New School Countdown Icon

In the dawn of iOS 5, we’ve decided to update School Countdown to test the waters. In this update, we have included many requested features and we rewrote some algorithms to make it speedier. As an overview, here is a quick list:

  • Unified settings page

  • Backup and Restore

  • New algorithms

  • iOS 5 Twitter

Unified Settings Page

New Settings Page New Settings Page 2 New Settings Page 3

In previous versions, School Countdown’s Settings pages were scattered throughout the app, with different tabs having their own settings page. This isn’t bad, until we found that some of the settings in one tab rely on those in another tab. For example, The Classes settings page heavily relied of the exception days, days of the week, and end of the school year settings!

This leads to confusion and a lot of customer service emails. Now, we unified the settings and placed them all in the Settings tab, under “More”. Hopefully, this should clear up some of the confusion on certain things not working.

Backup and Restore

Backup via Email Restore via Email

With iOS 5 released just a few months ago, we felt the need of providing backup and restore functionality so that you don’t have to re-enter all your classes and time table once you get a new Apple device or you want to sent your timetable to a friend.

This functionality is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is scroll to the bottom of the Settings tab, and tap “Backup”. What this does is that it composes an email message with an attachment to the database structure.

Once you have sent it, simply tap the attachment in the sent message, and tap “Open In” -> “School Count”. Your data will automatically be transferred from that backup to the app.

Minor Fixes

iOS 5 Tweeting Faster Calculations

We’ve also added the native iOS 5 compatibility, so you don’t need to hassle with signing in to tweet every time. For iOS 4 users, we have kept the previous method so you’re not left out!

We also rechecked our algorithms and unofficially decreased the wait time to 3 seconds or less for an one year school year at the End of School tab.

We also cleaned out some of the unnecessary files from the app that are unneeded due to the unified settings. This also reduces the file size for bandwidth savings!