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Airport Info is now Flight Monitor, Brand New Design

Some time last year while flying from Washington DC, this Arrivals/Departures screen attracted me.

I noticed almost similar screens in several airports and I wanted to an app that basically displays the same data with similar design on your phone. I delayed the product as I was not convinced about the form factor of a phone for this purpose. I thought the phone lacked the real-estate to pack all information.  So I kept delaying the project.

Then the iPad launched and we wanted to implement this for the iPad as it is the perfect device for something like this. As we were busy porting all our existing apps to iPad, we didn’t have enough time to implement this design. So we went ahead with some basic design and launched out Airport Info app. You’ll notice that the Arrivals/Departures section we had in there is standard one we had in our other apps.

Here we are months later updating the Airport Info app with the design we always wanted. Our latest update of Airport Info now focuses more on Arrivals & Departures and includes all other goodies we have in our previous version. The application is now called ‘Flight Monitor’.

As you see here, the application is largely inspired by the screen I saw at the airport. But then we took it few steps further. You’ll notice interactive maps for the selected airport. Selecting the flight on the monitor or tapping the flight icon in the map will display the status of that flight. In fact, if you like the map, you can expand it and give it more real-estate. In the expanded mode, you’ll notice our other options where you can view Airport Delays, Airport Weather etc. It also displays Restaurants, Coffee Shops, parking lots, car rentals and more in and around the selected airport.

The application ofcourse is available on the iPhone as well. Given the screen real-estate, the content displayed in the interface is limited. But when you tap on an flight, you can view all the details in the flight details screen.

Based on the amount of time we spent on this update, it is almost like a new release for us.We are happy with the output of the application. We hope you like this too. If you like it, please drop us a review in AppStore. We are currently working on updating the lite version with similar interface. It may not make it this holiday season, but it sure will be there in Jan.

We hope you like the change. We can’t wait to hear your feedback.

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Flight Status now supports Push Notifications

When we rolled out Flight Status 8.0 update we added several new features. We included these features in Flight Status Pro as well. There was one feature that didn’t work in the 8.0 update. That was push notifications. Our next update 8.1 fixed this issue.

The latest version of Flight Status supports Push Notifications. You can enable notifications in the flight status screen. As a user, you also have options to configure the kind of notifications you want to receive .

By default, we included the option to enable notifications for 5 flights. If you want to track additional flights, an In-App purchase option is available.

We hope you like this new feature.  Please let me know if you have any comments.

Flight Status Pro 4.0 includes Push Notifications and More

Before you head out this holiday season, make sure you update your Flight Status Applications. Our Flight Status Pro app has been approved today and it is currently available on AppStore with lots of goodies. So what’s new? Here are some…

Push Notifications

This has been a LONG pending item for our apps. We finally rolled out Push Notifications. This means, you need not open the app to check the status of the flight. Status will now come to you. You’ll be notified on flight timings changes, gate changes etc. More importantly, we give you the option to enable/disable different kind of notifications in the settings section.

When you add a flight to a trip, push notifications are not enabled by default. You have to manually enable these notifications in the flight status screen for the flights you want to receive notifications.

By default, you can enable push notifications for 10 flights for free. If you want to do this for additional flights, it is mere $1.99 for 10 flights.

Sharing

We have added several sharing options in the app. In the status screen, if you choose the more options button (botton right corner), you’ll see multiple share options. You can email flight info, SMS flight info and you can also share this info through Twitter & Facebook.

Sharing doesn’t end there. We added something none of the other apps have – WiFi sharing. When two users have our Apps open and are connected to the same WiFI network, you can share flights with each other. You’ll see the other device name in this section and sharing is just a tap away. Sharing works across devices (iPhone, iPad & iPod) as well as across apps (Flight Status & Flight Status Pro).

Calendar Sync

If you have a flight added to Trip, you can now sync those flights with your Calendar. You can enable this option in the settings screen. As we support iOS 4.2, Calendar sync works both on iPhone and iPad. In this version, we don’t sync TripIt flights, but we will support this soon.

Maps

We added maps across the app. Maps are now available in the Trips section, flight search (for multi-segment flights), Route Search and Airport search. Ofcourse, these maps are zoomable and you can choose the map style you prefer. Set the map style in the settings screen and this will take effect across the app.

Other Changes

There are several other changes in the app. iPhone users will notice a crisper display as we support Retina display. We also support multi-tasking. We also added an option to add flights without searching for them. There are many other goodies in the app.

All these features except Push Notifications are already available in the recent update of Flight Status. Push Notifications will also be available in our next update of Flight Status version. So if you an existing Flight Status user, you need not shell our another $9 to get these features. You can just buy this module.

This is one of the biggest update we have ever done. We hope you like the changes. If you’d like to see more, please drop us a line.

Happy Holidays!!!

New York Times Recommends Next Flight

Not too often an app is mentioned in sites like New York times, especially when there are over 15,000 apps available on the AppStore. This week, New York Times mentions one of our apps – Next Flight – in their article ‘Airport Apps That Put You First in Line“. Read the entire article here.

Ofcourse, if you haven’t tried the app, please do. It is available on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.

On a related note, we think our Flight Status Apps are the best in the category. You might want to check them out.