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.
To return to the calling app, Where To? 7 supports the x-callback-url specification:
||Example value *)
|Display name of the originating app. Displayed in a blue bar on top of the navigation bar.
|Callback URL to launch the originating app. Will be opened if the user taps into the blue bar on top of the navigation bar.
|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.
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).
Show bicycle directions from San Francisco to a great burger place in Sausalito:
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.
Navigate from Portland to Mount Rainier National Park using CoPilot Live:
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.
Show the direction and distance to the Eiffel Tower on the Pebble watch:
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.
Send the details of Zugspitzbahn (cable railway to Germany’s tallest mountain) to the BMW dashboard using BMW ConnectedDrive:
To 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- “General Practitioners” result quality in the UK
- More place reviews
- 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!
Where To? now includes worldwide extended place listings with rich details such as
- description text,
- business hours,
- accepted credit and debit cards,
- product catalogs,
- events, and more
These “PowerListings” are marked with a yellow tag and sometimes include special offers such as rebates and coupon codes.
PowerListings 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.
By 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.
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!
Where To? 7.1 is now available on the App Store. It supports the native resolution of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for more content on the screen. Also it contains various optimizations for iOS 8. For instance, the swipe gesture in lists is back. It allows you to delete or fave categories, to fave places and get directions. When you long-tap the directions icon, your favorite routing app is used to for directions.
- fixed Garmin interoperability
- VoiceOver optimizations
- improved Pebble integration
- general bug fixes
Download the Where To? 7.1 update on the App Store. And while you’re at it, why not leave a nice review?
A short update on Streets, our Street View app: we’ve added hundreds of gallery places such as
- the Gizeh pyramids in Egypt,
- the Taj Mahal and many other interesting places in India, and
- many airports and train stations worldwide
bringing the total number of gallery places to over 900. To access these places, just type the name of the country or state in the search field.
The Where To? companion app for Pebble
is now available as a free download on the Pebble App Store. It displays the direction and distance to your selected destination so you can keep your iPhone in the pocket while walking or driving.
Once installed, you can initiate the connection from your iPhone or your Pebble:
- On the iPhone just tap the miniature smart watch on the Details screen or select “Pebble Companion” on the Routing Apps screen.
- Alternatively, open the Where To? app on your Pebble after selecting a place on the iPhone.
Pebble is now connected with the iPhone and shows the current direction and distance to the destination. The integrated Pebble compass is utilized, so even when moving your arm the arrow on the watch always points towards the destination. Using the up and down buttons on your Pebble you can hide or show the name of the place.
Once the connection is established, the iPhone can be kept in the pocket. Where To? automatically sends the current distance to the Pebble in the background.
To save the battery, the Pebble app automatically quits as soon as you’ve reached the destination. As a reminder it also vibrates every few minutes so you don’t keep the compass operating longer than needed. To stop the connection just close the Pebble app or tap the miniature smart watch in the iPhone app again.
Before you start, make sure to update your Pebble to firmware version 2.5 or newer which supports the built-in compass. On the iPhone, Where To? 7 is required.
If your iPhone is connected to a Pebble, Where To? indicates this by showing the miniature smart watch on the Details screen and the “Pebble Companion” entry on the Routing Apps screen. Tap “Connect” and you’ll be asked to install the Where To? Pebble app. You’re automatically transferred to the Pebble app where you can install the Where To? Pebble app.
If you have a Pebble smart watch, don’t wait and check out this feature now! If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter or contact us. And if you find our app useful, please like it on the Pebble App Store and rate it on the iOS App Store.
Finally, after an almost 2-day wait after the approval of the App Store review team, the Where To? 7.0.1 update has made it’s way to the App Store. The update not only brings back a localized description and screenshots in languages other than English and German but also contains bugfixes and worldwide support for Skobbler Navi+ (previously it was only available for Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
Also, to support the blind community beyond our Voice Over integration, places can now be sent to BlindSquare, an app specifically targeted to the visually impaired. For instance, it uses tones of different frequencies to indicate the heading the user is going.
Download the Where To? 7.0.1 update from the App Store today!