Step It Up Redesigned

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After a lot of thought and hard work this summer, Step It Up for iPhone has been redesigned from the ground up. If you remember Step It Up used to have a graph of your steps for the each of the day, then I used a circle, similar to the one on the Apple Watch app. Now, Step It Up has no graphics to display your steps. Why? Well, in my opinion, the graph began to look old, dated and wasn’t really that useful. Instead, I wanted to make it easier to visualize your whole progress throughout the day. This is what led to the circle view, similar to the Activity app or the Step It Up Watch app. While this made viewing your progress throughout the day super simple, it looked cheap. So, today, I am announcing the new Step It Up design. Step It Up now displays just your raw data, in a beautiful layout. This lets you quickly see the information you care about, and get on with your day. Additionally, I have been thinking a lot about goals and daily activity. While goals are important, it is much more important to listen to your body and do what is healthy. Sometimes, not hitting your step goal is the healthy thing to do for a day or two, just don’t make it a habit. Which is why you now see much more information about averages. You should really make sure that your weekly average is above your goal. This would mean, most days, you’re hitting your goal and improving your health.

The weight tracker has also been redesigned, however, I am still not very pleased with that design. It turns out, it is very difficult to visualize your weight and display it in a meaningful way. Please keep looking for changes to the weight tracker, and give me feedback.

Finally, starting with this release, I will be aiming to release new updates every 2-3 weeks. I decided this after much thought this summer, the version I had been running all summer on my iPhone and Watch was so much better than the version on the App Store. I decided I do not want to wait for big features or to have a lot of changes to push out updates. Every 2 weeks is my goal, but if a few more days are needed for testing or development, 3 weeks is okay. This will allow users to have the best possible app, at all times. Some updates will be small, like super small, other updates will have some big changes. My ultimate goal is to provide you with the best app and remind you, that I am always working on Step It Up, even if it doesn’t look like it.

All of the changes in this update:

  • Resigned Today and Weight tracking screens

  • iOS 13 Dark Mode Support

  • Slider to view totals from Today, Week, Month, and Year

  • New date picker to view past activity

  • New Today widget

  • Improved stability and performance

You can download the new Step It Up today on the App Store and you can upgrade to Step It Up Plus for $2.99 inside Step It Up. If you do upgrade to Step It Up Plus, I greatly appreciate your support, thank you.

Thank You

While I was recently reviewing some statistics related to the entire existence of Bean’s Bytes, a thought occurred to me: While Bean’s Bytes is a very small company, a TON of you use my apps every day. Some of you use it to still listen to iScan, others use it for step tracking, and some use it to relieve their anxiety quickly and discretely with Pine. And every once in a while, someone plays The License Plate Game!

At age 16 I started writing these apps in the bedroom of my parents' house as a Junior in High School. I am now 25, living in an apartment with my girlfriend and still writing code. It is sometimes hard to realize and understand that real people with real lives will use this code to improve their lives. Which is why I would like to quickly say thank you. First, to those who have spent money on one of my apps before, thank you! It really is amazing to me these projects I work on receives finical support from you. Secondly, to all of you who use or have used one of my apps before, thank you! The fact that you use something I made regularly amazes me. Finally, to all of my friends and family. While I describe Bean’s Bytes as a one person company, the truth is without them, these apps would suck! My friends and family are always challenging me to be better, inspiring me with new ideas, and supporting me when the times are hard.

Seriously, to all of you thank you,

Casey

P.S. I cannot wait to share with you all what is next! Stay tuned next week for some previews of my fall updates!

Plans For This Fall’s Releases

Pine running in Dark Mode on iOS 13.

Pine running in Dark Mode on iOS 13.

Now that the dust has settled from WWDC and I have had time to take in all of the great announcements from last month, I would like to update everyone on my plans for my apps this fall. I think it will be important to address one big update this fall which is Dark Mode. I am pleased to say that all of my current apps on the store will support Dark Mode this fall. As you can see above, Pine already looks great in Dark Mode! I’m sure I will have tweaks here and there as the months roll on. Next, this past Spring I found myself increasingly annoyed with the state of Step It Up. Step It Up received an update addressing a lot of bugs, which unfortunately created more bugs. I had slowly began rewriting Step It Up, but was taking my time due to the amount of underlying code that needed to be rewritten. Then we got SwiftUI at WWDC. I have been very busy working on making Step It Up with SwiftUI. My hope is that SwiftUI will allow me to address those internal conflicts regarding the design of the app, while improving stability and reliability. 

SwiftUI will now allow for increasing cross-platform support, so for example, Step It Up on iPhone will finally have a tracker for your walks. I have been slowly working on a tracker for the iPhone since the Watch received a tracker a few years ago, but I never got around to finishing it. Thankfully, when I rewrite the Watch app for SwiftUI, I will be creating the iPhone version at the same time. A two birds, one stone kind of scenario. Secondly, SwiftUI will also give me the opportunity to make Pine for Mac, which was a project of mine this past Spring. Lastly, SwiftUI will give me the chance to bring a number of projects out of planning stages and into real life. I have a couple of new potential apps for the Watch and one for the iPhone that I am currently working on and plan to release later this year.

So what’s happening in the fall?

My plan is to update Step It Up and Pine on the first day of iOS 13 being available to everyone. As for Step It Up, am not sure if this will be the old version, with some minor changes and Dark Mode or the new versions written in SwiftUI with major changes. 

Depending on whether the major changes are ready I will either release the new SwiftUI version of Step It Up when iOS 13 is released. If the new version of Step It Up is not yet ready, I will ship the old version with iOS 13 support. I do not want to rush the new version and want to make sure it will be great.

Once I am further along on those updates, I will then release the new iPhone app and the new Watch app. I plan to share more details on these in the coming weeks as September gets closer.

If you’re a developer running iOS 13 or on the iOS 13 Public Beta and would like to test the new Step It Up and Pine click on the following links to sign up for the TestFlight.

Have a great rest of your summer everyone,

Casey

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