Author: will

Trips shown in Feeds!

Geospike 3.6 adds trips to your feeds! Completed trips will now show on the Cohort and global feeds. Started trips will show in your personal feed.

Trips in Feed

We also improved trip sharing, and added trip liking!

This will be the last release supporting iOS 6.

Copying photos from your DSLR to your iPhone – the easy way.

Do you shoot photos with a stand-alone camera like a DSLR?  Want to get those photos onto your iPhone for easy sharing (such as with Geospike)?

Now you can. Forget syncing with iTunes, that involves lots of configuration, and you end up with small images on your phone.

Introducing: Photo Queue. Photo queue is a free app that enables you copy full-size images from your Mac/PC over super-fast USB, and also send full-size images between iOS devices over bluetooth.

PhotoQueue Import

How to use it: Read More →

Google Maps in Geospike 3.4

Map OptionsOne of the new features in Geospike 3.4 for iOS is Google Maps support. Switching to Google Maps is easy. Simply tap on any spike to view it, then tap on the map, and from the map view, tap the “page curl” icon at the bottom-right. Select ‘Google’ as your map option, and it will be applied through the app.

Want more Map styles? If you upgrade to Geospike PRO you’ll get Open Street Maps (OSM) and Bing as well!

As awesome as Google Maps are, sometimes it’s nice to have some alternatives. For example, you can now cross-reference between Google and Apple if something looks wrong. OSM maps are great in some places too, utilising the power of the community to map an amazing level of detail. Our goal is to give you the tools you need, and you can choose the one you prefer.

Note: Did your map revert back to Apple? Due to the newness of these mapping tools, if Geospike crashes we revert it back to Apple just to be safe. But don’t worry, you can repeat the steps above to get your preferred map back. Once we are happy that everything is very stable we will remove this behaviour.

Heads Up: Maps in iOS 6 Have Changed Significantly

Maps are a core part of what Geospike does. Any change to the mapping system provided by iOS affects Geospike, both through the maps embedded in the app, and the functionality of the official Maps app which Geospike can send locations to.

Before you update to iOS 6 (which Geospike fully supports), you may wish to research the significant map-related changes introduced in iOS 6 so as to make an informed decision on whether you want to update to this new system, and get those changes. Once you update, you can’t go back.

Possible starting points for your research:

  1. NY Times: Apple’s iPhone Update Leaves Out Google’s Maps
  2. BBC News: New Apple maps app under fire from users
  3. Google Search: ios6 map changes

Geospike plans to support iOS 5.0+ for the indefinite future.

Geospike Now Supports the iPhone 5 and iOS 6

Geospike 2.2 has been released today, adding support for the iPhone5′s taller screen, and fixing some issues for iOS 6.

Geospike looks gorgeous on the iPhone5, check out some screen shots of it running on the larger screen:

Gallery View on iPhone 5
Feed View on iPhone 5
Spike View on iPhone 5
Trip View on iPhone 5

iOS 4.x

This release also marks the end of support for the iPhone 3G. We were proud of our pre iOS 5 support, however it is not possible to target both iOS 6 and iOS 4.2.1 at the same time anymore (a limitation of Apple’s developer tools), which means we were forced to drop 4.2.1 support, and thus, the iPhone 3G. Furthermore, Geospike 2.2 is the last version that will run on iOS 4.3.  The good news for iOS owners is that even the 3GS can run iOS 6, which together with convenient OTA system updates starting in iOS 5.0 means there are few reasons not to update your OS.

#makeitcount

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A truly inspiring video about travel and making it count. Whether you’re doing something crazy-awesome like this, or just exploring your own town, we think Geospike is the perfect app for capturing it all.

Geospike for iOS 1.0.5 Update Released!

We have a big update in store for you today for Geospike iOS. Here are some of the improvements:

  1. Faster first spike – less delay between you hitting the ‘new spike’ button, and the camera appearing (props to @spiffeah for insisting we improve this)
  2. Faster photo saving – no more waiting for your photos to save, now they save almost as fast as you can add them
  3. Better background processing – if you hit the home screen, your photos will continue to save
  4. More responsive photo viewer – when you view a photo in the photo viewer it will now start downloading immediately. We also added a progress bar so you know what’s happening.
  5. Autosave – if you’re creating a spike, and the app is forced to close (e.g. your battery goes flat, iOS kills it, or through programmer error), your draft will be recovered when you next open the app.

Oh, and we added the ability for you to ‘Like’ spikes, which both tells the author of your feelings, and means you can easily find the spike again later (a bit like a bookmark).

So this update makes Geospike faster, strong and better than ever before.  We think you’ll like it too!

Cheers,
@divzero & @Paludis  (Team Geospike, iOS Division).

Three Characteristics

According to Kai-Fu Lee, there are three key characteristics in startup founders: passion, the desire for success, and strong understanding of the domain they are working on.  /via micgadget

Good news, I think we have all three :)

Some SXSW Press

A bunch of some Geospike SXSW press:

Pulsar Advertising wrote:

Organizing and Documenting Your Social World – The idea of organizing your life and various communities online was also a hot trend this year with companies like LifeDots, Savvy Card, Clipix, Hibe, IJustShared, and Qubeey. This trend also includes a variety of photo applications including: Instagram, Glomper, and Geospike.

CC Pearce‘s & Ed Ward had some interesting notes. We got a video on SXSW Videos & look for us in Moth To Flame’s Video