If you remember from about a month back, two consecutive tweaks came out for the Maps application: Speedometer for Maps and Compass for Maps. The developer Evan Coleman (@edc1591) released both of them for free on Cydia, however he just recently released an application the combines the two: Dashboard for Maps. You may be asking yourself, "what is the difference between the combination application and the two separate ones?" I had the same question - so I chatted with Evan (on behalf of ModMyi) to get some clarification on what is new. Get the full details below:
Dashboard for Maps adds a compass and speedometer to the Maps application, just like the Speedometer for Maps and Compass for Maps applications already do. However the difference between the Dashboard and the individual separate applications is that Dashboard for Maps adds an elevation indicator. Plus, it gives you a little more customization in regards to toggles and settings. Evan mentioned that he has ideas on how to make the Dashboard for Maps application even better. He will be only updating this application from now on so the other applications will remain as is. The settings for Dashboard for Maps gives us a little more insight on the power of the tweak.
- The Enable button is just a simple toggle on/off
- If you wish to show degrees in the compass, you can toggle this on/off
- Simple Speedometer gives you an option to display different things on the actual speedometer within the Maps application. To toggle Simple Speedometer, simply tap the speedometer within the application. Tap it again to view the standard option
- You can change the speed units depending on your preference (i.e. MPH, FPS, KPH, MPS, and even Knots)
- Distance units can be toggled with as well (i.e. Miles, Feet, Kilometers, Meters, Nautical Miles)
- Change the transparency of the dashboard within the Maps application by messing with the bar
Dashboard for Maps is available on Cydia now for $1.00. If you find these features useful or you already have the Compass for Maps and (or) Speedometer for Maps installed, this is well worth the purchase. It is a reasonable price for the capabilities you get from the tweak itself. Not to mention you will be able to use new features as updates for Dashboard for Maps come out (as the other tweaks will not be updated). At this current time, it is available on all firmwares iOS 4.0+ and requires an iPhone 3GS or 4. iPad compatibility to come soon (it partially works on the iOS 5 beta, however the speedometer doesn't show (as seen in the header photo). It is not worth downloading on the iOS 5 beta because you can't change any settings without PreferenceLoader).
Name: Dashboard for Maps
Author: Evan Coleman
In the process of chatting with Evan about the tweak, I was able to interview him to learn more about his work with Dashboard for Maps. Give it a read.
JOSH: What first gave you the idea to create Dashboard for Maps (or initially the Compass and Speedometer for Map tweaks)?
EVAN: If I remember correctly, one day it just hit me that the iPhone collects speed and location data at the same time. So I thought, if the Maps app uses the standard location methods in iOS, it must collect speed data in addition to your location (which I discovered it did). After this realization I made Speed for Maps. After seeing such a positive response to that, I figured "Why stop there?" So I started thinking about every other piece of information that I could add to the Maps app in a similar way, and that's where I came up with the idea for Compass for Maps. Throughout this whole time I had the idea for a full-featured dashboard for Maps in the back of my head, but it wasn't until after Speed/Compass for Maps that I actually started working on it.
JOSH: Are these your first applications made? Or do you have others in Cydia or in the App Store?
EVAN: My maps tweaks are not my only tweaks/apps. In addition to the three Maps tweaks, I have one other (very simple) tweak called "No Dock Reflection." This tweak, as the title suggests, simply removes the dock icon reflection from iOS 4. If you're interested you can find that on the BigBoss repo in Cydia for free.
JOSH: What additions are you planning on adding to Dashboard for Maps?
EVAN: The most requested addition to Dashboard for Maps so far is an iPad version. iPad compatibility is coming eventually. I don't have an iPad yet (I'm waiting for the iPad 3), but adding iPad compatibility to Dashboard for Maps will be one of the first things I do when I get it. I also plan to add more display options. For example, you can choose to only display certain widgets. If you want to make Dashboard for Maps look exactly like Speed for Maps, you can (i.e. show only the speed in the corner of the map).
JOSH: If people have suggestions on how to make Dashboard for Maps better, which is the best method to communicate with you?
EVAN: If you can squeeze your message into 140 characters, then go ahead and contact me on Twitter, I'm @edc1591. If not you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOSH: Are you working on any other projects that you're willing to talk about?
EVAN: I do have a couple other tweaks that I'm currently working on but I'd rather not divulge the details on those just yet. You can follow all of my projects at http://evancoleman.net (I'm currently working on a major redesign of my site).
To keep up to date with Dashboard for Maps and other projects by Evan Coleman (@edc1591), follow him on Twitter.
Source(s): Evan Coleman