Archive for January 2010

Windows Mobile SportyPal 1.2

January 27, 2010

A new update is now online for Windows Mobile users. This update allows you to use all the workout types that are available on the website.

Here’s a list of changes in the new version:

  • Added new workout types: skiing, rowing, horse riding, driving, flying, sailing, swimming, hiking, paragliding, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, surfing and golfing.

    Oodles of new workout types

    To use one of the new workout types, go to the free style workout icon in the activity selection screen. This will open a new screen where you can select from a list of the new types. Note that none of the new types show your calories during a workout, but feel free to upload them, and we’ll add the calories as soon as we set them up.

  • Added variable sampling rates according to workout type.
  • Altitude mode is auto-detected now. There should be no need to set it manually now, but the option’s still there in the profile screen if you need it.
  • Added an experimental auto-pause feature. We still don’t know if it works well on all devices, but you can turn it off in the profile screen if you don’t like it.
  • The workout tracking map screen now displays the correct current speed instead of the average speed (oops).
  • Removed the splash screen. Starting SportyPal now takes you directly to the main menu.
  • When uploading, you’ll get a notification when a new version is available. The notification should contain a clickable link that you can use to download the new version directly.
  • SportyPal now sends unit system information properly when using the device to create an account. If you register an account with imperial units selected, you’ll see imperial units when you log in to the website with that account.
  • Fixed several extremely rare bugs that make SportyPal unstartable, like corrupted workouts or map images being saved.
  • Also fixed a potential Facebook-related crash (“potential” as in “no one has reported it, but it was bound to happen sooner or later”).
  • SportyPal now checks for and attempts to correct negative length/time workouts.
  • Fixed the pop-up menus that sometimes refused to appear.
  • The profile screen should start-up much faster now.
  • Added some instructions on where you should place the device during the workout. They show up while you’re waiting for a GPS signal fix.
  • You no longer have to enter an e-mail address to start a workout. You only need to enter your weight now.
  • Fixed several translation-related bugs in the sharing screen.
  • The sharing screen should now close itself after a successful share.

Note that there have been two minor fix releases since this one:

  • Version 1.2.1 fixes the inability to save the unit system preference in “My Profile”.
  • Version 1.2.2 fixes various Windows Mobile Standard-related issues and most likely does not affect Windows Mobile Professional users.

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

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Samsung Galaxy Spica users

January 27, 2010

If you’ve tried SportyPal on the Samsung Galaxy Spica, you probably found that the phone records the date of all of your workouts as 1.1.1970 and your workout durations are several seconds at best. This is due to a bug in the Spica – its GPS interface reports the wrong timestamps.

We just uploaded a new version of SportyPal (1.7) to the Android App Market (and the website) that should work around this. Not having a Galaxy Spica, we can’t test it ourselves, so let us know if it works on your devices.

3D workout maps

January 27, 2010

You can now view workout maps in 3D, as long as your browser supports the Google Earth plugin. Use the “3D!” button above the workout map to set the map to 3D mode.

The 3D button

The 3D button

If you have the Google Earth plugin installed and the 3D button doesn’t seem to do anything, you may need to refresh the page. Please report any other issues that you may find, preferably using the support form.

SportyPal for the HTC Hero

January 15, 2010

Some of our users have reported that they can’t find SportyPal in the Android Market with their Android-powered HTC Hero devices. In that case, we usually suggest downloading SportyPal directly, but you may not be able to install the file if the current version of SportyPal requires a newer version of the Android operating system. If you can’t install SportyPal this way, you can download an older version here that should work on any Hero.

Remember that in order to install applications outside of the Market, you need to go to Settings -> Applications and make sure that the “Unknown sources” option is enabled on your device.

Featured skiing and snowboarding workouts

January 13, 2010

Skiing and snowboarding examples

While none of the mobile versions of SportyPal have a built-in skiing activity yet, you can use SportyPal as a skiing tracker by skiing in free style mode and setting your workout type to skiing after you upload. As we wrote last month, this automatically adds your calories and removes the ascending parts of your workout, so you don’t even have to pause SportyPal manually.

We have several skiing and snowboarding workouts available for viewing here, if you want to see how our users are using this feature so far.