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StepTracker 1.14 is out with inactivity notifications

I wanted to let everyone know that the latest version of StepTracker has gone live on the app store. This version has a new feature called inactivity notifications that needs to be enabled via the settings page of the app. Inactivity notifications will make StepTracker notify you when you have been inactive for approximately one hour. Hopefully this can help people to remember to stay active. I find it useful at work to remind me that it’s time to get up and go for a short walk. I didn’t enable this feature by default, because I understand that some users don’t want more notifications bugging them and many app developers are too happy to make their apps send out annoying push notifications. So to enable this feature, just go to the settings and turn “inactivity notifications” on. Please let me know what you think, and enjoy this new feature!



StepTracker 1.9 is out!

The 1.9 update to StepTracker is now out with some cool new features! First of all, StepTracker now saves all of your step data rather than just displaying your last 7 days which are stored in the M7 chip. Along with your step data, the app is also saving your active and inactive percentages. Now when you go to export your step data, it will export all of your data in a format that can be used in other applications such as Numbers or Excel. Also, you can now add a text description to each day, so you can add comments about what you did that day (ran a marathon, walked to work, was sick in bed and did not work etc) which will show up when you export your data. StepTracker also now has a scoreboard for best average step count. I thought this would be a good scoreboard because it means you need to keep working to stay on top - you can’t just get a good steep count and then slack off.

Coming soon in the next version will be a “stopwatch” mode, where you can click a button to start recording your steps on a trip or a run or a walk and keep track of how far you go and in what time. More on that later...

Here’s a quick video demo of StepTracker 1.9!

Game Center Login Bug

There’s a bug with StepTracker 1.4 related to Game Center. If you either disable Game Center or hit cancel instead of logging in when the app first launches, it will crash every time it tires to connect to game center. I have written a fix for this but it won’t be out until Apple approves 1.5 and I can submit 1.6. Version 1.5 also kind of fixes this issue but in a less direct way. There will be an option in the Settings app to disable Game Center for StepTracker altogether. This should solve the crash issue for those experiencing it with 1.4. I have my fingers crossed that Apple might approve 1.4 sooner rather than later.

StepTracker 1.4 with Game Center support

StepTracker 1.4 is now live on the app store with Game Center leaderboards!

Leaderboards are a very exciting feature to add from the perspective of a developer because it lets you see what your users are up to. In the first 24 hours, a user named lead21 achieved the highest score of over 34,000 steps! Good job lead21! I made 20th place with 14,000 steps.

If you want to check out the new features, let your iPhone auto update the app or head to the app store and download StepTracker for free!


1.4 is in review!

Version 1.4 is in review with Apple now, so hopefully you should be able to update to the new version with GameCenter support shortly.

I also wanted to mention something here that might be the confusing some users of StepTracker. If you want to see your daily distance in km or miles, just tap on the step count number in the main screen of the app and it will adjust between number of steps and distance. That’s all you have to do.

Also coming in version 1.5 are a few bug fixes, plus the ability to disable Game Center if you don’t want to use it. It seems like Apple’s review time is about a week lately, so you can probably expect that update next week!

The 1.5 update will also address the graph issue that has been affecting users in the UK, where the dates on the X axis would sometimes overlap. Sorry about that! I didn’t even know that was an issue until somebody wrote me a bad review. It is interesting that Apple formats dates differently in different countries.
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