Month: August 2013
I just pushed the beta version into production so you all should start seeing it on your tablets in the next 24 hours.
I’m finalizing FlightMap 2.4 right now. The following are the main features for this version:
- I’ve completely rewritten the launch networking code to try and make the app more resilient. It will now detect the server ip address change for instance and when you try to connect to the selected ip and the server is not there it will offer up the discovered address as an option.
- I’ve also added the version number of the application to the main display.
- I had a couple of people offer to do translations for Spanish and French so those will be in the next version as well. Thank you so much to Jeff and Bernardo for helping out with those.
- This version also fixes an alignment issue with the bottom button bar on Nook HD’s.
- Finally this version updates the graphics on the direction indicator to be more readable in preparation for FlightGauge.
I’ve made some progress on FlightGauge since the last update. I’m still not happy with the look of the ui but it is getting better. Most of the gauges are functional at this point and are working very smoothly. I do need to work out multiple client support in FlightConnect before I release this new app. I’m thinking I’ll put electrical and fuel gauges on the right side. There will be quite a bit more space on the 10 inch tablet version so I’ve not yet decided what I’ll be doing there. The app will launch with 7 and 10 inch tablet support.
I have been thinking about this app for a while and I have been working on it on and off for a few weeks. I think it’s starting to come together for me. This time I’m starting with the 7 inch tablets and then will scale everything up to the 10 inch tablets.
FlightGauges is going to be an app that’s main goal is to displays the core 6 gauges. Airspeed, Attitude, Altitude, Turn Coordinator, Direction, and Vertical Speed. I’ll also throw in some other gauges for the engine and stuff to fill up some space. I already have the gas gauges so might as well use those as well. We’ll see what makes the most sense. The main goal is to get those 6 gauges complete.
The app is functional at this point. I’ve only just started testing out layout ideas so nothing is anywhere near final. Expect it to change a lot before release.
While building the latest version of FlightMap which targets 7 inch tablets I learned that there are several different aspect ratios for 7 inch tablets. This made supporting them that much more difficult as they would be harder to test. I did my best with the Android simulator but that thing is so slow and I can’t actually use google maps in it so I needed to find another tablet to test with. After the disaster that was the ASUS MeMO Pad ME172V I was a little hesitant to pick up another Asus MeMO Pad. The specs looked really good though and most other reviewers said it has the same screen as the original Nexus 7 (2012) so I decided to try them again.
I originally bought an ASUS MeMO Pad ME172V-A1-GR 7.0-Inch 16 GB Tablet to do some extra testing of FlightMap with. Amazon was having what looked like an amazing deal on the tablet for only $80 so I thought how bad could it be right? Asus, the maker of the Nexus 7, makes it so it can’t be to bad. It had good enough reviews so I picked one up.
In my quest to test FlightMap on as many devices as I can I just had to pick up the latest Nexus tablet. My previous 7 inch tablet, an early Archos 7 tablet with Android 2.3, was not a fun form factor to use. The resolution was so bad that browsing the web was painful and Android 2.3 was just not ready for tablets. Due to that experience I thought 7 inch tablets were not for me so I’ve stuck to 10 inch tablets until now. Boy was I wrong.
The latest trial version update with 7 inch tablet support is not rolling out now. I’m already seeing it on the US Play Store. This is a big update from the previous version. I had not updated the trial version since version 1.7 so this not only includes the 7 inch version but also all of the features of 1.8 and 1.9.