New App: Year in Pixels

This month a new app joined the Valley Software stables on Windows 10, Xbox and Mixed Reality.

Year in Pixels is a take on the popular diary technique of ‘Pixel Journals’ with a modern Windows 10 design and feel.

At it’s heart; Year in Pixels is a year calendar broken up into a grid appearance of Months down the side and days along the top.

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You can colour each ‘Pixel’ (Cell) to mark something about that day. It is regularly used to track mood and emotions in a fast, simple way without any onerous typing or text. By removing this requirement it becomes really easy to record regardless of feeling or even being busy.

Another common use is the daily tick sheet to record doing a certain activity each day.

The beauty of this method is in:

  • It’s visually appealing.
  • Fast to enter.
  • Ease of spotting patterns, warning signs or achievements as they arise.

I have also tried something different with the monetisation. Rather than make it paid with trial it is FREE with ad support. The further options, and removing ads are individual IAP to purchase cheaply in the app so you can customise only what you need. Alternatively I have also included an ‘bundle’ IAP which gives you all the IAP for a lower combined price.

Get it now from Microsoft Store and let me know what you think!


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As an added bonus : here are free codes to unlock the Patterns and OneDrive capabilities for the first 200 people!

Free Patterns In App Purchase unlock

Free OneDrive In App Purchase unlock

Back to the Rebellion

I joined the Nerd Fitness Rebellion years back, before I started Valley Software.

In fact, it formed part of the driving change in me that brought about Valley Software to build a new life for myself.

It’s fair to say I fell off the wagon here, but the rebellion is for life, so here I come.

I found myself in a hole, even with Valley Software building nicely I had become a bit stuck and stressed. Rudderless even.

This brought me to re-start the Nerd Fitness audio book that helped me so much the first time. It has all come flooding back like a bucket of menthol to the face.

I kept updating my progress as I ticked things off my list from 18 months ago (Yay!) but I realise now I had stopped adding new quests. Stopped adding the step progress goals that make up the large goals.

That changes again today. In keeping with the Star Wars theme, today is the start of The Last Jedi; I will re focus, and re-awaken. The spark that’ll light the fire.


Spoons – New Feature: Planned vs Completed

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Hi everyone,

I’ve just pushed an update to Spoons, which has the following:

– Added a clear view of how many spoons are Planned and how many are marked Completed.
– The pink Spoon Count is now simply the daily quota.
– Big Fix where spoon counts may not update when added or removed.
– Link to Twitter and Web Site added to Settings.


Easy Writer – New Freature: Auto Save.

From your feedback, I have completed adding an Autosave feature to Easy Writer.

If you look closely, you’ll see the AutoSave indicator fade in and out again in the top corner.

It’s minimal, so as not to be distracting, but should be a reassuring reminder as you create.

AutoSave happens every 2 minutes while in Edit mode.

Releasing to store this week!