The development of maaloo is still in progress. Quality expectations are very high, especially when it comes to rendering the maps and expanding the software.
The map rendering should at least meet the expectations of modern map applications and provide a solid basis for future expansion in this area.
Particular attention was paid to the design of the software in expandable components in order to be able to build various applications in the field of outdoor activities. This enables adaptation to special applications. The previous use cases of maaloo as a geocaching app or an outdoor app are to be incorporated into other use cases. The use cases can be packaged in their own modules and added to the maaloo core application.
These modules do not necessarily have to be developed by maaloo itself. In the future, maaloo wants to be a platform for outdoor applications, as an option for excessive expandability and division of labor.
Perhaps this explains why it is not about being on the market as quickly as possible, but rather taking a little more time, but then standing on solid and high-quality legs. Ready for the future, not just for the moment.
Stay tuned. The goal is still, to release a maaloo Geocaching app in 2020.
The Live-API to OneDrive which is used by maaloo Geocaching/Outdoor was switched off by Microsoft.
You can still import GPX-files by direct file import. E.g. you can send an Email to yourself with an GPX file attachment. Open the attached GPX-file in your mail client on your phone. Touch on the file and all associated apps are listed which can open GPX files. Choose maaloo Geocaching/Outdoor an the file will be imported.
There are no export features available anymore. Sorry for any inconveniences caused. Ways of implementing an alternative feature to export a GPX file are checked.
Update: v220.127.116.11 – added the ability to export tracks and waypoints by export as plain text in the body of an Email. This re-enables the further post-processing and import in GPX-Editors on PC.
The older version of maaloo Outdoor with the green Icon is not available in the Store anymore. The green version has been replaced by the blue version. The blue version is called “maaloo Outdoor 8” and is implemented for Windows Phone 8.0. This has the advantage to record tracks in the background, if you use another app in the foreground. The green version has not this ability and was not updatable to this Windows Phone 8.0 target platform, due to limitations by Microsoft.
If you still want to install the green version, you must use this link from your phone.
If you had bought the green version in the past and do not want to purchase the blue version again, you can upgrade to the blue version by this simple steps.
- Install the green version
- Install the trial-version of maaloo Outdoor 8 (blue icon)
- In the green version go to the Main Screen / Info / Apps / Unlock
- The blue version now works like a full version.
This update changes the way to switch a map and choose waypoint online services. Previously you had to click more buttons to switch to another map or to toggle waypoint services on or off. Now there is only one click to open the “Fast Map Switcher”.
You can choose from the last 3 maps you had used before. At the beginning there are no 3 maps, so you have to press the more-button with the three dots to open the full map menu and choose a map there. If you want to switch to another than the 3 maps you have to press the more-button too.
If you use an offline vector map, you can select one of three themes (design templates). There are the MTB, Hike and Cycle theme. The Hike theme highlights hiking ways. The Cycle theme highlights ways for bicycles. If you use the maps from openandromaps.org you get better results with the themes. Especially the network-tagged ways (regional walking and cycling routes) are more highlighted with maps by openandromaps.org.
The themes are similar to those from andromaps_mtb, andromaps_hike and andromaps_cycle.xml by openandromaps.org with some minor changes.
Some users have updated their phones to Windows 10 Mobile. The maaloo Apps are built for Windows Phone 8.x but run on Windows 10 Mobile too with some minor limitations.
The official update of W10M is the 10.0.10586.164. The 10586 is important, the last number is not so important.
One known limitation with W10M is the access to the SD-card. The maps on the SD-card are not detected by the app.
Some users had problems to start the app, if the app is installed on the SD-card. You should install the app on the internal storage of the phone in this case.
You should not use the Insider updates of W10M, not fast and not slow ring (14295.x) . There are potentially more problems. One problem is that the login to geocaching.com is not possible.
August 2017: The app also runs on Windows Mobile 10 up to version 1607, Build 14393, which can not be guaranteed for newer versions.
The first update of 2016 for maaloo Outdoor 8 (blue icon).
Some minor changes and one more translation:
- Bugfix: Get directions for route was not visible on map immediately
- New Upload-button on the Track Details page
- Retrieve more online waypoints (Panoramio, Geocaching, GPSies) by multiple requests. The waypoints of the previous request does not disappear now.
- Danish Translation – thanks Thomas
New update for maaloo Outdoor 8 with some improvements for track recording.
- The track will be automatically reduced while recording with the new option Settings / Record / ‘Auto reduce track’ in an interval of 10 minutes (default off). Unnecessary points will be removed by the Douglas-Peucker algorithm to create space for necessary points on long trails. If you enable this feature you should normally not notice any negative influence. The deleted points are in most cases unnecessary.
- There are three new choices for the info panels on the map to reflect the progress while recording.
- The altitude values are now calculated with a moving average of 10, to minimize the spikes somewhat.