12. December 2013
Today we’re launching a small new app. As with all our apps, the idea was born because we (well, a close family friend) felt the need for such an app and we weren’t satisfied with the current available solutions. This year, he wanted to stop smoking. So he looked for an app to track his success. There are many apps out there, but none of them is fun and beautiful to use.
So we decided to build our own.
We wanted the following core features in our app:
- It should show how many days you are smoke free
- How much money and tar you saved
Additionally we thought about how to motivate the (ex-) smoker. So we decided to show what we call „regeneration steps“. It shows you how your body and its various functions have regenerated since you quit smoking. Also it shows the next goals you can achieve. We think it’s a great way to stay motivated and focused.
Other features are a bunch of nice colorful themes and the app is universal, so you can track your progress on your iPad too. The data gets synced through iCloud (and before we get the „why does SmokeFree sync and the other apps don’t“ mails: SmokeFree has to sync only a few numbers, which is easy with the iCloud Key-Value-Store. And regarding sync for other apps, we’re working on it, but more news about that in the new year).
We hope this app will help some people quit smoking. Our friend is now smoke free for 4 months and counting
12. October 2013
After we launched Next 2.0 a few weeks ago, now it’s time for Yearly 2.0.
It’s a free update and iOS 7 only. We completely redesigned the user interface and it just looks and feels much more modern, while providing the same great functionality.
Watch it in action in this little video we made for it or get it in the AppStore.
19. September 2013
With Next 1.0 we created a new way to track expenses on the go. We believe it was the simplest and fastest way to do this. The feedback has been mostly great and we want to thank all of you for this.
Today we’re launching Next 2.0, which is a free update. It makes the app even better and adds many features, without making it complicated.
Many users missed the ability to add notes in the first version, now you can do this with one tap. We just wanted to find the right way to implement this feature and we think we have found it. When we added the notes feature, it was obvious we needed to add an editing functionality as well. We could have made this easy and like it is in almost every other app. Tap on a row and a new view (a modal view) comes up where you can edit the values. But this wasn’t good enough for us and it wouldn’t fit with the philosophy of Next. In hindsight the solution is obvious: Inline editing. You tap on the text, a keyboard pops up and you edit it. You tap on the amount, and a number pad pops up. And for the categories? The same. A keyboard pops up containing all your categories. That’s it. It’s really simple and feels at home in the app. No popups, you just edit the values where they already are.
While the app still supports iOS 6, it really shines on iOS 7. We refined most of the UI and animations. For example if you add an expense, the bouncing of the category icons corresponds to the amount (compared to the average amount of the selected category) and now the surrounding icons bounce too. It makes the app feel alive. We added many such touches because we think the following is true: “The details are not the details. They make the design.” – Charles Eames
Another small but handy feature can be found in the statistics. If you tap a row (category row or the total amount) the history is shown. Now you can tap and hold on this graph to view the top expenses of a certain timeframe.
In addition to this there are many small improvements, we added 4 new icons and the app is now localized in french too (which means it’s now in english, german, japanese and french).
Next 2.0 is available in the AppStore.
We hope you give it a try and enjoy the app as much as we enjoyed making it.
Here’s a little video we made for it:
5. August 2013
We just uploaded a short teaser of what will be Next 2.0. It will be ready this fall and have some great new features (maybe you can guess one by watching the teaser ;)), an updated design, new icons, many improvements. I’m sure you will love it. In the meantime watch the video or get the current version, if you haven’t already.