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What's New in Splitcaster 1.1

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So what’s new in Splitcaster 1.1? Let me quickly explain a few of the key changes.

Faster Race Creation

When creating a new race, the settings default to what was used for the last race you created. This should make creating a new race much faster and easier to do. In v1.0, new races were always 1600m races on 400m tracks with an estimated finish time of 5:00. Now the meet name, race distance and lap size are duplicated from the last race you created. So if you are at the Stanford Invite and just timed the first of many 5000m races, the next race you time won’t require any additional configuration (unless you want to change the athlete’s name and estimated finish time).

Share Split Analysis

If you aren’t using the Analyze Splits function, you should start! And now you can share split analysis info via Twitter, just as easily as sharing a split. I timed Morgan Uceny’s 1500m in Birmingham on July 10th and recorded splits at 400m, 700m, 800m, 1100m, and 1500m. I could analyze what she ran from 800m to the finish and quickly tweet this info: “Morgan Uceny covered 700m, from 800m to 1500m, in 1:51.7 (3:59.3 1500m pace).” The Analyze Splits function is awesome, if I do say so myself, and want more people to use it!

Tweaked Stopwatch Button Behavior

Stopwatch buttons are now triggered when you release the button, not as soon as you press it. This doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a big difference in real world usage. I’ve missed at lease one race start and at least one split because I was stabbing blindly at the screen while I was watching the race. Now, at the start of a race, try this:

  1. Press and hold the Start button.
  2. Then turn your attention to the starter’s gun.
  3. As soon as the gun goes off, release the Start button.

Easy and error-proof. The same goes for taking Splits. Extra hint: The shutter button in the Camera app acts the same way. You’re welcome :)

Those are the biggest changes. Full release notes are below. Let me know what you think!


New and Improved

  • When creating a new race, the settings default to what was used for the last race you created. This should make creating a new race much faster and easier to do.
  • You can now Tweet data from the Split Analysis screen, such as “Morgan Uceny covered 700m, from 800m to 1500m, in 1:51.7 (3:59.3 1500m pace).”
  • Revised the Stopwatch interface, making things cleaner and less cluttered, and also providing greater focus on the Estimated Finish Time feature.
  • Added a “Clear” button on the Twitter sharing screen, because sometimes you need to quickly send a race-related Tweet that doesn’t contain the data that Splitcaster automatically creates for you.
  • Stopwatch buttons are now triggered when you release the button, not as soon as you press it. This doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a big difference in real world usage!

Fixed

  • Removed that annoying timestamp that got appended to the end of Tweets.
  • Emailing a race without notes showed “Notes: nil” rather than just leaving the Notes area blank.

So what are you waiting for? Go get it!

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