Islander develops new app

  • Feb. 20, 2012 1:00 p.m.

An islander has developed an app that shines light on the process of measuring windows, and is now selling it through Apple. Heather Hornoi of Queen Charlotte came up with the idea for the “fit’em right windows” app after she had to order new windows for her house. “I’m impatient,” she said. “I don’t like to wait for contractors to come.” She figured out how to measure the windows herself, then decided that other people could benefit from the knowledge. “It’s not really difficult at all, but it’s almost like they make it difficult,” she said. There are various types of windows, some of them open left or right, and the window companies use letters to indicate important features. The “fit’em right” app shows the user exactly how to measure their windows, records the measurements and types of windows in an easy way, and generates a report that can be used by a company for quote or order. Ms Hornoi, who came up with the idea during the spare hours that she’s not working for the Misty Isles Economic Development Society, said she hired a designer to bring her app idea to life. It was approved by Apple, and is now available through that company’s app store for use on iPhones, iPads and other Apple products. It became available Jan. 27, priced at $1.99, and Ms Hornoi said she made $7 from sales of her app in January. Ms Hornoi is now trying to get the word out about the app so people know it’s available. She’s started a facebook page as well as a website, at fitemright.com. Ms Hornoi said she’s sure other islanders have creative ideas that could become apps, and it’s a great example of a business idea that can be done from a remote location. A good internet connection is crucial, she said. “It really is important,” she said. “I’ve managed to do all of it with what we have… but a faster internet connection would definitely be better.”