I am glad to announce that Routie 2.11 is here! If you have an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, you will be especially pleased by the new 3D Touch Quick Actions. Just force-press on the icon and you will be presented with options to Start (or Stop) Tracking, Take Photo, View Statistics or View latest track. I’ve been using it myself the past few days and it’s really handy, especially the last option.
On the right screenshot, you can see enhanced Route details screen. It now has blurred background, and the value displays span over the whole width even on larger devices.
Bug fixes in 2.11
This update also brings some important bug fixes:
- Fixed crash when trying to sign in with Facebook.
- Fixed occasional server login issue.
- Fixed positioning of export buttons in Sharing screen.
- Various smaller improvements.
As always, I hope you’ll like the update. And if you do, it would be really nice if you left a positive review on the App Store. You can download it here. Enjoy!
Edit (17.3.’16) – Version 2.11.1 which fixed critical bug on iOS 8 devices is now also approved and live! Thank you Apple for granting it expedited review.
Routie update 2.10 just became available on the App Store, and it brings some exciting features. Most importantly, it’s the watchOS 2 app that runs on your ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ. The main improvements over watchOS 1 app are:
- You can measure heart rate using the watch, and the data are stored with the track.
- Thanks to Workout API, your activity is counted towards the activity rings.
- With new complication, you can launch Routie directly from your watch face.
Just a side note: due to technical limitations, in order for the features above to work, you need to both start and stop tracking on the watch itself.
Routie 2.10 also brings full compatibility with iOS 9. You can get the update here. Enjoy!
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 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.
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!
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!
We are always looking for new ways to make the Routie experience better, easier and even more delightful. We are also huge fans of the promising and fast-evolving category of wearable devices. That’s why we decided to build an app for watches, that will enable you to control tracking and view metrics on your wrist, without pulling-out your phone.
Since we love Pebble, a company that has been pioneering smart watches category since 2012 when they succeeded with their Kickstarter campaign, we decided to build the watch app for Pebble. We’ve been hard at work for the last couple of weeks, and we believe that you’ll love what we came up with!
What can I do with Routie for Pebble?
In a nutshell, you can:
- start / stop tracking
- view two metrics at a time:
- duration, current speed or average speed in the top position
- distance, current altitude or max speed in the bottom position
In case you are new to Pebble, it works like that: the app running on iPhone is repeatedly sending metric updates (current speed, altitude, distance etc.) to the watch via Bluetooth. The watch sends the start or stop event to the Routie iPhone app whenever you click the middle button. Other synchronisation is also performed using Bluetooth.
Here is an image that explains which buttons do what:
Where can I get it?
Routie is available on iOS App Store and Pebble App Store. The iOS version currently costs only $2.99. Download it, take it for a run/bike trip/walk and enjoy. We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Spread the love
We’ve created a small landing page for the Routie – Pebble combo. You can check it out here: routieapp.com/pebble.html and you can also share it with your Pebble friends from there using the Like / Tweet buttons.
I would like thank my friend Patrick Balestra for his suggestion to give Pebble a try, and for being kind enough to help me out with developing the watch app! This wouldn’t be possible without him. He is a nice guy; you should follow him on Twitter.
I’d also like to thank my good friend Martin Malinda for giving me a helping hand with coding the Routie for Pebble website.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all the testers from Pebble forums that tried it out, and especially those who provided valuable suggestions: Jamie Bishop, Derrick Gould and Mark Stroeve, among others.
Your help is much appreciated!
I am excited to announce that the new 2.4 update that I’ve been working on for quite some time was finally released! As the title says, the most important feature of this update is a brand-new Statistics tab. Let me explain what’s it about.
Up until now, the only thing you could do with your tracked routes as a whole was to view a long list of them, with one cell for each track. And it was working well; you could see all the details you needed for each of these tracks, separately. But you couldn’t see any totals, and that’s what the Statistics tab is all about – it provides activity-specific and time frame-specific summaries.
I had been thinking a lot about how to make this feature as easy to use as possible, while adding a playful element to it and making it useful for the most common use cases. I broke it down to this basic functionality:
How it works
1) choose between 3 timeframes:
- all time
- last year
- last month
2) choose activity for which you want to see the summaries
- all activities, cycling, running etc.
- ordered by track counts
3) view 3 totals:
- total tracks count
- total distance tracked
- total duration tracked
Now, this might sound like a lot of functionality that ultimately has to result in a complicated user interface, right? Usually it does, but I believe that I have found a way that makes all this very easy to do. And here it is:
Just swipe left or right to switch between activities using a nice parallax effect, and use the segmented control at the top to select a time frame. That’s basically it. Oh, and if you like to boast about your sport accomplishments, you can share a screenshot of this view right from the app, using the top-right action button.
If you are new to Routie and are curious to know more, you can take a look at its website. To see complete list of what’s new, take a look at the App Store.
Today, the 2.3 version of Routie ~ sports tracker was approved by Apple and you can download it from the App Store.
Export to file
The main feature this update includes is that you can get file exports of your tracks, right in the app. While it had been possible to get those exports from the website of your shared or uploaded route ever since version 1.0, some users found it too inconvenient, or didn’t know about it at all, so I decided to go the extra mile and build it right into the app itself. Now you can select your desired export type (GPX, KML, or KMZ) and perform an action (Open in another app, Send via Email, or Copy to iTunes File Sharing) with just 2 taps. In case you don’t know what the exports are good for, one interesting thing you can do with them is to open them in Google Earth right on your device, and view it in the 3D landscape.
Revamped sharing screen
The sharing screen was also somewhat fussy to understand prior to this version. Now, you have explanation of what exactly it means to Upload or Share your track, and what happens when you choose to do it. Also, you can now get the link of the track more easily, since it is displayed in a separate status cell.
Example of a cycling track exported in kml and opened in Google Earth for iOS
This version also includes some minor improvements and bug fixes, most notably resolving the issue that might have caused Twitter sharing not to work for some users. I am confident that you’ll like it, so please, update and let me know what you think!
It’s been a while since my last post (again); so I am glad to break this ‘silence’. And I believe some of you will be glad as well, because, as the title suggests, I’ve decided to change the price of Routie to FREE for one week (starting now). So if you wasn’t sure if Routie was a good fit for you, or you would like to just see what I’ve been working on, now is a great opportunity!
You can give it a try when you go skiing, running or just for a walk, it’s universal for all outdoor sports.
Now, what are you waiting for? Head over to the App Store and download it for free here! Or learn more at routieapp.com.