Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I finally created my first android app. I recently found myself in need of a decent counter to help collect statistics data. Unfortunately all of the free counting apps on the Android market all seemed to force the user to click a tiny virtual button. As a result it was very easy to miss count. After I started codeing I did find another counting app that used the entire screen to count (tallybee) which was nice but it really wasn't fun to use. I decided that if I  was going to be counting that I wanted something fun to use. Thats why I created eNumerate.
The idea is simple. Attach a sprite fountain to a internal reference counter. Every tap on the screen spawns a new sprite which then randomly spirals out into the distance. I figured the more animation I had the more fun it would be. The only down side is that I sometimes forget what I am counting and just watch the animation. It can be distracting.  I also added some minor features to round out the experence. First I added the ability to count up or down. I'm not entirely sure why anyone would want to count backwards but I do change the animation to a yellow sphere with a minus sign. Although now that I think about it I should have reversed the animation as well. That would have been cool. Perhaps a future release. Anyways the color change is enough to let the user know that something new is happening. The next feature I implemented was to change the total count display to also indicate the direction of counting. Green for counting up, Yellow for counting down and Red for making a correction. I then added some menus and state saving info noting fancy. If I think of it at a time when I am more motivated I'll post some of my code and perhaps make this blog useful to someone other then me. For now you will just have to check it out on the market
At the time of this post I am up to 25 downloads. For some reason I thought that a free app would have alot more attention, but then again I guess my app is only one in a million. Also unfortunately eNumerate is one of those apps that you really need to try because the screen captures don't show anything useful. So maybe I am loosing peoples interest before they even try to download it. My other theory is that the name is too witty. Perhaps i should have calling "counting chaos" or something more descriptive the eNumerate. This is why I am a salery engineer ... marketing and sales is not within my skill set.