Following hot on the heels of our release of version 3.0 of the Pinball Map iOS app is version 2.1 of the Android app!
We added lotsa big and beautiful features and additions in this update that enhance the usability and stability of the app.
The most obvious update is to the visual appearance. Previously, it had a black background, with white text. This new version uses one of Android’s skins (light background, dark text). This gives it a look and feel that will be familiar (and pleasant!) to many Android users. We’ve also updated the look of the Location Info screen to be more usable.
Now to the meat! (screenshots showing many of these features can be found on the Store)
- Search functions when browsing by Machine or by Location
- So, instead of scrolling to a location, you can type in “Bob’s Bar” and that location will come right up!
- When browsing by Location (or by Closest Locations), it lists how many machines are at each spot.
- Machine info includes the manufacturer name and the year it was made.
- This helps gives a fuller picture of the machines you’re looking at.
- When adding a machine to a location, if you type in the name of a machine you’ll receive auto-completed suggestions based on what you’re typing.
- This helps eliminate questions/inconsistency about spelling and punctuation when adding machine names. Similarly, when using the “suggest a new location” form, the machines field will autocomplete as you type in machine names.
- When choosing a region, you can sort the list by distance.
- This makes is super easy to find the closest map!
- You can add a “Location Type” tag and a phone number to a spot.
- When viewing a location’s info, hit the Pen icon up top to edit this metadata. Like, if the location is a Laundromat, then you can add that tag. (Not all locations are already tagged, because this is a feature we added later. The site will be cooler if ALL spots are tagged with a Type. But we need your help!)
On top of all of this (or below it?), are lots of code updates that, among many other things, increase stability across devices.
We hope you like this update! We’re proud of it.
As usual, the code is on Github in case you want to submit patches or suggestions.