Archive for August 2009

New version of SportyPal for Java

August 26, 2009

A new Java version of SportyPal is now available for download. It makes the workout maps viewable again.

You can download it here.

Comparing workouts

August 26, 2009

A new feature has been added to the SportyPal website, which allows you to compare two workouts. To use it, simply select two workouts from the workouts list and click the “Compare” button below the list.

The compare button

The compare button

Note that you can also compare other users’ workouts using the same method, although you can’t compare their workouts to your own… yet. If you select more than two workouts and click the “Compare” button, only the first two will be compared.

Comparing workouts shows you the similarity between the workouts’ routes (as a percentage, with 100% meaning that the routes match Route matchcompletely, and 0% that they are completely different), a visual comparison of their velocity graphs, and several bars showing the difference in distance, time, speed, pace, calories and climb.

Comparing time and distance

Comparing time and distance

Try it out and let us know what you think.

SportyPal on

August 26, 2009

French technology blog‘s latest post is all about SportyPal.

Read it here.

Windows Mobile SportyPal 1.0.7

August 21, 2009

A new update is now online for Windows Mobile users. It is strongly recommended that you upgrade to this version, since you will no longer be able to view your workout maps in the old version.

Here are the changes in this version:

  • Fixed the workout maps. This also includes an issue where your network provider would reach Google’s daily static map limit, causing the device to save the “quota exceeded” image instead of the map and never attempt to download the real map. SportyPal will now display an error message if this happens, and the error image will not be saved. It will also look for any such images that have been stored using previous versioSelecting pacens and delete them.
  • Added a pace display while running. Running workouts will now display pace (min/km or min/mi) instead of speed (km/h or mph). If you preferred the old view, you can select it above the activity icons in the “New Workout” screen while running is selected (see the screenshot). Note that this option also affects the way you view the running workouts saved in “My Workouts” and “My Records”.
  • Attempted to reduce memory usage. This should help users with high resolution devices like the Touch HD. We never experienced memory issues with our high-res devices, so make sure to let us know whether this works for you.
  • Added yet another filter for erroneous coordinates.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause user’s workouts to be uploaded to a bugged user.
  • Hopefully fixed a bug that would cause the workout time to be displayed incorrectly on the website.
  • SportyPal will no longer turn the screen off if the device is charging during a workout.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when new users would attempt to save a workout that doesn’t have enough valid points.
  • Included several new user-made translations, including Polish, Dutch, Spanish, Bulgarian and Italian.
  • SportyPal will no longer ask you to reenter your info when you reinstall the application.
  • Fixed the numbers on the workout graph. The values displayed were incorrect if imperial units were selected.
  • Fixed a crash that would occur when a user would attempt to push the left button while viewing a workout map.
  • Fixed the profile screen so that not entering a value for inches (if the imperial unit system has been selected) will no longer cause an input error. Not entering a value for inches is now equivalent to entering a zero.
  • Sped a few things up.
  • Removed the “upload successful” message that appears box when you upload a workout immediately after it is finished and replaced it with a self-removing notification (like the rest of the uploads).
  • Added a missing colon after “Units” in “My Profile”.
  • SportyPal will now translate the “Register” caption that appears during device registration.

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

Workout maps in Windows Mobile, Java and BlackBerry

August 20, 2009

Some of our users have noticed that they are haven’t been able to view the maps for their newly-made workouts these past few days. This is due to a change in Google’s API that broke compatibility with the Windows Mobile version (this only seems to affect the WM version, be sure to tell us if anything has changed in any of the other versions).

Upgrading to the latest version fixes this.

UPDATE: This also affects the Java version. Download the latest version from here to fix this.

UPDATE: This also affects the BlackBerry version. We’re working on a fix.

SportyPal wins the Android Network Award!

August 18, 2009

Android Network AwardsThe results for the Android Network Awards came in several hours ago, and SportyPal won the award for best fitness application on Android-powered mobile phones.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

Click here see the rest of the winners here.

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Altitude on Windows Mobile devices, revisited

August 14, 2009

We had an entry a while ago about altitude problems with Windows Mobile devices. While we still haven’t found a definite solution to the problem for everyone, there are two things that we wanted you to know:

  1. If you’re having altitude problems, check to see if there are any ROM updates for your device. Updating the device’s firmware has solved this problem for a lot of users.
  2. We’re still working on providing everyone with altitude data, as well as the ability to manually choose the COM port for your GPS unit from within SportyPal.

SportyPal on Facebook

August 12, 2009

Are you a Facebook user?

You can become a fan of SportyPal on Facebook by visiting the SportyPal page.

You can join the SportyPal fans group by clicking here.

Tags and filtering

August 11, 2009

You can now add labels to your workouts to help you filter them when looking through your workout list on the website.

You can add a label by clicking the “Label” button in the workout details view.

The label button

The label button

The label button lets you enter tags and a location for your workout. What you enter in these fields is completely up to you. The location field has nothing to do with the location field in the workout stats panel.

After you’ve labeled the workouts, you can filter through your workouts by entering a tag or location in the workout list.

The filter box

The filter box

SportyPal on

August 11, 2009

Dutch mobile technology blog recently had an entry on SportyPal.

See the post here.