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May 6 , 2015

The Story of Squirrels #DreamSmallBiz

In honor of #SmallBizWeek and #tbt, we’d like to share the story of CEO Dave Stanfill, COO Drew Gould and the creation of Squirrels.

Humble Beginnings

In 2007, Dave and Drew worked for the same development company in Green, Ohio.

The release of the iPhone that year created a wave of excitement throughout the world. However, without the ability to create apps, Dave wasn’t sold. This changed a year later when the iPhone 3G was released with the ability to write applications. Dave drove to Pennsylvania to buy one immediately, and he and Drew decided to develop their own app.

They created a TV guide application and one of the first 100 apps in the Apple App Store. They charged a couple of dollars for it, and within days had more money than they had ever seen before. The successful app opened a number of big-time prospects like MTV, Viacom and Nickelodeon, all looking for guidance. Recognizing the great opportunities they had ahead of them, Dave and Drew quit their day jobs.

Napkin Studio Era

The pair formed Napkin Studio in September of 2008 and began making medical apps for a startup in California. While developing, Dave and Drew needed an easier way to share screens and display their work. Dave created AirParrot and Reflector to alleviate the complications during the development process.

The pair soon recognized that these applications had great potential in markets other than development. Squirrels LLC was formed in 2012 to house AirParrot and Reflector and any risks the applications may have entailed. With the unexpected success of the Squirrels apps, Dave and Drew decided to merge Squirrels and Napkin Studio. They brought everything together under one roof at the end of 2013.

#TeamSquirrels

Today, Squirrels has grown to 26 employees and is eager to expand further. The two co-founders have made it a priority to run their company less like a hierarchy and more like a family. In their group culture, they make sure every employee knows his or her role and how important they are to the whole.  Dave and Drew, along with their partners Cody, Matt, Sid and Cory, don’t feel the need to micromanage. Everyone knows how valuable they are, and that’s what’s used to motivate.

A workday at Squirrels is far from your typical eight-hour grind. When the group isn’t grinding away behind their computer screens, you’ll most likely find them sitting down for lunch as a company, in the midst of a Nerf gun war or shooting hoops in the parking lot. With a work-hard-play-hard mentality, #TeamSquirrels is able to create amazing software and design elements, offer support and market each product, all while establishing friendships.

The future of Squirrels LLC

What’s next for team Squirrels? Greatness.

“The goal has never been to make the best apps or the most money,” Drew said. “Our approach is to hire great people and build a team and army that’s ready for anything. Our employees are very talented and multi-disciplined to take on whatever we encounter next.”

“We could have sat back and enjoyed what we had, but we love what we do,” Dave said. “As technology grows we will continue to grow as well. Expect the unexpected.”

 Here’s to more products, more anniversaries and more cake. Happy Small Business Week!

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May 5 , 2015

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day 2015

Teachers are the foundation of the future. They mold minds and inspire students to find their passions and unique set of skills, all while encouraging students to apply them in meaningful ways.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek 2015 is May 4-8. As a part of the week, Teacher Appreciation Day (May 5th) is a special opportunity to thank a teacher that has changed you for the better. Take the time today and the rest of this week to reflect on the value of educators in your community and our society as a whole.

Check out these resources to get your appreciation efforts started:

  • How To Appreciate a Teacher – Celebrate a teacher that has impacted your life. Change the tone of education news and show the world the positive impact of educators.
  • 10 Quotes About Teachers – Teachers have impacted a lot of the prominent figures in history. Read what they have to say about the influence of educators.
  • Get Involved – Take to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hash tags #ThankATeacher and #TeacherAppreciationWeek to spread the word. 

Teachers, enjoy these resources to get the most out of your week:

May 1 , 2015

AirParrot 2.1.2 for Mac and Windows is Available

An update to AirParrot 2 is available! This update adds enhanced support for Reflector 2 connectivity and resolves numerous bugs on both Windows and Mac. 

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page

Mac 2.1.2 Release Notes:

  • Reflector 2 compatibility - Added enhanced support for mirroring and media streaming via AirPlay or Google Cast to Reflector 2
  • AirParrot 2 now prevents a Mac from sleeping while media streaming
  • Resolved a crash when seeking in a media stream
  • Resolved a crash when Bluetooth is not able to initialize
  • Resolved an issue that caused the pause icon to remain in the menu bar after a connection ends
  • Resolved an issue that could cause the AirParrot menu to not appear directly under the menu bar icon
  • Resolved an issue that could cause audio to disconnect on OS X 10.8
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements

Windows 2.1.2 Release Notes:

  • Reflector 2 compatibility - Added enhanced support for mirroring and media streaming via AirPlay or Google Cast to Reflector 2
  • Resolved a crash when switching between apps in Specific App mirroring
  • Resolved an issue with the Application list when many applications are running
  • Resolved an issue that caused the mirrored mouse pointer to appear in an incorrect location
  • Resolved an issue with audio streaming that could cause it to become crackly or garbled when mirroring
  • Resolved an issue with selecting a second video while one is already streaming
  • Resolved an issue that prevented reconnecting to a device after using the power button to disconnect
  • Resolved an issue that prevented AirParrot 2 from remembering saved AirPlay passwords
  • Resolved an issue that prevented “Stretch to Fit” from functioning when mirroring a specific application
  • Resolved an issue that caused a mirrored application to become black when resizing
  • Improved mDNS refresh and performance
  • AirParrot 2 now gracefully handles when displays are added and removed while AirParrot 2 is running
  • Resolved an issue that caused the pause icon to remain in the menu bar after a connection ends
  • Resolved an issue that caused the AirParrot 2 menu to appear off screen
  • Resolved an issue when FIPS security encryption is enabled in Windows
  • AirParrot 2 logs now include date and timestamp information
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements
April 28 , 2015

An Update to AirParrot 1 is Available

A performance update for AirParrot 1 is available. The update applies to both Windows and Mac. 

AirParrot for Mac 1.6.1 and AirParrot for Windows 1.3.1:

  • Resolves an audio issue when mirroring to an Apple TV on software version 7.2

You can update AirParrot by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot preferences menu. 

This update does not apply to AirParrot 2.

April 28 , 2015

Reflector 2.0.1 for Mac and Windows is Available

An update to Reclector 2 is available! This update significantly improves stability and resolves bugs on both Windows and Mac.

Mac 2.0.1 update notes:

  • Improved Google Cast discovery on older Android devices
  • Reflector 2 devices now appear in the Devices tab of the Chromecast app
  • Resolved an issue where a Cast device would connect and mirror only a single image before freezing (primarily on Samsung devices)
  • Resolved a crash when saving some recordings
  • Resolved a crash when toggling voiceover near the end of a recording
  • Resolved a hang when closing Preferences on some Macs
  • Resolved an issue that caused a long period of black space at the beginning of a recording
  • Resolved an issue that could cause device audio to become garbled in recordings
  • Resolved an issue that could cause device frames to appear corrupted in recordings
  • Resolved an issue that could cause Cast devices to only show “No Frame” in the frame selection list
  • Resolved an issue where device frames would not appear in some recordings
  • Resolved an issue where Reflector 2 would only show “No Frame” for a device that had previously set a frame
  • Resolved an issue where Reflector 2 would not trim backspace when sending Cast previews to Reflector Director
  • Resolved an issue with using the “Register” button in Reflector 2 license emails

Windows 2.0.1 update notes:

  • Improved Google Cast discovery on older Android devices
  • Reflector 2 devices now appear in the Devices tab of the Chromecast app
  • Resolved an issue where a Cast device would connect and mirror only a single image before freezing (primarily on Samsung devices)
  • Resolved a crash when saving some recordings
  • Resolved an issue that caused a long period of black space at the beginning of a recording
  • Resolved an issue that could cause device audio to become garbled in recordings
  • Resolved an issue with mirrored devices not appearing on Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Resolved an issue that caused the Reflector 2 menu to appear off screen
  • Resolved an issue that could cause Cast devices to only show “No Frame” in the frame selection list
  • Resolved an issue with the client name bar loading beyond the bounds of the window
  • Resolved an issue with excess padding when a Cast device stream is displayed in a frame
  • Resolved an issue that could cause device frames to appear corrupted in recordings
  • Resolved an issue where device frames would not appear in some recordings
  • Resolved an issue where Reflector 2 would not trim backspace when sending Cast previews to Reflector Director

You can update Reflector 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the Reflector 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the Reflector 2 download page. 

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. Our excitement and passion lies in creating high-qualty, budget-friendly software that can be used to enhance the devices already found in today's home and work environments. Follow our blog for all the latest product releases, #TeamSquirrels news and industry insight!