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2019 Retrospective and 2020 Plans

With 2019 officially behind us, I thought it might be a good opportunity to look back on the things Random Projects delivered this year. I’ll then talk about some of my plans for Random Projects for 2020.

All About Countr

While my day job has me working on several apps, Random Projects is currently all about Countr.

Originally released in 2014, Countr began as a simple counting app focused on a straightforward user experience. In 2019, Countr progressed to version 2 and continued that focus.

The original 2.0 release in March cleaned up the UI across the board. Layouts were more consistent between all phones, from the smaller iPhone SE to the large iPhone XS Max. This also laid the groundwork for a lot of other improvements that came through the rest of the year.

Version 2.1 in June brought improvements to the Watch app, including support for watch face complications. Haptics were also added, making the Watch app experience better. Lastly, a focus was made on dynamic type support in the iOS app, good for users that might have their device text set to a smaller or larger-than-default size.

August brought version 2.2 and the return of Dark Mode. I had added dark mode to version 1 years ago, but it had last been done when the iPhone 5s was the latest phone. I took time during the summer to rethink some of the color choices that were used in the past and brought it more in line with what Apple had created with iOS 13.

I also ran the app through iOS’ accessibility options, particularly Voiceover. It’s not perfect, but as I continue to work on this and other apps, I want them to be as accessible as possible to the broadest range of users.

Just a month after that release, version 2.3 was available in late September and added a few alternate icon options plus support for Siri suggestions. The more you use Countr, the more it’ll suggest it to you from Spotlight, making it easier for regular users to get back to the app.

Lastly, version 2.4 in October synced up Dark Mode with the iOS 13 system-wide setting, plus addressed any iOS 13 issues.

I think 2019 was a great year for Countr. If you agree, leave a tip in the Tip Jar found in the Settings screen. I greatly appreciate it!

Roadmap: 2020

I enjoyed working on Countr during 2019. Doing so helped me polish some internal processes for planning releases and development work. Those improvements have helped me make some solid plans for the future.

So what’s in store for Random Projects in 2020? Here are a few things I have in the works.

Countr 3

Countr 2 was sorely needed. It brought support for a lot of the newer features added to iOS over the past few years, and ended 2019 with a focus on the latest improvements to iOS.

While Dark Mode was a huge feature in iOS 13, there are other features that Countr can support that it doesn’t yet. That’s why Countr 3.0 is in the works.

Countr 3 will make full use of iOS 13’s features, as well as take advantage of some changes in iPadOS 13. And while I’m at it, I’ll be doing a Watch app update for watchOS 6.

Like Countr 2, these updates will be rolled out over several versions. Expect the first glimpses of Countr 3 in the late spring.

Other Apps

Hitting a bit of nostalgia in 2019 inspired me to work on a few small app ideas. These include some small games based on old travel games I used to play on road trips 20 years ago. I hope they’ll be fun for people now as I enjoyed them then! The first of these should be available by summer.

Improved Watch syncing with Countr 1.4.1

One popular request with our recent Apple Watch app was the ability to sync the count between the Watch and accompanying iPhone. Originally, we thought it might be nice to have two separate counts. But after much thinking, we’ve changed our mind and now have made the two sync.

Thanks to everyone for your feedback! If you can, please rate and review this version on the App Store!

Hello, Apple Watch! Countr 1.4 is here

Countr 1.4 is now available on the App Store. This update brings a few small bug fixes with it along with two new features.

Countr Apple Watch

The biggest feature is a new Apple Watch app. The app is as simple as the iPhone app: easily count up, count down, or use the Digital Crown to change the current count. Future versions of this app will include support for count syncing and saving between your Watch and your iPhone.

The iPhone app also has a new feature: audio feedback. If you like hearing when you’re tapping buttons, you’ll like this option. Simply turn on sounds from the settings page. And just like that, you’ve got audio feedback!

If you like this update, please take the time to rate and review it on the App Store! If you’ve rated or reviewed the app before, please do so again. Older reviews and ratings typically get buried by the App Store.

Looking ahead, here are some items you can expect for future versions of Countr:

  • More Watch-to-iPhone functions
  • Taptic feedback in the iPhone app
  • More options for saved counts on the iPhone

As always, if you have any questions or feedback, contact us here or on Twitter. Thank you for using Countr!

 

Happy first anniversary, Countr!

One year ago, we released Countr to the world. Countr is a quick and easy way to count or tally anything! Our goal has been to keep the app simple, straight forward, and easy to use while still providing useful features. Since the initial release, we’ve updated the app several times to add various things such as automatic dark mode and a Notification Center widget. Today, we’ve got two things to announce related to Countr.

First, Countr 1.3 is out! Countr 1.3 adds support for a new Save feature. Perhaps you use Countr to take attendance at weekly events. Now, from a new action in the Share extension, you can easily Save your count. Countr will note your total and the time it was taken. To view your past saved counts, there’s a new button in the top right corner of the Settings screen. Now you can quickly see those past counts you may have taken!

Right now, Countr simply saves and deletes a stored count. But in the future, this feature will be expanded to include other functions related to your saved counts.

Secondly, as it is the first anniversary of Countr, we decided to bring it back to its initial price, free, for the next two weeks. Yes, you can grab Countr from the App Store for free. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, or you know friends that might find it useful but haven’t downloaded it, now is the time to do so! You’ll not only get Countr as it is now, but you’ll also have access to future improvements we have planned for Countr, as well as support for devices other than the iPhone.

Happy one anniversary, Countr!

Countr 1.2 released – Say hello to the today widget

Countr 1.2 was just made available on the App Store. What’s new?

Well, have you found yourself wanting a quicker way to count than the Countr app? Now you can modify your count from anywhere with the new widget! Add it to your Today View, and you can work with your count anywhere you can pull down your notification center.

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This update also changes the icon to a new one provided by Dillon Klassen. It’s definitely a better icon that we originally had. Plus, it’ll look great on smaller Retina screens.

As always, we appreciate every rating and review left for Countr on the app store.

Download Countr on the App Store.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us or tweet us @RandomProjects.

 

Countr 1.1 Released

We’re happy to announce the release of Countr 1.1, a relatively minor app update. This release has added a new feature, modified the UI slightly, and taken care of a few bugs that were hidden behind the scenes.

Countr 1.1 Auto Dark Mode

First, our new feature: Auto Dark Mode. Dark Mode has been useful for users wanting to use Countr in a low light setting. For instance, if you’re taking a tally in a dark room, your iPhone will automatically decrease its screen brightness level. But you would want to switch to Dark Mode so that your screen isn’t a distraction to others in the room and to make it easier on your eyes. Now, Countr can detect your current screen brightness setting and automatically switch to Dark Mode when it has dropped below a certain threshold.

We’ve also changed the menu options on the main count screen. The text labels from the initial release have been replaced with icons. This cleans up the count screen and removes the need for translatable text on the main count screen. This, in turn, will make it easier to add language support in future releases.

Download Countr on the App Store.

If you are a Countr user, please rate our app and leave a review on the App Store. Thank you!

If you have any questions or comments, please email us or tweet us @RandomProjects.

Introducing Countr, a quick way to count

When beginning as Random Projects, the name wasn’t meant as just a whimsical one. Rather, it revealed a little secret: Just one type of project, app, or website wasn’t enough to define the work we’re interested in. Some ideas are small utilities and apps. Others are larger services or games. But while the diverse ideas are there, it doesn’t mean rushing through each one of them. No, being thorough is important. So as we release different things, we’ll do our best to pay attention to the smaller parts of the overall service, game, website, or app.

Our first official release can be qualified as a small utility. It began as an idea for a simple app that I wanted. Having the ability to take a quick count of people in a meeting was a simple need that I felt could be filled easily. Yet, I didn’t want a barebones app. Rather, I wanted to create something that not only had some unique features but also a solid base from which to add some small features to ultimately create a useful yet simple app.

Meet Countr.

Countr is a simple app to help you take a count or tally. Whether you’re counting the number of people in a room waiting to listen to your next big speech or items passing on a conveyor belt, Countr is the simple app for you. But there are times where you may want to quickly count up to a particular value. With the swipe of your finger, you can quickly jump to a particular number and continue counting from there. It’s just that easy.

Countr

Countr’s Simple Interface

Why is this app so simple? It’s because the platform it is on has, in some ways, become simpler. With the move to iOS 7, Apple created a clean canvas, as it were. Instead of focusing on interfaces that match real world items, the focus became one of clarity and focus. So when creating Countr, it was almost natural to create something that is simple and clean to match iOS 7.

Built into Countr, besides the basic count functionality, is the ability to slide your finger around the screen to change the total value. There’s also a dark mode option, perhaps for those times where you don’t want a bright interface to draw attention. And you can quickly see your last count from the home screen by means of the numeric badge icon.

Just because there is a simpler design doesn’t mean Countr won’t be getting new features. iOS 8 has introduced new possibilities with Extensibility that can make Countr much more useful and even easier to use. As those features get developed, you’ll see more about what they are. I just hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

If you’re looking for an app that can do what Countr can do, please take the time to check it out. It’s available for all devices running iOS 7.

Download Countr – Quick Count