Monday, November 22, 2010

PDX Bus 5.1 is out now!

PDX Bus version 5.1 is out now.  I put this out quickly to fix a bug, but it also has some new features:

  • PDX Bus now uses TriMet's new location services API - this means that the "Stop Location Database" is no longer necessary as TriMet servers can tell you which stops are close to your current location.  This saves memory on the device and means the stops are always up to date.
  • I fixed a bug with bookmarks (found by a user who left a comment on this blog!).  It was not possible to add a stop ID to a bookmark if you entered the ID number.
  • I added new hi-res graphics for the iPhone 4.   Some of the icons are different but they look very crisp on the retina display.  Other devices have the old graphics.
Here is a picture of the new hi-res icons:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

PDX Bus version 5.0 is ready!

PDX Bus version 5.0 is now ready.  Lots of new improvements (mostly trip planner stuff) plus MAX colors, searching for stops and new colors.

Here is a list of what I've been up to:
  • Trips can now be bookmarked and then re-planned with a single touch. Check out the bookmark icon in the toolbar on the trip screen. Tip: bookmark a trip from the Current Location to your home and call it "Take me home!"
  • The Trip planner user interface has a new more intuitive flow, and the map has a previous/next button to step through the trip.
  • Trips are automatically saved to a new "Recent Trips" screen and can be viewed later without a network connection.
  • Trips can be texted to other cell phone users directly from inside PDX Bus (requires an iPhone with iOS 4.0).
  • Trips can be added as events to the calendar (iOS 4.0 required).
  • Trips planned using the GPS now show the location's name instead of 'Current Location'.
  • Added 'Search rail stations' screen.
  • Rail arrivals include a colored circle to indicate the line.
  • Stops can be sorted alphabetically.
  • Recent stops now have their own screen.
  • Added up/down arrows to the rider alerts and fixed fonts sizes.
  • Settings now update instantly in iOS4; added Color Themes and made it blue by default.
Have fun!