For the past two and a half weeks, I’ve been hard at work on a new update of Routie. It brings two major new features, as well as one little surprise that you’ll discover moments after you get the update. Users have been asking for these two for quite some time, so I am really pleased to announce that the update is available on the App Store as of now!
I’ve been in the need of a new website for a really long time, and then it took another significant amount of time (and work) to get it done. From the initial vision, to design, to coding (I outsourced the last part). As usually, I envisioned it to be much easier than it turned out to be and there were some bumps along the way, but I am very happy with the result and really excited that it’s now done and live!
I am excited to announce that as of now, Routie 2.8 with Apple Watch app is available in the App Store! When Apple announced Apple Watch last September, I instantly knew that it is a perfect fit for Routie, and I knew that I want to have the Routie for Apple Watch app available from the very beginning.
The end of 2014 is literally around the corner, so I thought it would be a good idea to make a review of it from my perspective, and to consider what went right, what went wrong and what lessons can I take from it to make 2015 even better. I decided to divide it into 3 categories: successes, failures and other memorable events. Let’s start with successes:
I am thrilled to announce that today, Quadratic Master 3.0 is launching in the App Store. It’s been a dreadful yet very fulfilling two months, and it’s great to finally launch it to the public. If you are in high school or if you do any algebraic math, this app is for you! Before I get to telling you all about the features, lets take a look at a short (46 seconds) video of the app in action. Alternatively, if you are on mobile, you might prefer viewing the App Preview right on the App Store page (here).
Quadratic Master in action. For best experience, view it in full-screen and in HD 1080p.
Here is a quick run down of how it can help you, accompanied by screenshots:
Yesterday, Quadratic Master 3.0 went live, for a little while. This update is completely written from scratch, and I’ve put lot of effort and energy into it to make it a seamless and delightful experience for you, the users. That’s why I am really sad about this inconvenience. If you downloaded the update yesterday, here is what you need to know. If you didn’t, you don’t have to worry. It is currently pulled from the App Store and it will come back as soon as Apple approves the update that fixes this bug.
I am excited to announce that Routie update 2.7 is now available on the App Store! It brings full compatibility with iOS 8, as well as support for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You can get it here.
The update also brings Notification Center widget that lets you:
- view current distance and duration
- start and stop tracking
- quickly open Routie app
As always, if you like the update, please leave a review on the App Store. I’d also like to thank all of you who already took the time and reviewed it. The overwhelming positivity of most comments gives me great amount of motivation to keep working on Routie in the future, as well as a great joy that you, the users, appreciate the work I put into it, and the quality and polish that I’ve always strived for. THANK YOU!
Since I wasn’t awarded with WWDC scholarship this year, and because I really wanted to attend at least one iOS dev conferrence, I looked for an alternative. From what I’ve read and heard about NSSpain, it looked like a good choice. The vibe seems to be very welcoming, and the affordable tickets and closer proximity to my home city (Prague) were all things that finally made me go for it.
Routie now has built-in heart rate monitoring support! I was reluctant at first, because I wasn’t sure if it fits into the overall vision where I want to go with Routie, but after giving it more thought and after numerous people requesting HR monitoring over time, I decided it really makes sense for Routie to fill in this gap. And I am really glad I did, because it works great and after all the testing I did, even I now take the HR monitor with me every time when I go cycling.
In plain points, heart rate monitoring in Routie 2.6 has the following features:
- Pair with your favourite Bluetooth 4.0 heart rate monitor.
- See current heart rate during your workout.
- Explore interactive graph of your heart rate after workout.
- See average and max heart rate in route details.
- ★ Works with Pebble! See your current heart rate on your Pebble watch.
You can get the update on the App Store here. I’ve really put in a lot of effort and testing to make the whole pairing and monitoring experience a seamless one, but if you find something that’s not working as it should, please send me an email at support [at] routieapp.com. If you like the update, please take a moment and give it a comment on the App Store, it really helps a lot!
Now, I would like to thank all the people who have been requesting the heart rate monitoring feature and those who helped me along the way. Specifically, I would like to thank Karel Brudný and Radek Šustek – your valuable suggestions, perspective and testing made it much better than it would have been otherwise!
App Previews were introduced at WWDC’14 as a new App Store feature on iOS 8 that will allow developers to include 30 seconds video showcasing their app in action, right on the App Store. I believe it’s a great way to really show off your app to your potential customers right in the moment when they are considering the purchase or download. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make those previews even better.