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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.

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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.

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Summer Cleaning

For many, spring is the time for house cleaning. It’s the time where you’ll find plenty of garage sales and, soon after, garage piles with items that no one deemed important.

For years, Random Projects had several things going on that seemed to take away from a single focus. Our site covered several things that we were offering, from social media management to graphic design. It worked initially. But it became time to clean up and refocus what we did.

This site’s new design and direction is the beginning of this refocus. While it isn’t spring, we’ve taken the time to clean up this site and focus on what we are currently offering. Our first additions will be applications. Old services will resurface in time. But each item that we add to Random Projects will be thought out, improved, and deemed worthy of inclusion in the new Random Projects.