Originally Posted by DanDanDan
How would you improve the anchor alarm apps?
Sent from my iPhone using Cruisers Sailing Forum
Off the top of my head
it is predominantly about the behavior when the phone/tablet is sleeping - i.e. the ones I have used so far require the tablet to stay fully awake (power consumption).
The interface has to be pretty butt simple too. It would be nice to "drop the pin" and then If desired drag the pin with a finger if I wanted.
Some desired features
- one button mark for anchor drop
- drag the mark with a finger swipe
- easily adjusted swing radius based on scope
- finger drag the circle
- alarm works while tablet is asleep and wakes on alarm
- alarm sends text message to cellular on alarm or notification
Notifications should include more than drag. Example - Notification that boat has swung (tide turned) or automatically send me the GIF of the swing plot every 6 hours if I want it via SMS or MMS.
In other words integrate some remote
monitoring and notification into the alarm.
Don't get me wrong, tablet/phone anchor alerting is great! I just don't think the killer app has been made yet.
Side rant - Many app developers may have some of the features I describe. However, often in their haste to ship the app they start with a basic feature set and add stuff later. I often don't come back to see the features added later - i.e. first impressions count.
So if you are developing an app - wait a few extra months and add the stuff up front that you plan to "add in the future" - I have heard that line too many times - LOL...