MyAppTheme Logo2

The blog

gps4cam pro 1.0 is online – 05/09/2012

Dears,

gps4cam is three years old since August 2012, it was the time to give him a little brother :-) .
I am very pleased to announce the release 1.0 of gps4cam Pro for iPhone.
With gps4cam Pro 1.0, you will enjoy:
✔ a magic feature that allows to generate only one QRCode whatever the duration of the trip you are exporting.
✔ more precision in your capture modes, you will indeed be able to precisely adjust the frequency of your captures.

Versions 2.0 and 3.0 of gps4cam pro will reserve many surprises, among others:
✔ a synchronisation of your trips “on the cloud”.
✔ some capture modes based on distance criteria rather than frequency criteria.
✔ the altitude data export (for pilots and paragliders that asked for it).
✔ the ability to better filter unprecise captures.
✔ the ability to print somes QRCodes and to tape some of them in your usual places of photoshot.
✔ and many other things.

Here is a detailled descriptive of the two main feature of gps4cam pro 1.0:

✔ The export of a trip always generate only one QRCode, without any change neither in the way you use gps4cam nor in the geotagging result. This is possible thanks to the synchronization (totally transparent) with your Dropbox account (free). You thus need an Internet connection when you export your trip and when you geotag with the desktop app. If you are not connected to the internet, you can use the standard export.
This feature requires a little clarification about the management of your private data: As you know, gps4cam is very respectful of your personal data (http://gps4cam.com/aboutprivacy/2011/01/) and unlike most applications, it communicates absolutely no information and no statistics (even anonymous) on the Internet. With this new feature, gps4cam pro owns a private directory on your Dropbox account (/Apps/gps4cam) and send your trips in its private format. It writes in the QRCode some informations allowing to access this directory (/Apps/gps4cam) (and only this one), the QRCode must therefore be regarded as a private data (as well as for standard export, because QRCodes contains your trip). gps4cam Pro does not know your Dropbox password or any information to access your Dropbox account (except /Apps/gps4cam).

✔ Capture modes based on frequency (every 30 seconds, every 5 minutes, …) can be customized with any frequency (between 10 seconds and 30 minutes). This is done by a long click on the capture mode, it is thus accessible during the ride.

Thank you very much for your tests and for your suggestions. I thank all gps4cam users, you can be sure that your encouragements go straight to my heart and help me to improve my application again and again.

I wish you some beautiful photos with gps4cam .

Warmest Regards, Michaël.

26 comments

  1. Hello Mickael, good job for GPS4Cam. However, I am just seeing that you released a new product “gps4cam Pro”. What about your old customer for the none-pro version? Do we have to pay full price again as new users to take advantage of new features? If so it is a little rough … I think Thank you. Regards. JF

    • Hello,
      I understand your point of view. I spent hours doing nothing than thinking about how I can release the new features I dream in gps4cam the better way (with the constraints of Apple). gps4cam is compatible with iOS3.x and I did not want to broke this compatibility. gps4cam is used by many people (sometimes professionals) so I need to be very very careful when I deliver a new release. This means that I cannot implement the feature I want as fast as I want in gps4cam. That’s why I created a totally new product gps4cam Pro, for which I can go faster. To summarize, gps4cam remains an unbreakable and 100% reliable product, whereas gps4cam Pro includes many more features. Having both on your phone makes sense (especially when I will deliver the capacity to export one trip of gps4cam in gps4cam Pro and vice versa).
      Of course, I wanted to give an advantage to gps4cam users: in the next release of gps4cam, all users will have a popup awaring that gps4cam Pro is out and will be able to take advantage of the 4$ price. The final price of gps4cam Pro when all features will be implemented will be 6$.
      Warmest Regards, Michael

  2. Have you considered a plugin for geocoding using the gps4can iPhone app? ( http://gps4cam.com/ ) If your plug could: – emulate the decoding done by the gps4cam desktop app – inject the GPS data into the EXIF as part of the import process – this would mean being able to run a script during import and before the image data is actually copied/read (not sure this is possble) – the image processing of the export photo would be tricky and would require code or a binary to call from LUA?

    • Hello,
      I am 100% open to offer scripting capabilities for gps4cam and gps4cam Pro. My dream would be to work with a script developer than would be able to write a script for LR (with the scripting capabilities I would offer). If you are interested, please contact me at contact@gps4cam.com
      Warmest Regards, Michael

  3. Hi, I would also be interested if there going to be an update to pro? Thanks, M.

    • Hello,
      At the beginning, my idea was to provide an update to Pro feature in gps4cam, but I changed my mind after hours of thinking. gps4cam is compatible with iOS3.x and I did not want to broke this compatibility. gps4cam is used by many people (sometimes professionals) so I need to be very very careful when I deliver a new release. This means that I cannot implement the feature I want as fast as I want in gps4cam. That’s why I created a totally new product gps4cam Pro, for which I can go faster. To summarize, gps4cam remains an unbreakable and 100% reliable product, whereas gps4cam Pro includes many more features. Having both on your phone makes sense (especially when I will deliver the capacity to export one trip of gps4cam in gps4cam Pro and vice versa).
      Of course, I wanted to give an advantage to gps4cam users: in the next release of gps4cam, all users will have a popup awaring that gps4cam Pro is out and will be able to take advantage of the 4$ price. The final price of gps4cam Pro when all features will be implemented will be 6$.
      Warmest Regards, Michael

  4. You really should not think about iOS3.x at all!!!!! Not even iOS4.x … there is only like 1% of users still using them … move on man! Provide in-app purchase to make MOST of your customers happy … It’s A LOT MORE LIKELY for current customer to get the new features with in-app purchase than buying a new app! This is just totally not making economical sense!!!!!!

    • Hello Kelvin,
      I understand your opinion, and I agree you about the fact that there are very few iOS3.x users. However, I don’t want to force the few people who has an iPhone 3G to switch on a new device to continue to use gps4cam (iOS 5 is not available for iPhone 3G). Moreover, I don’t want to frustrate people who have both gps4cam and gps4cam Pro. With the solution I chose (which is not the most economically efficient, I agree you), everybody is free to do what he wants, and gps4cam will continue to evolve for all that is easily feasible in both apps.
      Warmest Regards, Michael

  5. BTW, the new logo is really bad! It’s not PRO at all!!!!

    • Sorry for that. I have done it by myself, and it is not my speciality. I will ask a friend designer to make it nicer.

      • I wanted to spend a mnitue to thank you for this.

      • Michael, do the original app logo and simply make the background dark-red. ;-)

        Appreciate you not breaking compatibility in gps4cam already purchased the new app, looking forward to using it on the next shoot. guess since you are experimenting I should run the old on the iPhone for backup just in case (I normally run gps4cam on my iPad because it is easier to capture.)

        • Hello Bo,
          You do not like the new logo ? About the backup, I think you can use gps4cam Pro directly. If you have a problem during the export (I don’t think there will be any problem, but let’s say), you can still transfer your trip in gps4cam to make the export.
          Warmest Regards, Michael

  6. Jay says:

    Hello,

    Is there an Android version of gps4cam Pro planned and if so when do you think it will be in the Google Play store?

    • Hello,
      Yes, I will work on the Android version of gps4cam Pro, it is in my todo list :-) . However, I have plenty of features planned before, so it is not a short term target.
      Warmest Regards, Michael

  7. Quick question…I am assuming that the app must be kept running for the duration of a trip. What happens in the event the iPhone restarts or the app otherwise is interrupted? Is the trip scrapped or can it be restarted/recovered? I am planning an extended trip (10 days) to Israel and would like to know all the “gotchas” beforehand rather than finding out I have a problem after-the-fact. Thanks so much!

    • The trip can be recovered, each capture is directly stored persistently in the gps4cam database, so you won’t loose any data. But you have to restart your trip after restarting your phone of course.

  8. Just got the gps4cam Pro and already love it. My only “problem” is that I saw on many demo on the net that we can change the frequency of gps reading in the preferences… Which is not the case in the Pro version. I would put it there instead of forcing the user to search for the trick. Keeping an interface simple is the key of success. A user interface should always be “idiot-proof”

    • Hello Bernard,
      Thank you for your kind words. You are right, I think there is a problem with the accessibility of the option allowing to change the frequency of captures. I like the way to access it in gps4cam Pro, but I need something better to make it obvious…
      Michael

  9. Thank you for your brilliant solution to geotagging. I’ve been searching for the longest time on how I could geotag my photos using my Canon EOS 60D. Canons solution was to us one of there bulky external devices for several hundred dollars. I was not thrilled by that idea. Just can’t comprehend why you can buy a cheap point and shoot digital camera with GPS tagging built in. But the larger DSLR cameras usually don’t. Then I tried the Eye-Fi SD Card with Wifi Geotagging but that was a bust, and a headache.

    I’ve tried it a couple times and so far its worked great. Thank you so much. You need to charge more, You’ve saved me hundreds of dollars.

    Eric

  10. Daniel says:

    The ver. 1.1 update of gps4cam Pro brought the option to import trips from the standard version of gps4cam (or so the release notes stated).
    How can I perform the import? I can’t seem to find the documentation for this. Thanks!

    • Hello Daniel,
      Yes, you are absolutely right. To export some trips of gps4cam into gps4cam Pro (and vice versa), you will have to wait the next release of gps4cam that will be available in a few days…
      Warmest Regards, Michael

  11. I want to use the simple features to begin with – no Dropbox etc needed – but want that upward compatibility so probably will go for Pro. Can you confirm I don’t lose anything on Pro compared to previous version? And I can find now to use battery saving mode/low frequency acquisition easily in Pro?

    Also, I assume that if I cannot/don’t want to use the Qcode function, I can still export a completely standard GPX coordinates file and sync it based on camera and phone (or GPS receive?) having sync times? **Just noticed an in-app purchase needed for this fundamental GPX file use – how much does this cost?

    I plan to install on both iPhone 4S and Android 2.3 if all goes well. Is Android 2.3 supported?

    • Hello Nigel,
      Yes, gps4cam Pro covers all that gps4cam does. The GPX export is free, it was an in-app purchase in gps4cam long time ago. Where did you find the information about this in app-purchase ? I have to signal that it is outdated information. Android 2.3 is supported by gps4cam, but there is not yet gps4cam Pro on Android.
      I wish you some beautiful photos with gps4cam.
      Warmest Regards, Michael

  12. Thanks for the quick reply. Seems that out of date info mentioning in-app purchase part was in a couple of old reviews on other sites.

    I have now found how to send out the GPX file (though I could not find an option to save it to the phone, e.g. if I am offline while abroad).

    And yes it works fine with Android 2.3.

Leave a Reply