January 16, 2010 in News (E)
[prMac.com] El Granada, California - Danny Goodman has released iFeltThat Earthquake 2.2, compatible with iPhone and iPod touch running OS 3.0 or higher. iFeltThat displays the most detailed recent earthquake information and is the most customizable among iPhone earthquake apps. In addition to displaying recent earthquake data and maps, the app calculates the distance and direction of each event from your wireless device. You can also easily view shake maps and tsunami warnings for North America, as well as the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
iFeltThat displays intuitively color-coded lists and maps of recent earthquake events, divided into 25 regions around the world (including a Worldwide region). One region, called Nearby, displays events up to 500 miles away from your current location, instantly filterable down to the nearest 25 miles. You can also establish an unlimited number of other center points to keep an eye on quakes near family and friends selected from your Address book, a vacation home area, or active earthquake hotspots. For U.S. earthquakes, iFeltThat lists events relative to specific cities, so that you focus quickly on the area important to you, such as "11 mi. SW of Palm Desert, CA" instead of just "Southern California."
The new version accommodates recent surges in the number of earthquake events occurring especially in and around California. So many aftershocks were being reported (over 50 in one 8-hour stretch) that events were scrolling off the list too quickly for some users. Version 2.2 makes it easier to see larger events going back further in time - up to one week old in California. Although the app displays microquakes down to Magnitude 0.1 in some regions, you can customize the minimum magnitude earthquake to display for each region. Lists show your choice of 50, 100, or 150 events.
Version 2.2 continues to adhere to its original design goal of making information fast to navigate. Color-coding make it easy to pick out major earthquakes while quickly scrolling through long lists. You can also view detail screens of a series of events without having to jump back to the list to select the next one. Also built into the program is a News and Tips page, where Danny keeps you informed of app developments and ways to get the most out of the app.
Danny Goodman is the author of 45 computing and technology books and is an independent software developer living in the San Franciso area. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.