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Earthscape 2.0

A couple of weeks ago, I took a look at the iPhone application earthscape, and since then they have upgraded to version 2.0 available on iTunes

They did a lot of nice improvements on the user interface, making it a lot easier to navigate, instead of being spread across several pages, it is all on one main page.

There is a noticeable in the camera control, I did several tests, on the shutter timing to the shutter sound effect, and it is pretty close. On the old version, it seemed that it would take several seconds (3 or 4) after the completion shutter sound effect for the picture to actually be taken, in version 2.0 it seems like the image is done very shortly (< 1 second) after the shutter sound effect.

It also looks like there is an improvement in upload speeds, driving in areas of little or no coverage like Eure North Carolina, no matter what they say there is NO at&t coverage in Eure.

This picture  was taken several hours before it was actually uploaded, and it is within feet on the map of where the picture was take, and this was done while the iPhone indicated “No Service” and earthscape reported that it was unable to contact the server. 

This picture  was taken pretty much where earthscape is reporting it was taken.

I still am having an occasional application crash, usually when uploading a picture, even though the app crashed, it seems the picture gets uploaded about half the time.

It would also be nice to have some documentation, the intro video doesn’t quite cut it.

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I have been kind of playing with the Earthscape for the last month or so.

I have been doing a bit of posting as is evidenced here.

The app itself, is farily cool, but still has some issues. The biggest issues are that it is buggy and crashes while tagging pictures for upload, there is a timing issue for the time you hear the snapshot sound effect and when the actual picture is captured, and I’m pretty sure this one is on Earthscape but I do see a lot of times that the location and what is reported are far apart, and very far apart in GPS terms.

I have not been able to replicate the conditions of the crashes, but it seems to be when the keyboard is opening, and even though it is annoying, it only happens once every couple days, so it isn’t a deal breaker.
The timing issue is probably the biggest annoyance, if you hit the button to take the picture, you hear the camera sound, but as far a I can tell the picture is not actually taken until a short time after you hear the sound, pretty annoying.

I don’t really know if it is earthscape, or the iPhone, but it seems that there can be a large difference in where the picture was actually taken, and where the posting says the picture was taken. I have seen this issue in still shots as well as shots taken at highway speed. This example show an error of roughly a mile from where the shot was taken on the Maryland/Virginia Border, and where it is reported. Then there is this stationary example that puts an office building in Falls Church Virginia, in a freight facility at San Francisco International Airport. Or this more realistic one that is about 2 or 3 miles from where the picture was actually taken.

Earthscape is a huge battery drain, and I have seen where it will draw more then my car charger will spit out, so keep that in mind if using it when you are far away from a power source. Maybe I’ll do a test to see how fast it does drain the batteries, as compared to google maps.

I think I’ll mess with it for a while longer, gives me something to do on my irregular road trips to D.C. and Philadelphia….