A big update for Streets is available. Up until now, some of the panoramas marked with a blue dot in the coverage layer couldn’t be opened. Streets 3.5 now shows those user-generated panoramas. These cover areas off the roads photographed by Google’s camera cars, such as mountains, beaches, parks and more. Go explore the nature!
The drawer at the top shows more information about the panorama, including the photographer for such user-generated panoramas. For some panoramas, you can even switch to the Where To? app for more details (if installed).
New in Streets 3.5, we improved the URL scheme support: You can now create powerful workflows to grab Street View panoramas for specified locations. For instance, you can create a workflow that automatically fetches panorama images for contacts, event locations or other places and puts them into a note, a social media post or whatever. Since Workflow was acquired by Apple, it lacks the command to obtain Street View imagery for a given location. Streets now fills this void. More info including a sample workflow on our Streets API page.
Grab the Streets 3.5 update now and don’t forget to rate it if you like it!
In the latest 10.6.1 update, Where To? learns the user’s language preferences by tracking which languages the user requests translations for using the button beside a place review. Then, local listing reviews in these languages are automatically translated (if possible). Many users speak multiple languages. They can now see original-language reviews in all languages they speak and auto-translate other languages.
The new version also adds support for several more public transport apps:
We also cut down on the number of alerts if location services are disabled, fixed several bugs and crashes and improved the performance. Download the update!
Following the recent demise of the Where To? upgrade bundle due to Apple removing the old version of Where To? from the App Store, the same thing will happen soon with the Streets upgrade bundle. Apple informed us that Streets 2, the old version of Streets, “has not been updated in a significant amount of time” and will be removed within 30 days.
The only reason we still keep the old version in the App Store is to offer an upgrade bundle which requires the participating apps to be available individually.
What does this mean for users of Streets 2.x?
Until May 3, 2017, you can still benefit from a discounted upgrade to the new version of Streets. Streets 3 features an all-new, more fluid user interface with realistic panorama perspective, a full-screen mode, easier navigation using the interactive mini-map, panorama favorites, an Apple Watch app and much more. The upgrade pricing is applied automatically by the App Store (“Complete My Bundle” is shown) if you’ve purchased Streets 2 at regular price in the past.
After May 3, 2017, you can still buy the regular version of Streets 3 and your recent searches from Streets 2 will automatically be imported in Streets 3. After that, you can safely delete Streets 2 from your device.
If you decide not to upgrade, Streets 2 remains on your device and can still be re-downloaded while restoring from an iCloud or iTunes backup. However, Streets 2 is no longer maintained and won’t receive any updates.
What does this mean if I’m on Streets 3.x already?
Nothing will change for you! Streets 3.x is the current version that will receive regular updates as usual.
Update, May 4, 2017:
Apple has removed the old version of Streets from the App Store. This caused the upgrade bundle to automatically disappear as well. To upgrade to the newest version of Streets please buy it
Favorite places in Where To? are great to save great restaurants, shops etc. so you can find and navigate to them later easily. The new Where To? 10.6 also lets you add addresses and contacts to your favorite places.
Just use the + button to search for any address or contact and pick it as a favorite. Of course, you can also search for any place name or search places using a category such as “Pizza” or “Supermarkets”.
The update also adds information about ♿︎ wheelchair accessibility for a number of places, particularly in Germany.
Among others, we also fixed a comically weird bug where textual driving directions where displayed in Catalan for users in Canada. Lesson learned: One must not mix up country and language codes (both are ca in this case)!
As always, download the update at an App Store near you. Have fun with the update and if you’ve any feedback or wishes, please let us know!
Where To? 10.5 is now available, and it’s a substantial update, particularly targeting two major areas of the app: search and reviews. We put a lot of thought into the design process so I’d like to walk you through the changes.
Search hasn’t been changed significantly for quite some time and it had one major weakness: the differentiation between category and location search. We used to solve this by prepending the results with two special options, “Search Address” and “Search Business”. While this did the job, it wasn’t particularly intuitive and required to think about the two options.
For Where To? 10.5, our goal was to provide an all-in-one search that blends categories, places, addresses and contacts in one search results list. We already used this approach in the iMessage app introduced last fall and now took it over to the main app. The major advantage is that you immediately see the results as you type, including the place’s rating. Search results marked as a favorite places are now shown with a green distance pill, not in a separate section.
There were some gotchas though. When searching in one of the category lists such as “Food & Drink”, the now-removed “Free Search” special option also had a Plus button to add this search as a new custom category. This was kind of a hidden feature, so we decided to make it more obvious by adding an “Add New Category” option at the end of each category list. We hope that category customization is now more approachable and easy-to-use (deleting categories still works using left swipe). Customization now also works on the Brands level so you can easily add your local pizza chain or bank.
We also reworked the Ratings & Reviews section for business listings. Where To? 10.5 displays user images making the reviews more personal. To create or change your own user image, just open the “Sharing” settings and choose or take a photo.
Quality and facts about businesses change over time so we wanted a way to update reviews you had written before. Now you can simply tap on your own review and update it.
Business owners can now comment on reviews making a two-way communication possible.1 Speaking of review comments, we can’t wait for review responses to be added to the App Store, too!
And by the way, I’d love to see more reviews so other users can benefit from your experience! To cheer you up, we now let you know, after posting a review, how your review activity compares to fellow users.
Reviews with avatar images and badge for own review
Improved collaboration with Streets
Browsing a Street View panorama or a 360° indoor photo sphere is now even easier. Tapping one of these thumbnail panoramas opens the Streets app directly with the interactive panorama.
Interactive panoramas are linked to Streets
Indoor 360° panorama displayed in Streets
Calls via Skype
If the Skype app is installed, tapping a phone number allows you to choose between making a traditional phone call or initiating a Skype call.2 We actually added this feature almost 5 years ago but had to disable it later on because the Skype app stopped supporting the URL scheme required to initiate calls from third party apps. Gladly they fixed this in one of the recent updates.
As usual there are countless minor improvements finding their way into a Where To? update:
- Improved distance display for non-metric locales: We no longer display yards for US and feet for UK users. Also, informed by extensive feedback from UK users about the status quo of the country’s metrification efforts, we now switch to metric units for walking or biking directions as well as for displaying mountain elevations – at least if Where To? is configured with the default “Distance Unit: Automatic” in the “Advanced” settings.
- For a number of new cities, Citymapper is now offered as a public transport directions app.
- There’s now a fair and growing share of US dinner menus with photos of individual menu items.
- Reclaims storage space, same as in Streets.
- The video player for listings with videos has been fixed.
- + many more small improvements and bug fixes
If you haven’t updated yet, go grab the update now!
Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy the changes and new features!
When Apple announced the big App Store cleanup last fall, we knew the days of the Where To? upgrade bundle were numbered. To recap, we offer the Where To? upgrade bundle as a way to let Where To? 6.x users upgrade to the current version at a discount. Upgrade bundles are regular app bundles comprising of an old and a new version of the app. They leverage the fact that users who have purchased one part of a bundle can complete a bundle by getting the old purchase credited and buying the bundle instead. App bundles require all participating apps to be available independently as well. This is the only reason, the old Where To? 6.x is still available on the App Store – despite not being updated and being superseded by its successor for almost 3 years.
Today, I received the inevitable email from Apple I’ve been expecting for a while now:
That means, on March 13, Apple will remove the old version of Where To? 6 from the App Store. As described in Apple’s email, this will not effect any users. The app will remain functional for current users and users will still be able to re-download the app while restoring from an iCloud or iTunes backup.
However, it means the Where To? upgrade bundle will automatically be removed from sale as well. So if you’re still on Where To? 6 (with the faux leather background), you should consider upgrading to the new version 10 of Where To? with tons of new features including an Apple Watch and iMessage app. Upgrade before March 13 to benefit from the upgrade discount!
For our other app, Streets, we’re offering an upgrade bundle
as well. While we haven’t received a similar notice from Apple for the old version of Streets yet, we expect it at any time soon. We’ll keep you updated here and on Twitter
Update, March 13, 2017:
Apple has removed the old Where To? from the App Store. This caused the upgrade bundle to automatically disappear as well. To upgrade to the newest version of Where To? please buy it
Recently, a user complained about the storage being used by Streets and I investigated the situation. It turned out the cache for network requests grew without a limit and could consume a few hundred MB. We use the standard NSURLSession API provided by iOS, so this seemed odd. Shouldn’t iOS take care of purging old cache data? At least, that’s what the NSURLCache documentation suggests. Unfortunately, iOS doesn’t enforce the maximum disk capacity of the cache so it grows and grows infinitely.
We reported this as a bug to Apple and hope it will be fixed in a future iOS version. In the meantime, we added a workaround in Streets 3.2.2 that manually purges the cache when over capacity. (If you’re a fellow app developer and are doing any network requests in your app, you should probably investigate if you’re affected, too!)
Apart from this embarrassing issue, the Streets 3.2.2 update improves Spotlight indexing and addresses a few issues in the Watch app.
Do you have a long list of favorite Street View panoramas? Streets 3.2 now lets you organize favorites in your own folders so you can group them by topic, region, vacation or any other means. Simply swipe the item to the left to reveal the Edit icon – or type
Cmd E on an attached keyboard (More on Streets keyboard shortcuts). Then select a folder or create a new one. You can also rename locations if the automatically determined name isn’t quite right.
Good news also for Apple Watch owners: Streets for Apple Watch now lets you rotate panoramas using motion detection, simply by turning your wrist. Just try it out, it feels a lot more natural! If you prefer to rotate using the Digital Crown, you can still do so by tapping onto the panorama to select it. When selected, it displays a green border.
More news in the Streets 3.2:
- By request from some users we now save pin drops in the list of recent locations, too.
- Improved Spotlight indexing
- Added a good number of Gallery Places so we’re at 2000+ now.
- The blue coverage layer that recently broke due to a Google change is now working fine again.
- Fixed the floor picker for multi-level locations
- Fixed a few crashes and bugs
Grab Streets 3.2 from the App Store now.
Update 10.12.16: Streets 3.2.1, released today, displays the address and lets you favorite the pin even if no panorama is available.
Daniel Walter, 14 year old student from Hesse, Germany, was challenged to give a talk in his geography high school class. He didn’t have to think long to come up with his subject, an introduction of Where To?, one of the most used apps on his iPhone: “I’m using the application so often in my daily routine that I worked really hard on my PowerPoint so I could impart the application the best way to my classmates.”
Daniel shared the PowerPoint presentation with me and I was totally impressed by his work. A great presentation supports the speaker by visually illustrating and explaining the talking points without distracting the listener with overly excessive animations. Daniel just found the right balance. With the well-structured content including screencast videos to demonstrate the app, a tasteful design and fluid animations, his presentation was just awesome.
We’re honored that Daniel selected Where To? for his talk and wish him all the best! His teacher was just as impressed as we are and rated his performance with a 1, the best score in the German school system.
You already have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Then we’ve a nice little gimmick for you: In the newest Where To? 10.0.1 update we added haptic feedback for the category wheel so you can feel spinning it.
Also new in this update:
- Improved VoiceOver in the main app and the iMessage app
- Fixed swiping through favorite places in the place details
- Performance and stability improvements
- Various bugfixes
Download the update on the App Store.