User Inspired May Edition

We have decided to create the User Inspired posts once a month on our blog. If you do want to get featured on this blog or on our social media channels then tag us in your countdowns. Read on two find out what events we are talking about today.

First up is @_spikeyboy is going to a lot of events this year but we wanted to highlight the Emma Blackery gig in October. Emma Blackery started her main YouTube channel “Emma Blackery” back in May 2012 with the main purpose to post vlogs, comedy sketches and other content. Her main passion has always been music, and over the years has released a few EP’s such as Distance and Human Behaviour. Lately, she has changed up her music style and been delivering a lot more a fresh pop sound. She has previously toured with Busted on their Pigs Can Fly Tour back in 2016 as a special guest. Now she is back with a brand new music and has recently released Dirt and Agenda. She is set to be working on a brand new album as well. To coincide with the release of her new music she is heading back out on tour but on a solo tour in October. Tickets are still available so go grab them whilst you still can.

Second is @pianohowells who has gone to see Dan and Phil live on tour a few days ago on their Interactive Introverts tour. Dan Howell and Phil Lester are two friends who met through YouTube and forged a very successful career out of making YouTube videos. Both have separate channels and have a joint gaming channel, and they have over 10 million subscribers with both their personal channels put together. They have done a live stage show back in 2016 called The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire and was also turned into a YouTube Red series. It was a wonderful mix of what happened at their shows and the BTS look at their life on the road. The stage show was a brilliant mix of the regular things that happened in their videos but on a larger scale in front of thousands of people on stage. Nothing has really been revealed yet about what the shows have been like, much like on their last tour we reckon they have asked the audience to not spoil it for others. It might just be bigger and better than the last live stage show from 2016. This tour will take them all across the world, so wherever you are reading this, they could be on a stage just near you. Tickets can be found on sale here.

So that is it for May, check back in next month to see what user events we are enjoying. If you want to take part in our user inspired posts all you must do is either tag us in your countdowns, or use #countdown or #countdownplus on your posts.

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Disneyland Spring Updates

Since the last Disneyland updates post we have found out a new more interesting news about the parks. If you are just here for the photos, then we have linked a lot of great images from Disney Instagram. Read on to find out more.

Toy Story Land has officially arrived in Disney World and Disneyland Singapore. There have been a large number of teaser video and lots more photos of what to expect in the Toy Story Land areas. It looks to be thrilling area to check out on your next visit to the parks.

Say “howdy” to #ToyStoryLand in Shanghai Disney, now open!

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Check out the video below for a look at what the Slinky Dog Dash ride will be like.

You can also see what might be on offer at the Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, the ice cream looks amazing. A lovely Instagram worthy snack to enjoy on a hot day at the parks.

On other news of what has been going on at the parks following D23 Expo announcement from last year was the arrival of the Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction coming to Epcot. It is said that the concrete for the space has been delivered and things are beginning to take shape.

Not much else to update on the parks but do check back in later this year for any more updates on what is being created at the parks. Tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.

May Update

Over the last month, we have been working hard on getting new releases out both for Android and iOS. Please read on to find out what to expect very soon.

First up on the agenda is iOS one main issue we have seen from a lot of users is the multiple push notification the day of an event. (pictured below) We have fixed this issue for the next release due very soon. Many users over time have expressed their feelings about the image cropping screen. This has been revamped to fit with the similar style of how images are cropped within the camera roll. If you are an iPad user then you will be delighted to know that we have re-enabled image cropping on iPad. One last feature to point out is that on the lite version on iOS you can now choose dates further than 1000 days ahead and behind can now be added. Check out your updates tab on the App Store.

Android will be updated after iOS comes out. We have a few plans to update the app. There are like with most updates a few bugs that do need fixing. One bug which is to do with some lagging that has been occurring in the app. Some bug to do with the fact that images just don’t seem to be sticking. For us, those are the two main focuses for the next update.

If you are experiencing any issues or come across anything wrong in the app please message us on Facebook. Check back in this time next month for another update. Here is last months one.

Image Packs Android

In this blog tutorial we will be showing you the updated image packs for Android Version 4.0

Currently, on iOS Version 5.0 we have image packs so we wanted to update and duplicate the same feature on Android.

There are two different ways to unlock the image packs on Android. Firstly you can access image packs whilst creating an event, tap on theme and styling on a new event or existing event.

Choose from 10 different image packs, select the image you like and you will see 3 different options when selecting an image. Watch Video will make you watch a video to unlock one-time access to a single image. Purchase Image Pack means purchasing all the images in the pack.

Alternatively, if you want to purchase the whole image pack then you can go to Menu (three lines) upgrades then choose the pack you want to purchase.

We will try to update the image packs as often as we can so you can have plenty of images to choose from.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

 

Android Version 4.0

In this blog tutorial we will show you what you can expect on the full version of the app. This tutorial is for Android only.

So recently we updated the app to Version 4.03 and we have made some changes to what you can get in the full version.

In order to see what features we do offer, for faster reference then head to the menu button (three lines) upgrades and then at top it has all the details.

First up just like Version 3.0 we don’t have any ads on it, that’s on all screens of the app.

Backup your countdowns and sync to any device, whether that be from iPhone to Android, Android to Android, Android to iPhone. This means that when you log in via email or FB all your countdowns are safe and backed up to our cloud system. Safe if you change phones or change to different platforms.

World Traveller mode which lets you view holidays from around the world. Add a national holiday from any country and add to your timeline.

Countdown in years, months and weeks. Just like before in Version 3.0 you can countdown to more increments of time on all your countdowns. Very handy if your countdown is a year away.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

User Inspired Music Events for 2018

We love seeing a lot more countdowns from Twitter from our users. Read on to see what events we are talking about.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @hazeldrummer who is off to see 5SOS in Melbourne and Sydney in May. 5SOS are made up of 4 boys Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton, it all started for them back in Australia in 2011 when they posted covers of songs on YouTube and hit the big time when they headlined for One Direction. 5 seconds of summer have been absent for around 2 years now. Finally, we were teased with a new single and news of a new tour this year. Want You Back is their first single from their new album Young Blood. The sound of this song is very different compared to their old material, a much more mature sound. We truly are in love with their music video for Want You Back and we can’t wait to hear more music in the future from them. 5SOS have over 4 million YouTube subscribers and their latest single Want You Back has over 6 million views. Their most successful single was She Looks So Perfect back in 2014 which gained them the No. 1 spot in 5 different charts. Their tickets for their tour in April – June are sold out but their Meet You Their tour tickets will be released today. This tour includes touring across America from August till October. Check out their tour dates here.

Secondly is @kemalh1 who is off to see Dua Lipa in April again for the fourth time. Dua Lipa has been getting hugely successful as of the past several years. We were obsessed with her New Rules song she released last year, the music video has been seen over 3 million times on YouTube. It is also her first song to hit the number one spot in the UK. Currently, she has been touring the world with her The Self Titled Tour across the UK and Europe in 2017 and 2018. If you are recently discovering her music then she might be a great act to watch live. She really is killing it right now with her New Rules song, every day she gets millions of more views on the music video and it’s going platinum in some countries. We haven’t thought about seeing her live but it sounds like a great experience.

If you want to take part in our user inspired posts all you must do is either tag us in your countdowns, or use #countdown or #countdownplus on your posts.

April Update

We are aiming to update on the progress of the app now once a month, we feel it’s better if we update more frequently. If you want to find out what we are working on this month and beyond, please keep reading.

March was a busy month for us trying to solve the App Icon Countdown feature. As of now we do have a replacement feature which is a silent notification which is sent at midnight every night. This shows you how many days till an event and is called the Daily Count Notifications. You can see how the notification works in the image below.

A lot of users want a Today Widget and we understand that this is a big request and has been for several years now. We do want to create a Today Widget but it’s not something we can create in a short space of time. This feature is on our list of things to do for the app.

We understand a lot of you are very upset that the feature has gone but we have seen a surge in poor reviews within the App Store. As noted before in a statement released online we didn’t have any control over this feature being taken away. We would really appreciate it if you directed your anger about this to Apple via email or Twitter. Unfortunately leaving 1-star reviews does not help us at all, as it lowers our ranking within the App Store.

Android was held back since we had to deal with the removal of the App Icon Countdown feature for iPhone. We have recently sent out a new update for Android, we are expecting to release another update very soon. This will likely help to fix any minor issues.

In terms of general issues, we currently are aware that our servers went down last week. We did manage to get things back up and running for everyone. If you are experiencing any issues or come across anything wrong in the app please message us on Facebook.

Profile Cover Image

This blog tutorial will help you understand the new feature for the cover image. This is for iOS Only.

When we released the last update, which was a few months ago, we enabled a new feature. You can now change the header image on your timeline.

Go to the More section, then go on Me and you will see a blue bar up to. Tap on that and you will be able to change your profile image and change your cover image. You can either choose from our image packs or select an image of your own.

When you are, all done then tap on Save. Go back to the countdowns tab and you will see your changes.

Alternatively, you can just tap on the profile image picture from the countdowns timeline and it will take you straight to that feature.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

User Inspired Twitter Events 2018

It’s been a while since we chose some countdowns from Twitter. A lot of you have been posting a few notifications and timelines of your events. We really do enjoy seeing your countdowns and talking about them. Read on to find out more.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

Right so first up is, @stephlouise24 who saw Ed Sheeran this year on March 10th. If you don’t know about who is then here is a brief description of who he is. He is a male singer/songwriter from Framlingham, Suffolk. He has had huge success ever since he released his first album called “The A-Team” which comes from his first album + which went on to be certified seven-times platinum in the UK. Evey album since it’s released has won countless awards such as the Ivor Novello Award. You might best know him for his latest songs “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” which are part of the ÷. So if you aren’t aware Ed Sheeran has been coming back strong since last year with the release of his Divide album, he also released tickets last year for his 2018 tour. Ever since his year-long hiatus he has been releasing new music and was busy touring for most of 2017 and doing the rounds of the festival circuit too. As of the past couple of years, his tours tend to sell out fast. Unfortunately, you cannot get any tickets for his 2018 tour anymore. Apart from that, from what we have heard in the past he is someone who is amazing to see live, so if you were one of the lucky ones who got themselves tickets then you should be in for a real treat.

Next up is @fluffysoftlouis who is off to see Harry Styles in one month’s time. If you weren’t aware Harry Styles along with a lot of old One Direction boys has been pursuing a solo career and releasing music throughout 2017-2018. Shortly after he released new music he decided to go on tour. This is his first ever solo tour so will be interesting to see how he performs alone on stage without the One Direction boys. So far, we hear good things about this tour and along with new material, he has been performing some classic One Direction songs too. Sign of the Times was his first solo track and managed to rack up 88 Million views on the music video on YouTube. It managed to get to No.1 here in the UK. His album Harry Styles managed to reach No.1 in the UK and the US which is amazing. He truly is having global success. Unfortunately, he has sold out for most of his tour, we did some digging around ourselves and you can get tickets but it’s very rare and the seats won’t be as good so maybe expect to travel further for tickets.

We hope you enjoyed both of our user inspired posts this week. If you want to be featured on any of our User Inspired Posts then tag your countdowns with #countdown and #countdownplus