Author Archives: John Famiglietti

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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A Bad EasyRoute Update

Time to face the music. On Monday, my iCloud update for EasyRoute was released. This was my longest release cycle for a lot of reasons and I actually sat on this release for a few weeks after I thought it was ready, just to be sure. Unfortunately when I finally released it, I got reports of […]

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An EasyRoute Update for iCloud

Version 2.6 of EasyRoute was approved and released by Apple today! The big new feature is iCloud syncing. In order to sync your routes across your devices you only need to be signed into iCloud. That’s right, all the syncing is done behind-the-scenes for you. This means if you create a route on your iPad, […]

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EasyRoute News and Status

Since I’ve been in radio silence here on for a while here, I figured I’d post a little news and a quick status update. DC Rainmaker First off, EasyRoute was mentioned on DC Rainmaker! I’m a long-time reader so it was really fun to see Ray using it. I had reached out to him […]

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Importing GPX into EasyRoute

I just received a message through my contact page asking about EasyRoute’s GPX import feature. Unfortunately, my reply got bounced back to me, so I figured I’d address it with a blog entry in case anyone else was confused about it and hopefully the person asking about it will return here and find the answer. EasyRoute […]

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Race Report: John Theissen Children’s Foundation Freaky 5k

This was a fun morning! The Freaky 5k benefits the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, and John himself was the race director. John is a runner too so he promised a well-organized, on-time race and he certainly delivered. As promised, the race started at exactly 8:30am. The course was through a neighborhood with lots of twisty […]

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CppCon2014 Wrap-up

Unbelievably, the 5-day CppCon 2014 was over in a flash. Not only did I have a great time but the conference kept me so busy throughout the week that the days just flew by. To sum it up in a word: inspiring. If you considered going this year and decided not to, I would recommend it for next […]

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EasyRoute 2.0 is out

Let me start right off by stating that this is a rather anticlimactic 2.0 release. Honestly, I only bumped the major version because I ran out of numbers in the 1.x range! Anyway, what’s new for this version which is actually 1.9 + 0.1? Mainly, I added an export to MapMyFitness. EasyRoute already had the ability […]

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