New version and new app

Next day I will start get deeper in the development of Looking4Cache again.

For the next release native support of 64 bit devices is necessary by Apple. To get this I have to update some frameworks, what is not a easy task. The biggest work is that I have to redesign the communication with the Geocaching Live API. Also I have the update a lot of the current UI to support the the resolutions of the new iPhones.

I will join this „maintenance operations“ with the development of the last original planned functions. Some of them are the iCloud sync and notices and corrected coordinate upload to Groundspeak.

A mountain of work I will share over the next months. So please do not expect this update in a short time. I would like to take the time for a decent version.

Tomorrow you will see a surprise app! Beside that I like the idea of this new app, especially one of the functions, it is also a preparation for the new L4C version. This app already contains a part of the new communication with the GC Live API, the 64 bit technology and adaptive display resolutions (iPhone 6/6+). So I can test this without a open-heart surgery in L4C.

Current status and a good new Year!

To the end of the year I will give you a briefly summary of my current work.

Since some weeks I want to release Version 2.1.4 to fix the crash when opening Trackables. Also this Version will improve the GPX export and the filter on geocache lists. Unfortunately I got some delays with the app review. I hope that they get resolved quickly in 2015.

In the last days I put some attention to the offline vector maps. In the next version you will see the following:

  • No more crashes when using the cached-tiles rendering option.
  • Every map gets additional 5 kilometers around their borders.
  • A revised map theme (for example the display of city names, the width of streets and some color changes).
  • Another better readable font.
  • Reliable coastlines.
  • New category “Special maps” for tracks like the Appalachian Trail.

I wish you and youfamilies all the best for the New Year.

Version 2.1.1

With the update to version 2.1.1 the convert of the database works by most of the users. But by some users the database file itself is corrupted and so also the new version did not help.

When the App does not start even if version 2.1.1 is installed, only the deletion of the database or a reinstall of L4C will help. For this I wrote a FAQ entry: FAQ: App does not start after the update

Sorry that the Update to 2.1 brings such problems to some of you!

The cause why this happened I have found and fixed, so I am confident that this will be no problem on the next update containing a database migration. To be on the save side I will add a backup function in a following release.

Version 2.1 and Crashes

This weekend I released a new version of Looking4Cache. In this version the from many users long awaited Live Map was added.

Unfortunately the pleasure about the new functions was clouded by crashes after the update by a lot of users. Meanwhile I found the cause and will send a corrected version to apple today.

If your interested in the background: It is because for some of the new functions a database migration is needed. This takes to long by some installations and the App crashes. By my devices and my beta testers this worked well, but there is a difference between 30 test devices and thousands of installations out there.

As soon as you installed the new version (2.1.1) the database will be converted. Depending on the size of the database this can take up to several minutes. While this the App will “freeze” in the splash screen. Please do not stop L4C while this – just let it run.

On this point I will refer to the option “Maintain Database” in the configuration. If you use this function regular L4C will run faster because the database will be compacted.

L4C´s 2nd birthday

Exactly two years ago the first version of Looking4Cache was released. Because of this I reduced the price for all my apps for one week.

  • Looking4Cache Pro is over 50% cheaper.
  • GPS Averaging is the whole week for Free!
  • In mAPP I´ve reduced the big map-packs (Continents and the World-Wide-Flatrate) and some country maps over 50%.

Now after finished my work on AMAZE I will spend more time on Looking4Cache. First clear the neglected support and then developing a small update.