Ben Lantow on 09 Dec, 2019 01:34 PM
Many of these are on our radar.
Not sure this one is something we are going to do. The decision tree for what the “best” option is in areas of no coverage is tricky since in different places it would be something different. We’ll talk on this one more.
We think route planning will always be better on the desktop, though we are planning to add some features such as snap to grid, among others.
We’re working on some mountain specific forecasting, stay tuned. It takes a fair bit of development effort still.
We’re not sure why exactly the app keeps reloading when backgrounded. We think its based on iOS management functions but the more you use it the less it will get closed apparently. I don’t think there is anything we can do about it unfortunately.
Lots of users need this (particularly wild land fire, SAR, etc), we don’t think it takes too much space at the end of the day.
I figured most of these are already in-flight, but wanted to make my vote. I'll be watching for future updates.
1. Nobody else does this either, so maybe that's the best approach. And the more layers there are the more complex this becomes.
3. Excited to see what you have in store. The intersection between high-quality mapping and weather could be pretty compelling.
4. It might have to do with resource management and possibly power consumption. See the link for possible solutions to reduce energy usage to the point that iOS doesn't feel the need to kill the process. I'm not sure what the threshold is but I think it's quite low.
I’ve been helping SAR members in integrating the iOS app into their tools for incident management function in the field. The integration with iOS Files app is very useful but seeming hard for some!
A feature that would be very SAR friendly would be ability to print to iOS screen a nice pdf like is available on desktop version. As most IMT staff do not have a field printer available, a screen shot can be shared with field teams easily with iOS Airdrop. The inclusion of scale, direction, label etc. would be beneficial. Thks
Ben Lantow on 13 Jan, 2020 03:05 PM
Unfortunately generation of PDFs is complex and processor heavy and not something we'll be supporting on mobile any time in the future. The maps themselves are shareable fairly easily, does that not meet this need?
Ben thanks for quick reply. I figured this might be the case. We are sharing maps, and the will work. People just wanted the “pretty” pdf models especially if the like paper!
Thanks for such a usable product.
Thanks, we’ve been using the desktop v. For quite sometime. The portability and ease of using iPads and phones in the field is what brought the pdf capability to the front.
Very few incident commanders have field capable laptops and printers especially. Often Ops and Plans are generating the bulk of plotting, assigning, planning etc. the new app will be a great enabler for getting rid of paper and sharing with subsequent OP periods. The paradigm shift to devices running the app instead of paper will take a while!
Ben, thanks for all you’ve done for SAR users. One last question. Is your coding for tracking distance different than Gaia and Garmin? We are observing mileage differences of ~ 20-25% greater than the others. Would be better if our field teams were all getting similar distance readings.