Sorry for the website outage 11.7-11.9.2015!!!

Looks like some sort of auto-update happened Friday night and it twisted the website up. We apologize for that!

It looks like we got it corrected this morning 11.9.2015 and things should be up and running again. Thanks to the people who called and emailed … unfortunately, we had to call our website hosting service on Monday to resolve it, but it’s looking like we got it fixed.

If you see anything amiss, be sure to let us know at support@dashboss.com? Thanks again!

V1.991 has been released to Beta

V1.991 has been released to Beta testers with the following items under test:

  • A new weather feed for weather correction data utilizing “micro weather” from WeatherUnderground.com.  This uses your GPS coordinates to find a nearby personal weather station for air density calculations and corrections.  This feed is much more localized and should be even more accurate than the previous WeatherBug feed.
  • NEW DTC method to try to retrieve manufacturer specific DTCs and DTCs from additional modules on the bus (non-OBD type DTCs like things from the body controller, brake controller, etc.).
  • Various stability improvements

New Version still Awaiting Review at Apple App Store

The newest version is still awaiting review, which is unusual, but I suspect Apple’s review process is a bit slower than usuals due to:

  •  Another revision to the developer tools (Xcode) was just released
  • The new Apple Watch Kit and the pending release of the Apple Watch
  • iOS 8.3 was just released

Hopefully they will review it and approve it by next week.

New version of DashBoss submitted to Apple for Review

The latest iteration of DashBoss has been submitted to Apple for Review.  Normally it will be posted to the App Store within 7 business days, so we expect it to be available in mid-April.

The new version includes:

  • Fix for an occasional “sticky” Alert yellow box not going away properly after being set up in the CONFIG
  • Fix for GM Injector Pulse Width (IPW) being incorrectly displayed due to a rounding error
  • Fix for instant fuel economy calculation in l/100km
  • 2013 Dodge VIN combinations added to database
  • Fix for Wide Band O2 sensor #2 gauge label error
  • Add more detailed help for PSD 6.0 FICM/CAM/SYNC description when you choose detailed help when picking this PID
  • Various “under the cover” tweaks for performance improvement
  • Slight change to gauge colors/designs available in the CONFIG section

BETA testers, new procedure for testing …

Apple has purchased TestFlight and is integrating it into their development program as part of the tool set.  On the whole, this is turning out to be a good thing, but like anything, there are some caveats:

PROS

  • Test Devices are now managed via email addresses registered rather than UDIDs (the whole “register your device” step in the old TestFlight program).
  • We can now register up to 1000 Beta testers (vs. the old 100 limit)
  • We (the developers) don’t have to build special provisioning files/credentials and make sure all the build settings line up to the Beta test group for “Ad Hoc” distribution (which cuts down the time it takes to do a build)

CONS

  • Beta Builds have to go through a Review (by Apple) just like an App Store submission.  This isn’t a big CON in and of itself, since it will verify there aren’t any problems with policy, toolsets, iOS specific violations, etc.  HOWEVER, it DOES mean that it will add a few days to some of the builds (minor changes are usually pretty quick, but major changes may take a few days)
  • Beta users will only be able to install the latest build and can’t really “fall back” to a previous build like you used to be able to do.  Rumors are this will change, but the new rollout seems to support this right now and that it may change in the near future as the Apple based program matures.

SO, we’re planning on giving this a whirl (v1.990.1 has been submitted as Build 1 of a new Beta is “In Review” as of 2/11/2015) and see how it works out for us.  If it is pretty painless, we’ll keep using it.  If not, there have been a couple of pretty click third party solutions rolled out (like Hockey and Crashlytics) and we’ll investigate them as a substitute if necessary.  In any case, THANKS TO ALL THE BETA TESTERS and we’ll keep you in the loop as this evolves.  Currently, the standalone TESTFLIGHTAPP goes completely dead in late February (I think it’s the 20th) and is replaced by the Apple program.