WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania — January 31, 2018 — Today, Kevin Wang, developer of Argus and Count: A Very Simple Counter (Count), released Count 3.0 to the general public on the App Store. Originally released in 2015, Count is a simplistic and intelligent counter that allows users to count with gestures. The new Count has been completely rebuilt from the ground up and comes with new features including an improved UI, Sense, Random, and various bug fixes and stability improvements.
A Fresh New Look
The new Count ships with an improved user interface that conforms to Apple’s new design language. Texts within the app now use Apple’s San Francisco font and have been made larger and bolder to increase the overall readability. We have also eliminated advertisements so that users can be completely immersed in the experience.
The new interface is built with the latest Xcode and is optimized for iPhone X as well as the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. To better accommodate the bigger displays on iPads, we have employed a new technique called “Varied Traits.” On iPad and iPad Pro, UI elements will scale to fit the large display. The main counter display, for example, no longer uses the same font size as used on an iPhone, making it much more visible to the user.
Sense is a feature introduced with Count 2.0 in late-2015. It utilizes the built-in proximity sensor on iPhone and allows users to count toward the counter by simply waving their hands above the phone. Since the introduction of Sense, Count users have been using the feature in many hands-free scenarios, including when doing push-ups.
With Count 3.0, Sense is by default turned on and is more visible to users. Plus, the feature will no longer cause any crashes on devices that do not have a proximity sensor.
With the release of Count 3.0, we are introducing a new feature called Random. Users are now able to generate a random number through shaking the device. By constantly monitoring the accelerometer on the device, Count detects shake motions and generates a random number ranging from zero to the number currently displayed.
Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements
In addition to the new features introduced in the new Count, we have also performed various bug fixes and performance improvements. Users will see fewer crashes and better performance. Count also stores the data so that users can pick up from where they left off when they reopen the app.
Apple Inc. “Adaptive User Interfaces.” Apple Developer, Apple, developer.apple.com/design/adaptivity/. Accessed 4 Feb. 2018.