NextStop – Doomsday Edition

Posted by Doug | Posted in Apps | Posted on 01-07-2010

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NextStop v1.1.01 was submitted to the App Store this evening. It has been updated to reflect the recent Doomsday service cuts, and is also once again compatibile with iOS 3.1+ (NextStop 1.1 was inadvertantly iOS 4+ only). If you ride the subway regularly, you’re probably already familiar with the changes, but if not:

  • The V has been discontinued
  • The W has been discontinued
  • The M is now orange and has been reconfigured to pick up some of the old V stops
  • The N is now local in Manhattan (this one affects me and it sucks!)
  • Some Q trains run north of 59th Street into Queens to pick up old W stops
  • G trains no longer run north of Long Island City / Court Square

If the past 2 releases are any indication, 1.1.01 should be available for download in 6-7 days. There were quite  a few changes required behind the scenes, so if you see anything strange please let me know in the support forum. Thanks!

NextStop 1.1

Posted by Doug | Posted in Apps | Posted on 20-06-2010

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Just about a week after NextStop v1.0 was approved, v1.1 has been submitted to the App Store. This version includes:

  • Basic iOS 4 compatibility (Doesn’t crash & supports basic backgrounding… More to come.)
  • 3 line station list now uses correct color
  • Now displays help text when no favorites are present

Hopefully it will be approved by the end of this week as the first iPhone 4s roll out!

Introducing NextStop

Posted by Doug | Posted in Apps | Posted on 12-06-2010

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After picking up my first iPhone nearly two years ago, one of the first apps that I purchased was CityTransit, an interactive map of the NYC Subway. I remember the months leading up to that purchase, thinking how great it was going to be to have my own personal (discreet) subway map; no more researching a trip before I left home, no more leaning over strangers on the train to find my stop. Since then, I’ve purchased several other Subway apps and I continue to use them all frequently.

One feature that always interested me, but was missing from the early apps was schedules. At any given time, I wanted to know when my train was supposed to arrive, so I could “reroute” if necessary. After a while iTrans came along and offered this feature, but it took a few clicks to find the schedules, so I didn’t end up using it as much as I would have liked.

This is what inspired me to create NextStop. Unlike all other Subway apps, NextStop is completely schedule based. It doesn’t provide maps, routes or the bells and whistles of some other apps, it simply makes scheduling information easily available. You can save favorites for instant access to your most common routes (morning commute, evening commute, etc.) or find the next arrival time for trains at all nearby stations. I’ve been using NextStop for several months during it’s development, and it too has become one of my most frequently used apps.

Yesterday, NextStop was approved for the iTunes App Store and now you can download it (for free!) as well. Please give it a try and let me know what you think, either by posting feedback in the NextStop forum or leaving a review in the App Store. I hope that you find it as useful as I have.