Each major release of Jisho saw a dramatic design revision. This reflected both trends happening on OS X and an increased design sense.
The original release of Jisho. My goal when making the first version was to learn how to draw custom windows using Cocoa and Objective-C. Once I accomplished that I figured it should do something. Around that time a friend was working on dictionary for Windows so I thought that sounded like something I could do too.
The original download button.
My high school friend Cory Nelson wrote the initial transliteration engine for Jisho to convert Hiragana/Katakana to Roman letters. In my failure to QA (or even fully understand the code) it shipped on Version Tracker and MacUpdate.
My first sale was to a Canadian in Vancouver who asked for a refund later that day. He continued to me with bug reports over the years and as Jisho improved.
A complete overhaul of the interface from a small toy to a usable dictionary. The major selling factors were the large kanji display and the roman transliteration (now bug free).
This release also got some press on engadget. I don't think it was more than a headline.
The major new feature for this release was the ability to zoom in on Kanji. This release also brought an increased price to either $20 or $25 dollars.
Check out that zoom action!
I got some coverage on The Unofficial Mac Weblog (tuaw). And shortly after my release Apple started including a Japanese-English dictionary in OS X. I finally got Sherlock'ed(ish)!
The last major release. This featured an entire new redesign and the ability to create vocabulary lists.
Internally Jisho switched to a plugin architecture with the vision that I'd add or sell additional dictionaries for Jisho. The main view was also powered by a WebView instead of a series of tables and NSTextField.
Before it shipped I sent some betas to testers and univervsal feedback was that it was clunky.
Instead of throwing everything out I managed to salvage most of the work and refactor the interface into something much more usable.