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LapTimer (Rookie, Petrolhead, GrandPrix) v17 announcement

Postby Harry » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:23 pm

Dear friends of LapTimer,

I'm very happy to announce our upcoming line of Harry's LapTimer version 17 apps today. In our commitment to provide you with a continuously improved and super innovative track tool, version 17 adds several landmark features again. Many of these features have not been seen before - and I'm very proud we can keep the pace and prove there is still lots of innovation potential in this exciting technology area.

A special thanks to you LapTimer users. I received hundreds of valuable improvement suggestions and lots of support from the LapTimer community. Can't tell you how important that is for a niche smartphone app like LapTimer. Thanks to you all, and keep promoting the app on track as you do today!

Besides being a major update, version 17 introduces a new line of apps replacing the existing Standard, Pro, and Trainer editions. Learn more on the features - and how your existing app is promoted to the new scheme - below.

We plan to have version 17 available on AppStore by the begin of March. I'm currently in processes to fix the final bugs found during beta testing, and add missing localizations. The apps will be submitted to AppStore by end of February and will require some additional days for Apple to quality assure.

Here is the summary of changes...

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‣ New line of LapTimer Editions Available!

   LapTimer v17 comes in ROOKIE, PETROLHEAD, and GRAND PRIX edition
   ★★★Major update with hundreds of improvements and additions everywhere
   ★★★Standard, Pro, and Trainer versions are mapped automatically and for free
   Simplified upgrades ROOKIE ‣ PETROLHEAD ‣ GRAND PRIX available
   Improved performance for standard operations
   Raised minimal iOS requirement to iOS5.0
   ★★★All LapTimer editions come as universal binaries now (native support for both iPhone and iPad)

‣ Video Recording [PETROLHEAD]

   Added new video configuration hover view including video stabilization preference
   Fully reworked video overlay routines: design is fully modular now ;-)
   Overlays show full resolution on screen now (has not been Retina so far)
   Added expert setting for 60 Hz video recording (will not work for iOS6 devices)
   Added stepper to allow easy video sync point adjustment
   Reworked large recording buttons to be less color intensive and feature a polished aluminium style
   Added new video linking allowing to rename videos without losing the link
   ★★★Completely reworked the video section in lap details - add / sort / revert / remove as you like
   Added source information and individual help to video thumbnails in Lap Details
   ★★★Picture in Picture support for video overlays - compose any video you like
   ★★★Picture in Picture reference lap comparison by sector [GRAND PRIX]
   Recording position and time are stored in videos for easier handling
   Added lap link and metadata information to Video Detail views
   Added a turbo gauge to video overlay

‣ Support for Remote Cams (MultiCam) [GRAND PRIX]

   ★★★Control video recordings for more than one device - no touch operation
   Videos recorded remotely are automatically linked and aligned to LapTimer recordings
   ★★★Experimental MultiCam integration of GoPro HERO3 and HERO2+BacPac
   Preview MultiCam videos stored on other devices

‣ Video handling for iCloud added [PETROLHEAD]

   Added iCloud support to video handling, MultiCam uses this feature to transfer MultiCam videos to master
   ★★★Swap in/out videos from/to local memory to iCloud (5 to 50 GB available)
   Added all kinds of move operations between the different video locations

‣ Improved Sensor support

   Calibration dialog is dismissed automatically
   Improved OBD / GPS alignment, including interpolation 
   Improved calculation for Max G gadget
   ★★★Added OBD fuel level, coolant + oil temperature, and turbo boost level to recordings
   Added temperature warning colors (too low, too high) to gadgets
   Added some speed tweaks to get speeds higher than 255km/h in video overlays while OBD is connected
   Added new intake and engine type parameters to vehicle information
   Reworked OBD parser to be very versatile and feature better performance
   ★★★Added parallel OBD requests for GoPoint BT1+BT1A (1 or 2 Hz improvement)
   ★★★Full support and integration of Racelogic's VBOX Sport GPS featuring 20Hz(!) update rate
   Added new and much improved update rate counter, both full and tenth precision selectable

‣ User Interface improvements

   New LapTimer icon common to all LapTimer editions
   New About Screen and background artwork
   ★★★Full landscape support for iPads added
   ★★★Added fonts to skin - change to the type you like most
   Improved layout for Satellites and OBD gadgets
   Added optimized landscape views for Export, and wheel+polar coordinate selection
   Reworked and simplified the Status Gadget shown in the top of timer views
   Reworked alerts to be wider in landscape view - much nicer now
   Localized polar coordinates display throughout the app
   Improved naming and display of "Add Item..." entries in all lists
   Simplified dynamic tab bar for iPhone5 in portrait (enough space available)
   ★★★Added text to speech for lap times

‣ Data Analytics / Data Recordings

   Reimplemented gestures in GPS Data Recording (much better to use)
   Improved performance for complex GPS Data Recording views
   ★★★Added a cursor to data recording - see details for every individual fix [GRAND PRIX]
   ★★★Added video to data recording - move cursor in data and see the video frame instantly [GRAND PRIX]
   Reworked switching between charts, no more page change when zooming / dragging
   Improved legend for charts
   Diagrams allow selection of best lap for current vehicle, or any vehicle
   Added yaw rate chart to data recording charts [GRAND PRIX]
   Added temperature chart to data recording charts [GRAND PRIX]
   Added throttle chart to data recording charts

‣ Exports and File Formats

   Added support for new Dropbox API
   Added a default of 10 satellites to VBO export (for internal GPS sensor only)
   Changed CSV export to use "/" instead of ";"
   Fixed issues opening LapTimer attachments from Mail

- Harry


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Re: LapTimer (Rookie, Petrolhead, GrandPrix) v17 announcemen

Postby tulloch » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:09 pm

Can't wait. :D
Does v17 allow a continuous overlaid video of multiple laps? There was some discussion of that elsewhere in the forum and I'm sure I remember you saying that would be in a future release.


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Postby Saturnalian » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:19 pm

Sounds Awesome Harry. I can't wait


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Re: LapTimer (Rookie, Petrolhead, GrandPrix) v17 announcemen

Postby Harry » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:26 pm

tulloch wrote:Can't wait. :D
Does v17 allow a continuous overlaid video of multiple laps? There was some discussion of that elsewhere in the forum and I'm sure I remember you saying that would be in a future release.


Yes, but it is scheduled for version 18, not 17. Currently, you need to stick with one lap at a time, or use one of the external PC overlaying solutions.

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Postby geogan » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:22 pm

Looks like some good improvements there alright :D


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Re: LapTimer (Rookie, Petrolhead, GrandPrix) v17 announcemen

Postby hms » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:28 pm

Superb Harry, look forward to it being in the store.
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Re: LapTimer (Rookie, Petrolhead, GrandPrix) v17 announcemen

Postby NRGDEAD » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:47 pm

I understand the upgrade is done using in-app purchase? Will that change the icon on the home screen aswell? And when installed on a second/restored/new device, I would have to in-app-purchase it again (without paying), right?


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Re: LapTimer (Rookie, Petrolhead, GrandPrix) v17 announcemen

Postby Harry » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:54 pm

NRGDEAD wrote:I understand the upgrade is done using in-app purchase? Will that change the icon on the home screen aswell? And when installed on a second/restored/new device, I would have to in-app-purchase it again (without paying), right?


All three LapTimer editions come with the same icon. The app itself will behave and look different depending on the initial version plus InApp purchases installed. The About screens come with the driver artworks as shown above. This allows to have a Standard version upgraded to Grand Prix look and behave exactly the same.

For new devices, you install the original edition plus upgrades again - you will not be charged again in case you use the same iTunes ID as when purchasing all of this initially.

- Harry

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Postby NRGDEAD » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:06 pm

That's what I assumed. Thanks. ;-)


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Re: LapTimer (Rookie, Petrolhead, GrandPrix) v17 announcemen

Postby Mike S2k » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:37 pm

Excellent news.

I'm going to upgrade regardless just to show my support of this fantastic app



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