Trapster 4.0 for iPhone

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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Trapster 4.0 has been released! This is certainly our biggest update yet. For starters, you’ll notice a couple new icons on the right side of your trapmap.

The little buddy looking guy is Caravan. This feature gives you the ability to add other Trapster users as buddies, and display your location in real time on the trapmap.

The badge icon with the “P” is Patrol. Users leave a trail on the trapmap, showing you that the street ahead has recently been “patroled” by fellow users.

Also you now have the ability to report “Road Hazards” such as traffic accidents, areas with children at play, dangerous intersections, and more.

We have also added the ability to add your facebook friends, ignore specific traps, and updated the look and feel of the trapmap. Trapster will continue to grow by adding new features, and this is thanks to the feedback we get from you users. So please keep it coming!

Caravan

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Caravan is an exciting new feature of Trapster that will bring users together. You are now able to see your buddies on the map, in real time! You can also see other Trapster users on the map and request to be their buddies! This is great if you are planning a road trip, since you will be able to see exactly how far ahead or behind your friends are.

You can easily send them messages via audio, text and/or pictures. Also get turn by turn directions directly to your buddies location.
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Patrol

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Trapster is based on user’s entering the location of police speed traps, red light and speed cameras, and other hazards, but sometimes you wonder… has someone already scoped out this street? What if no one has been this way recently, and has not reported any traps? Patrol is the solution. Blue paths will be displayed over the streets on the trapmap, assuring you that the road ahead has been “patrolled” by fellow Trapster users.

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Road Hazards


Now not only do you have the ability to report “traps” you can also report “road hazards”. 12 brand new types of reports have been added. We want to make traveling as safe as possible, and have given you the ability to report hazards to keep you and other Trapster users aware of these potentially dangerous areas on the road.

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Feedback

So what do you think? Please post your feedback below, or on our facebook or twitter page. We also have a brand new support section on our site, where you can post any questions or suggestion you have and our community is there to converse with you.

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  • Sean@trapster.com

    hi Dario,

    We have heard of this happening with certain car chargers. Do you have an apple approved iPhone car charger? Feel free to follow up in our support area: http://getsatisfaction.com/trapster

    Thanks,

    Sean

  • Dario Zgrablic

    Sounds pretty awesome! My only real beef with the Trapster app is how much power it saps from my iPhone…lol Even if I have it charging, the battery percentage STILL drops w/ trapster. lol

    • 772689

      Berkin make a great 1 amp charger. It has two USB ports. The second is 500ma.

  • Dario Zgrablic

    Sounds pretty awesome! My only real beef with the Trapster app is how much power it saps from my iPhone…lol Even if I have it charging, the battery percentage STILL drops w/ trapster. lol

  • sharon

    how do you make these icons work? push them?

    • Sean@trapster.com

      hi Sharon,

      Yes, simply tap the icon to launch the feature.

      Thanks,

      Sean

  • sharon

    how do you make these icons work? push them?

  • Wace

    The speed of the applikation buttons are on my IPhone 3G really slow. I need to wait normally 2 seconds to see the reaction at the display.
    Could t be that the focus of programming is now the IPhone 3GS?

  • Cartwheel

    Using Trapster for iPhone for two days – liking it so far.
    But:
    1/ The “Australian” audio is ridiculous and hard to understand.
    2/ Be good if school 40kph zones were shown as alerts – or even an option off the reporting list.
    3/ Would love if the current speed was shown on screen, with audible alerts sounding if travelling at set speeds over the limits. (Advantage of having this function is that it combats the accusation that the tool is about helping people to break the law – speed alerts help us stay within the law when there is a paucity of speed zone signage and other nasty traps. This function could be coupled with a report option that allows corrects to be submitted if required.

    Keep up the great work.

    • Cartwheel

      Oh one more thing – give an option to send the audio alerts through a bluetooth unit as they have better sound.

  • alberTICO09

    KEEP GOING WHIT THIS APP THIS THING SAVE MY ECONOMY

  • billy

    4.0 doesn't allow you to turn off the traps that you don't want like the old version did. I hope this is corrected in the next update-version.

    • pt

      Hi Billy, yes it does. In fact it does it even better. Firstly, you can now ignore certain traps. For example if you do want red light camera alerts, but you don't want to be alerted to the one camera that's right by your house (you know it's there already!) just click on it and press “ignore this trap” in the trap info screen.

      If you want to set up filters that apply to all traps (say, for example, red light cameras) go to Options > Settings > Filter traps and alerts. You can filter by type, confidence, etc.!

  • stevecropper

    pretty good just getting used to it

  • cartwheel

    Something else I have discovered with a bit of use now: My downloads have gone up a lot, even though I've only been using trapster for the commute over the same roads each day. Trapster does not seem to cache maps for areas travelled over. This means that as I drive, the maps get downloaded every time? Surely it would be easy to cache the maps for a set number of days to reduce the hits on very expensive downloads? Perhaps you could also consider an option to turn the maps off and just have a simple alert screen that also shows the current speed? Be great to have this tied in with the actual speed limits for each road stretch.

  • cartwheel

    Something else I have discovered with a bit of use now: My downloads have gone up a lot, even though I've only been using trapster for the commute over the same roads each day. Trapster does not seem to cache maps for areas travelled over. This means that as I drive, the maps get downloaded every time? Surely it would be easy to cache the maps for a set number of days to reduce the hits on very expensive downloads? Perhaps you could also consider an option to turn the maps off and just have a simple alert screen that also shows the current speed? Be great to have this tied in with the actual speed limits for each road stretch.

  • mavericksound

    I would love to see a smarter set of alerts. I know you can now disable certain times of day, but to select alerts only when I'm moving at a certain speed would be a nice feature… not while I'm sitting on my couch at home! And a directional alert too… not alerting me of something 10 miles behind me.

  • emergencyops

    My most-used App. The ability to play music during your “patrol” is great (including the temporary volume reduction for alert broadcasts). Only downside is that the songs are erased from the playlist when the iPhone is turned off. The added road hazards reporting is amazing. Keep up the great work Trapster.

  • Bruce

    How do you stop the program from running in the background with the new iPhone update?

    • Jackie

      I am having the same problem…totally drained my battery overnight! HELP!!!

      • Patricepollack

        I'm having the same problem! My phone is running hot & my battery keeps dying!

        • Jenlk1207

          I'm having the same problem, but I think I figured it out. After you are done using the app, double-click on the home button, then press and hold the app until they start jiggling. It will bring up a little negative symbol, press that, and it should close it. I think you can tell it is closed, because the little arrow that now comes up at the top of the phone near the battery disappears. I think that little arrow is what tells you the phone is still locating you via GPS. Which would make sense on why it would drain the battery.

      • Sean

        Hi Jackie & Patrice,

        We recommend shutting down the app when you aren’t driving. To shut down app: When you are on your home screen, double click your home button. Hold down on an icon until a Minus sign comes up. Tap Minus sign on apps you want to close.

    • Sean

      We recommend shutting down the app when you aren’t driving. To shut down app: When you are on your home screen, double click your home button. Hold down on an icon until a Minus sign comes up. Tap Minus sign on apps you want to close.

    • Sean

      Double tap the home button on your iPhone, then hold down the trapster icon until a minus sign appears, tap the minus sign. If you want to not have trapster run in the background in the future, you can adjust your settings so that Trapster will not run in the background. Tap the settings icon (gears) on the right, then scroll down to “Background Activity” slide “Background Alerting” to “OFF”.

      Thanks,

      Sean

  • Bruce

    How do you stop the program from running in the background with the new iPhone update?

    • Sean

      We recommend shutting down the app when you aren’t driving. To shut down app: When you are on your home screen, double click your home button. Hold down on an icon until a Minus sign comes up. Tap Minus sign on apps you want to close.

  • Bmw Mohamed

    ok

  • Ninetymillion

    Help I cannot turn trapster off. I stop it in apps running but its not stopping. Real battery hog.

  • Gmailer2

    How about updating for the iPhone like you did for the Android. Speed limits would be a great addition on the iPhone. Also, how about working with GPS app providers to integrate trapster into the GPS software so I only have to run one mapping at when I drive.

  • Gmailer2

    How about updating for the iPhone like you did for the Android. Speed limits would be a great addition on the iPhone. Also, how about working with GPS app providers to integrate trapster into the GPS software so I only have to run one mapping at when I drive.

  • Sean

    Hi Jackie & Patrice,

    We recommend shutting down the app when you aren’t driving. To shut down app: When you are on your home screen, double click your home button. Hold down on an icon until a Minus sign comes up. Tap Minus sign on apps you want to close.

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