uTime 4.2 is now available on the App Store for both macOS and iOS. uTime 4.2 has a lot of background changes and some front end ones too!
Here is the official change log:
When making a new timer on iPad/Mac, you will now be brought right to the modify screen to edit your newly created timer.
Fixed Issue with app crashing on launch after a background sync with iCloud
Behind the scenes update to handle app information: This will make less network calls and lead to less human error on update information
On iOS 13 when swiping down and changes have been made an action sheet will now ask you what you want to do with the changes. Saving will save your changes, discard will discard your changes, and Cancel will keep you in the modification screen.
Slide to delete a timer is back! Slide on a timer to delete it from the list!
Along with this uTime 3.1 is available for Mac bringing changes to the backend information and a new delete button as the backspace key does not work on some OS X versions.
With the power of macOS Catalina and Catalyst framework uTime comes to the mac with all the same functionality as the iOS version! This also means whenever there is an update to uTime for iOS there will be the same update with the same (and more) features for macOS.
However, making a Catalyst app is a problem because it will only work with macOS Catalina which drops 32 bit support which is used with many legacy applications…
The way I decided to counter this is to leave uTime for macOS (Version 3) on the app store for legacy software users. However, there will not be feature updates for uTime macOS Version 3.
So why the change? A lot of reasons but the main one is continuity: being able to develop features once and then have it work accross all Apple platforms means more feature updates come quicker which is a big win.
After a summer of developing I am happy to announce uTime 4 is now available to download on the app store. uTime 4 brings numerous improvements including Split View for iPad (FINALLY) and iOS 13 Support!
The home screen for uTime 4 has a new addition: a circular ring. The circular ring will fill up from the most recent load time till your event occurs. It is a fun way to visualize how much time is left until your event. This is just one of the many feature additions and improvements in uTime 4
Here is the official changelog for uTime 4:
4: Big Changes
Slide Menu: Now instead of hitting timers and going to a different view the list of timers will just slide in, and by swipping right they will also appear
Search is no longer hidden: instead of having to pull down to get to the search bar it will always be present and ready to use
Finally you are able to use uTime in Slide Over and Split View multitasking
-Using Slide Over and certain instances of Split View will bring in the iPhone interface for a better experience.
Added an animation for timers (iPhone 6 and up): The circle! The circle animates based on how much time is left from when you select the timer. It will fill and say solid white when time is done.
-Layout Improvements: uTime will work better with all types of screens due to updates on constraints.
iOS 13 Dark Mode: For devices running iOS 13 the slider to toggle has been removed. iOS 13’s dark mode setting is reflected within uTime.
Other iOS 13 Goodies: uTime works with sliding views now! Most notably settings (and for iPhone Modifications!). Grab the top of the view and dismiss them. (13+ Only)
Removed custom WebBrowser with Safari’s default
-New version means a new icon!
uTime 4 is on the App Store now as a free update. Happy Downloading!
With about less than a week to go to WWDC I have made uTime 3.4 available on the app store. 3.4 officially marks the end of the transition of uTime to swift as now every feature has been migrated into Apple’s swift language.
uTime 3.4 brings back the today widget allowing you to see your timers all within the notification today view, or by 3D touching the uTime icon on your home-screen. Every time you open the main app or make a change the widget will update manually or will also update in the background to stay up to date. However with the background updates it is sporadically timed (Apple’s policy not mine) so you may want to open the app if you want it up to date at specific times.
Here is the official change-log:
3.4 Return of The Widget:
The today widget is back and redesigned
Access the today widget in Notification Center or with supporting iOS devices: 3D touch the uTime icon!
Today widget will stay up to date in the background but will manually refresh with you entering the app
An update a year in the making: uSurf 6 is now available. uSurf 5 got to be so hard to maintain and fix that I had to rewrite it from scratch but by doing that there are a lot of improvements. The official change-log:
6.0 The Big One:
– A total rewrite: The app has been completely rewritten to be better optimized!
– WebKit: With WebKit features such as swipe navigation have been implemented
– ProgressBar: See how far the page is loaded with a new progress bar on the top of the webview.
– iPhone X Support: uSurf now supports iPhone X Style Devices
– iPad Pro Support: uSurf now supports iPad Pro (3rd Generation Devices)
– iPad: No more toolbar! Everything is now in the navigation bar!
– iPad: Portrait Split Screen!
– There are new icons all throughout the app!
– Long pressing the add button will allow you to add a bookmark, just pressing it will add a tab…
– Option to clear all history!
– Searching: You can now search through your history, tabs, and bookmarks!
– Better version information: A lot less mess ups when it comes to consistency with information
– Legacy: uSurf still works with legacy devices (going as far back as iOS 9)
– Ad Banners: To try and make a little bit of cash on the side I implemented a single ad banner on the bottom of the settings page. That’s it.
uSurf 6 switches from using UIWebView to WebKit. This brings faster browsing and streamlined navigation. It also allows for a progress bar to determine how much of the page is left to load.
There is also a lot of efficiency upgrades in terms of memory and processing power which is good on devices running legacy versions of iOS.
The final thing… Ads. uSurf has been free for a number of years along with other applications of the uApps Suite. Development of these apps take a lot of time and are not free so I am trying to get a mere couple of cents off of people using them. Therefor, I added an ad banner in the info section of uSurf… That’s all there is going to be for now.
For those of you waiting for this update I appreciate your patience while I got this update ready (took over a year). The redone code structure makes it easier to push updates both feature wise and functionality wise.
Happy 2019!!! What a better way to roll into the New Year than to have a brand new
update to uTime. 3.3 is very packed introducing a Siri shortcut to tell you how close your closest firing timer is. Along with that, there is a new layout for 4-inch devices.
uTime 3.3 even though packing features exclusive to iOS 12 still supports iOS 11 and up the Siri button will not appear though in either the 4 inch or above version.
With that, the new UI for those models is pictured below for those of you still running the iPhone 5s or SE.
Siri shortcuts were very new for me so there are changes to be made to it and more shortcuts to come. All you have to do is add the shortcut on your iPad or iPhone and it will carry to all devices that support Siri shortcuts (iPhone, iPad, HomePod, Apple Watch have been tested).
Here is the official change log:
Happy New Year!!! A ton of changes are here to make uTime even better for 2019!
-Siri Intents: Now you can have Siri tell you how much time you have left towards your most recent timer!
Add Siri support and find out how much time you have left on your Apple Watch perhaps.
Changed the layout for iPhone 5 devices: Linear!
Background refresh: uTime will refresh timers every so often in the background to keep you up to date across devices
As it starts to become Christmas in my part of the world I would like to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who has used something I have developed over 2018.
My hope is that even though there are some bugs along the way that the applications I make and post bring some joy or make your life a little bit easier in some fashion so I would like to say thank you.
As of right now all apps and updates for 2018 are finished! There will not be a new update for any uApps application until early 2019 with big things left to come…
With that said a big piece of the uApps puzzle was absent this year: uSurf. uSurf got to be developmentally challenging to make progress moving forward so I decided I was going to completely re-design and recode the entire thing using swift and webkit. While there are still a lot of things to be developed for uSurf 6 because it is the holidays here is a sneak peak of the new UI you will see when launching uSurf 6:
So exciting things are coming in terms of uSurf, uTime, and something else completely new! However, they take time and I am a busy college student about to graduate so a lot of these projects are done in free time so again thank you for bearing with me.
Again thank you and I hope everyone has a terrific holiday and a happy new year!