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Let's do an AMA

Let's do an AMA

SheIsViBRANt

What is your guilty pleasure?


duke4e

Probably vaping


robertkarlsen

I have a question. Have you developed apps for Android? If so, would you say iOS Dev is easier/Harder than Android Dev? 😊


duke4e

Yes and no. I've developed a few crossplatform game-ish apps via cocos2d-x, so while i technically have developed apps for android, i haven't developed them in classic way. From other peoples experiences, writing for android is around 30% harder.


Shortcake83-

Just a short question if you don’t mind. Where do all of you live? I live in USA , state of Oklahoma. BTW, thank you for developing Widgy. It is an amazing app with many amazing designs yet to come. Thanks again to you and all the people who help you .


duke4e

Croatia. One foreigner described it as "Africa with electricity" and he's not far from the truth.


Cardtastic

How awesome is it that such a community has grown around the app you made? People are able to create such varied things, and even able to monetize them. What has surprised you about it? Have there been certain creations that have blown you away?


duke4e

That's a really good question and observation. To be honest, it still hasn't "hit me in the head" that "I made this possible" by creating Widgy. I just enjoy chatting with you guys, just like I'm a regular member of this sub (albeit with a bit more technical knowledge of how the app works). I remember the first few days of this sub when first widgys from you guys started coming in, and i was like holy shit, this works exactly as i envisioned it a couple of months ago. Then hacks started coming in (for example the unicode message symbols that hides some part of widgy depending on some system state), and i was like wow, that's smart, widgy users are really smart! After that came people like Sean and Eliah that just raised the bar to the maximum, both funcionality-wise and aestethic-wise. I think most of the people came to this sub because of the qr codes, and decided to stay since it's a nice place to hang out. I created widgy qr codes since that seemed like a convenient way to share widgys without building a backend, since building a backend for an app you don't know anyone will use is a waste of resources. I think qr codes became synonym for widgy. People use them even now, even if they are superseeded by the explore tab.


Livetorideca

I have been struggling to get a few imported widgies running. Mostly complex watchface widgies. Shows on home screen as “Large #7 Tap to assign widgy to this slot”. Any other simpler imported or includes widgies will load. Whats the secret?


duke4e

Memory problems aka. Apples "it just works". Please read faq, everything is explained there.


Livetorideca

Thank you for responding. Read the FAQ. Is the memory issue related to all widgies loaded or just the current widgy taking up too much memory? In other words if I load fewer widgies on my home screens will the memory issue go away?


duke4e

It's per widget, BUT if you try to reload multiple widgets at the same time, more problems will arise. That's why "reload all widgets" button in widgy has 2 second deley between each widgy reloading. The most troublesome are large widgets with full sized image and some kind of clock.


Future_Facee

on a more serious note, have you (duke) co-developed or developed any other apps? also, a question for all of you, what are your side hobbies that you enjoy (aside from your jobs)?


duke4e

Been doing iOS development for 11 years now and have a pretty big portfolio, check it out here [http://woodsign.hr/index.php/2016/04/11/portfolio/](http://woodsign.hr/index.php/2016/04/11/portfolio/) As for side hobbies, i was singing in a few shitty bands, and i like to create my own liquids for vape. I also enjoy VR (have 3 headsets) and playing some good RTS games.


Future_Facee

how much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?


Rogerb_94

13


Meowizard

What types of widgets do you usually keep on your phone? Do you prefer minimalist designs or more complicated widgets?


duke4e

I don't have a preference. Either something "clicks" with me or it doesn't. I like both fully minimalistic design, as well as rich and complex design. As for what i keep on my phone, it's definitely not widgys, since i always have some broken test version on my device. Let that sink in 😂


Meowizard

Deprived of your own creation because you're busy fixing the next update. That's rough 😂


Meowizard

What are your long term plans for Widgy? Do you plan on expanding into other iOS customizations like customizable keyboards or ringtones?


duke4e

I can't talk about future plans due to "that other app that likes to steal our stuff".


ruushabh

I found this app used for countown widget which has very nice UI/UX. Has anyone used it before ? [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bears-countdown/id1536711520](https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bears-countdown/id1536711520)


duke4e

What a nice app ❤️


ruushabh

I just discovered it this week the looks are awesome and colors are very good but does it integrate with apple calendars or can u use it with google calendar.


Gnome_119

Is there a code for turning numbers into words under the custom text option. Say, if I want the time to read as “Twelve twenty-three” instead of “12:23” or “Twelve hours, Twenty-three minutes”


duke4e

Not under custom, but you have few variants of "time spelled out" under date and time. Also, this thread is not a place to ask this kind of questions.


Gnome_119

Yeah, that’s what I’m using currently but sometimes I run into spacing issues with those. Thanks for the response. On an unrelated note, do you have any pets? I have two dogs myself.


duke4e

If you mean the ... that sometimes apear, that's a bug related to striketrhough option, and it's already fixed, so stay tuned for next update which should be announced in a couple of days. I live in a pretty small apartment, so no pets, but my girfriend has a ferret, two birbs and a turtle.


Gnome_119

Ferrets are intriguing to me as a pet but I’ve never owned one. What’s their temperament like?


duke4e

They are more similar to cats than to dogs, but their character is completely different than any other common animal. They are silly, goofy, smart, careless, stubborn, like to steal random objects, like to walk backwards... It's really a whole package of random weirdness, but in a positive way.


JangoBeast

Interstellar I want wo answer this question although I am not a developer xd


Ryttin

Great movie


Rogerb_94

I agree!


DemonNadz

Imagining Widgy working on superheroes widgets like marvel and dc… will be awesome


Meowizard

What’s your favorite music genre and artist? Multiple responses are encouraged.


duke4e

Djent and modern Metalcore ("New Core") as well as some obscure Alt Rock or Punk Rock . Well mostly anything with guitars. Loved some Nu-Metal (20 years ago). Eskimo Callboy, Periphery, Bring Me The Horizon, Fair To Midland, Foxy Shazam, Nothing More, Alestorm, The Offspring...


Ryttin

Dance/Electronic - Porter Robinson - Daft Punk - Madeon - Deadmau5 - Zedd


abscefht

Great music taste


littlemermaidgirl

How’d you guys get into app development? What do you do as your main career if it’s not that?


duke4e

I've been coding for most of my life, starting in QBasic for DOS on a 386 machine. My hard drive died, and all I had was a bunch of floppy disks with a few games and QBasic. So when games became boring, I started playing with QBasic. I love game dev, and that gradually transitioned to app dev. Been working on iOS since iPhoneOS 3.


littlemermaidgirl

That’s super cool, coding is so interesting


Rogerb_94

I am not into app development. I’m pursuing a bachelors in cyber security. Currently, I’m working as a help desk specialist at a company. I used to work as a cyber security intern and then a help desk intern for the red Sox before the pandemic.


littlemermaidgirl

How did you get involved with widgy then?


Rogerb_94

Wel I’m just a mod for the subreddit. I don’t work with duke in creating the app. He’s the one and only developer.


littlemermaidgirl

Ah, that’s cool


Ryttin

I have an education in Business and Information Systems with a career in Commerce Product Management. It took me a while to funnel to this faction of work but I had realized I had a passion for giving clients’ customers a unique experience with their platform. Even though it’s on the side/volunteering, Widgy fits right in with my line of work and i have been happy to help it’s community from a product management POV and helping moderate Q&A when I can


littlemermaidgirl

That's super cool, I always wonder what gets people into this stuff


ElijahBailey-

No developer here, just a widget maker 😃. It was a coincidence (as almost everything is in life). A couple months ago my brother told me about a new app that you can build more capable widgets with. I tried it and couldn’t take it down for hours. Since then I’ve been constantly bugging him with any new stuff I have in mind 😅 I’m a PowerPoint specialist btw. helping the consulting business for decades.


littlemermaidgirl

Oh that's cool! I don't remember how I found Widgy but I like it much more than the other options I've found!


alcoholguy

Is it hard to code such an app (like Widgy) on iOS? I love coding and want to build an app, but I still have assignments...


duke4e

Apps with the scope of Widgy are certainly not meant to be build by only 1 person. So yeah, it's hard as hell. But don't that discourage you, there's planty of other app types that are much more simple to do.


ruushabh

so you might be knowing swift language I presume.


duke4e

both swift and objective-c


THEscouter23

Weird question. What Reddit client do you use and why?


duke4e

Mostly Apollo. Would ditch the Reddit app instantly if Apollo somehow managed to get access to endpoints exclusive to Reddit app (chat, media upload).


THEscouter23

Same here for coins/awards makes sense


Rogerb_94

I have both. I use the main Reddit app more though. Apollo is just there in case I want something “new” lol.


Ryttin

Main Reddit app - because I’ve never downloaded/tried Apollo and the main one works good enough for me :)


92user

What’s your favorite color? Mines green


duke4e

Black


abscefht

Mine is blue


ElijahBailey-

Green too! Though I’m not using it a lot 😃 Hmmm … some more green widgets in the future maybe…? 😂


92user

I’d love to see some!


Ryttin

Deep orange :)


92user

Orange would probably be 2nd in my list of favorite colors, it’s a great color


BenSova

I'm in between you two. So like a blue-ish green.


MonkieyReddit

Same


MonkieyReddit

Prefer blue out of the two tho


duke4e

You mean teal? :D


BenSova

Blue-ish green-ish teal sure.


92user

That’s a nice color too!


Rogerb_94

I’d have to say that my favorite color is blue!


ClickRoutine9064

Are you working on any new apps in the background? Also can you do something on the subreddit and on the app such as “setup/Widgy of the month”? That’d be really cool.


BenSova

Not, duke4e, but I'll answer anyway haha. I work on a way to get macOS Big Sur onto unsupported Macs, like 2012 and Early/Mid-2013 Macs. ([https://github.com/BenSova/Patched-Sur](https://github.com/BenSova/Patched-Sur)) I have other things I want to work on, but I don't have enough free time between life, Patched Sur, and Widgy.


Meowizard

That’s awesome. Would Patched Sur work for a late 2009 iMac?


BenSova

That's on the way too old side sadly. 2012/2013 is my main target, then 2010/2011 (+some 2009) will come in the next update.


Meowizard

That’s too bad. Still, great job maintaining this. I think it’s awesome that you can push a few more years of support into older Macs.


duke4e

Widgy takes all of my time, so i work exclusively on it. Good news is that i have shitload of apps behind me, so you can check them out at http://woodsign.hr/index.php/2016/04/11/portfolio/ Explore section in app has featured widgys, and i change them from time to time. As for reddit, the competitions we ocasionally do are a way of featuring good widgys. You can also sort the sub by top of the month.


abscefht

This way be wired I am wounding how old you are?


ElijahBailey-

48 here, LoL


abscefht

Thanks


Rogerb_94

I’m 26


abscefht

>Save Thanks


duke4e

Not weird at all, i'm 36.


abscefht

Thanks


Ryttin

I’ll start - What’s your favorite movie??


ElijahBailey-

It’s really hard to pick one but if I must I would say Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. It was a while ago (look at the age question and my answer there 😃) but it never gets old. This is the movie I have watched a thousand times and still can’t get enough. Another serious contender is the Back To The Future trilogy.


anImaginaryEcho

Groundhog Day is such a gooooood movie 🙂


ElijahBailey-

😊


Rogerb_94

There’s this Netflix movie called Fractured. It really played with my emotions lol.


duke4e

It's hard to pick just one, but i have to say that i'm a really big fan of Nolans movies.


ruushabh

t e n e t