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What's New - iOS

  1. 🚧 v2017.8 - Submitted to Apple

    • Fixed a crash if you exited the app while on the settings screen and then brought it back.
    • Fixed a crash that could happen when downloading previously saved activities.
  2. v2017.7 - released 2017-11-20

    Slopes is starting the season with a bang! This is a big update, containing 4 awesome new features.

    • 3D Flyover: The 3D view just got a complete rewrite and upgrade! Pass holders can replay their runs on awesome new virtual 3D mountains. This 3D mode now includes the ability to zoom / pan around the mountain to scope out your run, and uses the great timeline scrubber from the 2D mode to move through your day.
    • Free online backup: Slopes will now automatically back up your data to my servers too keep it safe. Just sign up for a free Slopes account to get started.
    • Photo library integration: Instead of having to manually import a day's worth of photos into Slopes to see them, Slopes can now automatically show photos from your photo library. You can still import and attach a single photo as the highlight photo. If you're worried about privacy, don't worry; photos that are displayed from your library automatically do not get copied into Slopes (or onto its servers as part of backup). Also, if you had previously imported more than one photo for a day, Slopes will copy it back to your photo library if needed when you run this update.
    • Enhanced replay controls: Replaying now uses the timeline scrubber, so you can more easily move around to specific times during replay. With this new interface replaying a run now works in 2D mode, too! Lastly, replays now include a graph of your speed and vertical as you play back your run. Hit the play button to give it a spin!

    Plus a ton of other smaller but important features and improvements:

    • iPhone X support.
    • The daily summary screen got a facelift.
    • The photo browser got support for zooming in on photos, and support for Live Photos and videos.
    • Updated the Lifts & Runs view to always show your current location as you scroll through your day, even if Slopes had categorized that time as “other” (vs a lift or run).
    • You can now change your Slopes account email in-app.
    • Added two new GPX export options.
    • Fixed jumping to exactly where you tap on the timeline map view.
    • Enhanced heat map color logic to better highlight variations in speed.
    • Plus the normal "bug fixes and improvements" everyone loves to see.
  3. v2.6 - released 2017-03-28

    The season might be winding down, but I'm squeezing one last awesome update in while I can.

    • Support for Siri on Apple Watch. Start / pause / resume / and end your workouts, hands-free!
    • Passholders: when a resort supports lift naming (over 200 world-wide and counting!), the terrain map now shows all lifts at a resort not just the ones you took. This really helps orient your day on the mountain like tree-lines do on the satellite map.
    • Tweaked the Watch resort select screen to bring focus to resorts you frequent.
    • In adding Siri support on Apple Watch, overall syncing with the phone has been improved.
    • International users: Slopes will now use "5min" instead of "5m" so times without an hour or second component don't look like meter measurements.
    • Tapping on the Today Widget now launches Slopes.
    • Fixed cases where lifts that ran close to each other would cause incorrect matches.
    • Fixed merging to make sure it stops earlier if it looks like could be an error leading to data loss.
    • Made save logic more resilient to protect against data corruption / loss.
    • Fixed a case where after a merge you'd be taken back to the activity list instead of the activity itself.
  4. v2.5.4 - released 2017-02-23

    • Performance improvements for importing GPX files created when using a Trace puck.
    • Fix for some Trace imports getting hung up on timezone lookup.
  5. v2.5.3 - released 2017-02-20

    • Vastly improved accuracy of stats for new GPX imports from Trace / Alpine Replay.
    • GPX imports that don’t include an original timezone will now attempt to calculate the one before importing, fixing the time being off for lifts and runs.
    • Slopes was pestering a few people to buy a pass before recording, even when they already had one ready to go. It won’t do that anymore. Sorry for the confusion.
    • Fixed a really rare case where new passes would prematurely activate if you had also purchased any pass in the 2015/2016 season.
    • It was a server-side fix, but just to call it out: fixed an issue where a day or trip pass wouldn’t be available for activation after purchase.
    • Apple Watch + HealthKit users: if your phone was locked when you start recording Slopes would be denied your weight from Apple Health, leading to a missing calorie estimate. This update fixes the old activities, and works around the limitation for future ones.
  6. v2.5.2 - released 2017-02-07

    • You can now enable calorie estimates mid-recording.
    • Ensure Day and Trip passes get activated when starting a session from an Apple Watch.
    • Fixed a crash on iOS9 when trying to view a run in 3D.
    • Fix a case where calorie estimates wouldn't calculate.
  7. v2.5.1 - released 2017-01-25

    • Quick fix for a crash-on-launch if you had skied at certain European resorts.
  8. v2.5 - released 2017-01-23

    • Activity search:
      • Those of you with hundreds of days recorded know how hard it can be to go through your history to find that awesome trip to Breckenridge from ... when was it? 2013? 2014? You can now search by resort name to find any activity.
      • Search works for activities in the backcountry, too. You can also search by city, state / province, or country to find any activity.
      • A little bonus with search: those season total rows will filter distance / vertical / day count when your search. Easy to answer “how much vertical did I get on my Killington trip last year?” now.
    • Sync your weight into Apple's Health App? Slopes can now pull from there automatically. You can enable this from the settings screen.
    • Slopes will now automatically offer to save workouts to Apple Health, even without calorie estimates.
    • Changed the colors for lifts and runs on the map view. Lifts and runs now look visually distinct (vs both red) in satellite mode, and the colors now are the same for both satellite and terrain views. Picking colors is hard, yo.
    • Sped up resuming recording after Slopes had been paused for a long time.
    • Improved resilience for staying alive in the background while you're tracking (in rare cases another app using GPS could pause Slopes).
    • Now that Instagram supports direct sharing from other Apps, and most people have updated to that new version, I’ve removed the custom Share to Instagram hack that used to be needed. No more two-step process to share.
    • Changed the lifetime vertical readout to switch to millions after you hit 1 million feet. “1mil” sounds a lot better than “1,000k” eh?
    • Improved compatibility of KML/KMZ exports.
    • Improved import of GPX files from Garmin Connect.
    • Improved GPX export compatibility.
    • Fixed some cases were the UI would stop responding after asking Slopes to merge two activities.
    • Fixed a case where requests to the Slopes server could fail, but not clear out. Usually this looked like resort search not working until you quit Slopes and tried again.
    • Fixed a crash on the activity trim screen. Well, two, actually.
    • And, as always, lots of other littler bug fixes and UI tweaks not worth calling out.
  9. v2.4.3 - released 2016-12-01

    • Fixed a case where Slopes could crash when you start recording.
    • Fixed a case where duplicate data could appear in HealthKit after trimming or reprocessing activities.
    • Fixed a case where Slopes could crash after leaving the summary screen.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when importing activities from other sources.
  10. v2.4.2 - released 2016-09-20

    • Fixed "Share Slopes" showing up twice in 3d touch shortcuts.
    • Fixed issue with lift names sometimes not showing up.
    • Fixed season "# days" count to not count multiple recordings in a day as multiple days.
  11. v2.4.1 - released 2016-09-14

    • New and improved help & support section.
    • Fix for a crash on iOS 9 when trying to open a web page or another app externally.
  12. v2.4 - released 2016-09-13

    • Huge updates for the Watch app:
      • Thanks to watchOS 3 + Slopes v2.4 you’ll spend less time waiting for data to sync from the iPhone. Actions like pausing on the phone are now reflected near instantly. Update your Watches to watchOS 3 so Slopes can take advantage of the improvements.
      • Slopes has a complication. On watchOS 3 you can add Slopes to your watch faces to see your recording status and the total vertical you’ve grabbed for the day.
      • You can now end your day from the Watch, too (which means activity ring credit is finally possible, and next on my list of features to add for the Watch).
    • Tons of new features, including support for the latest and greatest in iOS 10:
      • Sticker pack! Had a lot of fun making these with a friend. Let me know how you like 'em and what others you'd like to see.
      • The Today Widget has been updated for iOS 10, supporting compact and extended views.
      • The Today Widget has also received a facelift and better matches the look and feel of Slopes 2 and the Watch app.
      • Added support for 3D Touch actions from the homescreen to start / pause / resume / end recording.
      • Added support for Siri, allowing you to trigger start / pause / resume / and end recording commands via Siri commands.
      • Added support for Taptic feedback on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
    • Switched season metrics to show days on the slopes instead of hours. Should me much more useful for those of you lucky enough to consider yourself ski bums.
    • Fixed an issue with Apple Maps where the map of your day would display slightly offset from the center.
    • Fixed an issue where Slopes Passes redeemed through iTunes, instead of in-app, might not show up on your account immediately.
  13. v2.3 - released 2016-07-02

    • Sometimes you can only make it out for a trip or two a year, so grabbing a Season Pass doesn’t make sense. By popular request Slopes now has shorter options. The new "Trip Pass" allows for unlimited recordings within a week, and there's also a new "Single-use Ticket" option good for one recording
    • Unlike the Season Pass, single use tickets and week passes aren’t activated until you hit record, so you can buy one while you’re at home on great WiFi.
    • Improved backcountry climb detection. Slopes is now much more forgiving of those slow climbs and won’t filter parts of them out as “rest” time.
    • Better support for Family Sharing and approval of purchases triggered by children.
  14. v2.2.3 - released 2016-04-18

    • Fix for a possible crash during save.
  15. v2.2.2 - released 2016-04-08

    • Improvements to the lift / run detector for beginners who take things a bit slower
    • Fix for GPX compatibility and Garmin Connect
    • Fix for a crash on the settings screen
    • Other small bugfixes and improvements
  16. v2.2.1 - released 2016-03-15

    • Stickers! You can now grab stickers for your gear through Stickermule using the link on the about screen.
    • Improvements to the lift / run detector.
    • Other miscellaneous bug and crash fixes.
  17. v2.2 - released 2016-03-02

    • Season Pass holders can now view their days on satellite maps (and they look awesome!).
    • Activity trimming. Now you can edit the start and end times of your days (including previously saved ones).
    • Activity merging. Slopes will now offer to merge recordings from the same resort at the end of the day.
    • Enhanced export options. Exporting your day as a GPX, Slopes, or KMZ file will now also allow you to open them directly in other apps such as Dropbox.
    • Dramatically simplified calorie tracking and the Apple Health integration. Now calorie tracking is an app-wide setting and Slopes will try to save calorie and workout data by default. Your weight is now editable under settings.
    • Sped up the saving process for imports, new recordings, and existing activities.
    • Improvements to the photo picker, including being able to manually add more than one photo at a time now.
    • Improvements to Apple Watch app, including better syncing of the units (miles vs km) preference.
    • Improvements to the lift and run detector. Some of your old activities may update themselves as a result.
    • Other miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
  18. v2.1.3 - released 2016-02-03

    • Quick fix for a crash that could occur after dismissing the save screen.
    • Fixed a case where the live stat for total vertical could be momentarily inaccurate.
  19. v2.1.2 - released 2016-01-29

    • Poor GPS happens and while Slopes itself can't do much to fix it, I don't like a surprise "0 runs" at the end of the day any more than you do. To that end I added some earlier warning screens to let you know when Slopes isn't getting good data.
    • Discounted the one-year Season Pass when you're buying it after trying the Season Pass for for a month.
    • Make sure the permissions for accessing locations hasn't changed since the last time Slopes recorded. Sometimes this would lead to people being able to start recording even though Slopes was being denied locations by iOS. Usually caused by OS upgrades.
    • Fixed a race condition that could cause HealthKit data to not be saved.
    • Fixed a crash if you tried to auto-add photos to your day but Slopes didn't have permission to your photo library.
    • Guard against a crash that sometimes happened when 3d-touching an activity in your activity list.
    • Fixed a crash that could happen when submitting a resort for lift support.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when starting a new recording.
    • Hopeful (error logs were a bit cryptic) fix for a crash when trying to view the resort selection screen.
  20. v2.1.1 - released 2016-01-17

    • Sometimes "last run" would show up with 0 for speed / vertical / distance. That was a lie, and has now been fixed.
    • Fixed a crash that happens when upgrading Slopes from the App Store while you were in the middle of recording.
  21. v2.1 - released 2016-01-11

    • Three new sharing styles. How much vertical did you grab today; was it enough to top the Eiffel Tower, or perhaps Yosemite Falls? Use the new share sheets to find out and brag to your friends.
    • Sharing directly to Instagram is now supported, too.
    • New feature for Season Pass holders: automatic lift naming! Lifts will automatically be labeled by name and type at supported resorts. It’s going to take a while to build a full database of lift names worldwide, so if your favorite resort isn’t supported you can use the option on the edit/save screen to help kickstart naming at that resort.
    • Changed how things work when a Season Pass expires: you’ll keep access to premium features for activities you recorded using Slopes while you had a pass. This should make the one month pass much more useful for those that only go out for a week or two a year.
    • The Watch companion app now launches over twice as fast as it used to.
    • You can now tap a run or lift in the map view to jump directly to it in the timeline.
    • Added 3d touch support for previewing photos on the save screen.
    • Slopes will no longer log you out if you’re offline.
    • Better (but not yet perfect) offline support for terrain maps.
    • Fixed a crash when trying to add photos from iCloud Photo Library.
    • Fixed a case where users were promoted for HealthKit permissions when Slopes didn’t actually need them.
    • Fixed crash when trying to use Safari Shared Credentials to automatically fill in your login.
    • Fixed an issue where restoring from an iCloud backup would take a few seconds to restore your activities (now instant)
    • Fixed some other rare and seemingly random crashes.
  22. v2.0.3 - released 2015-12-08

    • v1 unlocks are fixed, I ripped out the third party receipt code I was using and now do the validation myself. Tap the unlock button (one last time) if you purchased v1 to get access to the features you expect. Thanks for your patience, I know this was frustrating.
  23. v2.0.2 - released 2015-12-01

    • Improved the reliability of being able to start Slopes from your Watch, even when Slopes wasn't running.
    • Fixed an issue for metric users where the Watch was showing imperial units.
    • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented location updates while Slopes was in the background.
    • A few more crashing bugs were fixed.
  24. v2.0.1 - released 2015-11-19

    • If you were a v1 user who didn't see features unlocked in v2, this update has a restore receipt button you can tap to have iOS reload your purchase info. Just head to the about screen and press the restore button at the bottom!
    • Added a fix for Slopes crashing when trying to re-import bad activities. This looked like a crash on startup (or shortly thereafter) to people affected by the bug.
  25. v2.0 - released 2015-11-10

    Bigger maps, new recording screen, and more!
    • Brand new runs & lifts view.
      • The map is now ~40% bigger.
      • Visually see you how long a lift / run was with the new timeline scrubber at the bottom.
      • Scrolling through your timeline updates the map with an icon showing exactly where you were.
      • The maps are now interactive, too. You can now pinch / zoom / pan around the map.
    • New start recording screen with your lifetime stats. How much vertical can you grab?
    • The recording screen has also been redesigned: see lift vs run time estimates live, and enjoy a more legible interface despite the sun's glare.
    • Calorie burn estimates are now also available while recording.
    • Peak and Pop gestures for devices with 3d touch.
    • Huge improvements to the GPS processor giving you more accurate stats, especially in poor-GPS situations (old activities will be re-analyzed, too). Thanks to everyone who sent in their inaccurate runs!
    • The Watch app as been updated to take advantage of watchOS 2.
    • Fixed what looked like a loss of data when you restored from an iCloud backup.
    • Fixed a flickering issue when opening a photo full-screen.
    • Fixed a bunch of other bugs and crashes that no one complained about, but I knew needed to be crushed.
  26. v1.5.2 - released 2015-09-10

    • Font tweaks to get Slopes ready for the next OS.
    • Fixed a bug with the image made to share on Facebook and Twitter where the activity map wasn't shown.
  27. v1.5.1 - released 2015-07-24

    • Fixed a bug with the Apple Watch app that caused it to crash on startup for people using the metric system.
  28. v1.5.0 - released 2015-04-10

    Apple Watch support comes to Slopes in v1.5.0
    • Apple Watch support!
      • The glance lets you see time spent on lifts vs shredding downhill, live.
      • The app lets you see your top speed, vertical, and distance for the day.
      • There's a mini run-by-run comparison graph for each of those stats, too.
      • Use your Apple Watch as a remote control for Slopes. Pause/resume and even start recording without having to take out your phone.
    • Added iTunes file sharing so you can import multiple files at once.
    • Added total vertical and distance labels for runs in the 3d view.
    • Improved detection of breaks when you forget to pause.
    • Huge speed improvement when re-launching the app after a long pause.
  29. v1.4.4 - released 2015-02-26

    • Tracked down an annoying and rare bug that caused some GPS data to disappear into a black hole after a long pause.
  30. v1.4.3 - released 2015-02-02

    • Fixed a data synchronization bug Pebble users were seeing.
    • The setting for fitness tracking will now automatically be remembered for future activities.
    • Fixed issue where GPX exports wouldn't load into Garmin Connect.
    • Some smaller bug fixes and a little extra battery savings.
  31. v1.4.2 - released 2015-01-15

    • Fixed cases where activity maps would crop off the edges of runs.
    • Despite what you may have seen you did not time travel ‐ fixed the year shown for activities between Dec 28 and 31, 2014.
    • A few other small bugfixes.
  32. v1.4.1 - released 2014-12-30

    • Added support for the Slopes companion app for Pebble smart watches. See live stats without even taking out your phone.
    • Fixed a bug for first-time users where one could try to save an activity without first picking skiing vs snowboarding, which would cause it to not show up in the activity history.
    • Fixed issue where a photo, once added, couldn't be removed during the initial save.
  33. v1.4.0 - released 2014-12-18

    Today widget and health integration for Slopes v1.4.0
    • Slopes now has a today widget so you can see your key stats on your lock screen. No more fumbling to unlock your phone on the lift to see your stats, just swipe down.
    • Get estimates on how many calories you burned while riding. Enable fitness tracking when you save to have Slopes calculate calories burned, and add your workout to Apple's Health app.
    • Redesigned the activities screen to be a lot clearer. The seasonal graph may make a comeback, but it was too awkward crammed there up top.
    • 3d run graphs are now full-screen only, and the maps for runs got a little bigger and easier to read.
    • You can now share the pictures you took during the day. Tap the picture then hit the share icon in the top right.
    • Support for the iPhone 6 and 6+.
    • Squashed plenty of bugs; it was a slaughter.
  34. v1.3.4 - released 2014-03-27

    • One of the tip dialogs was trying to be a bit *too* helpful, reminding users of the same thing multiple times. He's a bit quieter now.
    • Fixed a bug related to Slopes recovering from logs when iOS kills the app if you weren't using it (long breaks).
  35. v1.3.3 - released 2014-03-07

    • Sometimes iOS would kill Slopes to save memory if you left it paused for a while. When relaunching and seeing the start screen again some people got confused thinking their data was lost, even though the "start" button changed to "resume". Removed the potential for confusion and Slopes now just takes users right into the currenty-recording screen as they'd expect.
    • Squashed a few other pesky bugs and crashes.
  36. v1.3.2 - released 2014-02-21

    • Massive speed improvements to resuming recording if Slopes is terminated mid-recording.
    • If you leave Slopes paused and forget to save your day you'll now get a notification reminding you to end your activity.
    • One or two international users had their activities get stuck while re-processing in v1.3.0. They'll now be un-stuck.
    • Fixed case where users couldn't share their activities on Twitter.
    • Added the ability to save the activity summary images to your camera roll, useful for posting to Instagram and other services.
    • A few miscellaneous UX improvements and tweaks.
  37. v1.3.1 - released 2014-02-27

    • Fixed crash that occurred when trying to report a missing resort, but no email account is configured on the phone.
    • Fixed crash that could occur when trying to import bad data.
    • Fixed crash that could occur when viewing an activity in map mode.
  38. v1.3.0 - released 2014-02-06

    Twitter and Facebook share sheet for Slopes v1.3.0
    • I don't know about you, but I love showing off my days riding online. Slopes can now create an image to share on Twitter or Facebook that summarizes your stats and has a cool 3d map of your runs. (check out others' with #trackingmyedge)
    • I've always been annoyed at ski apps that have north as "up" when showing a map of my runs. Uphill is up to us, not north! Slopes now does lots of (incredibly annoying) math to orient activity maps so that uphill is at the top of the screen.
    • Automatic timezone support for those going across the country to find the best powder.
    • The GPS processing for run and stat calculation has gotten a lot smarter (especially with poor GPS situations). All your previously recorded activities are going to be updated with this improved logic. Some of your records may go up, some down, but they'll all be a lot more accurate overall.
    • People in the southern hemisphere are still stuck in summer, but Slopes is ready for their eventual winter. If you're from the southern hemisphere your season totals are now based around *your* winter, not winter up north.
    • Google Earth exports now support full playback of you runs with speed breakdowns, not just a pretty line and start/end times. (note: Google Earth calculates speed/etc on its own, Slopes can't control that)
    • Tons of other small fixes / enhancements.
  39. v1.2.2 - released 2014-01-22

    • Prevent Slopes from trying to display nearby resorts on the map even after you closed the app. This will prevent the mysterious "the app crashed last time" messages, even though you never saw it crash.
  40. v1.2.1 - released 2014-01-16

    • You know what's awesome? Displaying metric speeds correctly in KPH instead of meters per second. Slopes is pretty awesome in that regard now.
  41. v1.2.0 - released 2014-01-09

    Summary screen with top speed, distance, and total vertical for each day on the mountain.
    • A whole new summary screen for each activity you record. See a breakdown of your time on lifts vs runs vs slacking off, notes you make about the day, and highlights like the fastest run or the run with the most vertical.
    • The new summary screen also supports viewing photos for each activity you record. When saving an activity you can manually pick photos to attach, or you can use the spiffy auto-add feature to automatically pull in all the photos you took while recording.
    • Was a recorded activity particularly awesome? Go ahead and mark it as a favorite.
    • You can now edit previously saved activities. Great for when you had no cell reception and you had to start an activity as "in the backcountry" - tag the resort later when you get home.
    • Lots of speed and usability improvements to the start recording screen:
      • If you've been to a resort before you can start recording there instantly instead of having to wait for Slopes to look up nearby resorts.
      • Riding somewhere with bad reception? You can now start recording as in the back country right away and tag the resort when you get back to civilization.
      • Upgraded to a new server for all the resort information, lookups are even faster now.
    • All the usual smaller speed/bug/UI improvements that come with a major release, such as:
      • Improvements to the activity recorder to filter out bad GPS data better.
      • Improvements to real-time stat preview accuracy.
      • Slightly smarter recording logic to save some battery.
  42. v1.1.2 - released 2013-12-24

    • Vastly improved app resume time when checking in on your activity after a long day of riding.
  43. v1.1.1 - released 2013-12-17

    • Tweaked GPX import to be a little more forgiving of the format.
    • Tracked down a crash on the activities screen if someone got tap-happy.
  44. v1.1.0 - released 2013-12-11

    Full-screen 3d views of your runs, including speed heatmaps.
    • New full-screen mode for the 3D views of your awesome runs; just rotate your phone to check them out.
    • Full-screen runs aren't just bigger, though. You can hit play to see your speed and altitude as you (virtually) carve down the mountain.
    • If you hit the slopes with an iPhone 5s (or one of the new iPads, if you have really big pockets, I guess) Slopes will now use the M7 to detect what you're doing too. Especially your wipeouts.
    • iPhone 4 users will see a speed boost and clearer heat maps on the run graphs.
    • It sucks waiting for fresh powder with nothing to do in-app, so Slopes now has a sample activity you can play with while you wait.
    • European resort support. Slopes now labels activities at resorts across the pond.
    • Plus tons of other little bug fixes and improvements.