Testing the GPSmission iPhone client in Cologne.
The GPS-Mission iPhone client is about to come! Orbster programmers and the graphic designers have been working really hard on it the last weeks. Now various people are already testing it outside. Visiting my brother I did some testing in Cologne last weekend. And I was quite impressed!
Starting it goes much quicker and everything worked pretty smoothly. A lot of the graphics is new and having it on a bigger screen makes it even cooler. There is a couple of new features as well like the option to see what other players are active at the moment. And what I really enjoyed is the possibility to easily zoom in and out of the map using your fingers on the touch screen.
The only problem we encountered was that sometimes the phone wouldn´t notice that we had moved, making us run back and forth once in a while or missing some of the gold lying around. Which reminded me of my first trials starting a mission a few month ago... This is fixed in the newest version I tried out today though.
What is really neat, too, is the map on the display, which is by openstreetmap, an open source mapping project run by volunteers. There is so many people donating GPS tracks and helping to add more and more details to this map that in many parts of the world it is far more detailed than any other digital (and nondigital) map. We were quite amazed that even very small footpaths in the parks were on it.
So if you´re an iPhoner, watch out for this really nice tool coming up soon! And if you do not have an iPhone, make sure you can lend one of your colleague!