Helping share the love of the northern lights!

Month: May 2022

Getting Closer to Beta 7!

Work has been ongoing with the version 7 update. It has taken quite a while to reconfigure a myriad of things within the app, but things are rolling along smoothly. All of the desired changes I have made appear to be working with initial tests. With some of the updates, I will need to update files on the server to accept new values from within the app. The good news is that I am still on track for a June/July release to the beta test team to put the app through its paces and make sure nothing was overlooked. We are less than 90 days away from the start of the 2022-2023 aurora season!

Fixing Bugs and Crashes

As we move well out of aurora season here in Alaska, I have begun working studiously on the next iteration of the Amazing Aurora app. This next version should, in theory, be better for Android users. Why Android users you ask? Well, there have been a TON of crashes with version 6 of the app and I believe I know why. I won’t bore you with all of the technical details, but it looks like it was a simple oversight in the programming aspect of the app. I will get a test version out to my beta test team in the next month or so to see if crashes still occur.

Crashes in the Android app over the past year

I also have a few bugs to work on within the app. As mentioned earlier, there is a location bug that seems to put people in Minot, North Dakota. I believe I have a viable solution to fix that and will, hopefully, work to phase out the default North Dakota map dot often seen on aurora reports. I am hopeful all of these changes will help make the app run smoother and provide a better experience for everyone!

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