Version 3.2 released!

We just released version 3.2 of My Trips which includes some new features as well as other general improvements.

Here is a run down of what is new:

1.  New Itinerary View

We introduced the itinerary view in version 3.0 and people love it.  However for long trips people said they wanted an easier way to skip to a particular day, rather than having to scroll down each time.  To address this we have changed the itinerary view to include a new “jump list” feature.  This allows you to quickly select a date at skip to that part of the trip.

Here is how it works:  In itinerary view you touch one of the squares (in this case they are blue, but they will match your selected theme color), then hit the day you want to jump to.  If there are lots of days to pick from them you just scroll the list with your finger.   It’s designed to work like the “all” view in the People hub.

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We also made some nice changes that should really improve the performance of the itinerary view so it’s a much smoother experience when you are moving between various parts of your trip. 

2.  Past Trips.

We also wanted to give people the option of syncing their past trips.  Once a trip is over the trip moves from the “trips” list to the “past trips” list.  We wanted to make this optional since you might not be interested in past trips, so you can turn this on and off in the “settings” screen.

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3. Weather

I like to know what the weather is going to be like when I am travelling and we heard so do others!, so we show the weather information TripIt provides for a trip.  To find this keep swiping right on a particular trip until you find the “weather” screen.

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4. Settings menu

We have added some new settings and changed the screen a bit to make it cleaner and more user friendly.  First we changed to using a toggle switches to turn things on and off. 

We also added settings to turn on/off the downloading of past trips and the ability to switch between metric units (kilometers and Celsius) or US units (miles and Fahrenheit).

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5. Other things

There are a few other things we added or tidied up that we also included.

We added the name of the trip to the top of the screen when you are in a trip for quick reference.

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Added showing your seats assignments (if entered in tripit), made the confirmation number bigger and more visible for easy reference, wrapped the airline name and flight number to the next line if it was too long for the screen & added the original time of arrival/departure if a flight was delayed (tripit pro required).

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A very kind user asked to see their Frequent Flyer number, so we added that too in the “passengers” view for a particular flight (if entered in tripit).

Finally,

We fixed a few bugs reported by our users.  If you see a message that says “Something went wrong” in My Trips click “OK” and send us the email!  We use any reports we get from users to help fix the problem and make it better for everyone.  Also feel free to send us any suggestions for new things you would like added and we will see what we can do. 

Thanks again to everyone who sends us mail with comments, suggestions, bugs and just nice “thank you” emails 🙂

-Chris.

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My Trips version 3 updates!

** Updated 1/13/2011:  Version 3 is now available in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace ***

We just submitted version 3 of My Trips to the marketplace.  It should be live within a few days for people to download or update to.

The price remains the same at $1.99USD and everyone who has bought My Trips so far gets version 3 for free! 

Version 3 includes some new features as well as some bug fixes our wonderful and dedicated users have reported.

Here are some of the things we added:

1.  Itinerary View…

We wanted to give you a way to view your entire trip in a sequential view.  Itinerary view gives you a great way to scan your trip from beginning to end and drill into items.  We left the same Flight, Cars, Lodging & Notes pivots there incase you want to quickly filter your trip down to those items.

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2.  All types of trip data

Version 3 now supports Transport, Restaurant, Cruise, Activity & Rail trip item types as well as all the standard ones v2 did like Flights, Cars, Lodging & Notes etc…

We also added a “booking” pivot on the flight details screen to view the booking information for that flight. e.g. booking site reference number, url, phone number etc…

3. Automatic refresh of data

We got feedback that it wasn’t clear why My Trips sometimes showed old data from TripIt.  In v2 you needed to hit the refresh button to sync with TripIt to get the latest information. 

In version 3 we have added automatic synchronization. 

My trips will now sync your Trips list every 60 mins and individual trip data every 5 mins.  You can always hit the Refresh button if you want to force a synchronization.  This auto synchronization only happens while the application is open & if you open it for the first time in a while it will sync automatically.  If you don’t have a connection to the internet for some reason My Trips will just show the latest data it has cached.

Also you can turn off Auto syncing in the settings screen if you like too 🙂

4. Flight Status

If you don’t have a TripIt Pro subscription you can now get flight status information via a handy link to FlightStats.com from the flight details page.

5. Online Check-In and Alternate Flights (TripIt Pro subscription required)

If you are a TripIt Pro subscriber (PS: you should be! Is awesome!!) then you will also see a Online Check-In and Alternate Flights link from the flight page.  Handy for those frequent fliers on the move!

5. Trial mode “nag” screen adjusted

We were over the moon to be included in LifeHacker.com “Our list of the best WP7 apps”.  Something they mentioned was the “very annoying nag window” in the My Trips Trial mode.  Well in v3 we adjusted it so it is only shown on the Trips page.  Hopefully this is a little less annoying 🙂

Finally,

We also included a handful of bug fixes for various things that we had people report

  • 24hr time formatting bug
  • Issue viewing a flights details when you have two flights with the same flight number in the same itinerary
  • Crash when you have travel items with no date set
  • Only first confirmation number shown for a flight with multiple flight bookings in the itinerary
  • Intermittent Time zone DB crash on application resume


Try or Buy My Trips on Windows Phone 7.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement for My Trips!  We are currently #1 paid application in the marketplace Travel section & in the first page of all travel apps (paid and free).  All thanks you YOU!

-Chris.

Lifehacker likes My Trips

Lifehacker just profiled their favorite Windows Phone 7 applications and one of their picks was My Trips! 

We, of course, totally agree with their recommendation & are very happy with their selection :)  It’s a great honor to be selected along side big names like Twitter, Facebook & Yelp, as well as all the other great applications they picked.

Here is what they say about My Trips:

The good news: there’s a great travel organizing app that syncs with the killer service TripIt to show you flights, taxis, hotels, check-in links, and all the other minutiae of travel. The bad news: the free/trial version keeps a very annoying nag window up that notes the limit of only one trip shown, and one flight from that trip. Still, if you’re a TripIt fan, and especially if you’re a paid Pro member, you’ll want to pony up $1.99 to grab this app, as it’s got all your information, and a very responsive developer behind it.

Sorry about the very annoying nag screen on the trial … we will work on making it a little less naggy :), but thanks for the props on being “very responsive developer” 🙂

Lifehacker Pack for Windows Phone 7: Our List of the Best WP7 Apps

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First bug

Well it was only a matter of time until someone reported the first bug (thanks Geoff!).

This effects the 24hr time formatting in the application (version 2).  If you don’t use 24hr formatting then you are not affected.

In a nutshell if you set this setting then all times in the application will be formatted incorrectly.  In fact the minute portion of the time will actually be the month.

e.g. Say you have a flight on Dec 22nd at 4:25pm.  It will be incorrectly displayed as 16:12 – where the “16” bit is 4pm (correct) and the “12” is actually the month and not the “25” as it should be.

Needless to say, this will be corrected in v3.

Thanks to everyone who has been emailing us with feature suggestions, bug reports & general feedback.  They are all much appreciated.

Thanks,

-Chris.

My Trips version 2 updates!

Well, we got off to a roaring start in the Windows Phone marketplace with our version 1 product.  It was great to see all the downloads and excitement about there finally being a TripIt application for these devices.

So firstly, THANK YOU! to everyone who is using our application!

It was also great to see so many people give us ideas for what to include in the next release.  We wanted to release version 2 as soon as we had a good amount of that work done.

I’m pleased to say that v2 is now live in the Windows Phone Marketplace! we have just submitted version 2 to the marketplace and it is in testing as we speak. It should hit the marketplace in the next couple of days.

Here is some of the feedback we heard & what we did about it 🙂

1.  More types of information needed, accommodation, cars etc…

We have added Car rentals, lodgings & notes in v2.   The example below is for a car rental:

2.  Shared Trips please!

Now in version 2 you can flip right to “shared trips” from the trips page & see all the trips where you are not a traveller, but have been shared the trip.

3. Gate, Flight Status and baggage claim information please!

Now if you have a subscription to TripIt Pro you will get up to date flight status, baggage claim and gate information on the flight details page.    If you don’t have a TripIt Pro subscription we will just show you the details from your tripit itinerary.

4. Maps, phone numbers and links

Now when you see an address in a booking like a car rental or note you can click through to a map of that location.  Same goes for phone numbers, click to dial.  And finally same again for web urls, click to open in a browser.

5. Trial mode please!

We had a couple of people email us and say they don’t buy apps without trailing them first.  We agreed and added the option to try before you buy. In trial mode you are limited to seeing one trip & one flight in that trip.  Everything else is the same.  Click the “Buy Now” button in the app to go to the marketplace and upgrade to the full version.

Finally,

We also included a handful of bug fixes for various things that we had people report (like 12 hour time format without leading 0’s).

Also we bumped the price to $1.99 given we have a much more comprehensive app now.  We don’t expect that price to go up again in the near future … but all those who have already bought the app get all the upgrades for free … so thanks for buying!

Here is a direct link to the app in the marketplace (Zune client software required)


Try or Buy My Trips on Windows Phone 7.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement for My Trips!

-Chris.

My Trips version 1 hits the marketplace

It’s official … the first version of My Trips is live in the Windows Phone marketplace!  It’s 99c USD and available worldwide.

Get it here if you have the Zune software installed, or you are reading this on your Winodows Phone:

Screenshots and details on the application: https://acewidgets.com/my-trips/

Version 1 includes syncing trip and flight data to your phone, offiline viewing & you can send your itinerary or flight information via email to someone (maybe whoever is picking you up at the airport!).

We are hard at work on the next version already (free to those that purchase v1).  Version 2 is shaping up well.  We are looking at adding:

  • Lodging and Car Rental information from TripIt
  • Notifications of flight changes
  • More Social!

Stay tuned for a future post on that.

If you dont know about TripIt.com … they are a great online travel planning and organization tool.  Simply forward them your travel plans and you are good to go http://www.tripit.com

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