I'm still working on the update for my new Manoeuvres app. The update includes a fix for a typo in the briefing notes for the Pull Up on the Right Manoeuvre. I'm also hoping to add support for the iPad 2 with the update. Finally, diagonal reverse bay parking is finally coming, but it's taking a while as it's a real headache trying to work out all the kinks.
This morning Apple approved the release of the new Manoeuvres app.
The app now features the new Pull Up on the Right manoeuvre on the initial screen. The second screen has the Parallel Park manoeuvre, which is unchanged from the previous version of the app. The third screen contains a revised Bay Park section, which allows the option to switch between reversing into the bay and driving out, or driving in and reversing out. When driving in, there is an additional option to swing out on the approach, making it easier to enter the bay.
The final three screens feature the Turn in the Road, Reverse Left and Reverse Right manoeuvres. These are unchanged from the previous version.
As many of you will already know, my original plan was to make these changes to the existing app and release a free update at least a month before December 4th. However, as is so often the case in the world of software development, things got ridiculously complicated in a completely unforeseen way. Not only was the update delayed by a couple of months, I also found myself unable to release any updates to any of my existing apps. I lost a fair bit of time trying to work through the issue with Apple before I realised the process was not going anywhere, and I would have to just get on and release a new app containing the changes instead of persisting with trying to update the old one.
This process, and the insane amount of time it took, has made me realise that I cannot go on indefinitely doing free updates to my apps. It was fine back in the days when I was just having to do the odd tweak and fix the odd bug, but now I find that I'm in a constant battle against Apple and their constantly evolving software ecosystem. I will not be able to continue to modernise my apps and keep them updated throughout Apple's incessant software revisions without sometimes asking customers to pay again.
Of course, nobody is ever forced to pay again. But if you want the latest and greatest versions of the software, that is not always going to come for free.
I aim to write a more detailed post soon about the evolution of pricing models within the world of mobile app development. It's not just me that is currently having to handle this dilemma. Most professional software developers are facing similar issues.
I have completed work on Manoeuvres. Unfortunately (and I pretty much knew this would happen), I have run into some technical issues when trying to submit the app to Apple for final review prior to release.
It's normal to have one or two issues at this stage of the process, and usually they are fairly routine and therefore resolved pretty quickly. In this case, it doesn't look routine. It looks like it's a continuation of the issues I've already been having.
I've contacted Apple about it, so I'll just have to hope they recognise the problem and can help me get through it quickly.
A quick update to let you know that The new Manoeuvres app is progressing well and I hope to be able to make it available within the next couple of weeks. That estimate allows plenty of time for unforeseen complications, though it is possible that things will take even longer. It's also possible that it will take less time. With software development, you never can tell what's going to happen!
has been updated to add the ability to zoom in on the steering action in the Turn in the Road
section. Just tap the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-right corner.
app has been completely re-written in order to address a few bugs that some users have been experiencing since upgrading to iOS 7.
The update also adds brake lights and tweaks the position of the blindspots. I've added an ORU to the Reverse Left section, and also tweaked the way the ORUs work so they're more flexible and interactive.
The update is available now via the iTunes App Store.
An update to Manoeuvres is now available. The update includes the following enhancements:
• Pause button: tap to pause the animations while they are in progress
• Camber button: tap to show an image of the camber in Turn In The Road and Parallel Park
• Additional signalling options for communicating with ORUs in Parallel Park
• Variable turning position for Parallel Park
• Change pen width & colour via your iPad's Settings app
• Spelling corrections: I still manage to get "break" and "brake" confused sometimes!Click here
to see a video of the adjustable Parallel Park position in action.
Learn To Drive: Manoeuvres
is now on sale at HALF PRICE
for the next two weeks.
That's just £1.49 for all the manoeuvres, including reversing around a corner to the right.
If you haven't already got this app, now is the time!
The Manoeuvres app for iPad has been updated to enable drawing on the view. This feature has been added for the benefit of instructors using the app in lessons.
Manoeuvres is ideal for anyone who wants to get to know UK driving manoeuvres inside-out. All manoeuvres are broken down into stages so you can work through them step by step. Each stage is animated, and you can skip forwards and backwards through the animations as needed.
The app also includes full briefings for each manoeuvre.
More details are here
Capturing an image of your iPhone or iPad screen is easy. Simply press the two buttons at the same time - that's the Sleep/Wake button on the top and the Home button on the front. Pressing these buttons together will capture an image of exactly what's on the screen of your device. The image is saved in your Photos app where you can access it anytime, email it, send it by SMS etc.
A screenshot can be made while using any app at any time, so if you want to send a pupil an image from Road Pad or Manoeuvres, it's very easy. You can also save and reuse your favourite independent driving routes.
I'm very excited to announce the release of my latest app for iPad, Manoeuvres
The idea is very simple: As an instructor you want to give an engaging briefing that shows your pupil exactly what a manoeuvre entails. As a learner, you want to study the manoeuvres in between lessons, memorising the many details you're required to demonstrate in the driving test. If you're a trainee instructor, you need to know these manoeuvres inside out and back to front.
The Manoeuvres app is essential for all these groups. It's also pretty handy for full licence holders who'd like a quick and easy reminder of how things ought to be done.Check it out...