Where To? 8.0 is now available on the App Store and includes our much anticipated Apple Watch app. It’s a free download for all Where To? 7.x users (Where To? 6.x users can upgrade) and requires iOS 8.0 or later.

For Where To? we always had one goal: make it as easy as possible to find restaurants, shops, and services while you’re on the go. Now with Where To? for Apple Watch, finding those locations is easier than ever. You don’t need to grab your iPhone out of the pocket and can engage with Where To? right from your wrist.

Where To? for Apple Watch: favorite categories Where To? for Apple Watch: result list Where To? for Apple Watch: place details

Search your favorite categories, voice-search anything else and access your (18 karat ;-) ) gold mine of favorite places. Fluidly scroll through the list of results using the digital crown. Then open the place details with street address, business hours, phone number and reviews. Check the current distance and direction below the map and get turn-by-turn directions with tactile feedback by tapping the map. To mark a place as favorite, use Force Touch to bring up the context menu.

Where To? for Apple Watch: place details (2) Where To? for Apple Watch: place reviews Where To? for Apple Watch: Glance

Where To? also comes with a Glance for swiping up from the watch face to display the last viewed place from your iPhone. So you can select a destination on your iPhone and have all the information on your watch as well. The other direction is just as easy using Handoff: If you want to browse a location’s website on the big screen of your iPhone or wanna call the business, all you need to do is swipe up the Where To? icon on the iPhone lock screen or go all the way to the left in your app switcher. The Where To? iPhone app then opens the details page of the location shown on your watch.

No matter whether you’ve chosen the aluminum Apple Watch Sport, the stainless steel variant or the luxurious gold edition: Make sure to update to the latest version so you’re ready when the postman delivers your new gadget from next week on!


We’re excited about the upcoming launch of Apple Watch! Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy creating Where To? for this new device. Apple Watch enables us to deliver an exciting new way for you, our users, to engage with Where To? right from your wrist. While we’re all eagerly waiting to order the new hardware, I’d like to give you a sneak peek into our labs:

Where To? for Apple Watch is a great companion if you quickly want to find or go to a place without having to pull your iPhone out of the pocket.

The app lets you browse your favorite places and categories. Of course it displays the same favorites as in the iPhone app. You can see the details of a place, check the reviews and mark it as a favorite. When you switch from Apple Watch to iPhone, Where To? shows you the same place.

We can’t wait to get this version into your hands and we’re excited to be one of the first apps available for Apple Watch! Where To? for Apple Watch app will be free for all Where To? 7.x users.


Where To? and Continuity

Where To? 7.1.4 is now available. For those of you working on a Mac we added Continuity support: If you’ve opened a restaurant’s or shop’s homepage in Where To? you can now easily open the same page on your Mac (running OS X Yosemite). This might be useful if you want to look at one of these yesterday’s websites still using Flash or if you just want to make use of the bigger screen. ContinuityContinuity is enabled if your iPhone and your Mac are on the same Wifi network. Your Mac then automatically displays the Safari icon along with an iPhone icon in the dock.

Distances displayed in the app are now more precise. They’re now rounded to the nearest 5 m or yd. This gives you a more immediate feedback when walking to a destination – especially using our Pebble companion app.

No update without a healthy dose of bug fixes: This time we improved the result quality for movie theaters and gas stations in English and fixed the place lookup when launched with a URL such as whereto7://?poi=15113542365961283751.

As always you can download the update on the App Store.


Where To? supports Allryder

The new Where To? 7.1.3 update supports Allryder to get directions to any place found. Allryder is different from the more than 50 directions apps we support: It not only shows public transport directions but also takes into account a cab ride as well as car and bike sharing services such as car2go, DriveNow, call-a-bike or Nextbike. For each service the estimated travel duration and price are listed. We particularly like Allryder for its beautiful, fluid user interface. Headquartered in Berlin, the folks at Allryder currently support Germany, Ireland, London and Zurich.

In addition to Allryder support we haven’t been lazy for this update:

  • We added 90 additional brands, mainly in the US and Germany – so you can easily look for places of your favorite chain.
  • When you save a place as a contact we now store phone numbers in international format. The same goes for the VCARD attachment when sharing a place via email.
  • Some of you wondered why we request “Always” location permission and not the “While in Use” permission introduced in iOS 8. The reason is certain features such as the Pebble integration need background location. That’s why we ask for this permission to begin with. Of course, we don’t hog your battery and carefully use location services only when needed. Nevertheless, you spoke and we listened. So here’s a solution for those who’re concerned: Open the system Location Privacy Settings (there’s a shortcut from the in-app settings) and select “While Using the App”. Just be aware that certain features that need background location might not work. Don’t tell me you haven’t been warned! ;-)
  • We worked on the map region control to make the zoom-in to the set of found places more reliable.
  • On iPhone 6 Plus the indentation of list rows and the corresponding separator lines was a bit off, so we fixed that.
  • We had a particularly bad crash slip through for users with Russian, Swedish or Thai as their system language. Thanks for informing us, Alexey, so we could fix it. While we’re at it: if you encounter a bug, crash, or any other issue, please, please let us know! If you don’t, there’s no way for us to fix them!
  • And we fixed numerous minor bugs that are too negligible to mention them here.

As always you can download the update on the App Store. And if you want to do us a little favor, take a minute and post a nice review on the App Store! ❤️


iOS app collaboration has become increasing popular these days, so I’d like to highlight the great new possibilities we added to our URL scheme API in Where To? 7.

x-callback support

To return to the calling app, Where To? 7 supports the x-callback-url specification:

Parameter Example value *) Purpose
x-source
Your App
Display name of the originating app. Displayed in a blue bar on top of the navigation bar.
x-success
yourapp://
Callback URL to launch the originating app. Will be opened if the user taps into the blue bar on top of the navigation bar.
x-error
yourapp://?failure=1
Callback URL to launch the originating app in case of an error. For instance, if a POI specified in the URL can’t be found, this error callback URL is opened.

*) Example values are shown here in non-encoded form. In the actual URL they have to be URL-encoded.

Directions

When a destination is provided via the location or poi parameter, Where To? can optionally display directions to it using the showDirections parameter. The means of transport can be specified (car, bike, pedestrian) or left at the last selected state (whereto).

Example
Show bicycle directions from San Francisco to a great burger place in Sausalito:
whereto7://?location=37.77493,-122.41942&poi=11276723836617286738&showDirections=bike

Directions using third party apps

In addition to the built-in directions viewer, any of our 40+ supported third party apps can be launched to show directions. Just specify the name of the app as shown in Where To? as the value of the showDirections parameter.

Example
Navigate from Portland to Mount Rainier National Park using CoPilot Live:
whereto7://?location=45.522947,-122.67643&poi=6698156646550578200&showDirections=CoPilot%20Live

Launch Where To? for Pebble

By specifying pebble as the value of the showDirections parameter the Where To? companion app automatically opens on the Pebble watch and displays the direction and distance to the destination.

Example
Show the direction and distance to the Eiffel Tower on the Pebble watch:
whereto7://?poi=10222232094831998944&showDirections=pebble

Send to car

By specifying bmw, mercedes-benz or mmi-connect (for Audi) as the value of the showDirections parameter places can be sent right to the car dashboard.

Example
Send the details of Zugspitzbahn (cable railway to Germany’s tallest mountain) to the BMW dashboard using BMW ConnectedDrive:
whereto7://?poi=12584825406177042586&showDirections=bmw

Summary

ApiTo familiarize yourself with the parameters supported by Where To?, consult the Where To? API documentation with all the details.

If you’ve implemented interesting workflows using the Where To? URL scheme or if you support it in your app, please let us know. We’ll gladly mention it here.

Likewise, if you’re missing a certain parameter, please contact us with your idea.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Happy Holidays!

We thank all of you for a successful year 2014 and wish you a great holiday season!

Looking forward to 2015, we’ll be eager to support ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ and have a lot of great surprises in the pipeline. Stay tuned!

Happy Holidays


The Where To? 7 Upgrade Bundle

Today, we’re delighted to introduce the Where To? 7 Upgrade bundle, a great way for Where To? 6 users to upgrade to the newest version at a discount. Where To? 7 is a separate app and thus a separate purchase.

A while ago, I came up with this idea to solve the lack of upgrade pricing on the App Store:

We were reluctant to implement this idea back then because we weren’t sure Apple liked the idea and because we had to make the old version of Where To? available again even though we cannot support it anymore. Meanwhile, our friends at Edovia and Smile launched similar upgrade bundles so we reconsidered.

How does it work?

If you’re an existing Where To? 6 user, you can use “Complete My Bundle” to purchase the Where To? 7 Upgrade bundle. So how does the App Store calculate the price for “Complete My Bundle”? – Let me explain. Put simply, it’s the cost of the bundle minus what you actually paid for any components in the bundle.

Complete my bundleExample 1:
You purchased the old Where To? at the full price of $2.99. The “Complete My Bundle” price will be $2 ($4.99 – $2.99) and you’ll save $0.99.

Example 2:
You purchased the old Where To? when it was on sale for $0.99. The CMB price will be $4. In this case, the price is higher than the full price and we recommend buying the standard Where To? 7 instead.

Rule of thumb: The upgrade bundle is for you if you purchased the old Where To? at full price ($2.99 or local equivalent).

For more information about the Complete My Bundle process, check Apple’s Complete My Bundle FAQs.

We hope this helps clear up the mystery of bundle pricing and we’re thrilled to be able to offer it to our existing customers. Have fun with the great new features of Where To? 7!


Where To? 7.1.1 is now available on the App Store with a ton of small improvements.

New:

  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: More room for the map on the place details screen
  • 1Password support for the Where To? community login
  • Support dynamic text (default font size in Accessibility settings)
  • More descriptions, sometimes including links
  • Added “All Doctors” category
  • Enable Transit app for London, Berlin, Hamburg, Ulm
  • Added support for the following train/public transport apps
    • Railteam (Europe)
    • Irish Rail (IE)
    • Rutebok (NO)
    • Mobileit.lu (LU)
    • VBB iFahrinfo (DE: Berlin, Brandenburg)
    • VBN Fahrplaner (DE: Niedersachsen, Hamburg, Bremen)
    • INSA (DE: Sachsen-Anhalt)
    • emma Bodensee (DE, AT, CH: Bodensee region)
    • SWA Augsburg (DE)
  • FahrInfo Berlin and Stuttgart are back
  • Added Link to Privacy settings from in-app settings and removed redundant settings in the Settings app

Improved:

  • “General Practitioners” result quality in the UK
  • More place reviews

Fixed:

  • Saving of settings and favorites sometimes failed when Where To? was sent to the background
  • Black screen after dismissing the integrated App Store browser under certain conditions
  • Contact picker in search field
  • Crash in send-to-car when launched as favorite routing app
  • Other stability problems
  • Various UI fixes

After you downloaded the update on the App Store why not give us some love and write a nice review? This helps us a lot to gain visibility on the App Store!


Powerlisting GlobalWhere To? now includes worldwide extended place listings with rich details such as

  • pictures,
  • videos,
  • description text,
  • business hours,
  • accepted credit and debit cards,
  • menus,
  • product catalogs,
  • biographies,
  • events, and more

These “PowerListings” are marked with a yellow tag and sometimes include special offers such as rebates and coupon codes.

Where To? + YextPowerListings are provided by our longtime partner Yext. We’re excited that launching today, Yext adds global coverage to allow businesses to build a consistent web presence for every one of their locations — in nearly every country, address format, and native language in the world.

More than 375,000 businesses, including dozens of Fortune 500 companies and top retailers, publish accurate, up-to-date, and rich information about their locations on Where To? via Yext’s network of the most prominent and innovative sites, maps, and apps across the web.


You want both our apps, Where To? and Streets, on your iPhone? Now you can save one buck when buying both apps! The “Feel like a Local” bundle is now available on the App Store.

Show DirectionsBy the way: Where To? and Streets work great together. When you’re searching a place in Where To? you can easily switch to Streets to view the street panorama of the place. Just tap the Directions button and select Streets from the list of apps. The Directions button can be found on the Details screen of a place, on the map in the bottom right or in lists by swiping the entry to the left.

#Protip: you can mark Streets as your favorite app and subsequently open it by just long-tapping the Directions button.

When you’re done watching the street panorama, you can go back to Where To? simply by tapping the back button.

Vice versa, if you’re in Streets looking at a panorama and want to search for nearby places in Where To?, just tap the Share button in Streets and select Where To?. Where To? then displays the location with a green pin on the map and you can search (or browse) for any business category.

Show street view panorama

Complete my Bundle

You already have Streets or Where To? 7.x and want to buy the other? “Complete my Bundle” comes to resuce: Your original purchase is credited and you can benefit from the bundle discount.

Either way, check out the “Feel like a Local” bundle on the App Store now!

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