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Are those pigs flying overhead? Nope, it’s the all-new Convert 2!

by John Casasanta
October 2, 201320 comments

Even though tap tap tap is known mainly for our flashlight app, some of you may be surprised to find out that we’ve created a few other apps over the years like TV recorders and fake phone call apps.

Another one of these apps that we’ve created was Convert, which is a unit converter and calculator. Even though it’s been somewhat dwarfed by some of our other apps, Convert’s been absolutely no slouch, selling over 350,000 copies to date, making it almost definitely the most popular paid unit converter in the App Store. And today, I’m really happy to present to you the all-new Convert 2!

If you’re already familiar with Convert, the first thing you’ll notice is that it has a new visual design that fits very nicely in iOS 7. Like with our recent release of Camera+ 4, you can see that even though the visual design is all-new and is right at home on Apple’s new iOS, it still feels like the easy to use, intuitive Convert that so many of you love.

So besides the complete makeover, what’s new? The biggest addition is the full scientific calculator. With our innovative SwipePad, we’ve added two new, easy access keypad panels so that you can perform all kinds of advanced calculations right within Convert now. Simply swipe the keypad left or right to get to all this new goodness. A few of you might’ve remembered the SwipePad from when it debuted in Calcbot when we partnered with Tapbots on it… and now it’s finally come to Convert.

New unit categories, and units, and currencies

For Convert 2, we’ve added nine new unit categories, bringing the total up to 24. Here are the new ones…

  • Audio
  • Data Transfer
  • Flow
  • Frequency
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Illuminance
  • Shoe Size
  • SI Prefixes
  • Torque

Here are all the new units we’ve added to existing unit categories…

  • Energy
    • Kilojoules
    • Megajoules
    • Gigajoules
  • Length
    • Mils
    • Nanometers
  • Power
    • BTUs/Hour
  • Pressure
    • Centimeters of Water
    • Millimeters of Mercury
  • Volume
    • Oil Barrels
    • Cubic Yards
    • Microliters
  • Weight
    • Grains
    • Troy Ounces
    • Nanograms
    • Micrograms
    • Milligrams

And here’s the big list of the 22 new currencies added…

  • Argentine Pesos
  • Bolivian Bolivianos
  • Bulgarian Leva
  • Columbian Pesos
  • Costa Rican Colones
  • Croatian Kuna
  • Dominican Pesos
  • Egyptian Pounds
  • Ghanaian Cedis
  • Guatemalan Quetzales
  • Jamaican Dollars
  • Jordanian Dinars
  • Kenyan Shillings
  • Latvian Lati
  • Lithuanian Litai
  • Moroccan Dirhams
  • Peruvian Nuevos Soles
  • Polish Zlotys
  • Romanian Lei
  • Trinidadian Dollars
  • Turkish Liras
  • Vietnamese Dong (snicker)

Other nice, new things

When you tap & hold the favorites button, you now get a popup that enables you to immediately get to the favorite you want.

For the Clear key, we’ve added backspace functionality to it so that if you mistype one number, you don’t have to start over from scratch.

And we’ve added a bunch of settings for Convert 2. You can simplify your units picker by turning off any unit categories and units that you know you don’t need. And you can now disable automatic currency exchange rate fetching so you can save on data/roaming charges.

I’m pretty surprised that none of you typography geeks ever noticed this, but for Convert 1, we were using a dash character instead of a proper minus symbol. This has been remedied in v2. It was an absolute travesty and I’ll be strapping on a cone of shame to make up for missing it for so long.

So hop on over to get more info on Convert 2. As always, this giant update is absolutely free to all existing Convert owners. We hope you find it really useful and very nicely done. Grab it now while it’s on sale for 99¢!

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  1. Michael
    4:36pm, October 2, 2013

    Great! Thank you so much. May I recommend updating the icon to something more ios7-y?

  2. kc!
    4:50pm, October 2, 2013

    thank you. beautiful update, and especially pleased it was free to existing customers. continues to be my go-to converter app.

  3. Odin
    9:22pm, October 2, 2013

    I’m with Michael, a more iOS7-y icon would be great.

  4. Odin
    9:30pm, October 2, 2013

    I wonder how it would look without the border?

  5. Jean
    11:13pm, October 2, 2013

    Vert - simply converting is a perfect converter and I am afraid it has more useful features and also looks perfect. One update in 4 years? You are not serious.

  6. mike Woody
    5:04am, October 3, 2013

    Really after more than 4 years releasing an update is astonishing. Nice features are added in version 2 but never give me a true iOS 7 feeling.

    As Jean (above), I am using Vert now.

  7. Dan
    8:55am, October 3, 2013

    Very nice update, but the icon doesn’t look right in iOS 7. But please, don’t wait another 4 years to update it :)

  8. Dan
    5:16pm, October 3, 2013

    Turning off “Currency” category in Settings crash the app on every launch. ;(

  9. iOS 7 Jailbreak
    8:17am, October 12, 2013

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement?
    My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written
    myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it
    up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any methods to help prevent content from being ripped off?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  10. Erik
    5:19am, October 17, 2013

    Just got the updated Convert app and I’m very pleased with it. I have a wish though: in Fuel Consumption, could you please add kilometers/miles per liter? I always like to know how far I’ll get on a liter, that works better for me than knowing how many liters I need to drive 100 km. Thanks!

  11. jq
    5:21pm, December 8, 2013

    The app ran fine when first installed, but I made some settings changes and now it crashes. Can’t use.

  12. Daniel
    5:25am, January 29, 2014

    The new icon is so techno-rave that I have a headache just looking at it.

  13. David Harris
    9:31pm, April 25

    Please update to 64 bit or iOS 10.3 will kill it, I use this probably a dozen time or more every day and it’s front and centre on my iPhone

  14. Ron Jester
    7:27am, May 12

    Please update, this is one of my most used apps I have.

  15. kevin
    7:58pm, May 26

    Same here; getting real anxious that this app may be disabled in iOS 11. Please update.

  16. Pauline
    11:21am, June 27

    Really hoping you will update Convert! It’s a great app I use often. Will we see an update soon?

  17. Madeck
    1:02am, July 30

    Any chance this app gets updated before iOS 11?

  18. Bill Stanley
    5:32am, September 8

    I too hope you will update to 64 bit. Convert is truely the perfect converter app. I have tried others but there is no comparison. Also, the “spinning drum” interface is very satisfying to use. Thanks

  19. Geoff
    6:34pm, October 4

    Please update!!

    it’s broken in IOS11

  20. Steven Mathews
    11:29am, December 8

    Please update your Convert app…I used it often I now miss it.

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