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Old 18-10-2012, 08:39   #1
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Asking for Feed back on new Mobile app

We are in the process of finishing up the initial stages of an anchoring app for the iPhone and iPad. We will be testing later this month. In the foreseeable future we will also have one out for the Android.

At this point we are going to have multiple safety zones based on the anchor or the boat or both. Safety zones with visible and settable fore, aft, and side to side limits. This will be a real "kiss" type of system. The final version should have a no need for cell reception to work.

We are also going to have an alarm system that is capable of texting/messaging and email. We are working on an SSB and VHF broadcast option (nice when on shore and maybe a long way from the boat and there is no cell coverage).

I think we will have an excellent app. But, just to make sure, I would really appreciate your input on options you would like to see in an anchoring app.


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Old 18-10-2012, 20:27   #2
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Re: Asking for Feed back on new Mobile app

Just one trip up that I know of...

There are a couple of anchoring apps out there. I installed them both on my phone, picked the one I liked.

Then tried to load on my iPad one (no 3G/GPS) iTunes would not let me load that app and kept erroring "This app needs a GPS." of course I had an external gps.

I worked with the developer who was very responsive but we could not solve this. I still suspect it was something to do with when he loaded the app to iTunes he must have filled out some sort of "system requirements" screen or something, which he swears he didn't.

Anyway - make sure you allow for non-3g/gps tablets that use an external gps.

I am sure you have considered this but you have to allow for offset and swing and it has to be dead simple. You should be able to "mark" the anchor position when you drop or manually enter the offset if the crew did not mark it while anchoring.
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Old 18-10-2012, 20:40   #3
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Re: Asking for Feed back on new Mobile app

I'd like to see one for the windows phone Seems to be plenty of options on the iPad/iPhone

The options you list sound pretty good.
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