In case you didn’t see it last week: RECaf is available for download on the App Store. If you are interested in tracking your caffeine intake for health purposes (or just out of curiosity) I encourage you to give it a try. A free 14-day trial is available, which gives you access to every feature of RECaf, so you can see for yourself if it suits your needs.
Why track your caffeine intake? Caffeine is a drug. While studies have debunked earlier conclusions regarding heart problems, high blood pressure, and other issues associated with caffeine, and some studies have even suggested moderate caffeine intake can be good for you, it’s still important to monitor any chemical substance you put into your body. Knowledge is power.
While you are giving RECaf a spin, I also highly encourage you to try logging with Siri Shortcuts in RECaf. Everyone I’ve spoken to who liked the app initially, ended up loving it once they started logging with Siri. Shortcuts really are transformative. I’m starting to set them up in a number of apps on my personal phone, and it’s changing the way I interact with my phone regularly.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank some folks. First and foremost, my good friend Curtis Herbert (of Slopes fame) who spent more time than he would have liked helping me out with the server-side validation / in-app purchase portions of RECaf. I would not have been able to launch this app without his help, and I definitely would not have been able to triage all the crazy errors I was getting on my initial launch day, either. Speaking of which, some folks at Apple (some of whom I will never know) were also instrumental in helping me track down some internal issues as well. And the review team has been extremely supportive. It’s easy to take swipes at big companies when you are frustrated, but the people I have interacted with at Apple have always been top-notch.
To all my beta testers, the folks at MacStories who have helped me get the word out (read Federico Vittici’s Review of iOS 12—it’s awesome), and the early-adopter customers who helped me fix some critical issues in the initial days the app was available—thank you for your patience and support.
You can call yourself an indie dev all you like, but you can’t do everything alone. If you know anyone who would be interested in RECaf, I always appreciate you helping me spread the word. And if you have any feedback on the app itself, there’s a link in the More section to drop me a line.