Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Speedometer and Compass 55 apps. Adding more options for a map.

Working now on adding more map options. All based on your requests and wishes!

You'll be able to pick from 5 map pointer images:

And add a course line to a map:

For course line, it's possible to setup its length in feet, meters, miles or kilometers and also adjust number of ticks/separators on it so you can estimate the distance ahead quite well.

This will be added to both Speedometer and Compass 55 betas quite soon. Also I see facebook is profiling itself quite aggressively recently as a good place for "product" pages, so here are FB pages for both apps:

Speedometer for iPhone/iPad: https://www.facebook.com/iphone.ipad.speedometer/
Compass 55: https://www.facebook.com/compass55/

In addition to documentation pages and star button in the apps, FB hopefully can become a good communication channel in the future.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

iPhone speedometer app. Adding BMW test pilot mode.

This mode is only available in beta version currently and will be released publicly with version 1.8.

When you can't stop for longer then for X minutes at once and constantly have to monitor idle/moving times, average speed and distance passed - You are probably a rally driver or a test pilot for BMW :). Then this is the mode for you:

Simply do MENU > MODES  and pick "BMW test pilot" mode at the bottom.

In this mode, TIME panel shows idle/moving time monitor and allows to setup the current stop duration alert. By default, alert is disabled. Tap on a @"-------" button above the ALERT label in the time dash to open the alert settings:

You can setup both the alert timer and options for alerting as Voice, Beep or Vibrate:

Return back to the main screen and now, whenever you stop for longer than the idle alert threshold, you'll bee notified by a beep, voice message or vibration.


"Tunnels" and "garages" are always a challenge to anything GPS related! Is it right to add time in the tunnel or garage with no GPS reception to the idle or moving time? It depends. That's why you have an option in "Advanced settings" > "Zero speed and NO GPS" to pick the right handling:

By default NO GPS time is added to the idle time. I can imagine you'd want to add it to Moving quite often. You have the option! :)

Want to use this mode before the public release? Drop me a line via star button in the speedometer app and you'll be invited to use the beta version!

Version 1.5 of the taximeter app released

New features:

● Sales tax support for fare and extras, if needed.
● Adjustment of total on receipt -> tip or discount.
● Customizable receipt header to match your business.
● Multiline cab/company field to add more info.
● New receipt to show details on extras, distance and time. Plus tax, if used.

Detailed "what's new" page:


Also adding facebook page in case you need more swift turnaround than with emails:


Trying out this facebook thing, will install the messenger as well and will see how it turns out :). Anyway, star button in app will surely lead your way for getting help and assistance. Adding FB to keep up with the fashion :).

To give you a taste, here is preview of a new, detailed, receipt:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Adding outdoor, off road GPS route navigation to Speedometer and Compass 55 iPhone/iPad apps.

GPS route, multipoint navigation to become available in Speedometer's beta (version 1.8) from Sunday Feb 19th, 2017 and in Compass 55 app public version 1.7 around Feb 23rd, 2017.

Navigation features voice guidance, off course voice hints, automatic check in between route points to switch to the next point on the route or complete the navigation after the last point has been reached.

Here is a video for how the navigation along the route works:

Also adding search on the main map feature - either by address or coordinate. Just disable the map centering mode and you'll see the search button. Video above shows this feature as well.

If you are using Speedometer app at the moment and want to access this feature before the public release, just give me a shout via the star button and I'll organize access to the beta version for you. It's as easy as few taps. New public version of Speedometer app will be released when work on automatic tracking is completed (April 2017).

Compass 55 app with this feature should be released around 23rd of February. 

Yours and wishing you many safe and pleasant trips ahead!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Speedometer app. News from the field - January 2016.

Speedometer app always keeps evolving. I'm starting work on bigger features now and thought I'd share what are already new and available features in beta version 1.8:

Night mode for the Google map (released in beta, Oct 25, 2016)

Color coded waypoints (released in beta, Nov 2nd, 2016)

You can set default waypoint color on the whole collection:

In the collection list this default color is shown as a small colored "stripe" on the left:

Color can be overwritten for each waypoint in the waypoint editor:

Or you can revert to the default collection color here as well.

Adding timestamp to the export files (released in beta, Nov 2nd, 2016)

        Request came from Jim and it's definitely a great idea helping to avoid overwriting export files by accident. Now timestamp with date of export is appended to every output file name:

Save/Export trips and tracks directly to dropbox or iCloud drive (released in beta, Nov 2nd, 2016)

New "Save file" option in trip/track export:

That gives you options to save the export file directly to Dropbox, iCloud drive (or even your mac via airdrop):

GPX/KML waypoints export (in addition to current different csv formats). Released in beta, Nov 9nd, 2016

KMZ/KML waypoints EXPORT so waypoints' images and audio can be exported as well packed into the single KMZ (beta #25 - 22-Dec-2016)

Open the list of existing collections:

Tap on a settings button on a row with a collection you want to export and use the "action" button:

Choose "Export" action and pick the desired export format:

Once you pick the row with the target export format, "Email" and "Save" options will appear. "Email" option will add the export file to the email as an attachment. "Save" provides options to save the export file to iCloud drive, Dropbox, Google drive and any other "drive" for which you might have the corresponding "drive" app installed. If you have airdrop on your Mac enabled, it will appear there as well. Here is an example from my iPhone: 

IMPORT tracks and waypoints from GPX files (beta #25, 22-Dec-2016)

App offers 3 options for the GPX import:

  • Waypoints.
    Will import all waypoints inside the GPX <wpt> tags into a single new collection with name corresponding to the import file name.
  • Tracks.
    Will import all tracks inside the GPX <trk> tags into a single new trip with name corresponding to the import file name. Each track is imported as a separate track inside the trip.
  • Waypoints and tracks.
    Takes care of all waypoints and tracks inside the file. All waypoints will go into 1 new collection and all tracks will go into one new trip, each track will be imported as a separate track.
If everything goes alright, you'll see the import completion dialog:

If there is any problem with the file format or content, the app will tell you :). You can always use a star button on the main screen to email me if you find something missing or not working properly.

Here is an example of how the imported tracks may look:

or waypoints:

Huge thanks to Harrison for the plenty of test GPX data provided based on his crawling through the New Zealand forests (and for the permission to use screenshots with them on this site).

Coordinate, distance and heading tools for the "don't follow me" map mode (beta #25, 22-Dec-2016)

By default map follows your location and rotates so top of the map always shows ahead of you. You can cancel that by tapping on a "follow or not" button:

When map centering is off, red arrow appears pointing to a map center and toolbar is shown at the map bottom:

#1 - Coordinate the red arrow points to.
#2 - Heading of the red arrow. When map is setup to point always to North, still "rotate" the map and arrow will change its heading.
#3 - Distance between the arrow head and the current location.
#4 - Plus button to add waypoint at the place the red arrow points to.

This way you can check the heading of any building front or highway/road, measure the distance between you and point on a map and see coordinates of any point. If you want to navigate or share this coordinate, just tap on a plus button and waypoint editor will have all  these options for you.

All functions above are already released in beta version. How to join beta testing


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Our new app! Land Nav 55. iPhone and iPad app. Compass, Arrow to a destination and GPS Tracker.

The ultimate GPS app for hiking, hunting, fishing and boating. Or just returning back to your car :).

More information and documentation available here: https://sites.google.com/a/blocoware.com/speedohelp/landnav.

AppStore: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1120906807?mt=8

Youtube video walkthrough: https://youtu.be/8XRQeBfAehw

Main features:

- Show arrow and line on the map pointing to the destination.
- Speedometer mode - focus on speed and pace.
- Manage waypoints. Waypoints editor also can serve as a coordinates convertor.
- Main screen always shows coordinates (Latitude/Longitude, UTM and MGRS), compass, sunrise, sunset, time, pace, speed, altitude.
- Native Google map, Apple map, Blank map to avoid data usage. Maps can be downloaded for offline usage for when no internet is available or you'd just want to avoid the mobile data usage.
- GPS tracking. Record GPS tracks and share them via GPX or Google Earth (kml or kmz).
- Share your coordinate via Email, Facebook, Text or Twitter in all 6 available formats.

Just everything you need for orientation, land navigation and estimating the pace/speed on your way!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Speedometer for iPhone/iPad - Version 1.7 is available on AppStore. What's new?

Free and full versions

• Brushed and polished for iOS 10!

That's to make sure everything works smoothly on iOS10.

• Share location via Facebook and Twitter

That's in addition to existing email and sms options. Sharing includes UTM and MGRS coordinate in addition to latitude and longitude.

• Zoom in and out buttons for maps.

Tap on the map to show them. Was long missing and it was hard to zoom in/out just by panning the map. Just the map now and use plus or minus buttons to zoom in/out.

• Main screen color schema is changed. 

Now it should be quite more obvious where to tap. Blue is a button to tap. Brown, speed limit presets are still hold, wait, release. White buttons are for hold until something opens. 

• Using GPS course or compass automatically for best heading accuracy.

Given most of the app users are drivers, this should be the right move. Because of magnetic interference in the car, magnetic compass makes no sense often. The app will use magnetic if speed is very low and once there are solid GPS samples it will show GPS course instead of the magnetic one. Should be really a win for in-car usage. Full version users can change this in Advanced Settings > Compass or Course.

• Modes. New to free version.

Use MENU>MODES to switch to a full screen mode, HUD, map or full screen map. Or return back to the default mode after experimenting :). Users of full version have been enjoying modes since version 1.6.2. Now they come to a free version as well. 5 of 10. Here is the complete modes list:

Full version only

• Land navigation mode. 

Arrow pointing to your target (and line on a map), compass and coordinate:

MENU>MODES>Land navigation mode.

This brings fully fledged compass to the app. It was hard to decide if I should delay the compass reaction as many other compass apps do. After long, long doubts and tests I kept the instant reaction in place. Your input is really welcome on either I should keep it like this or introduce some delay.

• UTM + MGRS coordinates everywhere where you need them.

Lan nav mode screenshot above shows usage of MGRS coordinate. Visit Advanced Settings > Coordinate format to choose the one you need. There is also an option there for Degrees, Dm or Dms formats for showing latitude and longitude.

• One-stop waypoint and target editor.

Can also serve as an instant converter between Lat/Long and MGRS, UTM coordinates. Address can be found based on the coordinate or you can search for a place or address. You can check or set waypoint location on the map.  Here is the new look:

And you can now move waypoints between collections/folders, YES!

If you like the new waypoint editor and decide to pat me on a shoulder with your review, I'll really appreciate it. These late nights spent on it will have more meaning :)! You are the best users in the world and totally deserved this better editor!

• NATO mils support for compass. 

Easy. Use Advanced Settings > Compass & Course to setup. I learnt there are different "mils" system you can use. If you need some other, than NATO mils, please shout, I'll add :).

• Blank map option to avoid internet/data usage.

Bug fixing and optimizations

Yep! A few have got fixed and a few memory optimizations also taken place. Infotainment should be showing weather again. MapQuest option was substituted with the "Blank map" (which they ironically have become :) and options are added to add custom map with just one click. Also 6 offline map providers are added. 

All should be working now and optimized for iOS 10. If you find anything that I've missed, please let me know via the star button.