Posts Tagged ‘macnn’

First Augmented Reality App Reaches App Store (MacNN)

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

[Editor's note: The future is here. Not quite immersive, but at least augmented by overlaying points-of-interest icons over a live video feed from your iPhone's camera (YouTube video above). Makes use of iPhone 3.0 OS features to push route disruption notices and in-app purchases of bus routes and additional points of interest.]

Republished from MacNN.
Wednesday, August 26th

Beating out acrossair’s Nearest Tube, French company Presselite has released the first augmented reality app for the iPhone, Metro Paris Subway 3.0. Previous versions have relied on 2D maps as users navigate the Paris subway system, identifying routes and points of interest. Version 3.0 allows users to find POIs using a live video mode, on top of which the app overlays icons and distance markers.

As a user walks through Paris, icons shift relative to a phone’s position, judged according to compass and GPS data. Because of the function’s dependence on compass headings, augmented reality can only be used with an iPhone 3GS. The app costs $1; other changes in v3.0 include Google Maps integration, push notifications for route disruptions, and in-app purchase options for bus routes and different POI categories.

Check it out on iTunes . . .

NAVIGON exits N. America, may make iPhone app (MacNN)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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[Editor's note: Looks like the iPhone and cell phones in general will continue to exert pressure on the low cost GPS market. Seperately, TomTom looks to be developing their own iPhone app.]

Republished from Mac News Network.

NAVIGON today said it would quit its GPS device business in North America but may offer its software on the iPhone and other platforms in return. The company doesn’t tell GPS Business News how quickly it expects to leave but says the decision stems from too-stiff competition at the low end of the GPS business. Where its business had been comfortable as long as large rivals like Garmin and TomTom kept their navigator prices higher, the push down to as low as $99 (for a TomTom ONE) has left NAVIGON with little way to differentiate itself.

In exchange, the company plans to expand by making its software available on other GPS-capable devices, particularly smartphones. Company chief Egon Minar specifically says an iPhone version through the App Store is a possibility courtesy of OS X iPhone 3.0′s support for turn-by-turn navigation but that it depends on price competitiveness, as other rivals are likely to introduce their own dedicated iPhone GPS apps.

Besides cost, NAVIGON has primarily sold its devices on offering features at a lower overall price, such as free lifetime traffic updates, lane assist and multi-route selection.

Magnetometer confirmed for iPhone 3.0? (MacNN)

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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[Editor's note: Including a compass in the new iPhone will make the assisted GPS unit more useful for turn-by-turn navigation.]

Republished from Mac News Network.

Rumors of a magnetometer in the next iPhone may have been confirmed, following leaked screenshots of the new iPhone debugging menus. Posted images show a new compass option, which can be turned on and off within General Location settings. Indications of a digital compass were first reported in April, when configuration files were observed to have references such as “auto-focus camera,” “Voice Control” and “magnetometer.”

Apple is expected to release the final version of the iPhone 3.0 firmware this summer, and one or more matching devices shortly after June’s WWDC event. An apparently accelerating schedule for beta firmware may indicate that Apple intends to release iPhone 3.0 on or around WWDC, possibly as a means of circumventing the problems experienced during the iPhone 3G launch last July. In attempting to release new hardware, firmware and the MobileMe online service simulataneously, Apple overburdened networks and left many code problems unresolved.

Microsoft GeoSynth to compete with Google Street View (MacNN)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Republished from Mac News Network.

Microsoft has announced plans to launch a mapping service, GeoSynth, that will take on Google’s Street View mapping feature, according to Pocket-lint. The new service will use Photosynth technology to merge high-definition photos taken and submitted by the general public, and then relate the content according to geographic data. The program could also be connected to Virtual Earth, potentially enabling users to browse street-level views of almost any location worldwide. According to Virtual Earth technology specialist Johannes Kebeck, the system will take the best images from a location to create a single image of a specific landmark. All geo-tagged images submitted by users will be uploaded into a central database that combines them into a larger detailed picture of the area.

Microsoft also made an announcement that Virtual Earth will support Silverlight in a beta to be released this summer. The company claims users will be able to access map tiles roughly nine times faster in its Internet Explorer 8 browser, or five times faster in Google’s Chrome browser.

Geosynth is expected to launch sometime later this year.

rubiTrack 1.5 Adds New Charts, Heart Rate Import (MacNN)

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

[Editor's note: This Mac-only application provides GPS track library and display functions for the recreation or fitness folks not entranced by the Nike+ solution. Includes iPhone companion app (pro | lite) or use with standard GPS device export files. Desktop app features include calendar view of activity, charting of pace, speed, elevation, and map overlays with automatic labels for distance and time intervals.]

Republished from Mac News Network.
March 9th, 2009.

Toolsfactory has released an update to its GPS-enabled activity-tracking application for the Mac, rubiTrack 1.5. The program is designed to help log and organize outdoor activities, while enabling users to store information that can be displayed in detailed maps. The update offers several new features such as power charts, time-driven diagrams and direct sync with WinTec WBT201. Users can now import TCX files, heart rate information, cadence and power data from compatible devices.

The latest version also provides enhanced import capabilities for indoor activities lacking GPS data. The company also addressed a number of bugs with the update.

RubiTrack is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or later and can be purchased directly from the company for $40.

Code Line Announces CS4 Compatible Apps (MacNN)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

[Editor's note: I originally promoted SneakPeek Pro back in March of 2008. It's a great tool for Mac users to see what your design files look like, their fonts, images, and colors without opening them while staying in the Finder. Now new and improved for CS4 versions supports updated Illustrator and InDesign file formats.]

Republished from MacNN.
Originally published 20 Feb. 2009.

Code Line has announced its Art Files and SneakPeek Pro now compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 4. Art Files is a stand-alone application that helps users gather and package Illustrator documents, linked images, and fonts for graphics files, which in turn can be archived, shared, or printed off. The software is designed for production artists who work with graphics files, and features the ability to collect several documents at once to help minimize the time spent organizing.

SneakPeek Pro is a QuickLook plugin that allows users to preview Illustrator, InDesign, EPS and Freehand documents without having to launch an application. In addition, people can also view fonts, images and colors that are used in CS3 and CS4 documents.

Art Files is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and is priced at $50, while SneakPeek Pro requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs $20. Code Line also offers a bundle pack of both Art Files and SneakPeek Pro that is priced at $60. Any pre-existing users can download the update for free.

Two new iPhone apps: USA Today and AccuWeather (MacNN)

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

[Editor's note: Two new free mass media apps for the iPhone this week from USA Today and Accuweather.]

Republished from MacNN (1 | 2).

USA Today

USA Today is joining other publications in producing its owndedicated iPhone app, the national newspaper has announced. The app attempts to replicate the look of the paper, and provides access to stories, photos, weather forecasts and reader polls. Stories are divided into News, Money, Sports, Life, Tech and Travel categories; articles can be shared with other people via e-mail, Twitter or text messaging.

Sports figures can also be viewed through a separate tab, and as with AccuWeather’s app, people can access GPS-based weather forecasts when using an iPhone. The Pictures tab presents a gallery of images from each section of the paper, and again allows people to share content with others, though only via e-mail. The USA Today app is a free download from the App Store, but supported by advertising.

AccuWeather premieres GPS-enabled iPhone app

Weather forecaster AccuWeather has released its first, self-named application for the iPhone. As with most weather apps the software concentrates on providing a five-day forecast, with highs and lows as well as cloud conditions. The AccuWeather app is tied into the iPhone’s GPS receiver however, and uses this to automatically determine which forecasts to show.

Current conditions can be viewed in the form of text or radar and satellite views, and users also have access to health information such as air quality, UV levels and flu prevalence. Graphs present the probability of bad weather for the next eight hours, and a video library provides summaries of both weather news and forecasts. The app lastly permits setting Weather Alarms, which warn users whenever levels of fog, rain, snow, ice, wind or lightning reach a certain threshold. AccuWeather is a free download from the App Store.

Vue 7 Pioneer Landscape Creation App Now Open Beta (MacNN)

Friday, December 19th, 2008

[Editor's note: Alex Tait demonstrated Vue as a 3d application cartographers should be migrating to, away from Bryce, for creating 3d map scenes at his 2008 NACIS presentation in Missoula. E-on is starting to beta test a new version.]

Republished from MacNN.

e-on software has released an open beta of Vue 7 Pioneer, an application for creating 3D landscapes. Starting with an empty screen, users can grow trees, add terrain or water, make alterations to the atmosphere, and tweak colors or materials before animating the environment. Objects can also be either created or loaded into the software, and modeled to preference.

Using the virtual camera, creators are able to move anywhere inside the scene, zoom in or out, and change lens type to obtain a desired shot. Vue 7 Pioneer is available for free from the company website; any modules purchased for the open beta should work with the final release.

MAPublisher 8.0 Adds Automatic Flash Map Creation (MacNN)

Monday, December 8th, 2008

[Editor's note: New version 8 of Avenza's MAPublisher brings CS4 compatability and new feature to export interactive Flash SWF versions of your map with viewable data attributes, layer, and pan/zoom controls. Thanks Curt!]

Republished from MacNN and Avenza.

Avenza Systems has released MAPublisher 8.0, the latest version of its cartographic plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. The update includes a new tool for automatic creation of interactive Flash maps. A MAP Vector Crop tool and dockable toolbar have also been added, along with support for Illustrator CS4. The company has improved the MAP views editor, MAP attributes interface, and the line simplification function. The import time is claimed to have been reduced by up to 80 percent.

The tool can be used to create maps based on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, for high-resolution printing or electronic distribution. Many GIS data formats are supported, including ESRI, MapInfo, MicroStation, AutoCAD, Google, US Government, GML and S-57.

MAPublisher requires Illustrator CS2, CS3 or CS4, and can be purchased for $1250. Registered users of previous versions can upgrade for $550.

From the Avenza website:
More on the new MAP Web Author Tool for automatic creation of interactive Flash maps:
MAPublisher 8 introduces the MAP Web Author tool that exports Adobe Illustrator documents with GIS data to interactive Flash maps, fully completed with callout bubbles, rollovers, layer control, pan and zoom controls, and with all the underlying GIS attributes intact.
As with the other MAPublisher functions, MAP Web Author is a completely built-in to Adobe Illustrator. Therefore, users are not required to have Adobe Flash installed to benefit from this tool.

What is looks like at default. View larger

Several Customization Options. View larger.

MAP Web Author Panel. View larger.

Web Tag Template (HTML formatting of GIS attribute data for that object). View larger.


Web Tag Dialog. View larger.

Export to Web. View larger.

Trapster for iPhone alerts users of speed traps (Macnn.com)

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

[Editor's note: Would be great to combine this user-submitted speed trap database with an accident database that would sync with weather reports to alert you of, say, approaching road sections with high rate of accidents when wet with rain. Republished from Macnn.com.]

Trapster.com has announced that its speed trap notification app is now available on the iPhone. Trapster allows users to post places where they have previously encountered traps, alerting other drivers of where to slow down. Trap reports are also updated instantly as users enter them, keeping map information accurate.

The software uses Trapster’s new Virtual Radar technology, which follows a person’s position on a map and provides both an animated visual representation of traps and corresponding audio alerts as the user approaches them.

Trapster has also integrated a new private messaging system, allowing users to communicate about the traps they report. A Trusted Groups feature, finally, allows car clubs and other organizations to create private data-sharing communities. Trapster is a free download from the App Store.