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Old March 10th, 2013, 02:03 PM
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Default River cruise app for iOS

Actually Apple surprised me, they did not need two weeks to review my app. Though this is great news, the problem is - I do not have any PR text yet

Basically it does two things:

- Provide large scale offline maps as downloads for every city that has been used by any cruise line since 2011.
- Give you river levels to go. Yeah, we can't do anything about them, but I thought it might be assuring if you have the information available

As for March 10th it still has 1-2 minor bugs (like showing empty stations or showing graphs with a totally wrong scale when river levels drop a lot).

That's why I decided to give it away for free at the beginning. Please download, check & review it

Spoiler: Next version of the app review will have a currency converter + gps location as well. Oh yeah, and the bugs fixed

You'll get some more descriptions + the iTunes link at http://rivercruiseinfo.com/content/app

Enjoy, Ingo
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Old March 10th, 2013, 03:00 PM
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Any plans for the Android?
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Old March 10th, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Ingo_e,

The app looks good. I have a few questions.

1. Are the "waterlevels" depths in cm?
2. I assume that the maps do not work with an iPhone's GPS function. Is that right?
3. If I've downloaded a map and decide that I want to delete it to save memory, how do I do that?

Thanks for all your hard work and for putting this out for FREE!!

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Old March 11th, 2013, 03:34 AM
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1. Are the "waterlevels" depths in cm?
2. I assume that the maps do not work with an iPhone's GPS function. Is that right?
3. If I've downloaded a map and decide that I want to delete it to save memory, how do I do that?
1.) Yes

2.) Showing your GPS position is implemented for the next version. I just wanted to get it out asap for this season

3.) swipe horizontally over a map, a delete button appears
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Great job, Ingo!!

Unfortunately I´m an Android user too !

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Thank you, Ingo! You are very kind to offer it, and we are happy to be Beta testers.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 08:54 AM
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Here is a faq for troubleshooting.. It includes questions like "how do I delete maps" etc.. http://rivercruiseinfo.com/content/troubleshooting-faq
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Default Great Job

Great job and there is a lot of great information here all in one place. Just downloaded the app and was busily loading maps of the cities we will visit on our upcoming cruise. Several times, it would indicate that the map had downloaded but had not downloaded all of the data. When I touched on the map, the app would lock up and I could not even delete it. Eventually, I deleted the app, reloaded it and after every map download, I "killed" the app and restarted it and did not have any problem.

Again, great job and I look forward to using it in a couple of months!!
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This sounds very cool. I will download the app and give it a try.

Thanks so much for posting
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Old March 11th, 2013, 08:55 PM
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Ingo
Just downloaded it on to my i phone and i pad, currently downloading maps for our 8 days Rhine Cruise in July.
Will give you feed back as I use it, looks great so far
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I'm downloading now, thanks! I'll check it out tomorrow.
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A great app indeed for river cruising! Thank you so much for developing and sharing.
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Congrats, I'm going to give it a try, even though its a while before we cruise! Are you considering an ipad app too? I usually dont' take the iphone 5 to Europe, since I don't have a plan, and I just use the ipad.
I am getting a message:
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Hope one day I will be able to use it!
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Old March 13th, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Thanks so much for the feedback..

Quote:
Great job and there is a lot of great information here all in one place. Just downloaded the app and was busily loading maps of the cities we will visit on our upcoming cruise. Several times, it would indicate that the map had downloaded but had not downloaded all of the data. When I touched on the map, the app would lock up and I could not even delete it. Eventually, I deleted the app, reloaded it and after every map download, I "killed" the app and restarted it and did not have any problem.
Thats fixed in the upcoming version, I just downloaded like 30 maps on an iphone 4s - worked fine.

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Congrats, I'm going to give it a try, even though its a while before we cruise! Are you considering an ipad app too? I usually dont' take the iphone 5 to Europe, since I don't have a plan, and I just use the ipad.
well, ipad emulates the iphone, so it should work but does not use the large retina screen.. but no, it is not a genuine ipad version ..

Then: As I am working as a guide for a few years now and consider myself to be a bit of a tech freak - you don't need a data plan. Actually I designed it exactly for the river cruise situation where you have daily wifi available on board


- Maps can be downloaded while still @home_country via 3G (don't recommend, but possible). Once they are on the device they do not generate any traffic at all.
- GPS (coming in the new version) does not need a data plan - thanks to the us army. They built it without a backchannel to the satellite so that no 3rd party could track the position..
- Updating river levels via 3G is disabled by default in order to avoid roaming costs

Btw, new version submitted today, offers GPS position IF you are on the map (like on the ios map app). And a currency calculator is added, every european curreny + AUD, CAD, NZD, USD
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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:27 PM
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Thanks so much for the feedback..

- GPS (coming in the new version) does not need a data plan - thanks to the us army. They built it without a backchannel to the satellite so that no 3rd party could track the position..


Btw, new version submitted today, offers GPS position IF you are on the map (like on the ios map app). And a currency calculator is added, every european curreny + AUD, CAD, NZD, USD
The present version is good. The new one sounds fantastic! The new features are the ones I was planning to request.

Thanks!
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Old May 8th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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I just wanted to push this up once again, as the version for smartphones and tablets with Android OS is available now.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...am.rivercruise

same features as the iphone version: maps, waterlevels, currency calculator.

Please report any bugs to: ingo@rivercruiseinfo.com

Are there any other features you'll consider useful? E.g. I thought of placing markers on the maps or maybe a compass on the maps?

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Here is another vote for an Android app. I'd be happy to pay for it.

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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:24 AM
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abredt: is already out, follow the link
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