I hate to have to do this, but I have just pulled GV Places from the App Store, and I will not be selling or maintaining it any longer.
Some users have been experiencing problems with credentials and the various calls to the Google Voice back end. I have never had those problems, and thus have had a very hard time diagnosing the issue. I had planned to release a new version that included the ability to mail verbose logs to me, in the hopes that I could spot something that was going on. But then I got an email from Apple saying that it’s time to pay them again for the privilege of developing for the iPhone. And I just can’t do that.
I’ve spent hundreds of hours working on this app, and $200 in fees to Apple. I haven’t recovered more than 1/3 of that expense, so it just doesn’t make any sense for me to continue.
For those of you who bought it, thank you. I’m sorry I have to drop it, but I do.
Last week a bug report came in that it was impossible to turn off notifications for automatic region switches. That is now fixed, and the update should be appearing in your list of updates.
It’s interesting that I spent 5 minutes replicating the bug, 10 minutes fixing it, another 10 doing all the necessary steps to get the app loaded into the store… and then a week waiting for it to be approved. I appreciate the app store for what it gives us, but it really shouldn’t take a week to get bug fixes out to users.
After just a week in the Apple queue, version 1.3 of GV Places is now available. The release notes are here and on the App Store page.
This morning, I submitted version 1.3 of GV Places to the App Store for approval. This version is much better than the previous versions. Here’s the list of what’s new:
- Changed the screen order for adding a place. Now the phone number selection comes first, then the map.
- Places no longer have to have geography associated with them.
- A place can be designated the “default” place that will be used when no other places’ geography match the current location
- When adding geography, the map can be searched, just like in the Maps app.
- The list of places is now sorted alphabetically, rather than by how well they fit around the current location.
- Completely rewritten calculations for determining if the current location is within a region, and for determining which of multiple overlapping regions is the better choice.
- Removed most modal operations.
- Much faster to start.
I am hopeful that Apple will approve it quickly.