A little update on Fiery Feeds 2.0: It’s going to be a redesign without adding new capabilities.

Instead I’m going to focus on removing old code and no longer needed options like the custom share sheet (since third party apps can only be integrated using the system share sheet) or the old web view (in favour of SFSafariWebView – Note: I’m not talking about the web mode in the article view) and lots of custom navigation code, which will be the biggest chunk of work.

The plan is to make Fiery Feeds feel like a modern app again, with 3D Touch, Peek & Pop, Drag & Drop, Taptic feedback and to have a modern codebase on which I can build for the coming years.

The new layout focuses much more on the article list.

And the article view now uses much more of the screen by default.

Please note that these are only mockups. While I am working on the update the current dev build looks nothing like them yet.

Fiery Feeds will be available as a subscription based app for a year next week and version 2.0 will be a free update to this app.

The next big update to Tidur is here with a couple of small improvements and bug fixes and a big new feature: Cloud Sync.

You can now sign up for Tidur Cloud and sync all your timers between your devices. It can even push changes like starting a timer to all other devices. This is not yet enabled server side, but everything in the app is already setup. If everything goes according to plan I’ll activate this feature in the coming weeks.

Why a custom solution instead of iCloud? For one, it enables things like push notifications, or Alexa integration (potentially – no promises yet). It is why easier to debug if anything does go wrong. Buy the biggest reason, if I’m honest, is that I simply wanted to build a small web service, because I haven’t done that in a long time and Tidur is a nice, simple app that allows me to play with new tech.

Cloud Sync is a new in-app purchase in Tidur, and is included in the full unlock, now called Tidur Pro.

You can download Tidur for free at https://geo.itunes.apple.com/de/app/multi-timers-2/id720812035?mt=8&at=10l5Fg&ct=cc

It’s not a complete redesign, but it could almost be. I’ve polished every corner on the iPhone and Watch app, and added a bunch of new features and a new name (Tidur is Swedish for Timer). Enough to warrant calling it a new major version: 3.0.

New Free Features

A new feature for everyone is pausing timers. It’s exactly what it sounds like: You can pause and resume a running timer, also I’ve added a fifth color: Purple.

Premium Features

But this version also includes a bunch of new premium features. They can be unlocked individually or as a complete package. As a thank you to those who have already purchased the “Remove Ads” in app purchase, the complete package is unlocked automatically.

Repeating Timers

You can now choose how often a timer should repeat, and you can specify a pause between each repetition. This is especially useful if you’re doing workouts with the app.

Light Theme

If you want a lighter design, it’s now very easy to switch between the light and the dark theme.

Additional Sounds

In addition to the two free alert sounds, you can unlock 13 new alert tones, for a total of 15.

Last year I started offering Fiery Feeds in a new version, a free download with a subscription for premium features. In the linked post I outlined why I believe that (reasonably priced) subscriptions are a better option than paid up front apps in the App Store.

Subscriptions

In the coming months I will be moving completely to the subscription model: The paid up front app Fiery Feeds Premium is no longer available to purchase. (If you have previously purchased the paid app, it is still available to download in the Purchased Section in the App Store. I will keep Fiery Feeds Premium updated and working for a while longer, at least until after iOS 11 is released.)

It seems Fiery Feeds lives in a niche much to small to offer an ad-supported version. The ads never brought in any meaningful revenue (less then $20 in a year), partly because Fiery Feeds doesn’t (and doesn’t aim to) appeal to a mass audience, and partly because the ads very not placed very prominently. Since I simply don’t want to add more obtrusive ads, I’ve decided to removed all ads, for everyone, and instead focus more on new features for premium.

If you’re not already a premium subscriber, I would like to ask you to become one, if not for the additional features, then to support the ongoing development of the app. I am going to raise the price of the subscription to $10 / year once version 2.0 hits the store and existing subscribers will keep their current price as long as they’re subscribed to premium.

Version 2.0

Fiery Feeds is now almost four years old, and while I’ve added a lot of features, the design hasn’t changed much in that time. Some design decision, like having everything in the navigation bar made sense when the iPhone 5 was the largest device available. I believe it’s time to go back to the drawing board and think carefully about what still makes sense and what to change. I will talk more about this in a future blog post.

Thank you all for your support over the years

A new version of Dozzzer is now available. It is completely rewritten from scratch in Swift 3 and completely redesigned, with a couple new features throw in.

Music

The new music mode plays your selected songs right in the app. It no longer relies on Apple’s music app for playback (which was kind of a hack), which means it no longer has to display the volume bezel while it’s running and it works much more reliable now.

However these improvements come with a drawback, namely it can no longer play DRM protected media (Apple Music), not yet downloaded songs and it no longer updates the playback position if you listen to a podcast.

External

That’s where the first of the new modes in Dozzzer 4 comes in. The external mode works essentially the same way as the music mode in previous versions: Dozzzer runs in the background, reduces the system volume and send a stop command to the music app when it’s done.

You’ll just have to start the playback in the music or podcast app of you choice. (If you’re using Spotify or a 3rd party podcast player, instead of sending the stop command to the music app, Dozzzer will first start playback in the music app – which cancels the 3rd party app – and then stop it. That means it works with and app now.)

Soundscapes

The second new mode is called soundscapes. Dozzzer comes bundled with soundscapes like “Mountain Creek”, “Thunderstorm” and “Campfire”.

These are not just single audio files played on repeat, instead they’re using tens of different sound files, that are layered in multiple tracks on top of each other and played randomly. All in all Dozzzer uses 90 different file for 6 soundscapes at the moment. You can try a different soundscape everyday for free or unlock all soundscapes forever with a one time purchase.

Download Dozzzer 4.0 now for free.