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Bargraph updates

I don’t know how I have been so lucky, but each update of Barograph that I have submitted has been approved by Apple within one day, sometimes less. The average app store review time right now is somewhere around 11 days, so I have been incredibly lucky. The only reason I can think of is that Apple is prioritizing my app’s updates because it uses new iPhone 6 / 6 Plus functionality. I’m going to try to keep it up and submit a small update very day if I can and see if they keep going through in one day. So far since release date I have adde pressure units, elevation units, in app purchases, screen lock, and many UI improvements.

For comparison, StepTracker’s last update took 7 days to approve and the update before that took 10 (and all the previous update did was prevent iOS7 users from downloading).

Here’s a video demo I put together of Barograph which should soon appear next to the screenshots in iTunes.





Introducing Barograph

I'd like to announce the release of my latest iOS app project, Barograph!

Barograph turns your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus into a real-time barometer and altimeter. It displays and plots the pressure data from the M8 chip in the new iPhones and supports multiple units such as kPa, mbar, mmHg, meters, and feet. You can use it to monitor the weather, or to keep track of the changes in elevation as you move around.

Right now, Barograph is completely free and supported by iAds. Eventually I will add an option where you can pay to disable the ads.

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View Barograph on the app store

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StepTracker 1.18 with an iOS8 Notification Center Widget

Hey guys,

I have finally released the iOS8 update to StepTracker! This means you can now install a Notification Center widget of StepTracker in iOS8, so when you pull the notification center down from the top of the screen, you will see a little display showing you your current step count and distance traveled. You can pull down notification center even when your phone is locked and StepTracker will load the latest step count and distance.

Another difference in the iOS8 version is that I am now using IOS to calculate the distance traveled rather than using the stride length to do that calculation myself. This is anew feature of Core Motion in iOS8, and I like the idea of the OS figuring out your distance travelled rather than you having to know your stride and entering it manually.

This update is available for free on the App Store today. Download it, and let me know what you think!

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StepTracker 1.14 is out with inactivity notifications

I wanted to let everyone know that the latest version of StepTracker has gone live on the app store. This version has a new feature called inactivity notifications that needs to be enabled via the settings page of the app. Inactivity notifications will make StepTracker notify you when you have been inactive for approximately one hour. Hopefully this can help people to remember to stay active. I find it useful at work to remind me that it’s time to get up and go for a short walk. I didn’t enable this feature by default, because I understand that some users don’t want more notifications bugging them and many app developers are too happy to make their apps send out annoying push notifications. So to enable this feature, just go to the settings and turn “inactivity notifications” on. Please let me know what you think, and enjoy this new feature!

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/steptracker-m7-fitness-pedometer/id714439468?mt=8

StepTracker 1.9 is out!

The 1.9 update to StepTracker is now out with some cool new features! First of all, StepTracker now saves all of your step data rather than just displaying your last 7 days which are stored in the M7 chip. Along with your step data, the app is also saving your active and inactive percentages. Now when you go to export your step data, it will export all of your data in a format that can be used in other applications such as Numbers or Excel. Also, you can now add a text description to each day, so you can add comments about what you did that day (ran a marathon, walked to work, was sick in bed and did not work etc) which will show up when you export your data. StepTracker also now has a scoreboard for best average step count. I thought this would be a good scoreboard because it means you need to keep working to stay on top - you can’t just get a good steep count and then slack off.

Coming soon in the next version will be a “stopwatch” mode, where you can click a button to start recording your steps on a trip or a run or a walk and keep track of how far you go and in what time. More on that later...

Here’s a quick video demo of StepTracker 1.9!

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