Tourdivide and CTR were really motivating opportunities to update BlueDot. The updates are many…but the biggest is the inclusion of all currently active events from http://trackleaders.com.
Read on for details or get it from http://app.bluedot.mobi/
The new features include
- Full integration with active events at http://trackleaders.com
- Race clock (or countdown clock prior to event)
- Filter riders by status (active, scratched, finished)
- Filter riders by position on course
- Filter riders by category
- Improvements to “leaderboard” stats on rider list.
Key concept: BlueDot will store data for one event (aka the “primary” event), but can access all events when online. If you are racing and will want to view BlueDot stored data while offline in your bivy, be sure to have your event set as the primary event. This is done either on the splash page or via the “setup” link on the main page.
Splash page if there is no current primary event:
Splash page if you have a primary event set:
New main page with “Setup” button.
The setup page. Tapping “change” takes you to one of the splash pages where you can reset your primary event.
The map can get quite crowded in large events, and BlueDot slows to a crawl trying to render 80+ rider points on a phone. It works best keeping the displayed riders to 20 or less. To this end rider filtering is much improved.
- Filter by status (active, scratched, finished)
- Filter by categories, if any. These are event specific and defined by Trackleaders.
- Filter by position on route.
Or, filter by any combination of the above. Filters apply to riders listed in the rider list and riders rendered on the map. Keep in mind that if a rider you are interested in seems to have disappeared they are probably filtered out!
The status and category filters are self-explanetory, but the “position” filter needs an intro. Essentially the riders are sorted according to position on route, and choosing a range such as 10-20 will show riders in 10th-20th positions on route according to SPOT data. IOW, if a rider has gone stealth (or batteries died) they may fallen out of that range and disappear.
There is one final filter – good old fashioned text. In the riderlist, simply type a rider’s name in the search box and others will be filtered out of the list. Note this doesn’t change the map filter, and it only will apply to riders visible according to the status/category/position filters. The filter will apply to any text in the rider entry so you could get creative with it.
Note the icon in the right of the rider entry. Tap it to go directly to a rider’s location on the map.
The current build also includes some offline map tile basemaps for TNGA. They will become available once the event is activated on Trackleaders.
As always, I welcome any feedback!