App Updates for the Weekend!
Thanks to all your feedback and beta testing, just in time for the weekend, we are releasing an update to both our iOS and Android apps! On top of general usability and stability fixes this release includes huge improvements to the offline downloader, improvements in recording tracks (and recovery if the app crashes while recording), and a few UI tweaks. The biggest news is due to numerous requests this release includes access to the layer we are calling Weekly High Res (Sentinel imagery layer) in the app for all pro subscription holders. While available in the app, this is only available online at this point. On the web this layer is still available to everyone, but disclaimer this will be restricted to pro users on the web as well at some point in the near future. We still have improvements to make, but keep that feedback coming, many of you will see things you specifically requested in this release or in a release coming soon! If you already have the app, you should see the update push out based on your settings for updates (wifi, power, etc). If you don’t have the app yet, Android app is in the play store. The iOS app can be downloaded here (you’ll need to install Testflight from the app store first): https://testflight.apple.com/join/dLwq62XW #justintimefortheweekend #caltopo #mappingevolved #getoutside #exploration #maps #topography #adventures #mountains #hiking #backpacking #skiing
Can you expand on the updates made to recording tracks?
That's disappointing to hear that the High Res satellite will become unavailable without the Pro subscription. It seemed like it would be invaluable for planning shoulder season trips and generally knowing what the snow melt looks like in the spring. I wouldnt expect to be able to download that layer for offline use with a basic subscription, but at least being able to look at it would be really nice.
Because its a constantly updated layer, we don't think we'll enable downloading at all, just viewing while connected to the web. The viewing is where we incur cost, it's an extremely expensive layer for us to serve up. It's intended for shoulder season planning exactly as you mention. We think our yearly pro plan ($50/year) is affordable enough that folks who use that kind of planning tool will subscribe.