Photo Compare

Compare photos in order to select the best from a series

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In my spare time I like to go birding, and often come home with photo series of 10-20 virtually identical shots, say of a great bittern flying past. I wanted an app to help me select the best photo out of such a series.

How does one promote an Android app?

Since promoting Photo Compare to production, there has been zero movement on the installation count. Because I was curious about the process and the effect it would have, I posted the app on producthunt. (https://www.producthunt.com/posts/photo-compare). Nothing happened.

With Photo Compare I don't care too much, as I wrote the app mainly for myself. But I am curious: what do people do who write apps for which they want to (need to) have thousands of installations? Photo Compare doesn't even show up on searching in the Play Store. How does one get the first few hundred installations and ratings which then start the promotion cycle?

Going live

I've just promoted the internal test version to production. Having used the app for myself quite a few times, I'm happy with what it does, and managing my photos of the day has become noticeably easier. Now I'm curios if anyone else will bother looking into the app.

Submitting to Play Store

Photo Compare is ready for internal testing, so I'm going through the process of submitting the app to the Google Play Store. I'm a bit surprised at how tedious it is to finalize all required steps. Google often excels in usability, but here and there they have products which really could do with an overhaul. The Google Play Console has the strategy of disabled actions whenever something is not complete, but without any clear indication as to what is missing. So instead of clicking on "Publish" and getting an error message saying I need to upload a 'Feature Graphic', I'm stuck searching for the missing part.

When designing software, never disable (or even hide!) actions. Let the user click that button, and then tell them why the action is currently not possible.

In my spare time I like to go birding, and often come home with photo series of 10-20 virtually identical shots, say of a great bittern flying past. I wanted an app to help me select the best photo out of such a series.