Tuesday, July 7, 2009


It's an interesting time of year for me. Last year at this time I was frantically trying to get my first revision of Geopher Lite to apple to try and make the initial app store deadline. I missed it by two days, delaying my app for what seemed like ages after the actual app store opened.

Later, Apple had me take out some features that seemed to be no brainers, due to the fact that the app acted too much like a web browser. Groundspeak was also contacting me (actually asking me to pull my app) shortly thereafter. While I was on vacation.

Fun times.

This year I hope that July goes a bit more smoothly. I'm again going on vacation in the later part of the month and plan to have the next update to Geopher Lite submitted to apple before I leave. I'm fairly close on the compass code, I just need the guy at work with the 3GS to let me borrow his phone for a few hours to do some testing and debugging with it. Wish me luck. =)

I've not done a lot with the google maps API, but I expect that to be fairly straightforward as well. It will be nice to have that feature embedded in the app itself without closing things down and heading off to another application.

I'm toying with the idea of revamping the settings and moving them within the app itself. I'd like to also finish off the process by turning the compass rotation on by default, possibly just removing the option entirely to keep it off. Opinions and concerns are welcome here.

I'll keep you guys updated. As always thanks for using Geopher Lite!


Phil Ringsmuth said...

I think it's awesome that you're still working hard on it. I plan to do a little 'caching when I'm on vacation in August, and I'll be using Geopher for it.

I like the idea of having the settings in the app, I think it's too disconnected to do it the other way. I like the compass rotation, so I'd definitely leave that as an option.

Looking forward to it!

SonicHedgehog said...

Nice to hear that you are still working on Geopher :)

Maybe the settings could be inside the app - and even in the Settings.app. I saw that in another app, so I think this should be possible.

Anonymous said...

It's always nice to see what's going on with your project, even if I'm of no use with it. I would still really love to see these things in action, hosted by you of course. :)


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