Introducing Multi Timer for iOS

iOS Simulator Screen shot 23 Aug 2013 16.58.07

Disappointed with the default Apple clock app I decided that it was high time to create a simple, easy to use app that allows you to run and save multiple timers at once.

Multi Timer makes it really easy to save timers for tasks you do regularly and allows you to run multiple instances of the same timer at once. Even if you haven’t got the app open, Multi Timer will notify you when a timer has finished. Multi Timer is especially useful in scenarios such as cooking where you might want to time individual components separately.

Once again I have used FMDB and FlatUIKit to create this app (I’m also using Crashlytics for the first time). I had considered using UI7Kit for the UI, and given that the app is so simple I probably could have done however I really like the look of FlatUIKit (especially the buttons and color schemes) and I think it provides a bit more back compatibility with previous versions of iOS. If, however, you run the app on iOS 7 it will default to normal UINavigationBars and UITabBars in order to avoid some rendering issues on iOS 7 with FlatUIKit.

When you create a timer you can optionally assign it one of 12 icons (I’m planning extra/custom icons for a future release). My normal workflow for this would have been to create the icons in Inkscape and render them to PNGs. PNGs for icons tend to be pretty small – especially when compressed with ImageOptim – however instead I created all of the icons in Opacity (which proved to be a lot nicer to use on OSX than Inkscape) and then export Quartz rendering code for the icons instead. The code isn’t super well optimised, however it kept the size of the app incredibly small (~1MB) and allows for completely resolution independent icons.

You can get Multi Timer now on iOS for $0.99/£0.69.


Word Finder now free

My app Word Finder is now free on the App Store. Word Finder allows you to cheat at common word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, Letterpress as well as searching for anagrams and patterns (which is arguably its most useful feature because it makes cross word solving very easy).

My reasoning for making the app free is the following:

  • Only a few people had downloaded the app and I care more about people using it and enjoying it rather than paying for it
  • There is no iPad/Universal version and very few good apps (not games) are only on iPhone and paid for
  • I’m keen to open source the app and develop an Android version
  • By open sourcing it I will attract more attention and more people will use it and suggest new features
  • It is not a major project compared to Keep Calm

Introducing Word Finder for iPhone

I like word games but I’m not particularly good at them. Instead, I’ve gradually made a series of apps that make it easier to cheat (and win!) common word games such as Boggle, Letterpress, Scrabble and other anagram based games. After a while I eventually integrated them into a single app that also allows you to search for words using patterns.
The patterns feature is particularly useful if you have crossword clues, for example. You can enter a % symbol for a blank letter and a – for a gap of an unknown length, so you could use a pattern such as a-f to find all words beginning in a and end in f:
Alternatively, if you wanted to look for a seven letter word with a as the second letter and r as the last you can do the following:

As mentioned earlier, you can also search for words for use in commons word games. You can type boggle: followed by the sixteen letters that make up the 4*4 block to find all the possible words you could make. You could also do the same for letterpress (by beginning your query with letterpress:) or type the seven letters in front of you when playing Scrabble. Sorting methods can also be used by bracketing them at the end:

  • Alphabetical
  • Reverse (alphabetical)
  • Shortest (first)
  • Longest (first)

Here is an example of how you may use this:
As a bonus, you can also get the definition and scores for a word by tapping on them:

Overall the app is reasonably easy to use and you can get it now on the App Store for 99c. I’m planning both an iPad version and an Android version and I intend to make them available in the next month.

Christmas backgrounds in Keep Calm

Today I have issued an update to Keep Calm Creator for iOS that allows you to optionally purchase 15 Christmas themed backgrounds to get your posters ready for the holiday season. I’ve also updated the iPad UI so now the app not only runs significantly faster it also looks a lot better as well. Rather than having to swipe across the whole screen, you can now view all your posters in a grid.

Other than that the app hasn’t really had too much added to it in this version. All of the background images are CC3 licensed so here is a gallery preview of all 15:

The images were originally produced by the following:

If you’ve got any good Christmas pictures that you wouldn’t mind seeing in the app feel free to contact me although any update will not be approved by Christmas sadly :(, however you could submit posters you make to my Keep Calm blog.

Keep Calm Creator updated to version 1.2 on the App Store


This afternoon Apple approved my latest update to Keep Calm Creator for iOS which introduces some bug fixes and also includes an icon pack which you can optionally purchase to access over 1000 (rather than the default 150) icons. I’ve also added in a search feature as well.

Keep Calm Creator v1.2 available for free on the App Store


Keep Calm now available for free on iOS

I first launched Keep Calm for Android in January 2012 and in March 2012 I launched Keep Calm Pro however over the past few months I’ve been moving across from Android to iOS development. I am therefore very pleased to announce that you can now download Keep Calm from the App Store for free.

The app is basically the same as the Android version however it runs a more efficient layout algorithm which means the posters are of higher quality (and it uses a font considerably closer to the original font – Gill Sans) which means it is faster to make poster and you can also save and review all the previous posters that you’ve made from within the app. This means that you can also go back and edit previous posters that you’ve made if you need to without having to recreate them.

The next version of the app will be released within the next couple of weeks and will include an in-app purchase that will allow users to access additional features such as those included in the Android version of Keep Calm Pro.

Keep Calm on the App Store (US link)

Keep Calm on the App Store (UK link)