June 11, 2010
About one week ago we had a hands-on preview of the first native Campfire app coming to the iPad titled Torch. Since then the app has gone through a couple of minor changes, most notably the addition of the word "Campfire" to its titled, but all of what we enjoyed about it remains intact in this official and final version now available in the App Store. To celebrate its release, developer Tod Cunningham has graciously given us eight promo codes to give away, but first, a quick rundown of what you will be getting. Torch Campfire is a native iPad app that finally allows you to chat with your colleagues through 37signals' Campfire web service easily and effectively. The app features a fairly basic interface that makes participating in Campfire's large conversations relatively pain-free. Composed messages can have special sounds added to them in order to drive a point home. The usual Campfire "ping" sound is played when someone else sends a message, so you know when the app needs your attention. You can view what room you are currently in and who is in the room via buttons placed at the top of the screen. And finally, past conversations can be sorted and viewed by date. This is only the first version of Torch Campfire which has resulted in a few rough edges, specifically a bit of lag when typing during heated debates, but I suppose that can be expected. The app is also lacking what some would consider necessary features, including filters, the ability to search and add images, and message badging. Cunningham has indicated that these features will eventually be making their way into Torch Campfire via free updates based on user priority. Either way, it's a good start for the only native Campfire app available for the iPad. Torch Campfire for iPad is now available for $4.99. To have a chance at winning one of four Torch Campfire promo codes, simply hit that green retweet bottom near the bottom of this page or retweet this post from your favorite Twitter app before 11:59 PM PDT tonight (June 11th). We will then search the Twitterverse for all of the retweets and randomly choose our lucky winners. The winners will be notified via Twitter, so please be sure to follow us so we can send you your promo code via a direct message. Non-Twitter users and those of you who want to increase your odds of winning can simply leave a relevant comment below before 11:59 PM PDT tonight to have a chance at winning one of the other four Torch Campfire promo codes. Feel free to participate in the giveaway via either or both methods. This giveaway is only open to U.S. iTunes account users.