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Beta version 1.9. 

Siri shortcuts for tracking and speed limits (beta build 104, 19-September-2018)


In iOS 12, app donates Siri Shortcuts for starting and stopping GPS tracking and for speed limits:


Really only starting with Siri shortcuts in this release and all ideas and suggestions are welcome! More to come.

To let the app donate shortcuts to Siri:

Start and stop a track > this will donate Siri a New Track and Stop Track shortcuts.
Apply speed limits by tapping on speed limit presets > this will donate a "Speed limit X" shortcut to Siri for every speed limit X preset that you tap. You might need to tap 2-3 times sometimes to let Siri add the shortcut to the app settings (iPhone settings > Speedometer > Siri & Search > Shortcuts). 

Voice coach. (beta build 101, 16-September-2018)


When enabled and configured, voice coach will be telling you active track distance and duration as well as current speed and altitude.

In the current version, voice coach is only running when GPS track is being recorded. This ensures that coach provides exact and reliable information, for app running either in foreground or background.

App gives a hint if coach is enabled or disabled (by default). When you tap on a MENU button, hint is on top of the "NEW TRACK" button:


Until you start a new track, this is just a label and to access voice coach configuration you can delve into Advanced Settings > Voice coach.

Once GPS track recording is running, this hint becomes a button:

Tapping on it will open voice coach settings:


You can read more on a coach here: Voice coach.

Love for magnetic declination. (beta build 101, 16-September-2018)


Making it clear for both true and magnetic norths - which one is used and what is the declination. Both current, at you location, plus for any point on a map. By default showing declination is switched off and you turn it on in settings > "Compass & Course":


Please also note that True and Magnetic north switches now have T and M appended in brackets. Having magnetic declination display to YES, where you'll find it? Here is the main screen:



Top down: you'll see declination δ in the address row. This is a declination at the map center, where red arrow points. Then COMPASS label in the app will now always show COMPASS (M) or COMPASS (T), so you'd always know if magnetic or true north is used. At the bottom there compass accuracy label that is now enhanced by a declination value for the current location.

Use of declination doesn't require data/internet as values are calculated based onto built in World Magnetic Model.

Note, that if you are not seeing δ or the map center address on the map, tap on a red arrow button (the one with red arrow and three dots) and pick "Show red arrow details".

Barometric vertical speed indicator (VSI). (beta build 96, 4-September-2018)


A new option for the iPod panel. Gives ability to measure vertical speed based on a built in barometer (present in iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and later). In iPhone's portrait orientation show a graph, giving a bit of a history view over values:




In landscape orientation provides an instantaneous VSI scale:

Units provided are ft/min, meters/min, meters/second. Tap above unit label to set.
Scales provided are 10x, 100x, 1000x for meters and feet per second, 0.1, 1, 10 for meters/second.

Use 3 dots button on top or left side to get more information on this panel or switch to a different panel. You can also switch between these small panels by swiping on them left/right in iPhone's portrait orientation and up/down in landscape.

Please note that as with all barometers, readings will lag a bit (1-3 seconds). I was trying for a day to apply some filters to the readings until I understood that Apple already applies them. So in the end I'm just using the values as they come from Apple.

Cancel map centering mode by simply moving the map. (beta build 95, 25-August-2018)


New options should come handy when you just want to quickly peek for the traffic/jams around. No need to tap on any buttons anymore, just start moving the map. Centering mode will be cancelled and you can explore move the map without it being re-centered to your location. RE-CENTER button will be shown on top, to allow returning back to a centering with one tap:



Please note the small arc to the left of the "RE-CENTER" text. This is for the extra option you have - ability to return to centering mode after you stopped moving the map.

By default, all works as before. To take advantage of these new options, please visit common map settings screen, down to the bottom you'll find new map centering options:



Please note that automatic return will be cancelled whenever you start to do more with the map than just moving it around. The moment you tap on some button or waypoint, this automatic return will be cancelled, giving you the uninterrupted way to continue working with the map.

Reworked sound volume control in built in iPod (beta 9-August-2018, build 93)


As Apple obsoleted from iOS 11.4 the old way how sound volume is being set, I used this opportunity to bring you a completely reworked sound volume control:


Now when you tap on a volume control button in built in iPod you can control the volume as always, plus see the current master sound volume level, the sound route description (where music/sound goes) and change the sound routing as well. Left top settings button in this menu will open detailed sound settings screen which will help you troubleshoot and work around ANY sound environment in your car or helmet.

Google map option for all map screens (beta 25-June-2018, build 91)


Until now Google map was only available for the main map screen - all other map screens used either Apple or Custom/Offline maps. This update brings Google map as the first class citizen to all map screens:

Waypoint editor, Track view, Black box, Trip tracks.

Only one feature that Google map doesn't support - coloring tracks by speed or altitude. You'll have to switch to Apple or Custom/Offline maps to use this feature, as before.

Tiny, but hopefully useful compass on all maps. More options for the "navigate - search/browse" button.  (beta 25-June-2018, build 91)


While unifying all maps in the app, it was important to provide a unified map compass experience as well. Here is how this tiny map compass looks:


As part of this work I also changed the default behavior of the button that compass is shown around. Previously this button would just switch between "navigate" mode - when map would follow your location and direction of travel and "search/browse" mode - when you can search on the map, browse and create/edit objects. 

By default, this button now opens options for showing/hiding objects on a map, plus switching between "navigate" and "search/browse" mode:


 If you think that old way of switching between navigate and search/browse modes was more convenient, you can use map settings to revert the behavior to a one tap switch:


Option to edit/move waypoint directly on the main screen  (beta 25-June-2018, build 91)


In map search/browse mode, tap on a waypoint to reveal new option: Move:



Now you can move the map until red arrow points to the new waypoint location:


Screen elements to highlight here:

#1 - Waypoint that is being edited.
#2 - Red line from the original waypoint location to the new location.
#3 - Red arrow (in map center) showing new waypoint location.
#4 - Waypoint course/angle button. Shows/hides waypoint course/angle editor. In the image above course/angle editor is a gray circle around the new waypoint location. Tap anywhere in that gray circle to set waypoint approach angle/course. Tapping on this button #4 will hide the angle editor.
#5 - New in version 1.9 - geo coded address of a map center.

Bottom left red arrow button also gives you more options from version 1.9:

- Move to the current location
- Show/hide red arrow (map center) details. Red arrow details are: coordinates, distance from the current location, map or red arrow angle, geo coded address.

Use Cancel or Done buttons to cancel or confirm the waypoint move.

New options for HUD and Full screen (released in build 89, 18-Apr-2018)


Full and HUD screens are reworked in version 1.9 to show name of field and unit of measurement for each of the extra fields:


"+" button (#2) gives you a hint that you can add an extra field here. Tap on a "+" to add a field.

Once you assigned what you want to see in the particular field, blue hint button #1 will give options for the field:


When current distance counter is selected as an extra field, its options will include resetting the counter.

Color of each extra field in hud/full screen can be now adjusted by "Set color" button in the field menu.

"Photo GPX" track export option (released in build 89, 18-Apr-2018)


This was initiated by David from UK and grand thanks to him for providing the requirements and also testing in Lightroom. David also kindly put a document together to describe how it all works in practice:


"Photo GPX" export options ensures that you'll have a time/location sample per each second in the output GPX. Why it would not happen by itself? Imagine GPS would not be available for some time, and the app as well optimizes the track recording by filtering out some points to keep the track size smaller (Can be configured in Advanced Settings > GPS Tracking > Optimize recording).

You can find this option between current track export options: 



Units of measurement - REWORK (released in build 89, 18-Apr-2018)

    As my theoretical physics teacher used to say - "Establish system of coordinates first and units of measurements". All the places in the app where units of measurements would not be shown have been adjusted to show them. E.g., trip stats:


    Same applies to degrees or mils in compass/course.

    And if you take a look at trip stats - it shows feet for a pretty long distance. This is now possible due to completely new units of measurement settings:


    By default, everything stays as it used to be. BUT, you have a lot of new options now!

    You can set when feet or meters should switch to miles (or nautical miles) and kilometers. Feet or meters can be used for altitude totally independently on other units. And for measuring on the map - you can pick independent units again. More on measuring ahead! :)

    If you are like John who wrote me "Stan, I need to keep the app measuring/tracking in feet as this is what I'm using for everything on my farm and I don't want it to be switching to miles" - then these new options are for you.

    Option for showing whole current track on the main map


    Whole currently being recorded track can be shown on the main map (Google, Apple, blank and offline). As always, you can "pin" any previously recorded track to the main map (light blue), while current track will be shown in red:


    By default this option is off. To enable, open common map settings and you'll find new options down to the bottom:


    New in version 1.9 is also ability to hide the "tail" completely. If you choose to show the tail, option to show the whole currently being recorded track as a tail will be available.

    Miscellany

    • Performance of viewing and exporting huge tracks is greatly improved.

    Planned


    Following areas are being considered for version 1.9:
    • 0-X acceleration
    • optional automatic tracking
    • tax reports
    • trip planner
    • OBD?
    • dashcam?
    • routing instructions in trip planner
    • routing in the map
    • routing in the HUD
    • optional real time speed/location sharing with parents/family/friends
    Plus ideas you'll keep adding, as always! :)



    UNORGANIZED IDEAS HEAP.
    • Route planner and optimizer.
    • Automatic tracking.
    • Tax/reimbursement reports.
    • Tags on trips and tracks.
    • Monthly stats (also as infotainment). Mileage by year/season/month/week or tag.
    • 0-X acceleration timer.
    • KMZ waypoints IMPORT so waypoints' images can be imported.
    • Time limited speed limit signs.
    • OBD2
    • My suggestion would be if it could be possible to automatically upload the black box logging in regular times to e.g Dropbox folder. (Stefan via email)
    • Land meter. Indicates the angle of car slope or tilt — pitching and rolling
    • Lean angle for bikers
    • Turn by turn navigation - online Apple. Many, many +1s.
    • Own vector maps
    • Apple watch app

    Repository of ideas to grab from


    Small to mid size items

    • Indicator to show if you are going up or down. Maybe having elevation green if ascending and red if descending (Cannery rogue via review).

    • I love this app! It has all I need for driving at quick glance/ touch as I trek across the state and back to visit my fiancée doing her residency. The full screen map mode is my favorite with the music controls on the side. My suggestions would be, in order of importance. 1) Please have the option to put the map in a true night mode, not just make it dimmer. See how Google Maps does it for reference. 2) In full screen map mode please give the option to adjust the size of the speed. It is a bit small now, so a few options would be nice. 3) Again in full screen map mode, if I could move the music controls to either the bottom or the right side I'd be very happy. (AtHiggins via review)

    • I want to be able to record on camera at the same time with the GPS in speed (Garry via email)

    • Choose the default view to the initiation of the application .... the top would have a speed limit database and to link alerts to the database (with% in user choice ). (With manual selection maintains the view). michel.dani23 via review (French AppStore)

    • Analogue speedometer with adjustable top speed (Zach Grasley via review)
    • Hi Stan, I hope u don't mind but I have come up with a new suggestion that may make Speedometer very appealing to car enthusiasts like myself. Adding a dyno bhp graph functionality. You have everything you need, the starting speed, input a few things about the car weight etc and you can work out the estimated whp/bhp graph from the accelerometers remember to allow for inclined/declined. (Brian via email)
    • Is there any way of suppressing the notifications I get on the iPhone like texts and calendar alerts! These come up and cover up the speedo readings. Thanks (Stewart via email).
    • - calculate mpg based on a button to note a fill up with gallons added as an input and tank capacity as a stored setting (Kurt via beta invitation)
    • Large speed display at the top then below that across and not as large but easily see able, distance, time travelled, may be compass, music and menu only. I'm not sure about altitude. 
      Speech control music would help. (Viken via email). 
    • Play/pause button being right next to the flag (starts new track) dropped my current data unintentionally with no option to resume track from the track list... Separation of the buttons and ability to resume tracks would be nice. (Justin via email)
    • Deep search in the app (waypoints and tracks)
    • Auto background on power cord on/off
    • MPVolumeView (easier selection of the sound output)
    • Add counters reset confirmation dialog to avoid incidental reset of counters.
    • Give a chance to download only the missing zoom levels for the offline map!
    • More options for a speed limit announcement - beep instead of voice, lets say (Waze does it this way)
    • Option to keep speed limits in a dedicated collection
    • Dedicated lane camera type
    • RADAR View (view cameras monitored approach on a live map on in a dedicated "radar" view with no map). Now done by a waypoint monitor panel.
    • SPOTIFY integration
    • Categorize track optimization modes as driving, sport, research
    • Raw log and sessions replay for the accelerometer and tilt/roll data.

    Mid to huge size items

    • Automatic speed limits - try OSM data (planned for beta in November 2016)
    • Route planner. Optimize route between multiple waypoints.
    • Auto miles as a free in-app
    • Wifi back/rare view camera to be shown automatically when switched on.
    • Turn by turn navigation - online (Google + Apple). Many, many +1s. (Scheduled for after iOS10 release).
    • Vector maps
    • Turn by turn navigation - offline
    • FIND MY CAR & PARK METER
    • COST tracking module
    • Community cloud (doing research now, building a base: going the Erlangy/NoSql/Postgre path)
      • keep data, settings
      • cost and reports
      • follow community members on a map
    • Gas prices information
    • ETA to waypoints (+ in a different way - based on a recorded track)
    • Apple watch app

    The list above is based on YOUR ideas and developer is totally open to accepting new ideas. You can add your ideas or give +1 (important to set priorities!) to existing via your reviews or emailing the developer (star button). Here is a review link for a FREE or FULL versions.