New to Find? Here's everything that's happened in the past several years.
Once again rebuilt from the ground up, this version offers Smart Albums and super fast search
Technical note: v3 is built with almost 100% SwiftUI. This helped a lot with the animations.
Rebuilt completely from scratch. This version focused on Photos and text search. Lists also got a huge upgrade with a redesign editor and sharing support.
However, ever since Apple added Live Text during WWDC21 (just before Find 1.2.8), Find has been kind of irrelevant. Why not just use the built-in Photos app? It was back to the drawing board and time to plan v3...
Faster photos! But still not fast enough. I finally fixed the slow loading issue for good in v3.
At our school's coding club we've been learning Swift and SwiftUI. The /strawberry and /gradient commands were made by our club members, and I added them into Find.
We're just about to launch our actual app, a Clash Royale soundboard (Clash Royale is a mobile game that most of the club members play). It did very well on reddit!
A major redesign of Find. Started to actually look like an actual, usable app around this time.
Find's Discord is pretty cool. It's been active for almost 2 years now and every day people hop on. Also, there's Findbot! I learned Python just to make this bot. It's open source if you want to take a look (although I'm not sure why you'd want to, the code is horrible).
Great numbers this month
Made a trailer for the app.
Music is "BACK 2 U" by my friend W IN K.
For several months I watched a bunch of anime. Distance Learning meant that I had a bunch of spare time — school was via Zoom, and most teachers didn't even need us to turn on our camera. So anime it was!
Here's a list of all the titles that I watched around this time:
Made some updates during the summer. The app icon borders are also a bit rounder.
During the beginning of sophomore year it was COVID and stuff, so I started getting into a couple things.
One was open source. I released ProgressGif, my second app, on the App Store on Aug 9, 2020. This was a simple utility app that turned videos into gifs — I had a blog on Medium, and since Medium only allowed gifs, I had to convert all my screen recordings before uploading them. This was kind of annoying so I made an app for it. The defining feature was the progress bar — it automatically rendered a progress bar on top of the gif, so you can clearly tell when it starts or ends.
From ProgressGif I learned about size classes and got more comfortable integrating with Photos and AVFoundation. It's live on GitHub if you want to check it out.
My mom helped me with the Chinese translations. Thanks mom!
The first versions of Find make their way to the App Store.
First commit was October 13, 2019. I had started learning Swift the winter prior (2018), when I bought a Mac mini. It was so slow! My dad helped me install an SSD — after that it was usable. I'd use this computer for another year, when I released v1 of Find.
I originally wanted to make Find because in 8th grade Spanish we were assigned a bunch of worksheets almost daily. It was busy work and didn't help much — all you needed to do was look through your textbook for the answers. But I didn't want to flip through all those pages and read line-by-line. So why not make an app?
The first app I wanted to make was actually something called "FariExcuse" — back in 7th grade I had a classmate called Fari that would make excuses all the time. I thought it would be cool to make an iMessage extension that generated random excuses when you needed them. I ended up making some designs, but didn't code anything.
Another app I designed pretty extensively was an iOS client for this game called agma.io — a complete agario knockoff, but it had faster gameplay and I really liked it.
I fished this out from this huge pile of old sketches. If you'd like to check out what I've been up to many years ago, ping me on Twitter and I'd be happy to take some pics.
Can't believe I'll be graduating high school in just over half a year. Feels like everything happened so quickly!