, and I am happy you made something like this because I too, was annoyed at all the other apps opting for heavily paid services when all I want is sms/mms messaging from pc.

Same here. I was a huge user of some other apps but the prices had gotten VERY high! Textto definitely needs to catch up on a few features but I'm enjoying it as a user very much.
 
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Sounds good so far, but the promised standalone desktop clients (Mac, in my case) can make all the difference in the world.
 

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Sounds good so far, but the promised standalone desktop clients (Mac, in my case) can make all the difference in the world.

Totally agree. I released the website first in case any urgent issues came up. It's a lot easier to just refresh the page and get a fix than it is to ship a new native app. I'm finishing up some work with auto updating and expect to ship desktop apps in a couple weeks.
 
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Totally agree. I released the website first in case any urgent issues came up. It's a lot easier to just refresh the page and get a fix than it is to ship a new native app. I'm finishing up some work with auto updating and expect to ship desktop apps in a couple weeks.

If you need help testing the Mac client, let me know. I'd love to be able to get rid of those "alternative" expensive bloated and inconvenient SMS clients that all want to become the default messenging app.
 
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If you need help testing the Mac client, let me know. I'd love to be able to get rid of those "alternative" expensive bloated and inconvenient SMS clients that all want to become the default messenging app.

I should be able to send you a copy in a few days :) -- you'll just need to manually uninstall and reinstall as auto updates aren't done yet.
 

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One aesthetic concern: text is hard to read in the blue bubbles. Might be better with white text, or even cooler, an option to customize colors (like in Textra)

Just following up to say that themes have been added! A night theme is included and there is now a theme editor so that you can make your own. So now, you can right ahead and change the text color. Check it out here https://textto.io/news/themes
 

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    Hello everyone, I've finally launched a long-time side project of mine, Textto, and would love some feedback.

    Textto lets you text from your computer. When one of my favorite apps became too expensive, I set out to make my own text-from-pc service. I've been using Textto for over a year now and I love not having to check my phone to reply to texts.

    While Textto is still an early product, it comes featured out of the box with:
    -works with any texting app (Textra is my favorite!)
    -sms messaging
    -mms messaging
    -sending photos from your computer
    -group conversations
    -searching for emojis
    -simple sign in

    Some features that are queued up for development include:
    -native apps for Linux, Mac, and Windows (almost done!)
    -dark theme
    -improved contact syncing
    -link previews

    I'm looking to get community feedback so that I can build in the features people want and create a great texting platform.

    Link to Website

    Link to Play Store

    Thanks you!
    5
    Great app! Thank you. What's the monetization plan here? Hope it's not anything related to data. Is there any plans to monetize the app anytime? Not sure how you are able to afford for the servers and your time for development. Let me know if there'll be a donation version

    Thanks!

    First let me say I am NOT selling or distributing ANY of your data. Period.

    In the future there will be a 'Pro' version with a bunch of cool features included:

    - Scheduling messages
    - More contact features + blocking numbers
    - Delivery reports
    - Notification Mirroring
    - Longer conversation history
    etc!

    Textto Pro is still a ways out and for now I'm concentrating of fixing bugs in the free version and adding features for all users!
    5
    Just thought I'd mention that the Windows desktop application has been released! https://textto.io/downloads

    Some features in the works include:
    - Desktop app for Mac
    - Link previews (see some details about links sent).
    - Contact information (blocking numbers, seeing more info, etc.)
    - Scheduled Messages (send messages out in the future.)
    - Mirror all your phones notifications
    - support for video messages
    - support for multi-picture messages.

    If anyone has feature suggestions they would like to see added, I'm more than open to hearing them!
    4
    FYI, the Play Store is far from being an easy path to fame and fortune. Google takes an appreciable chunk out of any payment, regulates when and how that money can be used, and enforces countless rules and whims that have given many developers a lot of grief. Multiplying the number of downloads by the app price is not even close to reflecting the actual revenue to the developer! ;)

    Yep, that's the sad truth of it :(.

    Textto is a labor of love for me, however. There is no way I will ever make enough money to pay for the time I have put into developing it even if I paid myself well below minimum wage. I'm just happy to have built something others enjoy using, and want to be able to keep the servers running without going broke!
    3
    Despite you OP saying you want feedback, apparently you dont because youve been removing posts/coments where people have valid criticisms

    Heres my feedback/criticisms/concerns

    1) Once and for all spell out the privacy policy, are you sharing the data with 3rd parties - no one should have to drag this out of anyone in the day and age. Shouldnt even be able to get a front page article without being grilled by XDA on this. Should be in the OP, not on the second to last page...

    2) Is this in fact going to end up in x months being a monetised service - i.e. Paid - again no one likes trickery, be up front from day one. Nothing will personally **** me quicker than dev obfuscation...this should be in the OP, not on the second to last page...and XDA frontpage article should have made mention of this instead of calling it a Free app, because its 99.9999% of people will read Free as really Free, not Freemium, so XDA itself is partly to blame here. Be up front, i pay for apps, but obfuscate it as Free and it goes straight to the ****list

    3) Make your app use a proper program files path. No program on a Windows computer should ever run from users appdata folder, even Chrome which used to run from here was moved to a proper program files folder due to security exploit concerns. If youre running your program from a users appdata folder then youre adding an attack vector to their PC....simple. MightyText also does this and i wont touch their program either with a barge pole.... Also when uninstalling your porgram it generates yet another error, and then leaves exe's and files in both appdata locations
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