Top 3 Annoying Aspects of Submitting an App Update to the App Store

Here is a top 3 list of the of what I find to be the most frustrating/agonizing/table-flipping/teeth-gnashing aspects of submitting a new app update to the iOS App Store. 

  1. Making new screenshots for the App Store because a UI element was changed.
  2. Making new screenshots for the App Store because a UI element was changed.
  3. Making new screenshots for the App Store because a UI element was changed…

Huzzah! New ChronoCat Update Almost Ready

Finally wrapping up the new 3.1 update for ChronoCat, will be very happy to finally kick this one out the door. Changes include:

  1. Colors! – You will now be able to set a color your event countdowns and change the app’s navigation bar color. 
  2. New Date Pickers – Brand new date pickers used for the add and edit event views.
  3. Bug fixes – Lots of bug fixes. What started out as a pretty simple feature add (colors) ended up triggering a rewrite of a large portion of the app.

There is still a little bit of work still to do before submitting but I’m hoping to have it in to Apple later this week.

ChronoCat 3.1 on the Way!

No posts or ChronoCat updates for months? That’s super lame….

Well all that is about to change, ChronoCat 3.1 is on the way! The next ChronoCat update will include the option to set a color for your events instead of just the default blue that the app has now.

More info and screenshots coming very soon 😀

ChronoCat 3 Submitted to the App Store!

Alright! ChronoCat 3.0 is finally done and has been submitted to the App Store for review. Very happy to have this update out the door. Transitioning from an iPhone-only app to a universal one took a bit longer than I had hoped but it’s done now. 

What was the hardest part of the changing to a universal app? So many damn screenshots to take now ><

Anyway, once approved ChronoCat will be free for one more week or so and then after that it will be .99¢ going forward. Thanks so much for everyone who has downloaded the app so far and especially those who have paid to remove the ads. 


ChronoCat and iOS 8

iOS 8 is out but there is no ChronoCat update, what’s up with that? 

ChronoCat 3.0 is on the way! What new?

1. ChronoCat will become a paid app, no longer free with ads. What does this mean for existing users? You get the upgrade for free! Thanks for downloading the app 😀

2. Universal Device Support! No longer will ChronoCat be iPhone only, like an animal. Instead it will work natively on all iOS devices, like a non-animal.

If things keep going smoothly ChronoCat 3.0 should be out in late October or early November. 



Three Ways to Quantify Your Progress Building an App

I’ve been working on ChronoCat for about 10 months now and sometimes it’s fun to stop and quantify that progress. It’s easy to check how many times the app has been downloaded but what about measuring your personal progress and milestones?  Here are a few of the ways I keep track of how far I have come while building ChronoCat:

  1. Lines of code – You can count the lines of code in your own Xcode project by running this snippet I found on StackOverflow in your app’s project folder. ChronoCat is purely Objective-C so I removed the C++ bits from the snippet, here is what it looks like for me:   find . “(” -name “*.m” -or -name “*.h”  “)” -print0 | xargs -0 wc 
  2. Git commits – Git has a handy commit count command built right in: git shortlog -sn
    If you have multiple branches in your git repository add the –all switch to include them. 
  3. How much time has passed – For counting the time I use (drumroll please) ChronoCat! Just make a new event with your product’s creation date and you’re done.

Here are stats for ChronoCat 2.5:

  1. Just over 4000 lines (Version 1.0 weighed in at about 950 lines of code)
  2. 123 commits
  3. Started 258 days ago



ChronoCat 2.5 Coming Soon

Alright! ChronoCat 2.5 has been submitted to the App Store for review. This update includes: 

* A redesigned detail view to better show off your event’s picture. (Screenshot below)

* A new “auto” option for counting time by will automatically scale the unit of time up or down. (e.g. years until -> months until -> weeks until -> days until -> day of -> days since-> weeks since -> months since -> years since)

* Various formatting and bug fixes.



Finally Done! ChronoCat 2.3 Submitted for Review

All right, ChronoCat 2.3 has finally been submitted for review. Here is the final list of all the new stuff it contains:

Add reminders to your events to let you know when they are approaching, the day of, or the anniversary of a past event 

You can now include a location with your events 

*Edit Events! 
Now you can edit an event after creating it 

*New look! 
The add event and view event screens have been given a new look and feel 

*New Help Section! 
There is now an FAQ section accessible via the settings menu with instructions on how to create events, delete events, and more 

Fewer 😀