My latest iOS app was just approved and is now available in the app store.
The gist of it is that your iPhone can point your way back to a particular spot on our planet.
It’s pretty amazing the technology we carry in our pockets every day. Even for an IT geek and technophile since I was a kid, who is inured to the relentless march of miniaturization and power, it amazes me.
Your phone, if outside and given a few seconds to lock GPS, can tell you your exact location on the planet within (as of this post) about five meters. Sixteen feet.Â So, inspired somewhat by this, I started by noodling around with the Apple API to access location data on the phone, and this app popped out.
I think it’s pretty cool. I used some iOS7-only API, such as SpriteKit. I tried to embrace the iOS7 design aesthetic.Â The exception is the rather anachronistic pointing hand… which, it turns out, actually has a name, I learned this past week. A manicule. I had no idea.
Anyway, there it is. DudeWhere?
I hope you find it useful.
I have a new app in the iOS App Store named Jot.
It’s dead-simple. When you start it, it immediately brings up a new mail with the To: and Subject: fields pre-populated, so you can immediately email yourself (or whomever you choose).
This was something I developed for myself since this is a task I do all the time, when I need to tell Future John to do something. This video demonstrates how much time Jot can save if this is something that you do frequently:
It’s free and available now in the App Store.
I have a new app in the Apple iOS App Store called UltiScore.
It’s an ultimate frisbee scoreboard app for both iPhone and iPad, and has a couple of neat features.
I designed it for myself, a captain of a team in the Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association, MUFA. You can quickly set team names, and game and cap time. It shows a countdown timer to the cap time, and plays an annoying sound when it occurs (and repeats until you tap OK).
As for choosing cap time, you can select one of the MUFA-standard cap times, or select your own custom time. Furthermore, the app will auto-detect your current location when you start a game, and based on that, calculates the local sunset time. It presents sunset time as another option for the cap:
When a point is scored, that team’s score is highlighted in green. Over two minutes, it slowly fades back to white, so you know at a glance which team has scored in the last two minutes (often helpful if you don’t know if the score was recorded).
Just below the score is a scrollview where you can scroll through the complete game log to see the history. To see it full-screen, you just hit the log button to see the complete game history. Once the game is over, just hit the share button in this window to email yourself a copy of the log.
UltiScore is now in the App Store and is a free download. I hope other Madison ultimate players find it useful.
After putting the kiddo to bed, I sat down in front of the TV to watch the Packers play the Lions on Sunday night. I had DVRed the game, and was 20-30 minutes behind live TV. As I watched the Lions march down the field, I wondered about the remaining schedule for Green Bay. So I whipped out my phone and asked Siri to “show me the remaining Packers schedule”.
Great; she understood me completely.
Argh! Why why WHY Siri are you telling me the score when that is clearly NOT what I asked!?
Fortunately, of course, the Packers managed to overcome the Lions, but still, I wish I’d seen the first quarter domination by Detroit unfold in real time, rather than have Siri spoil it for me through a half-baked answer.