Countdown

iOS app to display countdown for events in your calendar

Under 10 Employees
Founders Code
Solo Founder
Calendar
Events
Productivity
Utilities

Countdown solves a simple problem which all similar apps I found on the App Store failed to solve.

Shows countdown for existing events in your Calendar.

All changes made in Countdown are synced with your Calendar.

June 1, 2020 MVP is ready but unable to release.

I've started a lot of side projects in my four year developer career. Never reached a stage in any of them where I felt confident enough to share with others. But everything needs a first.

The app is now capable of doing what I envisioned. I've also provided option to favorite events and view them at a glance and a few customization options. It has taken two more weeks than I planned, but I am okay with it as all the work was done only in the weekends.

I opened App Store Connect to submit my app and found out that I need do more than writing just code to publish my app. I needed a proper logo, some mockups and a privacy policy link.

I earlier wanted to learn a design tool and get some idea of UI/UX design. I found this is a good time to do that and decided to do my logo and mockups using a design tool. Hoping to submit to the App Store in a week.

April 16, 2020 An idea not to be thrown away

With the lock-down in full effect for almost a month because of the pandemic, I started looking forward to the events in my Calendar. I wanted to how long is the wait time for the events.

I searched through iOS App Store and found many Countdown apps. But all of them had one thing in common, they all started with a empty page. I had to add the event and then know the wait time.

For a person who practices DRY so much in code, it doesn't make sense to have my events in multiple apps, let alone just for the purpose of Countdown. Hence, I decided to make my first iOS app - Countdown. It will show countdown for all events in your calendar. That's it.

On the spur of the moment, I spent $99 to enroll in the Apple Developer Program and I thought it will be a good way to hold myself accountable, if I let this idea also slip away as many of the other app ideas I have let go in the past. My procrastinating and pessimistic self kept telling it is a trivial amount and my app would not be useful for anyone but I kept working.

My target is to ship it in four weeks. Let's see how that goes.

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Countdown solves a simple problem which all similar apps I found on the App Store failed to solve.

Shows countdown for existing events in your Calendar.

All changes made in Countdown are synced with your Calendar.