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Introducing TrainMode 1.0, now in the Mac App Store

posted by Duncan at 8:47 am on March 31st, 2011

After the relative success in the iPhone App Store of Hydrate and Keycell, I fancied getting something into the Mac App Store too. I had tried to submit RadioAunty, but had it rejected because it contained Flash! (yeah thanks). I needed other ideas.

Whist getting onto the train to work one morning, getting out my MacBook, and going through the same procedure of, turning off the Wifi, muting the volume, and turning down the screen brightness, it occurred to me that I could streamline this into a simple application that lives in your status bar. One click to turn everything off, one click to turn it back on again. TrainMode was born.

TrainMode #2

The application actually allows you to adjust a few things. Like which things you would like switched off, and how quiet you want the volume muted or how dim you want the screen to go. You can even set it to automatically de-activate after a period of time.

I have been using it every day for about a month now, and whilst it’s hardly life changing, it is proving convenient. I’d love to hear what you think? Get it from the App Store using the link below. I have also provided a few promo codes below. First come first serve.

Download TrainMode from the App Store

# TrainMode promo codes

If you could let me know in the comments if you used one, so I can strike it out.

Hydrate 1.4 : with added Reminders

posted by Duncan at 1:53 pm on March 10th, 2011

After about 12 months, I finally git round to updating Hydrate. Loads of people had asked for reminders to be added to the app, and I had tried a few implementations, but it always seemed really complicated. I also hadn’t realised that the app was really buggy for iPhones with the ability to handle background tasks (which is not most of them). So anyway, I have fixed the bugs, and add a simple implementation of reminders, so hopefully everyones happy again.


You can get Hydrate 1.4 from the App Store today:

Download from iTunes

[NOTE] Oh, and one more thing. I have removed multi language support. I realise this is going to piss people off, but it’s a really difficult things to manage. I’m not multilingual, and I don’t have the funds to keep the translations up to date which even initially proved harder than writing the app. If anyone out there who speaks French, Italian, German or Spanish would like to translate the text for the app, then I’ll happily re-add it.

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