Archive for July 2009

SportyPal on Amelia’s blog

July 30, 2009

We found another blog post on SportyPal. This is the first one we’ve seen that shows off a feature of the site that allows you to embed your workout maps and data in your blog posts.

Take a look at it here.

SportyPal on a Korean blog

July 30, 2009

Not speaking Korean, we think that this blog is called Synapse. We’re pretty sure that they had an entry about the Windows Mobile version of SportyPal, though.

See the post here.

There are lots of screenshots of the site and mobile application, as well as a video.

BlackBerry 8330 Curve

July 28, 2009

A lot of BlackBerry Curve 8330 users are having problems with SportyPal. It seems that the application records data for a while, and then stops and refuses to change any stats aside from the clock.

This sounds an awful lot like the WM sleep bug, but the 8330 doesn’t seem to have a sleep/suspend mode, and the problem doesn’t seem to be linked to the device’s display.

One 8330 even had his BlackBerry freeze while trying to acquire a GPS signal.

Has anyone found a solution to, or does anyone have any idea of what might be causing this?

Motorola Q series

July 15, 2009

Even though update 1.0.5 enabled Windows Mobile Standard users to run SportyPal, we’re told that some devices still can’t.

Most of the complaints we received were regarding the Motorola Q9c. The Q series phones can’t run SportyPal because they have landscape screens, and we can’t find a way to rotate them (unlike other landscape screen devices).

If you’ve found a way to do this, please let us know, since we don’t have any Motorola Qs to test. We’ll keep a list of what we’ve tried so far and what we think you should try next:

  • SportyPal itself – refuses to rotate and displays a warning that it can’t run in landscape mode.
  • Our own rotator app – crashes.
  • RotateMe 1.0 – crashes.
  • AARotate – probably doesn’t work either.

Not tested yet:

Also, we’d like to see if you can assign a hardware button to rotate the screen.

Windows Mobile SportyPal 1.0.6

July 15, 2009

A new update is now online for Windows Mobile users. This is a minor update. It fixes a bug that prevents SportyPal from saving your height along with the rest of your profile info if you enter it in imperial units.

Users upgrading directly from version 1.0 should read this note.

This is an old version and is no longer available for download. You can download the newest CAB here.

Any problems starting this version once you’ve upgraded? Read this.

Windows Mobile SportyPal 1.0.5

July 13, 2009

A new update is now online for Windows Mobile users. It is the first version to be compatible with Windows Mobile Standard. SportyPal can now be used without tapping the screen even once. Here’s how the buttons should work:

  • Rotating menus: All of the rotating menus can be rotated using the left and right navigation buttons (the ones around your center button) and activated with the center button.
  • Status bar buttons: The left soft key always triggers the leftmost button on the bar, and the right soft key triggers the rightmost button. If there are more than two keys on the bar, you can access any key using the left and right navigation buttons and pushing the center button when the corresponding button text is red.
  • Pop-up menus: Once you’ve activated a pop-up menu, you can use the up and down navigation buttons to select an option and the center button to activate it. You can’t use the navigation buttons for anything else as long as the menu is open. If you want to close the menu without activating an item, push the same button that you used to open it.
  • Lists: Just like pop-up menus, you can use the up and down navigation buttons to select a workout and the center button to view it.

There are still a few quirks that you should be aware of:

  • Landscape screens will auto-rotate 90 degrees while SportyPal is running and stay that way until you exit the application.
  • Unlike the Windows Mobile Professional version, there is no splash screen when you launch the application.
  • One of the methods we used to solve the auto-sleep bug couldn’t be used reliably in Windows Mobile Standard without crashing the entire application, so some users may need to turn off their power saving modes while using SportyPal.

For everyone else, here’s what we changed:

  • Added some more error checking when parsing numbers, which didn’t really fix anything that was broken, but was a disaster waiting to happen.
  • Fixed several visual glitches for square-screen users, including the right button bug.
  • Changed the color of the workout path in the Google Map image to blue. It’s easier to see this way. This won’t affect workouts that already have a map image, only new ones.
  • Moved the back button in the “My Workouts” screen to the right.
  • Fixed the distance discrepancy bug. Distance is now recalculated after the workout ends and before it’s uploaded. If the new result differs more than 5% from the old one, the distance is replaced with the new result. This should fix most major discrepancies between the website and device application stats.
  • Restored the old fix to the auto-sleep bug (the one from before 1.0.4), kept the one from 1.0.4 and added a new fix. If the bug still affects you after this, we’re out of ideas.
  • Included French (thanks to Stephane) and Russian (thanks to Vadim, mentioned in this post) translations. If you have a French, Russian or Italian SIM card inside the device when you run SportyPal, the corresponding language should now be the default language, though we haven’t been able to test this.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause SportyPal to crash if you backed out of the “My Workouts” screen when you don’t have any workouts.
  • Reinforced the screen updates during workouts, so that untimely GPS data doesn’t cause the clock to freeze. Thanks to Mike for the suggestion.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the “Map” option during a workout to change its text to “Track”.
  • Added some more detail to the error logs. Let’s hope that we won’t be needing them.
  • Fixed a bug that would allow you to use the hardware buttons to navigate menus while the landscape mode warning was showing, causing a glitchy screen and confusion. Now, if you press a button while viewing the warning, you’ll get the option to quit SportyPal, preventing you from getting stuck and having to reset because of a screen orientation change.
  • Added some more filters for coordinates saved during the workout. You can no longer have a workout that leaves the map (we still don’t know how that could happen to some of you), and coordinate (-1, -1) is now filtered out, just like (0, 0) (thanks to Konstantin for finding that one for us). Also, workouts made in “free style” mode now have a speed cap of 1800 km/h (approx. 1120 mph).
  • Widened the pop-up menus a bit.

Thanks to Raymond and Mike for helping us test this version on actual Windows Mobile Standard devices.

Users upgrading directly from version 1.0 should read this note.

This is an old version and is no longer available for download. You can download the newest CAB here.

Any problems starting this version once you’ve upgraded? Read this.

BlackBerry connectivity issues

July 13, 2009

As we’re sure you’ve noticed, the BlackBerry version beta of SportyPal has trouble connecting to the website via GPRS. This was the main reason why we decided to release the beta version: so that we could see if anyone would manage to get it working without WLAN. So far, either no one’s gotten it to work, or they’re keeping to themselves.

Petar suggests that BlackBerry users should try setting up a TCP connection and using that to connect to the Internet. Here are some links with more information on how you can do this:

BlackBerry TCP settings on WikiAnswers
Full Internet access on BlackBerry forums
BlackBerry configuration on QuickIM’s forums

Let us know if any of this works for you.

Registration explained

July 11, 2009

After getting several e-mails and support requests from some of our newer users, we thought it would be a good idea to explain the registration process for everyone.

If you’re trying to use your device to register without registering on the site first, there are several possible scenarios:

  • If you enter a password you’ll be able to use the same password to log on to the site. Note that if the address is already registered with another password, you’ll get a “wrong password” message.
  • If you don’t enter a password one will be generated for you and you can use it to access the site. You will receive this password at the e-mail address that you registered. Note that if the address is already registered, you’ll get a “user already exists” message.
    Also, if you do not receive an e-mail containing a password, that means that you may not be able to receive automated e-mail from SportyPal. Please send an e-mail to to get a password if registration is otherwise successful.

If you already registered at the website, you still need to register your device (so that it knows that it’s authorized to send workouts in your name), which means that you need to say yes on the “Register this e-mail address?” dialog. In order for this to work, you must enter the password that you use to access the site.

You may also get an error message that isn’t about an existing user or a wrong password. This means that something went wrong with your Internet connection, and you should probably check you connection status and try again.

You will receive a “thank you” e-mail when you’ve registered your device successfully. If you do not receive an e-mail, that means that you probably entered a wrong e-mail address. Please make sure that you have entered the correct address, especially when registering your device.

Note that if you get an error message but also get a “thank you” e-mail, it’s probably the proxy bug. See the corresponding post for more details.

Suggestions for the website

July 8, 2009

We’re sure that you’ve noticed that we’re constantly tweaking, updating and adding new features to While we still have a lot of new features planned, we’d also like to hear what you want to see on in the future. So drop us a comment here or an e-mail. We’d appreciate it.

SportyPal on Android App Review Source

July 7, 2009

Android blog Android App Review Source just published a very positive review of the Android version of SportyPal.

Read it here.