New iPhone app: Range Buddy


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SitoCH
April 28, 2011, 04:09 PM
Today my first app for iPhone has been approved and I'd like to present it to you.

Range Buddy is the perfect app for gun enthusiasts to track both their collection of firearms and their performance at the range. This app allows you to maintain a detailed list of all your firearms including alerts for necessary maintenance on either a date or rounds-fired schedule. Track your success at the range quickly and easily and analyze results by exporting the details
Features
• Firearms list can include details such as model, cartridge, rounds fired and notes
• Maintenance tasks such as replacing barrels and rotating magazines can be scheduled to alert you by date or number of rounds fired
• Record your shooting session and calculate your final score by using either the default target or by taking a photo of your target
• Mean score is automatically calculated
• All details of range results and firearms lists can be exported to a spreadsheet and emailed

Visit the iTunes page for more informations and screenshots: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/range-buddy/id434083866

I'm opening this thread on different forums, I'll keep an eye on every thread for feedbacks about Range Buddy and suggestions for improvements.
As you can see I'm Swiss and english isn't my first language, thank you for being comprehensive.

Have a nice day

Sito

EDIT: rewritten the description

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wally247
April 28, 2011, 06:41 PM
Looks pretty cool, but I don't have an iPhone so I can't try it out.

AWorthyOpponent
April 28, 2011, 07:16 PM
Is there an iPad version coming out? cause id buy that right now...

hoefj
April 28, 2011, 08:23 PM
is it available now?

Good&Fruity
April 28, 2011, 08:26 PM
Brought to you by the ATF :)

swingpress
April 28, 2011, 09:56 PM
The website says it works with the iPad.

The program looks interesting. Are shots entered by touch instead of some other method?

As for feedback, the target pictured has too many rings and the center rings are too small (for my purposes). I shoot f-class and it's uncommon to have a shot outside the 9-ring. We only get scored down to 5. There wouldn't be enough space on the pictured target for anything better than a miserable string of 20.

DoubleTapDrew
April 28, 2011, 10:16 PM
Brought to you by the ATF

Not to mention they just discovered the iphones have GPS tracking info that is recorded and can be released to LE upon request :p

dirtykid
April 29, 2011, 12:38 AM
I think the iphone and ipad have a place in shooting sports,propped up on sandbank about 50-yards away,,Lets see if i can shoot it in 1/2,,with my .22,maybe it can measure ft-lbs of energy at impact for me...Are you planning on shooting at the range ? or just staring into your mobile device avoiding eye-contact with every-body else around you?
Nothing personal,but technology is great nowadays,just dont see how it would replace a paper-target and a pencil

SitoCH
April 29, 2011, 01:35 AM
Oh wow I wasn't expecting so many questions.
Let's try to reply to all.

> Is there an iPad version coming out? cause id buy that right now...

At the moment it works on the iPad but it wasn't developed for it, so I don't think that it'll look nice on it.

> is it available now?

Yes, you should see it in iTunes

> Brought to you by the ATF

Funny and I don't know how it works in the US but here in Switzerland you have to declare every firearm to the police (firearm model and SN) so I don't think that this app could help them. I want to assure you that the data is stored locally and nothing is sent from your phone (to me or to the police or to someone else)

> The program looks interesting. Are shots entered by touch instead of some other method?

Actually you can enter them only using touch

> As for feedback, the target pictured has too many rings and the center rings are too small (for my purposes). I shoot f-class and it's uncommon to have a shot outside the 9-ring. We only get scored down to 5. There wouldn't be enough space on the pictured target for anything better than a miserable string of 20.

You can pinch and zoom on the target if you want to be precise and then zoom back.
The target scoring down to 5 is a problem, if you have some spare time can you send me an e-mail so we can discuss about that? It should be easy to implement that but I want to be sure to get it right at the first time.

> I think the iphone and ipad have a place in shooting sports,propped up on sandbank about 50-yards away,,Lets see if i can shoot it in 1/2,,with my .22,maybe it can measure ft-lbs of energy at impact for me...Are you planning on shooting at the range ? or just staring into your mobile device avoiding eye-contact with every-body else around you?

I thought that iSnipe and similar apps worked like that (you sit alone at the range and you analyze every shot). I built Range Bubby exactly because I just wanted to take photos at the range and use the rest of the time shooting with friends. You can add them when you're at home and you just add the photos that you took. With the hourly prices of the ranges here in Switzerland it's better not to waste time using an app because it could be very expensive;)

dirtykid
April 29, 2011, 10:35 AM
Just to clarify, No dis-respect intended for those "techies" out there, When i think I-phone or I-pad it brings a picture in my mind of most teenagers nowadays that will text or IM their friends instead of actually TALKING to them.
The private range i go to is buried in a valley a couple miles out of town,and i've found only 1-network that even marginally gets cell-phone coverage.
So i just leave my phone in the car and will pick up messages once i get signal,
It's SOOOO peacefull and relaxing,, just "UN-PLUG" for awhile

swingpress
April 29, 2011, 10:53 AM
You can pinch and zoom on the target if you want to be precise and then zoom back.
The target scoring down to 5 is a problem, if you have some spare time can you send me an e-mail so we can discuss about that? It should be easy to implement that but I want to be sure to get it right at the first time.

As implemented is good enough for me. The extra rings are no bother, just need more real estate in the center.

SitoCH
April 29, 2011, 11:07 AM
I was thinking about something like a global default target in a new tab so you can select your preferred target and every time it loads the right one.

SitoCH
April 29, 2011, 11:12 AM
dirtykid I understand what are you saying, I just wanted to explain that I'm not that kind of person ;)
We have them also here in Switzerland and I don't like them too, I hate people that doesn't even salute the others when they enter...

CharlesT
April 29, 2011, 11:42 AM
I think the iphone and ipad have a place in shooting sports,propped up on sandbank about 50-yards away,,Lets see if i can shoot it in 1/2
Funny you would sat that. My girlfriend/wife (fulltime) put the one I gave her at 50 yards and put a shot through the Apple. :)
Remington Model 512 Sportmaster with peeps

WNTFW
April 29, 2011, 11:57 AM
If you could have an iphone app that would allow me to taser someone that likes to call cold range every 3 minutes that would be awesome. I know it will eat up the battery but it would be a fair trade off.

Haven't checked out the app. Congratulations on doing it. I always admire when someone has the initiative to see a project through.

phoglund
April 29, 2011, 12:10 PM
Nice work, I purchased a copy in a spirit of worldwide firearms solidarity!

I hope your app becomes very successful. Soliciting feedback from forums such as The High Road is an excellent way to gain insight into the desires of the firearms community.




FYI: In the US, at least in my part, there is no declaration of firearms to the police. Firearms enthusiasts in the US are very strongly against the idea of firearm registration and therefore act a bit paranoid about the issue.

SitoCH
April 29, 2011, 12:19 PM
Thanks, I'm impressed with the feedbacks. Sometimes simple requests have a great impact on the product. I develop it on my spare time so I prefer to implement simple things that makes someone happy other than complex one that nobody really wants.
Actually my priority is to rewrite the description, I really need to improve my english :)


Here in Switzerland you have to declare everything (even if you have a softair gun) but it isn't a big problem. After a quick background check you can buy almost everything.
We also have a militia system so almost every citizen has an assault rifle at home (a SIG SG 550), the registration is just to keep track of the various SN.

TX1911fan
April 29, 2011, 12:28 PM
Does it include data fields so I can keep track of my weapons as well? Like date purchased, serial number, etc.? That would be helpful so that I don't have to have multiple firearms related apps. Also, the option to password protect it so if I want to prevent someone from looking at my firearms stuff I can.

Cool app. I'll buy it.

SitoCH
April 29, 2011, 01:41 PM
At the moment the firearms 's fields are: model, cartridge, year, rounds fired, image, tasks based on rounds fired or date and a generic field "notes".
I think that the best way to protect the phone is to use the built-in locking at OS level. A password at application level isn't really usefull because there are many ways to bypass it (dump the db from a backup is the first thing that comes to my mind).

Walkalong
April 29, 2011, 01:52 PM
Personally, I cannot see myself tracking this type thing on a phone. I guess the younger folks would be more interested. They can't seem to live without a phone. How did we ever get by before? :)

SitoCH
June 15, 2011, 06:30 AM
Range Buddy has been updated to version 1.1:

• Fixed a bug that showed the wrong content in the main tab group
• Now you can browse the series from the firearm detail
• Keep track of your reloads and link them to the series
• Choose a default target for every new series
• Rescale the target markers based on the zoom level

m3mackenzie
June 15, 2011, 08:11 AM
Can I get some android love?

RichBMW
June 15, 2011, 08:11 AM
Looks like a good idea and I intend to buy it. I'm 67 now, so I guess I'm one of those younger shooters referred to here who might use 21st century technology to keep track of their guns and their progress on the range. I already keep track of those things on my computer, so this will be a welcome improvement to my record-keeping. I intend to use the camera on the iPhone to record my actual targets.
I use my iPhone to do banking, read e-mail, read newspapers, read books, calculate my mileage, measure the distance for my next golf shot to the green, take photos, watch utube and Netflix videos, keep track of my appointments, and a bunch of other things (including make phone calls.) There will always be those who think the technology behind the ball-point pen is far too advanced and cling to using a quill pen.

SitoCH
June 15, 2011, 08:36 AM
Can I get some android love?

No, I'm sorry I don't have plan for an Android version...

Slasher
June 15, 2011, 08:43 AM
Another request for an android version.

Thanks

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beardking
June 15, 2011, 08:49 AM
No, I'm sorry I don't have plan for an Android version...
Aargh!!! This was going to be my question as well. I'm an avid hater of all things Apple (products, not necessarily the people using them :-) ) so an Android version would be great. That being said, this so sounds like a great app with potential and I wish you the best of luck with it.

SitoCH
June 15, 2011, 08:52 AM
The problem is that I can already deploy an Android version but without a real device I don't know if it works or not...

beardking
June 15, 2011, 01:19 PM
The problem is that I can already deploy an Android version but without a real device I don't know if it works or not...
Well, send it to me and I'll try it out for you. :) I have an HTC EVO 4G just waiting to be used at the range for something. :)

ForumSurfer
June 15, 2011, 01:36 PM
I really like the alert feature for changing springs and such. I tend to lose count of how many rounds I've ran through a pistol at around 2000. If I write it down, I tend to just lose the notebook, or I stick the notebook in my bag and never use it. I'm running out of reasons not to buy an iPhone :(

lono
June 15, 2011, 09:21 PM
I use the app, would like to add rounds to a firearm by putting in 50 or 100. Now I have to change the guns count with the new total count. I understand not a big deal unless you input 50 without looking at original round count and forget old round count.

SitoCH
June 16, 2011, 03:11 AM
I really like the alert feature for changing springs and such. I tend to lose count of how many rounds I've ran through a pistol at around 2000. If I write it down, I tend to just lose the notebook, or I stick the notebook in my bag and never use it. I'm running out of reasons not to buy an iPhone :(

That's a good idea, I'll put it in my list ;)

SitoCH
June 16, 2011, 03:13 AM
Well, send it to me and I'll try it out for you. :) I have an HTC EVO 4G just waiting to be used at the range for something. :)

Thanks for your suggestion but yesterday I tried to port it to Android and there are too many things to change to make.
I don't like to do a crappy port just to sell more, I prefer to gather more suggestions for the iPhone version and spend time on it, sorry.

SitoCH
June 23, 2011, 05:53 PM
A new version is available within 15-30 minutes.
Thanks for your suggestions, I've included some in this release:

• Faster way to handle the rounds fired (+- 50)
• More intuitive option to delete firearms, sessions and reloads
• Ability to take a firearm's photo directly from the camera
• Ability to view the full firearm's photo and zoom it
• Series average in the firearm and reloads tabs
• Fixed a bug that caused series without markers to disappear
• Decimal point allowed in the powder charge field
• New labels in the reloads tabs

Dnaltrop
June 23, 2011, 05:59 PM
Another "not an introverted teen" vote for Android.

I understand you don't program for it, but one can hope that someone who DOES can fulfill the needs of those of us who tread the path outside the "walled garden"

Kudos for serving our community though Neighbor.

sinthesisml
August 21, 2011, 01:06 AM
I can't seem to get rid of range buddy's notifications flags. how do you get rid of them?

Iramo94
August 21, 2011, 01:45 AM
Thank you so much for making it backwards compatible with iOS 3.1. I really like my old jailbroken iPhone. (iOS 3.1.3) :D Just that little thing right there made me a buyer. I can't wait to try it out.

SitoCH
August 21, 2011, 04:18 AM
Hi,
Just swipe over them and a delete button should appear.

sinthesisml
August 23, 2011, 10:35 AM
Well, I like the new task portion and I like keeping track of where I shoot and how many rounds. I rarely shoot indoors and without scored targets. The task should be completed and the notification flag dropped. Also, when exporting, I'd like to export these completed events/tasks

Tygarys
August 23, 2011, 06:20 PM
Needs an iPad version! :D

SSN Vet
August 24, 2011, 08:12 PM
I'm running out of reasons not to buy an iPhone

here's one.... $75/mo. for the cheapest plan

and...

two year contract

:(

SSN Vet
August 24, 2011, 08:15 PM
here's what I'd like to see.... graphics set up for iPad (not just enlarged iPhone)

place my paper target over the screen and poke each hole with my stylis so the target is mapped to scale, calculating group size etc...

flaman
August 24, 2011, 08:17 PM
That looks awesome. Android here though:mad:

zstephens13
August 24, 2011, 08:21 PM
Sure fire makes a Shot Timer app too that is pretty cool

zstephens13
August 24, 2011, 08:36 PM
I just bought it. And I'm the first rating!

Oh wait...second rating.

SitoCH
August 25, 2011, 02:19 AM
here's one.... $75/mo. for the cheapest plan

and...

two year contract

:(
Are you sure?
Here in Switzerland you can buy an iPhone 4 with a contract as low as 20$/mo (2 years)

SitoCH
August 25, 2011, 02:32 AM
here's what I'd like to see.... graphics set up for iPad (not just enlarged iPhone)

place my paper target over the screen and poke each hole with my stylis so the target is mapped to scale, calculating group size etc...
Unfortunately I don't have an iPad so it's very hard to deploy an optimized version for it...

au01st
August 26, 2011, 12:29 AM
Just purchased, looks cool!

Messed around with adding some shots on targets and it doesn't seem to respond to my touch very well. Other apps respond just fine but it seems to only add the red dots at random, not every press.

SitoCH
August 26, 2011, 02:14 AM
Just purchased, looks cool!

Messed around with adding some shots on targets and it doesn't seem to respond to my touch very well. Other apps respond just fine but it seems to only add the red dots at random, not every press.
Hi,
you have to double tap to add a point to the target, I think that you're tapping only once.

zstephens13
August 26, 2011, 02:27 AM
I second the iPad idea.
Another idea: maybe when we place shots on the targets we could drag them to the appropriate place on the target. I found that placing a shot on top of another it deletes the first shot.

au01st
August 26, 2011, 12:54 PM
Guilty of not reading instructioms...

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