November 7, 2021
This is not a log of change as such, but more like a refresher of where we’ve been.
I received my Decent on Nov 4th, 2020, and almost immediately, I wanted to analyze my shots on a big screen instead of the wonky Android tablet. Looking at the timestamps of photos and git commits, I can see I unboxed the espresso machine at 1 PM, and the first commit was made just 3 hours later. 🙈
The next day I had something working online, and I shared it in the Decent Diaspora. The community seemed to love it, and so I kept improving it. That post was continuously updated with all the new features as they were implemented, but today I also made a nice gif of the changes of those first couple of months:
Visualizer was growing faster and faster, and more and more users started relying on it. So it was clear I had something important here. That’s why I invested a lot of my time in January 2021 and, at the end of it, released a completely new v2. It was again accomplished by a long post in the Decent Diaspora with many gifs, screenshots, and explanations.
While not visually as significant, the change I made at the end of April was as if I started from scratch. I replaced how the core of Visualizer works - the charting library itself when I switched to Highcharts. This time I posted in the Decent Forum (if you’re not a member yet, do join 😉) where I went into details explaining why and how the change was made. One of the things this enabled, for example, is one of the most used features nowadays: shot comparison. Ever since then, I’ve been steadily adding features and writing about them here.
At the time of writing, Visualizer has 1,050 users who’ve uploaded 161,286 shots, and just yesterday, 983 new shots were uploaded. Visualizer was supposed to be a tiny thing I did for myself. I never imagined it’d be as accepted and used by the Decent community as it has been/is.
At this point, I have to especially thank Enrique and Johanna since, without the 1st party Visualizer Uploader, I don’t think this would ever be what it is today. 🥰
And a very special thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the sponsors who make it possible that I can keep this thing running without it being a financial burden for me. 🤗🤗🤗
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! ☕️