Archive for the ‘Application’ Category


Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
edit, select, save

edit, select, save

So there it is: the all new edit favorites function. At least the basics. I can imagine to do much more with this in the future. But for 2.1 this should be fine. Beta testing is on the way and I expect to submit by the end of the week.


Saturday, August 8th, 2009

so many choices

After a long summer break I found some time to work on ZugInfo 2.1 .. and .. made good progress:

  • Save queries / favorites – basic implementation done
  • Cancel query – done
  • Save all / delete all connections – done
  • Secret of Monkey Island re-issue – completed

I still have to implement the editing of the saved queries, which turns out to be quite a pain 😉 So stay with me.

PS: I will have another look at the location to location search (instead of station to station), an option which is also offered by DB.

june 17

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The day will finally arrive: copy, cut, & paste on the IPhone. No kidding.

Ah yes, and IPhone OS 3.0. Almost forgot about it. Unfortunately, ZugInfo was not yet IPhone OS 3.0 ready. Today I submitted a compatible version (2.0.2). But the people in the App Store review department seemed to be quite busy theses days. I am still waiting for the approval for a RegenRadar update I submitted 10 days ago.

Well, let’s hope for the best and keep the fingers crossed that the update will arrive in time.


Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I will throw out a quick update to fix some of the annoyances that found there way into ZugInfo 2.0. The update should address the following problems:

  • Input text fields disappear and only re-appear after restart
  • Inconsistent departure/arrival settings
  • Wrong times in details view for connections after a transition stop
  • Inconsistent behavior across different time-zone

Let’s see how long Apple will take this time …


Friday, May 1st, 2009

I just submitted ZugInfo 2.0 for review to the App Store. Workers day, hurray!

UPDATE (May 10): 9 days and still waiting for the update to get the approval from Apple. What is taking the guys so long? It seems that I have been lucky before. My average review time was less then 3 days…

near & far

Saturday, February 21st, 2009
Me an Eminem.

Me and the boys.

It’s been a while. I have been busy with my daytime job the last few weeks and there was not much time left for ZugInfo and friends. In the mean time, Apple decided to feature my App on the ITunes Store frontpage with a nice picture. Thanks for that! And thanks to everyone who wrote such nice things about ZugInfo.

In the next two weeks I will spend considerable time on trains, the perfect place to work on ZI. Currently, I am aiming for two updates in the near future, one of them is already finished and and runs beta testing on my IPhone: ZugInfo 1.5.1. It will deliver:

  • Delay information (again).
    This was implemented in 1.5, but shortly after the release the Deutsche Bahn changed their webpage (again) and I had to adopt the html parser accordingly.
  • User interface improvements
    e.g. date information for the saved connections.

This should be submitted to App Store next week. For the more distant future (and a release in about 3-4 weeks) I am working on ZugInfo 1.6, which should/could/would include

  • Updated user interface, to allow for an optional “Zwischenhalt”
  • Arrivals/Departures for a stop
  • Save queries/Favorites

I hear you 😉


Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Here a little rundown on the features, which should make it in ZugInfo 1.5:

  • Add note to saved connections
    (a feature I already included in the stability update 1.4.1 of ZugInfo Donation)
  • Price information for 1st class
  • Train delay times and (probably) arrival/departure tables

For the more distant future I plan to include a favorite system to store your queries and a feature to get all stops for a train line.

One of the main goals of ZugInfo is to provide fast access to the informations you need, so I have to wrap my mind around all the new features to integrate them nicely without cluttering the interface.


Sunday, December 28th, 2008


I found some time to work on ZugInfo 1.4 over Christmas. Long promised features finally got implemented:

  • Save connections (for convenient offline viewing)
  • Mail connection

There are also some GUI tweaks (some inspired by FahrInfo Berlin). Should not be too long to submit.

Thanks again to everyone who bought ZugInfo Donation. Your support is appreciated! Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

[UPDATE] I submitted ZugInfo 1.4 two days ago (12/31), so it should arrive in the App Store beginning of next week. In addition, ZugInfo 1.4 is again compatible with IPhone OS 2.1 (the last version was only compatible with 2.2, due to a wrong setting in XCode).

[UPDATE2] There we go: 48h and the app is “ready for sale” in the store. Enjoy.


Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Error codes are extremely helpful for the developer. They let you easily pin down a bug or problem. In the hand of the user they can sometimes turn on you ;).

Error code 201 in ZugInfo means, we did get back a reply from the server, but I could not find any connections in it. And the most likely reason for that is: there are none. Good example: try to get a long distant connection (ICE/IC) on a bus or tram line.

But that there is a simple fix for this: don’t ask for such a connection. Just set your traintype to all. Done.

And in the next version I will try to come up with something more accessible, e.g. “No connection found”.

bounce back

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Today (1 day early) Deutsche Bahn changed their mobile webinterface and consequently ZugInfo stopped working. The good news: the changes were minor and I managed to came up with a working version in less then 4h.

I will test the updated version further today and submit it tonight to the App Store. Since this will be a quick fix without my usual 1 week beta testing there might be some bugs left. But given the situation (application not working) I would say it is justified. So, I am looking forward to your bug reports (just attach as comments to any thread or use the mail address from the Impressum page).

On the long run I probably should try to make contact with Deutsche Bahn and see if they can provide a more stable interface. If anyone can help me out with infos or connections, please let me know.

[UPDATE:] The new version has been submitted to the App Store. Expect it beginning of next week.

PS: The last two weeks I have been working on a nearby station feature. I will ship the ZugInfo update with a beta version.