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.

Obtain Apple Watch App Now Available 🎉

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

Still Working on a Weight Tracking App

My original goal for my April resolution was to finish and publish a personal App in the AppStore. My initial thought was a simple Disney app for tracking a few things while on your trip, but at the end of January a weight tracking app came to mind and I quickly switched gears and built a good 60% of the app in less then a couple weeks.

The only thing I really miss from my pre-iOS 11 life was Weightbot by Tapbots (the creators of Tweetbot), I loved that app and continued to use it even though it was never updated for the iPhone 5 screen. It was quick and great at showing me my current weight and the amount I lost since my last weigh-in, amazingly enough a lot of other apps don’t show you what you recently lost.

But just having an app with that wasn’t going to be enough, every app I’ve used in the past has you input 2 major things, your start weight and your goal weight. For me sadly these 2 numbers are usually pretty far off, so I usually lower my goal weight to something a little more obtainable and once I hit it, I change it to my next obtainable weight. So with the app I am building you’ll have you Main Goal and Mini Goals weight options. I am sure there are a few apps that do this, but I haven’t seen any and honestly, didn’t bother looking too hard, cause I had an idea and just wanted to build it.

I originally planned to have this app done by Mid-February 🤦🏻‍♂️, But instead I got it usable enough and started using it. During that time I have lost over 50lbs, I am not crediting the app for it all, I’ve made some better life choices, but the app has played a part and I have enjoyed using it to see my progress. But with focusing on health and a couple job changes. I fully just stopped working on the app until about a month ago. I’ve made some great progress during my nights and weekends and currently planning to finish it up in the next week or so. I am doing all design 😱 and code myself. The design is definitely out of my comfort zone, but its been fun.

I am super excited about finally finishing this app up. Mainly just to have my own app in the AppStore again. I haven’t had one available in over 7 years now. I’ll try to post more on here soon about it once I finish up the last couple features and add some more polish.

Watch Durability

So the big announcement is about 12 hours away. And one of my main concerns is not the price, but the durability of the watch itself.

I have been wearing a smart device (mostly fitness) of some sort since 2011 with the first Jawbone UP.

Ignore the first UP, it had major issues. I have had the other 2 iterations, a Nike FuelBand, Fitbit Flex & Force, and the Pebble Steel.

One thing that all of these devices have in common is they all broke on me and had to be replaced multiple times (other than the recalled force, only had it for a couple weeks). I am not an extremely active person. I’m a computer programmer that spends most of his time in front of a computer, yet I have had all these issues with these wearable devices.

I believe that if anyone can get something right the first time it would be Apple, but I still worry about the durability of a daily device that is covered in glass and worn on my wrist.  I guess only time will tell, but I am personally hoping that there will be an AppleCare option for it.

Device kill count:

  • UP – too many to remember
  • Nike FuelBand – 3
  • Fitbit Flex – 2 bands
  • Pebble Steel – 4

Safari was hoarding 3GBs on my iPad

So I was looking into why my iPad didn’t have any free spacing this morning and after deleting a few apps. turning off iCloud removing all my Messages and Photos. I still had 4.53GBs of other space being used.

So I did some searching to what all accounted for this “other” space and on the list was safari’s history and cookie data. So I gave that a shot and it was apparently storing over 3GBs of data on my iPad.

So if you trying to free up some space on your device don’t forget safari!

My HomeScreen

I can’t leave my iPhone layout alone. I am constantly changing it.

Below is what my iPhone’s layout looks like today. But it will most likely look completely different a month from now (if not sooner). I’m not a big fan of having the full screen filled with apps or having multiple pages to flip through. With iOS 7 I’m using spotlight a ton to find the app I want and I am trying to force myself to use Launch Center Pro more, but only time will tell.

I also love seeing what other people’s homescreens look like so feel free to share them with me.

My First Mac

Was a 700Mhz iBook G3 PowerPC. I was a diehard Windows PC fan before this system and had just finished building a fairly top of the line PC, but after buying the iBook it quickly turn into a huge floppy disk drive, which I needed to turn in college work (and yes I now feel old).

My memory isn’t the best, but I believe from that point my upgrade path went like this:
Mac #2. 17in iMac G4 – they 17in lamp looking one.

Mac #3. 15in Powerbook G4 – was so happy to finally have one.

Mac #4. MacPro (intel)- started doing more video editing.

Mac #5. MacMini (intel) – stopped doing as much video stuff.

Mac #6. 13in Macbook Pro – needed to have some portability.

Mac #7. 27in iMac – so much screen space

Mac #8. 15in Retina MBP – need to be portable again.

Mac #9. 27in iMac – yes again, used it mainly as an external monitor for a bit.

But it all started here:

Time To Make My Own App

I’ve made one iOS app that wasn’t for a client. It was the first app I created as a way to learn iOS development back in late 2009. It was an app to scare your friends that posed as a simple tap the red dot game (stupid I know). I finally took it off the App Store late last year. I think I made a whopping $1,500 or so off of the app in the two years it was a paid app before making it free.

So the app didn’t make me rich, but it opened doors. Three months after it hitting the App Store, I started getting client work. Not a bunch, but enough to make learning iOS programming more then just a hobby. In 2011 one of those clients was ChoreMonster, which I now have the pleasure to work for full-time.

But it’s been almost 4 years since I’ve created an app for the App Store that was all mine. I’ve created a few little apps here and there to learn stuff or make my own life easier, but nothing that I thought would be App Store worthy.

I (like many others) feel iOS 7 is the best opportunity since the first SDK was released. I’ve been using it since the first beta on my everyday iPhone (stupid I know) and overall I love it and I am ready to make an app that requires iOS 7 from day one.

Sadly, I can’t say anything about the app just yet. I still need to repurchase an Apple Developer Membership so I can secure the name. I will say that I feel the name, I currently have planned for it could ruin it, but it’s direct enough that I am still fighting myself for it. Right now all I have is the domain name and the apps initial structure, but thats more then I had earlier this week. And I (probably) have a couple months to make it great.

Needless to say I’m excited and my goal is to post more about the app as it comes together.