Routes app - progress update

It feels like this is turning into the never-ending update.

Many of you have emailed me to say how much you love this app, and you like to use it on a daily basis.

Before iOS 11 was released, I knew there were issues with the app and I tried to fix them. After a fair bit of work, it became clear that I may never find the problem that was causing the app to crash, and that I would probably be better starting on a complete re-write. Having embarked on the re-write, it’s taking a while. Writing an entire app is never a quick process, not if it’s going to be a useful app that works well.

In this case I’m also writing it in a language which is completely new to me. Apple has made it clear that Objective-C, the programming language I’ve been using to date, is a thing of the past, and that Swift is the way forward. Like a lot of programmers, I found myself persisting with Objective-C because it’s what I know and it’s what my existing apps are written in. But it feels like the time has come for me to start making the transition to the new language, or risk being left behind. It’s not fun, and it’s certainly not easy.

Right now, Routes is having to go on the back burner while I turn my attention to my ADI Records and Manoeuvres app updates.

I will get back to Routes, though, and I will get it finished. When, I can’t say. What I can say is that it will be better than before, and with it’s all-new, fancy Swift code, it should be pretty easy to maintain and update when necessary.

I’m hoping I will also be able to update and modernise the code behind my other apps in due course, which should also help to keep them running smoothly for the foreseeable future.

Routes 1.1

Routes has been updated to provide full iPad compatibility. I've also updated the app's description.

Get it now on the iTunes App Store:

Routes - Neil Beaver


A new app for driving instructors makes it's way onto the App Store today. It's called Routes, and as the name suggests it helps you keep a record of the routes you're covering in your lessons.

Most instructors have certain roads they like to cover with all pupils in order to ensure they gain the right range of experience in practice. The trouble is, after a few lessons it becomes very difficult to remember which roads have been covered and which have not. With Routes, you can record the route for each lesson, making it easy to check where you've been and where you have not.

The first version of Routes is optimised specifically for the iPhone. I'm still working on the interface for the iPad. The app can run on an iPad in its current form, but the interface will not be ideal as it's designed for the smaller screen of the iPhone. A 3G enabled iPad is required.

UPDATE 30/12/12: This version of Routes will not run on an iPad which unless iOS 6 or higher is installed. If you want to use this app on an iPad with iOS 5.1 or iOS 5.1.1 you will need to wait for the next version.

UPDATE 14/01/12: iPad optimisation has now been added to the app.

Hit the button below to get it now on the iTunes App Store.

Routes - Neil Beaver