uTime 4.1 Is Here!

uTime 4.1 is now available… For all platforms!

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.

More information on the transition can be found here: https://uappsios.com/utime-4-macos-migration-info/

uTime 4 for macOS is now called uTime Universal to match the iOS version and that it is universal throughout platforms. uTime 4 runs better on macOS than uTime 3 does and I highly recommend using it.

uTime 4 is still free and can be downloaded here

For the 4.1 update here is what is new:

  • macOS:
  •     Thanks to macOS Catalina uTime for iOS and macOS can live as one App! That means every feature that comes to iOS will come to macOS at the same time!
  •     All of the new features of uTime 4 iOS is now integrated into macOS. This includes the circular timer!
  •     The UI For iPad has been tweaked with constraints better to use macOS resizing. This is a good thing because it will also work better on a variety of screen sizes for iPad as well!
  •     Theme will change with the system theme automatically. If you have auto enabled when macOS changes theme uTime will too!
  •     uTime for Mac will still have it’s own unique icon!
  •     For those not running macOS Catalina version 3 will still remain on the Mac App Store for better compatibility but will not be updated unless crucial bug fixes are needed.
  • iOS:
  •     Made it so switching the theme system wide will change the theme on uTime (iOS 13)
  •     Fixed bug on iPad when selecting the sort by date option would flick light mode on.
  •     Fixed issue where some timers that are expired might fire notifications on launch.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy a better uTime for Mac!

Say “Hello” to uTime 3.3

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:

What’s New:

3.3:

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
  • Backend changes to managing what’s new sections

Download uTime for iOS / uTime for macOS

uTime Layout For 5 Style Devices:

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uTime for 5 Style Devices

uTime iOS 3.1/ macOS 3.0.5 Now Available

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Happy July! To start of Summer right( at least where I am) I have updated both iOS and macOS versions of uTime! uTime for iOS is now on version 3.1 while uTime for macOS is now on versions 3.0.5! Take a look at the changes below:

uTime 3.1 for iOS:

  •  Made it so dark mode for the iPad now is on the home screen timer list
  •  Enabling dark mode will have the dark keyboard appear when changing the timer name
  •  The return of date sorting: You can now sort timers by date on both macOS and iOS
  •  Made it so you can slide to delete timers on iPad
  •  Redesigned the launch screen
  •  Fixed an issue with memory leaking on iPad
  •  Fixed an issue on auto layout sometimes not working on the info section of the iPad

uTime 3.0.5 for macOS:

  • Sorting by date has returned to both macOS and iOS versions of uTime
  • Adjusted a timer on the back end so the app should not have issues with timer selections anymore.

Download uTime for iOS | Download uTime for macOS (BOTH FREE)

Crucial uTime 3.0.2 Update Now Available

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This was originally supposed to be a “uTime 3.0.1” is now available but while playing aroun with uTime 3.0.1 after it went live on the app store I discovered a critical big that the app would crash on the iPhone after adding a new timer and then navigating to the timer that was just added. I pulled uTime from the App Store shortly after finding this issue and patched, and submitted the fix with uTime 3.0.2. I am not sure if the problem originally was in uTime 3 but everyone who can should update to uTime 3.0.2.

Here is the official changelog for 3.0.1/3.0.2:

3.0.2:
– Fixed an issue on iPad where deleting the current selected timer would result in a crash
– Fixed an issue on iPhone when adding a timer then navigating to the timer would cause a crash

3.0.1
-Added the 3.0 changelog to iPhone…(Oops)
-Switched the Cancel and Save button on iPhone.
– On iPhone the Counting Down To: portion of the label has been removed

To learn more about uTime 3 and it’s changes follow this link and for an in depth look at uTime 3 follow this link. 

Download uTime 3.0.2 from the iOS App Store

uTime 3 for iOS Now Available

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After all of the WWDC fun from yesterday I introduced uTime 3 for iOS. I am very happy to announce that right now uTime 3 is officially available to download on the iOS App Store.

To get an in depth view of some of the changes look at the post below or follow this link to learn more about uTime 3.

The official uTime 3 changelog is massive and here it is:

3.0 The Massive Update:

iPhone:

  • Added a new screen: Modifications. Now modifications are done in it’s own view that will slide in. It will display the name and the current target time of your timer and allow you to change it.
  • The timer screen has been redesigned. It now has larger text and will allow you to see the maximum amount of time remaining on the target timer

iPad:

  • Home screen: The entire home screen has been redone. There is now the list of all your timers on the side bar along with the maximum amount of time remaining.
  • Modification Screen: Instead of presenting an entire screen a popup view will appear and you can modify the timer and save just by dismissing the controller (by tapping anywhere on screen). The size of the popup does not cover the current timer information so you know what you are modifying.
  • Web Support Is Now In It’s Own View Instead Of A Popup In The Info View

Both:

  • Notifications: Instead of a popup alert displaying when the timer fire date is finished a generic iOS banner will appear.
  • Added the ability to share the timer with various apps using share sheet. This will share the name of the timer and the maximum amount of time there is left.
  • Changed the background images
  • Support now opens in a WebKit view meaning there is a progress bar to show you the accurate loading % of the webpage.
  • Swift: The entire app was rewritten in swift which is why it took so long.
  • iOS 11: Due to the nature of the app and the newer API’s at the moment uTime 3 is iOS 11+ only.

Even though uTime 3 is 11+ only iOS 10 and below users may still download uTime 2 from the App Store.

uTime 3 is massive for iOS and I hope all of you enjoy it. As always updates will be coming throughout and due to how I set up uTime 3 they will be coming much quicker!

Download uTime 3 on the iOS App Store

View uTime 3 Launch Info

Introducing uTime 3 for iOS

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With all of the excitement of WWDC settling I think it is a good time to show off a project that has been about a year in the making: uTime 3 for iOS.

uTime 3 for iOS took a long time because I had to completely rewrite the entire application because of how broken uTime 2 was at the end of it’s development cycle.

The result is a uTime with much more features, much less usage on system resources, and still a fantastic app for counting down to (or from) your next date.

As seen from the screenshot above the iPad version has taken heavy inspiration from the macOS version of uTime 3 and has the timer section embedded into the homescreen.

Along with that notifications have been completely redone: Instead of annoying popups throughout the app a simple banner alert will appear to show the timer has run out of time. Along with this of course timers with an older time than the current date will not fire.

On the homescreen with timers that are being counted down a minus (-) sign will be in front of the time remaining. For timers counting forward because the date has always passed a plus (+) sign will appear.

You are now also able to share your timer with any of your share sheet apps simply by pressing share. It will popup with the name of the timer along with the maximum time remaining.

Along with all of this the way to modify timers has been redone. On the iPhone now there is a completely new view that will appear giving you information on the timer you are modifying and the same ability to modify the timer as you please as before. With the iPad this is presented as a popover view so you can still see the homscreen and information about the timer you are editing:

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uTime 3 for iOS Modification Screen (iPhone)

With all of these updates and being rewritten the app should run more smoothly than ever before and bring a better user experience than ever before.

With uTime 3 some things have been removed: Sorting timers by date have been removed due to the fact it did not work well syncing between devices. This feature will be returning in a future update. Also uTime today widget has been disabled because for some reason when I rewrote the app, Apple blockaded my access to iCloud in the today section so I have to rethink how that is done as well. This will also be returning in a future update.

There are a lot of things to look forward too especially with the addition of Siri shortcuts for app developers. I will be hard at work providing updates not only to uTime but a variety of uApps applications to get them up to date.

uTime 3 will be live on the App Store this week and I hope everyone enjoys this huge update.

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