Saturday, September 29, 2018

Speedometer version 1.9 is in the AppStore! What's new?

PRO version was released on 27th of September 2018 and free version will follow in 1 week or 10 days time.

Optimized for iOS 12. (FREE + PRO)


Version 1.9 is built with iOS 12 SDK to take advantage of all performance optimizations that iOS 12 provides. Tested for iPhone Xs and Xs Max.

Voice coach. (PRO)


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:


Let me stop here with the coach and progress to the next feature added. You can read more on a coach here: Voice coach.

(PRO) Siri shortcuts for tracking and speed limits help to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road! + give you more than 8 speed limits!


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. 
Try some "NO LIMIT" taps. This will donate "NO LIMIT" shortcut.

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). 

Now locate speedometer settings in the iPhone wide settings screen, #1 in the image above. Tap on a '+' in the "Suggested shortcuts" section (#2) and assign your own voice command to these shortcuts. Selected shortcuts will move into section #3 and you'll be able to command "Hey Siri" + voice command that you chose for each of the shortcuts.

Hint! Each shortcut you save is going to be persisted for good. If you need more than 8 speed limits, just configure preset(s) with different values -> tap -> add new speed limit command from suggestions section to Your saved Siri commands. This gives you ability to create as many "voice speed limit presets" as you need! A great reason to love Siri even more!

Barometric vertical speed indicator - VSI (PRO).


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 shows 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 (FREE + PRO).


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, map now cancels the centering mode when you start moving it and you need to tap on "Re-Center" button to return back to the centering mode. To change this back to the original settings or allow the map to cancel centering mode automatically please visit common map settings, down to the bottom:




Please note that automatic return to centering will be cancelled when 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 (FREE + PRO)


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 (FREE + PRO).


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. (FREE + PRO).


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 (PRO).



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.

Option for showing whole current track on the main map (PRO)


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 and in its entirety:


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.

Units of measurement - REWORK + Independent units for altitude (PRO)

    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 above - it shows feet for a pretty long distance. This is now possible due to a completely new units of measurement settings:


    By default, everything stays as you used it 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, length & areas - you can pick independent units again. More on measuring lengths and areas ahead! :)

    If you are like John from US, 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" - then these new options are for you.

    Custom colors for fields in HUD and Full screen, and more (PRO)


    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.

    Bill (CA) initiated these changes by his request to be able to change extra fields colors so they are more visible during flying.

    "Photo GPX" track export option (PRO)


    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: 

    Select multiple waypoints to delete or export (PRO)


    Use "Select" button in the waypoints list screen to enable multiple waypoints selection:



    Pick waypoints:

    And use right bottom delete button to delete or export the selected points.

    Love for magnetic declination (PRO)

    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".

    Privacy Policy

      Added a page to the documentation site and also a button to the Feedback screen, so you can explore the Privacy Policy for the app.


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