User Inspired Concerts 2018 🎤

We have the last user inspired post of 2017 for you, hope you enjoy reading about the next two events taking place in 2018.

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 @saraawr who is going to see Dan Howell and Phil Lester perform on their Interactive Introverts tour in May 2018. 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. We don’t know anything yet, about what Interactive Introverts is going to be about. 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. Watch the trailer for the stage show here.

Next up is @haayyleeyy_ who is going to see Little Mix in July 2018. They were a band formed on The X Factor 6 years and have forged a very successful singing career. With 4 Number No.1s in the UK. The group has a brand-new single out right now called Reggaetón Lento with CNCO. That song was performed live on The X Factor Live Final and get a brilliant response from viewers. Saying that they actually stole the results show. After just coming off a live tour they have wasted no time at all and released a brand-new tour called The Summer Hits Tour 2018. You can still get tickets for the shows since tickets were released in November. We hope to hear some more great hits from them in 2018. From that X Factor performance, we are sure the stage shows will be amazing.  You can get tickets for the shows here. So if you missed them on their last tour then you can catch them again, or simply see them again.

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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Photo Filters

For this blog tutorial we will be explaining how filters work for the update of the app. This tutorial is for iOS only.

Since Version 4.1 we have added photo filters, first of all let’s explain how you can unlock extra filters. So go to the upgrades screen, you will see that now you will be able to unlock extra filters by either having the full version, or purchasing one of the image packs. So you can be on the lite version, but can unlock extra filters simply by purchasing image packs.

You can use photo filters in many different ways, you can use them on your profile picture, cover image and also pictures for your countdowns. So we are going to create a mock event just so you can see what happens. So fill in event details and then hit Themes and Styling.

Tap on the image in the bottom left hand corner, choose the image you want to use, then you will see a bunch of filters to choose from, once you get the extra filters you will have a huge selection to choose from. Choose the filter you like and hit save. Then you are all done.

You can go back and change the filters as many times as you like as well.

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.

Add Facebook Events to your Android Calendar

On this post, we wanted to share with you how to add Facebook events on to your Android device. We do have the steps on our app but wanted to share you with you some visual steps on how to add them.

Facebook no longer allows third-party apps to directly sync Facebook birthdays. You can still access Facebook birthdays and events by configuring your Google calendar to import Facebook events.

You will need to access your Facebook account on a desktop browser, unlike on an iPhone you cannot just Request Desktop Site. In the top right-hand corner find the question mark symbol which is next to the arrow symbol. Type into the search section “export events”, you will see a list of options as an answer. You need to click on “How do I export events or friends’ birthdays? then follow these instructions.

When on the Events page, right-click the Upcoming Events link. 

In another tab on your laptop open Google Calendar. In the bottom left-hand corner, you will see “Other calendars”, click on the bottom arrow to then find “Add by URL”. Paste the “Upcoming Events” or “Birthdays” link. Then click Add Calendar and you will see a message on the screen saying Calendar was imported successfully.

We hope this helped you add your Facebook Events to your Android device and the app, if you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook.

Add Facebook Events to your iPhone Calendar

Since Apple released iOS 11 a couple of our users on Countdownplus have been messaging us on Facebook saying that they cannot see any calendar options in the Facebook section of their iPhone settings. This is because Apple removed direct Facebook and Twitter integration on iOS 11.We wanted to share with you how to add Facebook events back to your iPhone on iOS 11. The only way to add Facebook Events back to your calendar and for the app is to subscribe to the calendar.

On your iPhone click on this link, then you will most likely see the mobile version of the site. You need to request the desktop site, for Google Chrome you can find this option under the three dots, Request Desktop Site. For Safari, you can find this option under the share button, scroll across to find Request Desktop Site.

 

Then in the lower right-hand corner, you will need zoom in to find this option. Tap on Upcoming Events and Birthdays. You will see a pop up telling you if you already have it or not. Just follow the on-screen instructions.

Alternatively, you can copy the Upcoming Events and Birthdays link, and go to your Settings-Accounts & Passwords-Add Account-Other-Add Subscribed Calendar. Then paste the link to the calendar in the Server section. Tap next and then tap Save.

We hope this helped you add your Facebook Events back to your iPhone calendar and the app, if you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook.

Profile Header

This blog tutorial will explain the new profile header adjustments. This is for IOS only.

In Version 4.1 you can now get rid of the profile header screen. It was a hugely requested feature since Version 4.0 came out. It is super simple to get rid of and we wanted to show you some extra features we have added to the profile header. So if you want to get rid of the header, simply tap on the gear icon. Then see under Display option it says Birthday Countdown Header, get rid of that and it will disappear. You will now notice that the next birthday and your age does not take up so much space.

If you want to see how old you are to the exact time, then swipe to the left. If you want to see your next birthday swipe to the right.

If you want to edit the cover image you can, simply tap on your profile image, and you will see a blue bar with a pencil icon. Tap on that and choose to either edit the profile image, edit cover image or refresh image. Edit the cover image, and add a new image, you can also add an overlay so you can actually see all the text.

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.

Themes and Styling

This blog tutorial will show you the new editing tools when adding images to an event. This is for Ios only.

When adding events or editing events, you can add images, but on Version 3.0, editing was rather laborious. Now we have neatened up the editing process for your countdowns. So let’s start with an already created event, but where you find all the editing options for the event is exactly the same even when you create a new event. So tap on Settings, then scroll down to Appearance and Style then tap on Themes and Style.

Now you will see all the editing options, if you want to change the style of the countdown then you change that with the top drop-down menu. Change the style of font or colour at the bottom of the screen. Then most importantly you will want to add an image to the countdown so tap on the camera icon.

Then once you are done editing the event, tap on the arrow to go back and then tap Done when you are all finished.

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.

Current Updates for Android and iPhone

If you have been following us recently on Facebook, you may have noticed a few more updates on the progress of Android and iPhone. We just wanted to catch you all up on what we are currently working on this month and next month.

As mentioned in the last update posted on our blog post, we have released a new version for Android which is Version 4.0. Since release, we have faced several issues but managed to solve quite a lot very fast. Right now, we are trying to solve issues with the settings tab, crashes in the app, issues with video ads and a few other minor issues. We have been delayed in sorting out these issues in the app due to unforeseen circumstances with our team. If you notice any other issues in the app, then don’t hesitate to message us on Facebook and we will try our best, to help you with that issue.

Work has started on the iPhone version of the app already, but due to the issues on Android, we have been yet again set back because of this. We are aiming to switch the servers as well since they have caused a lot of problems in recent months on both versions of the app. This won’t take effect until we are 100% satisfied it is stable enough for release. Meaning it might not happen until the end of the year.

If you want to stay informed on updates and progress of the app then the best place to follow us is on Facebook. We are aiming to post more information on updates to our Facebook from now on. If you do have questions about the app then message us on Facebook where we are happy to help you with any query regarding the app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see what events we are counting down to. If you are on Android then you might want to follow us on all social channels to see the new tutorial videos we are posting every Wednesday.

User Inspired Music Countdowns from Twitter

Seeing your countdowns on Twitter and Instagram makes us so happy since we get to see the huge amount of creativity and give us major holiday envy. User Inspired blog posts are now going to be a lot more regularly on our blog post.

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. This post has two countdowns from Twitter that are music based.

First up is @thirlsfreak who is seeing Harry Styles in October, her timeline was filled with music events and music timelines are always the best. Here is a little bit of info on who Harry Styles is, he shot to fame when he auditioned for X Factor as a solo artist. After a short time, a group of five boys were put together to form One Direction. Who has gone on to become one of the most popular boy bands, as of lately each of the boys has taken a break from One Direction. They have all gone on to boast successful solo careers, and nearly all are on tours right now. That includes Harry Styles who is touring from mid-September with his first show in San Francisco, performing his current hits “Sign of the Times” “Two Ghosts and many more new songs. We really love his new material and think he will do amazing as a solo artist. He is touring all over the world and has announced new tickets for 2018, so if you missed the huge announcement of his tour then you might have a chance to see him live next year.

Next up is @TammyLouiseWood who is seeing a huge list of YouTubers at Hello World in October at Birmingham Genting Arena. This is said to be a YouTube event like no other kind. Some information has been released about what to expect from the event which is a mix between a YouTube convention and a fair ground. Not only do you get to see stage performances from your favourite YouTubers but you get to see them around the venue as well. We can’t wait to know a little bit more about the event closer to the date. So far the list of YouTubers includes, Zoella, Joe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Marcus Butler, Tyler Oakley, KSI, Louise Pentland, Jim Chapman, Ollie White, Caspar Lee, Rose and Rosie, Mark Ferris, Niki and Sammy and much more yet to be confirmed. There are quite a lot of you already who have got their tickets and you can still get your tickets online right now.

We hope this was a great read for anyone who is looking to see someone live but wasn’t 100% sure on who to see live. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus

Future Update for Android and iPhone

If you are a loyal reader or just a regular user of Countdownplus then you might have seen a couple of updates appear on the Google Play Store. We wanted to just check in and let you know what to expect from us in the next few months.

We were working hard for several months on the Android update, and unfortunately, it took us longer than we hoped. Android Version 4.0 is currently available to download right now which we are so thrilled about. We are working on a few new updates which will clear some minor issues with some bugs. Also in the meantime, we are trying to get a fix out for the widget issue many of you have highlighted for us on Facebook and Twitter. There are a few features which need to be added to make sure it directly mirrors the iPhone version. Right now we would love it if you would go and give us a lovely review on Google Play.

 

For the iPhone version, we have seen a steady activity on the app and not as many issues so we will update the iPhone version with some minor updates. Mainly concerning the video ads that we introduced on the Android version. This will mean that when you want to use an image from our image packs you can simply just watch a video ad.

 

We will try to update you on any other changes which you can expect in the next few months on social media and on our blog as well. If you do have questions about the app then message us on Facebook where we are happy to help you with any query regarding the app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see what events we are counting down to. If you are on Android then you might want to follow us on all social channels to see the new tutorial videos we are posting every Wednesday.

 

We want to post a lot more app updates to the blog so you stay informed about any changes or fixes to the app.