Pyká is a revolutionary new project management app and the world’s first Work Hub. Designed for people who work in project-based environments, Pyká takes your project library to a whole new level. There are many challenges and problems that arise when individuals or teams work on projects. While many solutions exist to help people manage their time, almost nothing exists to help people manage their project library and files… until today!
Features for individuals and teams (available via in-app purchase):
• Pyká takes the mess of files and folders on your hard drive and pulls them into one unified project library.
• Pyká treats your projects like a family tree. In Pyká, you can keep as many different versions of your projects as you want without duplicating data or making a mess of folders on your hard drive. Pyká organizes, tracks, manages, and stores your project versions, bringing intuitive version control to the masses for the first time in a friendly and visual way.
• Pyká lets you use and reuse common assets like logos, movies, and images, as many times as you wish while storing them only once. This dramatically reduces your library’s storage footprint.
• Pyká libraries can exist in one location or span multiple storage volumes in multiple possible configurations. This allows users who have a large number of external hard drives to combine their storage space to build a large library along with fail-safe backup libraries.
• And best of all, Pyká orients your project storage system around search. Instead of making you remember exactly where something is stored, Pyká works with any information you do remember. So everything you’ve ever made is only a few keystrokes away.
Features for small and large teams (available via in-app purchase):
• Using shared network storage, Pyká gives users the ability to watch projects while other users make changes. Project managers and coordinators can now get live updates on their desktop every time a teammate makes a change.
• Using shared network storage, Pyká allows large teams to collaborate on massively large-scale projects by dividing them into sub-projects, that can be assigned to different team members. Whether you’re authoring a large company report, building a monthly magazine, creating a movie with lots of scenes and shots, or working on any other large-scale project, Pyká does not shrink from the job.
• Using shared network storage, Pyká also takes the headache out of passing projects between team members. Never send another project zip file in an email chain again. Never go digging through a team member’s folder to find a project you’re responsible for again. Never suffer the consequences of one team member’s disorganization again. Collaboration is at the heart of Pyká’s design.
• Fully compatible with most SMB and AFP network file sharing storage volumes.
These and many other things are what make Pyká a powerful tool for individuals and teams who work on projects.
In-App Purchase Information:
Subscription plans for The Professional Edition (enables all app features and services) available at $4.99 (monthly, auto-renewing) and $44.99 (yearly, auto-renewing) Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. For your convenience, your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period at the current cost. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when you cancel your subscription, where applicable.
Fixed in this update:
• Fixed minor UI glitches created by macOS Mojave.
Changed in recent updates:
• All token fields including the search field now display multiple lines of tokens. Before, token fields only displayed one line at a time, and users had to use up/down arrows to see other rows of tokens. Now users simply type or click into a token field and the token field will display all of its contents.
• We are pleased to announce full support for package and bundle files! Before package and bundle files were invisible in your library and local to the project that used them. Now Pyká treats them like normal assets in your library. This is especially important for GarageBand and Xcode users. Any commits to a project will import all package/bundle files as assets including all previous versions of the file in the project. Package/Bundle files can also be dragged into your library to import them. Thank you as always to our users for their input as Pyká grows to meet their needs :)
• Single files can now be imported as a project both in the create project panel and by dragging them into the visualizer.
• Pyká's sidebar more clearly displays how many projects are open and watched.
• Added new tutorial videos!
• Added a new list view! Now all search results can be viewed and sorted as icons or in a list!
Fixed in recent updates:
• Fixed a minor glitch that sometimes caused the Edit Multiple Items panel to refuse to upload changes.
• Fixed a glitch that sometimes results in a crash when importing very tiny files (under 256 bytes).
• Fixed a glitch that cut searches short on some computers before Users finished typing. Thank you for your patience, Pyká Community.
• Fixed a minor glitch that caused changes in the library not to be displayed immediately in the visualizer.
Ratings and Reviews
Seems simple enough!
I made a library. I made a project. I added files to the project. I worked on the project. I saved the project to my library. I closed it and deleted the folder off of my computer. Done and done. I’m still inside the free trial period but I see myself using this for a long time.
Video editors take notice, this is a big deal…
I’ve been searching for something like this for some time now. People are really focused on the project and organizing features… but I’m happy that my library is going to be completely backed up now. I tested this a few times. I’m a video production artist who lives contract to contract. So before I trust anything with my data I test test and test again. In the first tutorial video the App promised that it could spread my project library across several disks. So the first thing I did in my free trial period is test the library. I’ve had a stack of used external Hard Drives from before I owned a RAID disk. So I plugged them in and built a library, and a backup library that spanned 4 drives… then I loaded it with projects and wiped one of them at random. Every time I launched PPM it warned me that something happened and offered to regenerate the library from the remaining disks… it worked every time except once when I killed more than one drive. Every time it worked I reopened the projects and checked to see everything was good. Every time I opened my projects all was exactly as I left it… If you don’t have a RAID drive and you work on projects, you need something like this app to make sure you're backed up. The rest of the features made sense too but I’m still digging into them. It feels like a pro tool (no pun intended) that the big studios use to pass around their assets.
Update: Ok! Color me impressed. On top of the features above, this serves as a solid project management solution. I highly recommend checking out the videos about how assets work (I think it’s chapter three). I’ve been making test projects in my spare time. The app seems to be able to reduce file space enough between versions to justify keeping multiple versions of my project. Wow! I think I’m going to make the switch.
OK what’s the deal!
As the title suggest “What’s the deal”!. I want to dearly love this program but, I’m have too many problems/issues even at the start. The tutorial videos make it this application the perfect solution for a simple versioning system. The video shows that you have to do to start a project by draging a file into the main window. NOPE! Single files are not recognized as the begining of a project you must use a folder. When did I need a folder to start a project I’m honestly not sure? OK, let’s create a folder with a newly created project file into the main window; that start you your project. You get the prompt to create a project or adding an asset. From here you can create the project you want to track fill out the form and you have a proj… wait you have an asset not a project. You now have imported folder as an assest not a project with no way of changing this into trackable project. Scratch this method and lets start over.
So let’s create by using the new project button. Here you get a empty project folder via a prompt of crreating a pkya folder and no way of connecting your project file to this system. If you put you project in the folder it just seems to ignore the fle even after doing a commit and refresh. So as assest tracking system 10 out of 10. Project mangement doesn’t exist.
The link on Apple's leads you to the developers website with NO means to get support. There isn’t a FAQ, billboard and or even an email address listed there for support. The only email addess found is in the help file at the end inside pyka itself. Three days later still havn’t recieved anything back. The concepts of tracking projects via tags instead of using a bunch of folders (even though the program has you creating a BUNCH of folders) is fantastic but I would like to see the real program that the videos demonstrates not this poorly documented and poorly executed subscription model that works as a assest tracker nothing else.
Developer Response ,
Let me say off the bat, we're very sorry that you've had this experience. You might be surprised to learn we've been trying to contact you since we received your email. For future reference, you can always get ahold of us by clicking the "Contact" button in the top right hand corner of our webpage. Or you can email us directly at email@example.com. You can also chat live via our facebook page.
To answer your question, Pyká tracks files inside a folder because it makes the file tracking algorithms much more accurate. With single file projects, users sometimes change the name of their file or have similar files in the same folder. They also sometimes add supporting files without really thinking about it. So to make sure there are absolutely no errors – like two files on someone's desktop who's names get changed – Pyká tracks every open project in its own folder until it is closed. This is especially important for big projects, or projects that begin as a single file and grow to incorporate other files later on. Computers can be very good at guessing. But I guarantee you that you don't want a computer guessing about which files to include or not include in your project. It might guess wrong and not include a file that belongs to your project, or it might include files that have nothing to do with your project. The simple rule for understanding projects in Pyká is this: when a project is open, it's being tracked in a folder on your computer. When it's closed, it's safely in your library, and can be found using your search tags.
The good news is, from what you described in your email and here, it sounds like you successfully made a project and never started using it. But you've made a good point. People should be able to start a project from a single file. After receiving your email, we pushed an update to the Apple Store. And (given that easter weekend has caused a backlog at apple) you should see an update sometime this week that allows you to create a project from a single file. Thank you very much for these constructive criticisms. If you would like, feel free to respond to our email and we'd be excited to set up a Skype call to help you work through the issue you've been having.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.