Obtain 1.1.3 Released – Now more complicated 🀣

Obtain 1.3 went live in the App Store yesterday with the added ability to select different options for the watch complications.

Every complication is now supported and has at least a couple options to choose from. My favorite is still the Bezel complication you can now have the date and time displayed. Which I understand can be a little odd for a weight tracking app, but lets be real not everyone wants to scream it on the hills that they are trying to lose weight, so why not have the option to just see a small graph indicating your progress and the rest be relative information for you daily life.

This update a lot of fun, but also took me a little longer to get done. I hope you all enjoy it, if there is another complication option you’d like to see, please let me know. And if you haven’t yet be sure to download and check out the app

AirPods are magically most of the time, but when they aren’t…

You hear so many people (well tech nerds at least) about how the AirPod are their favorited Apple product in years and although they are great they are also so frustrating.

Don’t get me wrong I love my AirPod I’m on my second pair (first pairs batteries started to give out) and have had a pair since day 2. I’ve carried them with me almost every day since them and use them multiple days a week if not everyday some weeks.

My biggest issue comes with using them with multiple devices and connecting. They constantly connect and disconnect when initially switching devices and getting them to reconnect seems like this awful dance of going into Bluetooth setting sometimes turning it off, sometimes restarting the entire device and then if all else fails removing them altogether doing s hard reset on the AirPods and repairing hem and forgetting to reset the tap button until after I trigger Siri accidentally.

Maybe I am alone in this, I know it’s way better then regular Bluetooth, but I have high hopes that version 2, whenever it comes out will be better at this along with whatever other features Apple decides to crams in there.

2019 Resolutions

Ok since last year worked out pretty well, I figured I’d give this a go again and set some new goals for this year, so here they are:

January

For January the focus is going to be on improving Obtain. with releasing it last month I am even more pumped to work on it. My goal for this month is to finish expanding out the complication and also get version 1.2 out before the month is over.

It’s not going to be easy, but I think I can do it πŸ€”

February

Will be all about getting to bed earlier and waking up at 5am 😴. With doing that I can focus on a few things. I can get back to working out more regularly, reading my bible in the morning rather than at midnight and work on personal project before switching over to my day job work.

Right now I am lucky to get up by 7am, so that could give me an extra 2 hours each morning.

March

Have read at least 2 books. Last year I had this goal in April, but I am going to be more mindful about pushing myself with reading. 🀞

April

Get under 200lbs. My birthday is the the middle of April, so before then I want to be under 200lbs. The last time I was under 200lbs, I was at least in Jr High, possibly even elementary school. (Honestly don’t know). So getting down below has been my ultimate weight goal since forever. So might as well make it my birthday gift to myself.

May

Release a second app through Minorbits. I am hoping to finish up one sooner, but giving myself a bit more time. I have a list of ideas I think I know the 2 I want to focus on for this year, but that may change, either way I want to have the second one out by May.

June

Start a YouTube channel. This is another one of those, I want to have it started before this time, but at the very least by June I want to have my own YouTube channel that focuses on the AppleWatch. It’s my favorite device Apple makes and developing for it these last few weeks has had it’s ups and downs, but has mostly been a ton of fun. So I want to focus on a bunch of stuff the watch can do and maybe even dive as deep as developing for it videos, cause the content for it is lacking.

July

Teach my boy to code. My son turns 8 this year, so I feel its a great time to learn to code and better yet he wants to learn. So all this year I want to focus on teaching him, and hopeful have him release his own app this year. I have an idea on a good starter app.

August

Pay off a credit card. Another main focus for this year is to make wiser financial choices and in doing to get in a better place financially. I’ve been watching a lot of Dave Ramsey’s videos and plan to read at least one of his books this year and use the EveryDollar app (even though I’m not a fan of its UI). Looking forward to one day having everything paid for and not being so stressed about money and this is the year all of that begins.

September

Release my 3rd app. It’s gonna be a busy, but fun year. Releasing Obtain has been so much fun, so looking forward to coming out with 2 more ones this year.

October

Last year I had a goal focusing on learning to draw. I don’t feel that I fully tackled it and I do enjoy it. So I am continuing that this year and in October I want to participate in Inktober where I draw something new each day. This is going to be a major challenge for me and I plan to build up to it by drawing something at least every other week to continue to improve before then. I am not sure if during Inktober you’re allowed to draw digitally, but that’s my goal. I love my iPad and plan to always use it for drawing.

November

Catch up month. I’m not going to hit all my goals so this month will be all about playing catch up on whatever I missed and if I do happen to hit them all then. This month can be a more restful one, not that I’ll be resting much with waking at 5am, having 3 personal apps in the store, a YouTube channel, and a full time job. Holy cow what am I getting myself into this year πŸ˜‚.

December

Family month. Like last year I want to just focus on getting things all set for Christmas and enjoying the Holliday with my family.

So theres the goals. 2019 is gonna be a fun one!

Obtain Apple Watch App Now Available πŸŽ‰

It was actually released the other day, but I haven’t had time to write a post about it in until now. If you haven’t gotten the app yet you can download it here.

The watch app is pretty simple as I stated in my last post. I want to keep it fast and easy to use. It was a ton of fun to create. I hadn’t been able to make one since ChoreMonster. I am also still super proud of the watch icon.

This was my first time working with complications, which I’ve also kept simple for now, but with the help from @qzervaas creator of the amazing Streaks and Outcast apps. I was able to add a little extra to the infographic top sub-dial complication. If you set the apps icon there it will display the time in the bezel area. I love this watch face, but with all the complications it does make reading the time a little harder. So having this feature is a huge plus (for me at least)

I still have a ton planned that I want to add to the app and plan to keep working nights and weekends to bring more and more features. Feel free to hit me up with anything you’d like to see

Also don’t hesitate to write a review for it if you have tried it out.

Thanks again,

-Brian

Obtain Apple Watch App Now Available πŸŽ‰

It was actually released the other day, but I haven’t had time to write a post about it in until now. If you haven’t gotten the app yet you can download it here.

The watch app is pretty simple as I stated in my last post. I want to keep it fast and easy to use. It was a ton of fun to create. I hadn’t been able to make one since ChoreMonster. I am also still super proud of the watch icon.

This was my first time working with complications, which I’ve also kept simple for now, but with the help from @qzervaas creator of the amazing Streaks and Outcast apps. I was able to add a little extra to the infographic top sub-dial complication. If you set the apps icon there it will display the time in the bezel area. I love this watch face, but with all the complications it does make reading the time a little harder. So having this feature is a huge plus (for me at least)

I still have a ton planned that I want to add to the app and plan to keep working nights and weekends to bring more and more features. Feel free to hit me up with anything you’d like to see

Also don’t hesitate to write a review for it if you have tried it out.

Thanks again,

-Brian

Looking back at last years resolutions

This year I took on some resolutions, I can’t tell you the last time I even tried them in the past, but I thought I take a different approach and had one item set for each month.

Sadly I didn’t complete them all, but overall I was still fairly please with how I did.

January

Use my iPad more

I’ve still had my ups and downs with the usage of my iPad, over all I feel I’ve used an iPad this year way more than any other year before. I’m also still using it to write all the posts on this blog. I also did get the new 11in and have been using it everyday since. It’s pretty amazing.


February

Enjoy Disney w/ family

We had such a great time! I still cant wait to stay at the Polynesian again.

March

Have read 2 books

Sadly I only read one book by March I know I’m awful, but I’ve read way more comics then I have in the past does that count. πŸ€“

April

1st personal app in the store

Another failure. But I did get Obtain out so πŸŽ‰

May

TBall season – More time with family

This was an interesting month. I went into work the first Monday of the month and found out we were out of money. It was a huge shock. Luckily I was able to find another job that I love. So I was unemployed all of May, which meant we had a great time going to Kings Island a lot.

June

Be better at balancing work/life

With losing the job and going switching again in November, I still haven’t really figured this one out yet, I think I have improved, just not there yet. Hopefully I’ll finally have this tackled this year.

July

Be Healthier then ever before.

I’m hands down healthier this year then I’ve been my entire adult life. I hit an all time low in my weight and haven’t had sweets since December 26th 2017. I’ve never felt better. I’m still not where i want to be, but I’ve never been able to maintain a loss before and that’s exactly what I have done.

August

Have read a total of 4 books

Nope πŸ˜”. I did finish up one last month. So that will make 2 whole books I’ve read all last year. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

September

Learn to draw

I’ve not progress on this as far as I would have liked, but I’ve had some great fun drawling on the iPad this year and look forward to continuing it next year and developing this skill some more.

October

Enjoy Disney with my Wife

Another amazing trip. This one without the kids just my wife and our best friends. It was amazing and I can’t wait till our next trip in the Spring.

November

2nd Personal App in store

I had such high hopes to get 2 apps out last year, it didn’t happen, but getting Obtain out was such a great feeling that I am definitely hooked now. Looking forward to updating it and releasing a couple additional apps this year

December

Have all the Christmas stuff done before the 15th

My wife killed it we had most of it done before the 15th.  πŸŽ‰

So… How’d I do?

I personally think I did pretty well. A lot of the items weren’t too hard to make room for the harder ones, but getting healthier and getting this Obtain out (even though not on time) was very big goal for me. 

Would love you hear how your 2018 went or what you think about how I did.

Now on to 2019 goals. I’ve wrote a few things down, but trying to finalize everything, should have a post next week.

Keeping it simple – Obtain’s Watch App

This weekend I built the watch app for Obtain. I still need to work on the complication, but I finished up the icon, interface and all the connectivity between it and the phone.

With the watch app I am keeping it simple. It displays your current weight, goal progress and the ability to add a new weight from the watch. I feel a lot of apps try to cram in too much info into their watch apps, which causes the app to take longer to load and in turn stops people from wanting to use it. Luckily my app itself was already simple, so simplifying the watch app was easy.

All in all there are only 5 variables that I need on the watch:

  • Current weight
  • Current goal (Next marker or main goal if Pro isn’t unlocked)
  • Start weight for the goal (either your start weight or last goal)
  • Weight type (pounds, stones, kilograms)
  • And if Pro was purchased (which is required to add a weight from the watch)

For now, I decided to store all these items in UserDefaults rather then bringing over CoreData or any other type of data management. In my opinion with 5 items anything else would be overkill.

All that being said. It was a blast to work on the watch app this weekend. The watch is still my favorite Apple device. Sadly, I haven’t had many chances to work on the watch so making one for Obtain was a high priority. As I stated before I still need to work on the complications and hope to finish them next weekend 🀞. I’ve never done them before so looking forward to learning something new. πŸ€“

Below is a short video of the watch and iPhone app doing their thing.

Keeping it simple – Obtain’s Watch App

This weekend I built the watch app for Obtain. I still need to work on the complication, but I finished up the icon, interface and all the connectivity between it and the phone.

With the watch app I am keeping it simple. It displays your current weight, goal progress and the ability to add a new weight from the watch. I feel a lot of apps try to cram in too much info into their watch apps, which causes the app to take longer to load and in turn stops people from wanting to use it. Luckily my app itself was already simple, so simplifying the watch app was easy.

All in all there are only 5 variables that I need on the watch:

  • Current weight
  • Current goal (Next marker or main goal if Pro isn’t unlocked)
  • Start weight for the goal (either your start weight or last goal)
  • Weight type (pounds, stones, kilograms)
  • And if Pro was purchased (which is required to add a weight from the watch)

For now, I decided to store all these items in UserDefaults rather then bringing over CoreData or any other type of data management. In my opinion with 5 items anything else would be overkill.

All that being said. It was a blast to work on the watch app this weekend. The watch is still my favorite Apple device. Sadly, I haven’t had many chances to work on the watch so making one for Obtain was a high priority. As I stated before I still need to work on the complications and hope to finish them next weekend 🀞. I’ve never done them before so looking forward to learning something new. πŸ€“

Below is a short video of the watch and iPhone app doing their thing.

A week in the AppStore – Obtain Weight Tracker

So my app, Obtain has been out for a week. In that time it’s had 125 installs and 19 IAPs. Not setting any records with those numbers, but I didn’t expect to and I’m happy with the progress so far.

My goal was to get my own app in the store again any income it brings is a bonus. Yesterday 1.0.2 was released with a few more bug fixes, nothing major, also so far the app hasn’t had any reported crashes 🀜 🌲 (knock on wood).

Next up is to build the watch app, I started on it the other night and got the icon and layout finished along with requesting the data from the phone app and storing it locally on the watch. I still have a lot of optimizing to still do there, but I am hoping to finish that up this weekend. Then I’ll have to move onto the complications. I’ve never built those before so that may take a little bit of time. Goal is to have 2 sets. One for just launching the app and another for showing your progress towards your next goal (second one requiring the pro purchase, which will also be required to update your weight from the watch.)

After the watch is done I am going to add a Face ID /Touch ID /Passcode lock to the app so no one can just open the app as see your weight information. I totally understand and have used features like this before, so I want to get that out there ASAP and it should have had it in the 1.0.

Lastly I want to add in FMI (Fat Mass Index) for those that prefer that over BMI.

Goal is to have all this done sometime in January (shooting for no later then the 15th 🀞)

I also want to say thanks to all those that have downloaded, installed and gone as far to buy the IAP. It means a ton, I’m having a blast working on this app and I can’t wait to continue to improve it and create a couple more in 2019.

And if you haven’t downloaded it yet you can just click here to get it now. 😁

Thanks!!

Also here is what the watch icon will look like. I’m overly proud/excited about it. I am far from being a designer, but “designing” this app has been a lot of fun.

A week in the AppStore – Obtain Weight Tracker

So my app, Obtain has been out for a week. In that time it’s had 125 installs and 19 IAPs. Not setting any records with those numbers, but I didn’t expect to and I’m happy with the progress so far.

My goal was to get my own app in the store again any income it brings is a bonus. Yesterday 1.0.2 was released with a few more bug fixes, nothing major, also so far the app hasn’t had any reported crashes 🀜 🌲 (knock on wood).

Next up is to build the watch app, I started on it the other night and got the icon and layout finished along with requesting the data from the phone app and storing it locally on the watch. I still have a lot of optimizing to still do there, but I am hoping to finish that up this weekend. Then I’ll have to move onto the complications. I’ve never built those before so that may take a little bit of time. Goal is to have 2 sets. One for just launching the app and another for showing your progress towards your next goal (second one requiring the pro purchase, which will also be required to update your weight from the watch.)

After the watch is done I am going to add a Face ID /Touch ID /Passcode lock to the app so no one can just open the app as see your weight information. I totally understand and have used features like this before, so I want to get that out there ASAP and it should have had it in the 1.0.

Lastly I want to add in FMI (Fat Mass Index) for those that prefer that over BMI.

Goal is to have all this done sometime in January (shooting for no later then the 15th 🀞)

I also want to say thanks to all those that have downloaded, installed and gone as far to buy the IAP. It means a ton, I’m having a blast working on this app and I can’t wait to continue to improve it and create a couple more in 2019.

And if you haven’t downloaded it yet you can just click here to get it now. 😁

Thanks!!

Also here is what the watch icon will look like. I’m overly proud/excited about it. I am far from being a designer, but “designing” this app has been a lot of fun.