Saturday, July 19, 2008

Still no word

I've heard nothing from apple. I'm a bit surprised that the approval process takes so long. I suspect that geopher lite has been bumped to the back of the queue or something.

In related news I have sent an email to groundspeak asking what their thoughts were on an iPhone app that integrated with their site, but I've received no word back yet there either.

I've decided to move forward anyway and work on an alternate form of navigation to caches. I have to make the assumption that apple may reject the current form of the web view in geopher. Which means that I'll have to do the work of parsing the HTML myself. Not an overnight task, at least not right now -- this is a part time thing that comes at the expense of my full time job and family.


On my short-term list of things to implement are the following items:
- saving target information between sessions
- revamping the navigation to caches so that apple will be happy with it.
- multiple "default" skins to choose from.
- an option for compass rotation to point north regardless of direction you are moving.

Longer term items (which will likely go in the non-lite version) include:
- implementing a skinning method that will be available to the end user.
- GPX parsing and importing
- managed cache lists
- advanced search features and possibly saved searches

There are more things as well I'd like to do but these are for sure on the list. I'd hate to announce other things and then not deliver.

I apologize, I had wanted to get something complete and in the store for people to use until I could get more features done. I guess we'll all have to wait a bit.

Also I want to thank victor for providing some skins that I will make available in Geopher Lite as soon as I can. If the current version that is approved gets accepted I'll integrate them into that with the next update. Otherwise they will have to wait with the rest of the short term list to be completed.

As always thanks everyone for your support and encouragement.


Simon Kjellberg said...

Some developers have had to wait over two weeks to get their apps approved, so don't assume anything yet - it may still get approved.

Anyway, keep up the good work!

CaptTCS said...

Is there anyone at Apple we can send feedback to, to let them know how much their customers want this application?

Sam said...

hang in there! A lot of people would like an application like this, and your efforts will not be in vain. I for one would happily purchase a "full" version of an app like this. Keep that in mind as you work on it. :)

Anonymous said...

I wonder if, just to get something out there, Apple would approve something with just the navigation compass and coordinates input, leaving out the web page integration. It would make a great free or lite app that I for one would get some good use out of.

Rob said...

I can't wait to give this a try. Best of luck in getting it approved.

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