News - page 25

    Friday, February 16, 2018
    2018-02-16

    What's new in this release?

    • New: option to announce "in the box"
    • New: mute codes written to alert log
    • Fixed: alert screen dimmer activates when disabled
    • Fixed: alert screen activity could have multiple instances
    • Fixed: connections to non-LE dongle not closing completely
    • Fixed: audio volume reduced after phone call
    • Fixed: alert sounds play during phone call
    • Changed: force speaker option affects announcements only
    • Changed: when force speaker disabled, announcements play to car audio when streaming music, to device speaker otherwise
    • Changed: alert sounds and bogey lock tones always play on device speaker (sorry, had to do this to get better handling of announcements and phone calls)

    Master changelog for all releases.


    Friday, February 09, 2018
    2018-02-09

    What's new in this release?

    • New connection option: auto start delay (3-second default)
    • Master switch for alert screen dimmer
    • New dimmer options: exclude speedo and speed limit from alert screen dimmer, stay dimmed on muted alerts
    • New screen flasher option: use band or orientation for flash color coding
    • New marks option: "Other" mark text customization
    • New box options: OTB mute punch-through, OTB mute alpha
    • Old option "No Priority for ITB/OTB Muted Alerts" changed to "No Priority for Muted Alerts," and it works now
    • Bug fixes (app shutdown, overlay)

    Master changelog for all releases.


    Monday, January 29, 2018
    2018-01-29

    What's new in this release?

    • Improved V1C-LE connectivity
    • Improved auto start for Android 8.x
    • Improved multi-window support (7.0+)
    • Mostly static white text changed to orange for less wear on OLED screens and better night vision (speed is still green/white)
    • Alert screen dimmer option
    • Alert screen flash option
    • Hide navigation bar option
    • Toast messages restyled and color coded by category (green = info, orange = warning/attention, red = error)
    • Bug fixes

    I made a lot of changes to LE connectivity, hopefully for the better. I tested it exhaustively on three different brands of hardware (Google/LG, Alcatel, Samsung) running four different versions of Android (8.1, 7.1.2, 7.0, 6.0.1), and it's working pretty well. I was able to trip it up a little when pulling the plug on dongle power at the worst times, but it always recovered and reconnected. I wasn't able to test on 5.x, but I don't expect it to have any problems. I'll continue to work on making it smoother for brown-out starts.

    Hope no one minds the change to orange for mostly static text that stays in one spot on the screen for a long time. After only a few minutes, I started liking it even more. It's way better at night. I got the idea to change it after researching which colors are worst for wearing out AMOLED screens ("burn in"). Worst are blues and whites. Best are reds, yellows, oranges, and greens.

    I LOVE the alert screen dimmer, personally. I use it (60%) in combo with the alert screen flash for new, non-muted alerts. The flashes are color coded to the band, of course. :) I'm sure there will be tweaks in future releases. If you depend on the speedometer or speed limits, you may not want to use the dimmer. I could add an option to raise those items above the dimmer, if there's interest in that.

    Master changelog for all releases.


    Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    2018-01-24

    What's new in this release?

    • Addresses issues connecting to V1C dongles
    • New audio options for alert volume ramping by signal strength
    • Status bar icons revised

    Master changelog for all releases.


    Sunday, January 21, 2018
    2018-01-21

    What's new in this release?

    • Reverse geocoding (Internet required)
    • Speed limit display (requires reverse geocoding)
    • New status bar icons
    • Sweep sections fetched from V1 after each connection to ensure correct values are cached for display in Custom Sweeps definition screen
    • Elevation display removed
    • Fixed bug where enabling Always Mute V1 option would disable app bogey lock tone and announcement
    • Other minor bug fixes

    The reverse geocoding option is intended to be used for auto profile/sweeps pushing and speed-limit-based muting options to appear in a future release. The speed limit display option was added mainly because I was already getting the data in the reverse geocoding, so why not show it (disabled by default). Reverse geocoding (primary) and speed limits come from OSM (OpenStreetMap). When (not if) you find roads in your area with the wrong speed limit, or none at all, you can correct them in OSM. Just go to OSM web site, create a free account, and add or edit them wherever they're missing or incorrect. If you don't care about any of this, or you're using a dedicated device with no data, or you just don't want to use more of your data, you'll want to leave these options disabled. In the future, and if there's enough interest, I plan to try some no–data-required options for detecting state boundaries.

    The sweep sections for your V1 are what define the boundaries for your custom sweeps. For v3.8952 V1s, there's one sweep section: 33.360 - 36.051. For older V1s, there are two sections: 33.xxx - 34.770, 34.774 - 36.xxx (I don't have an older V1 and I don't remember what the xxx's are). No sweep may span a section boundary.

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    Master changelog for all releases.


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