There hasn’t been much news on the iPhone app front recently. Sorry about that. That’s mostly because I’m working my tail off on programming (with the occasional break for a hike or two). There should be some big news about Guthook’s Hiking Guides by the end of this month or the beginning of next month, but here’s a little peek at things to come.
This is a screen shot of the latest development of Guthook’s Hiking Guides. If you can guess the location of this map, you’ll have a good idea of what’s coming up. But try not to spoil the surprise for others (wink wink).
In the meantime, here’s a little list of what improvements I’ve made to the apps so far:
- Prettier maps and buttons (because it’s all about how nice the thing looks, right?)
- Vastly improved trail register section for each waypoint– sharing notes is now automated and much easier to use than before.
- Automatic updating trail data– rather than being hard-wired into the app, the maps, waypoint photos, trail info, and waypoint data are automatically updated in the background whenever you have an internet connection. Last year, it took a couple of weeks to get the Poodle Dog Bush detour for the PCT to you. Now it will be instant.
- Trail News section– you can now share news about the trail with other app users, along with voting on the usefulness of each news post. Important news will be pushed to the top of the reading list, while spam and junk will get moved down, leaving you with up-to-date information about major events, permitting reminders, and various trail-related information.
- Not yet finished, but in the works, is an interactive elevation profile for the trail. Stay tuned for this one.
My partners over at HikeThru.com are hard at work updating data for the Pacific Crest Trail apps, adding a new app for the John Muir Trail, and developing the Android version of the apps.
I hope you’re all as excited about this as I am. I’ll add more news as it comes along. Happy trails!