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Meter Readings 4.0 now available

January 6, 2014 Comments off

mricon57 This is a MAJOR UPDATE, adapting the user interface to iOS 7. If you don’t like change, or you don’t like the iOS 7 interface in other apps, PLEASE DON’T UPGRADE(*) as there is no easy way to go back. For a preview of how the app looks, see the screenshots on the AppStore or here.

Also included in v4.0 are the following enhancements …

Moved the meter settings to a single Meters screen (at the top left). This screen has three functions: to jump to the selected meter on the graphs screen, to manage your meter list and to change your meter settings and rates.

For meters that don’t use rates, you can now set the meter currency to N/A. On the iPad this displays a single graph for usage only, rather than usage plus an empty cost graph.

If you have more than 9 meters, you can now scroll left/right between them all without having to jump to a specific meter first. This change also improves the memory usage of the app, to help prevent memory exhaustion crashes.

Added a setting to turn on/off the “next meter” question when adding readings (some people prefer to add readings one at a time).

Made the user guide more visible (from the settings icon on the main screen).

Other minor improvements.

Note that the minimum iOS version now supported is 5.0.

* if you have enabled AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS for UPDATES in your iTunes & App Store settings, you might want to turn this off!

Hill Lists 4.0 now available

January 3, 2014 Comments off

hlicon57 This is a MAJOR UPDATE, adapting the user interface to iOS 7. If you don’t like change, or you don’t like the iOS 7 interface in other apps, PLEASE DON’T UPGRADE(*) as there is no easy way to go back. For a preview of how the app looks, see the screenshots on the AppStore or here.

Also included in v4.0 are the following enhancements …

On the list screen, I now display more meaningful areas or regions per hill. You can still see section numbers by sorting by section, or on each hill screen.

Added a sort by ascents option, which sorts a list of hills by decreasing ascent counts.

Changed the icon and launch screens for the winter. The image is (of course) Buachaille Etive Mor.

Other minor improvements.

Note that the minimum iOS version now supported is 5.0.

* if you have enabled AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS for UPDATES in your iTunes & App Store settings, you might want to turn this off!

iOS 7 user interface changes

January 2, 2014 Comments off

Apple releases a new version of its mobile operating system (iOS) every year, around September/October. The latest version is iOS 7, and it brought a completely new look and feel, with flatter colours, thinner fonts(*) and a paler look to a lot of apps. The following Apple apps are good examples: App Store, Calendar, Clock, Mail, Messages, Photos and Settings.

Some of the iOS 7 UI changes apply immediately to all apps, e.g. the alert and action popups – these now have a white background. Other UI changes happen when a developer re-builds their app with the latest Software Developer Kit (SDK) from Apple. An app built for iOS 7 can still run on earlier iOS versions, and in fact the old user interface will still be used on iOS 5 or 6.

The UI displayed is therefore down to which version of iOS you are running, rather than the app itself.

Some people don’t like iOS 7. This is perfectly fine (of course), and as a consumer you can choose not to upgrade to Apple’s latest OS (or buy their latest gadgets). If you are running iOS 5 or 6, all your existing apps are likely to look the same, even if they are updated to support iOS 7. But if you have upgraded to iOS 7, an app designed and built for iOS 7 simply can’t support the old style interface. The only way a developer could do this would be to release two separate versions of each app.

I don’t want to do this, but I do want to move forwards. I am therefore about to release new versions of Hill Lists and Meter Readings, and I am rebuilding Account Tracker too. If you are running iOS 7 and really don’t like the iOS 7 interface, you have two simple choices: downgrade your operating system (very complex), or don’t install the app updates (very easy).

No-one is forcing you to update an app, just leave it on its current version and the UI won’t change!

I hope this explains the situation. No doubt I will get a few negative reviews complaining about the new interface. However this is not the fault of the apps, it is really the user’s choice of iOS that forces the UI change.

* in iOS 7 you can change the default fonts to be bold in the main settings app, under General then Accessibility.