Author Archives: John Famiglietti

EasyRoute 4.10 – Sweet Watch Navigation and Ride with GPS

Improved Apple Watch Navigation Ok, so I got a little bit lost with EasyRoute while going for a run in Atlanta. A little embarrassing, I admit, but something nice came out of it. I was out early and the sun was not yet up. I was in a quiet neighborhood but it was still a […]

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EasyRoute 4

A major change in the app means a major change in the version number, so here we are, version 4.0! The Short Story First, rather than query Mapbox for data over and over again as you tap and build your route, EasyRoute now goes and fetches chunks of route and elevation data as needed and […]

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EasyRoute and iOS 13

I figured I should address this as it is becoming a big problem. iOS 13 largely breaks file sharing between apps. This means when you export your route as a GPX or FIT for consumption by Wahoo or Garmin apps, they might not show up as open-in options. This seems to be a widespread problem […]

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EasyRoute 3.2.3 – A Few Notes

A bit of a random release. I just wanted to release a few things that were ready to go. A Setup Process There is a new a setup/welcome prompt that takes you through some settings that might be easily missed. If you’ve been using the app, think of it as a tune-up. Otherwise, it should […]

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EasyRoute 3 — Follow Your Route

At long last, EasyRoute 3 is here! Available for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The big new feature is route guidance. You can now follow your route with EasyRoute and it’ll let you know when you need to take action to stay on course. I’ve actually been working on this, on and off, for […]

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EasyRoute 2.10 – Switched to Mapbox

As I mentioned last time, EasyRoute would shortly be changing its maps and data source to Mapbox and now, that moment has arrived. Everything is intended to work as it did before (with one big exception) but there are some places where the generated route is different than before. I am still finding ways to […]

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EasyRoute 2.9 and the plan going forward

EasyRoute 2.9 is out. Here is a rundown of what’s new: Ads Back in December, I removed the $0.99 price tag on EasyRoute. I did this for a few reasons, but in the end, I enjoyed setting it free more than the slow trickle of revenue it produced when it was $0.99. However, it became […]

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EasyRoute 2.7 – iPhone X, FIT Export and ELEMNT

Today’s EasyRoute release delivers a few nice things while setting the table for even bigger features. Let’s dive into it. First, let’s get the simple one out of the way — iPhone X support. It uses the whole screen — no more black bars. The next big one is FIT export with turn-by-turn directions. Any […]

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Animated Spinning Wait Images for WatchKit

There is no equivalent to UIActivityIndicatorView in WatchKit, but I have a situation where I want an Apple Watch app to display an image generated by its companion iOS app, and I want to indicate the possibility of a short wait. Luckily, WKInterfaceImage is capable of displaying an animated UIImage. We can craft a series of images that look similar to the familiar spinning wait indicator, use […]

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EasyRoute 2.6 Status

Today, version 2.6.4 of EasyRoute was released to the App Store. The fixes are relatively minor, but I’m happy to be fixing minor issues versus having to sweat out potentially large issues. Last time, I wrote that the big new iCloud feature in 2.6 may have blown up in my face. After hearing from more […]

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