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Hill Lists 4.2 now available

May 21, 2014 Comments off

hlicon57 Added support for Google maps, including their terrain view (see below). Just enable it in the settings and view maps as normal.

Moved to Google’s geocoding service to support searching for your location by name. The old service I have been using for 4 years was removed on 1st May without notice!

Added parent hills to let you search for all tops of a given hill.

The minimum iOS version is now 6.0.

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PS the map above is from my own Munro list. Still haven’t done the Grey Corries, the Aonach’s, Carn Mor Dearg or Ben Nevis, but I should have those out of the way in a few weeks. Then it’s down to Knoydart, Monar, Fisherfield and a few other individual hills! 32 to go …

UPDATE I’ve now done Knoydart and the Grey Corries. Only 18 to go …

🙂

Hill Lists map support

May 19, 2014 Comments off

hlicon57 In the very beginning (v1.0), long before a licence agreement was made between Apple and Google, I used Cloudmade (open source) maps. However they were pretty slow (back then), so when Google maps were made available to developers, I quickly switched.

All was well until iOS 6, when Apple changed to their own maps behind the scenes. One reviewer even blamed this on me, when I hadn’t changed a single line of code!

So on to 2014. Google maps are coming back as an option in version 4.2, but there is more. I now support terrain view, which is FANTASTIC for viewing hills. Here is the full set of changes in my latest version, just submitted to Apple …

Added support for Google maps, including their terrain view. Just enable it in the settings and view maps as normal.

Moved to Google’s geocoding service to support searching for your location by name. The old service I have been using for 4 years was removed on 1st May without notice!

Added parent hills to let you search for all tops of a given hill.

The minimum iOS version is now 6.0.

Meter Readings 4.2 now available

May 15, 2014 Comments off

mricon57 Improvements to the line graphs, specifically when touching and dragging.

Added support for using the Apps folder on Dropbox. To change, simply unlink and re-authorise the app to Dropbox. Note that you will need to copy any files yourself, either from the app or by using a computer.

Fixed a layout issue on the readings screen.

Other minor bug fixes.

CSV import

May 14, 2014 Comments off

aticon57 Today I got my first negative review for a long time criticising something valid(*). So infrequent is this event that I felt a response was due! 🙂 Well done to Steve Ives in the UK – if you get in touch I will send you a prize!

In his review he complained about the import capability of the app, specifically that I only support CSV and that it has to be in exactly the right format. I don’t disagree with his comments. So what are the alternatives and why haven’t I “fixed” this?

The main reason is that I don’t expect people to import transactions more than once. The app is designed to be used on the go, and many users tap in transactions in between paying for things and getting their change! The entire workflow is based around quick data entry where it only takes perhaps 5-15 seconds to key in a new transaction. And assuming I am a typical user, I enter less than 1 transaction per day.

I suppose the alternative is to download a statement from your online bank once per month. But surely that defeats the purpose of the app? For a start your data is always weeks out of date, plus the app can be used to track dozens of accounts not just the one (I track nearly 50!).

I could add support for the various financial data formats – its just a matter of my time, and I haven’t regarded this as important enough to implement above other things.

CSV is fairly common, however you do need to put it in the right format. Why? Because there are probably 1000s of different bank formats worldwide and I can’t support them all. I could adaptively learn, or ask the user to identify each column. Again its a matter of my time and priority. The most difficult thing to solve though is the date format. Not just whether 2/3/2014 is the 2nd March or 3rd February, but handling 1000s of other ways to express dates, across 100s of languages.

As I say, I am not disagreeing with Steve’s comments, just trying to explain my way of thinking.

* not saying there aren’t things to criticise – there most certainly are! However most negative reviews are from people who simply don’t read the documentation or are just complaining about the iOS 7 user interface!

Hill Lists 4.1 now available

May 5, 2014 Comments off

hlicon57 Updated the underlying data to use version 14 of the Database of British and Irish Hills. This includes some minor hill changes, plus the Binnions list now includes hills with a drop of only 100m (was 150m).

Added a description of the summit feature for over half the hills in the app, very useful in the mist!

Added external links to hill-bagging.co.uk (for all hills).

Added support for using the Apps folder on Dropbox. To change, simply unlink and re-authorise the app to Dropbox. Note that you will need to copy any files yourself, either from the app or by using a computer.

Worked around an issue where access to MWIS forced the app to quit to load Safari (iPad only).

Note that the minimum iOS version is now 5.1.1.