Tersus 2.0: An Unexpected Journey
A few weeks ago, we encountered a data loss during a system migration. Unfortunately, the keystore for Tersus was corrupted and unrecoverable. Before we go into what this means for you, let’s talk about why this matters.
What is a keystore? When developers are building an application to be published onto Google Play, they sign the product using this unique key. This prevents a malicious third-party from releasing a counterfeit version of the application. To read more about the keystore and signing process, see this article from the Android team.
We are no longer able to sign the Tersus 1.0 application and therefore can no longer upload new versions to Google Play. Because of this, we are discontinuing updates to the product. If you own a copy of Tersus, you can continue to use it on your device. However, we will be removing it from Google Play at the end of the year, so download a final copy from the link at the bottom of this page.
Instead of just abandoning the design, we’ve been hard at work refining the original style. Tersus is now around 1.5 years old and hasn’t really kept up with the high standards we strive for. The adjustments we’ve made now exhibit more polish and cohesive visuals for the entire set.
Originally, Tersus icons were 72×72 pixels. With the new screen density increases, we now render the icons at 144×144. Due to the resizing process, the icons lost a bit of their rounded feel. We’ve now corrected this and are really happy with the new curves. The icons feel a lot more comfortable on homescreens now.
The original icon style was missing a distinct visual signature (aside from the silhouette). We’ve added a small highlight to the top of the icons, as well as given them all a constant gradient. These little details have made a huge impact on the overall feel of the icon set when swiping through the app drawer. We’ve fallen back in love with Tersus.
What happens now?
We’ve released Tersus 2.0 on Google Play at a price of $0.99. This discounted price is for our users, who we hope will join us in this new release. We’ll be raising the price on the product, in a month from release, to bring it in line with the rest of our styles. Unfortunately, we are not able to transfer licenses from Tersus 1.0 to the new version.* With the design changes, the new Tersus icons feel like a brand new collection. We hope that you’ll grab a copy of this upgraded version and enjoy the enhanced visuals.