Thursday, September 9, 2010

OneBusAway iPhone App Updated

I'm happy to announce that we've released an update to the OneBusAway iPhone application.

What's new?
  • Support for iOS 4 features, including multi-tasking, backgrounding, and high-res icons.
  • Easier map navigation, including automatic refresh when dragging the map
  • Fewer annoying pop-ups, like "No stops found." messages.
  • Extended trip details, including map and list views of the route taken by a particular trip and upcoming stops.
You can grab the app here. Hopefully the update will go smoothly for you, but let us know if you have any issues.

The primary change that might affect how you use the app is the map navigation component. You can still quickly find stops nearby your current location, but you can also drag the map around and stops will automatically refresh in the current map view. The upshot is that you will no longer get annoying "No stops found" pop-ups if there are no stops in your current map view.

One neat new feature is that you can now get more details about a particular trip by selecting it from the arrivals and departures list for a particular stop. You can use the trip details page to see information about the route traveled by a particular trip, including upcoming stops in both map and list form. This feature has often been requested and is super-useful if you want to see where a particular bus is going and when it's going to get there. Additionally, it lays the ground work for a new feature we're working on: stop approach notifications, the current #1 feature request from users. Hopefully more on that sooner rather than later.

Thanks to John Jensen for all his work in making this release happen, and all the beta-testers for their feedback on the app.

We appreciate your feedback, so let us know what you think of the new app.

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