Archive for September, 2010|Monthly archive page
One of our successful apps on the iPhone is now ported over to iPad, and it is an elegant implementation.
Most of the currency apps you find in the AppStore follow a common approach with huge keyboard, currency selection etc. We wanted to take a different approach to currency conversion, but keeping the entire experience extremely simple. We are proud to say that we think we achieved this with our iPad design.
Using the app is simple. You first need to select your base currency, similar to the iPhone version of the app. Then, just tap on a country the map for which you’d like to see the conversion. Thats it.
We hope you like this app. We can’t wait to hear your feedback.
When we launched our 7.0 update to Flight Status, several users complained about a crash issue. This issue occurred when some of our users upgraded from older versions (pre-6.0). In our most recent update – 7.1, we fixed all the crash issues. This should be a pretty stable release.
Flight Maps for Airport Search
Extending the zoomable maps feature we added in our previous version, we now extended this to search. On iPhone, when you search for flights by Airport, you’ll now see a ‘Maps’ tab on the top. This will display the departing/arriving flights for the selected airports. You see too many flights? You can filter them using the ‘Filter’ option you can find in the flight listing page. Ofcourse, you have options to change the map style.
On the iPad version, when you do an airport search, you can view the map on the right in landscape mode. Additional options like filtering & map style are all available. When you tap on the flight icon on iPad version, you’ll see the flight status information right on the map.
The most important aspect you’ll visually notice is the maps. We now introduced brand new zoomable maps. We use Google Maps and the flight path estimates are drawn in the app and this looks incredible. If you try this on iPad, you’ll love this.
We didn’t just provide one map style, but we provided three – Satellite, Hybrid & Standard. Apart from that, we even retained our static maps from FlightView if you prefer that. You can change the map style from the settings section within the app.
As you notice in these screenshots, we just didn’t add interactive maps, we made it really useful. You can tap on the airport to zoom into the airport. Once you are zoomed in to the airport, you can view the weather, delay information and you search for hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, parking lots, cabs, transportation etc in and around that airport with a single tap. This can be done across all airports worldwide. Flight Status & Flight Status Pro are the only apps that provide this level of information in the maps section.
For the Flight Status app, we added ‘TripIt Sync’ as an InApp purchase. If you are a TripIt user, we highly recommend it. If you don’t use TripIt and are not familiar with it, you should check it out. It is a cool service.
Apart from these key changes, we added ton of new features – major and minor. TripIt users will now be able to view their Booking info, Passenger Info etc in the Flight Status page. We also added an option to add notes for every flights. We made several changes under the hood to improve the performance and usability of the app.
We hope you like this update. We can’t wait to hear your feedback.
One of the most requested feature for our Photo Share app was to allow access to iPad/iPhone photos from any computer. Today, we rolled out an update offering this exact feature.
If you open the app (both iPhone & iPad) and choose the Computer option on the top, it’ll provide you a web URL using which you can access all the photos you have in the work area. All you need to do is type in this URL any browser and download the photos.
While photos can be downloaded one by one, we also provided an option to download all photos in the work area as a single zip file.
Infact, we took it one step further. You can also upload photos to your iPhone/iPad directly from any computer. Not just one by one. Select multiple computers and choose the upload upload option from the web page and they’ll appear in the work area.
The only requirement for this option to work is, all devices has to be on the same WiFi network to access photos from the URL specified in the app.
While Computer sharing is the key feature we added in the update, we added another feature – ability to select albums from your Picasa library before uploading photos. This is another feature request from our users,
We hope you like this update. Looking forward to your feedback.