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[APP] auto-mate first showing of features

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29th September 2010, 10:27 PM   |  #1  
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Hi all

I've been a member of XDA for a while (have a hero and been on the villanrom builds since they began). But I am a developer full time and so I have decided to start in Windows Phone 7. I know silverlight, I know .NET so why not.

I have started the company 'Infinite Monkey Theorem' and this is a showing of the first application.

auto-mate. This app allows you to record your cars stats at each fuel up and service to allow you to view statistics about your cars. This app will also allow you to setup service types (months or miles) and the app will schedule them for you taking into account your mileage per year. MOT and Tax renewals are stored and show when they are close.

The reason for this app is this: I drive 24,000 miles / year which means that I need to maintain the car more than just a yearly service, this app will tell me when I need to change my oil or have a minor/major service based upon the miles I drive per year and the miles I'm doing recently allowing me to budget for it accordingly.

This app syncs to the cloud so you can look over all the cars you are monitoring from your office and export the information or book a service.

This app is in beta at the moment, it is not feature complete as I need you to be able to say you have done your MOT or Tax but its almost there. Of course with it syncing to the cloud there is a cost, that I MUST pass on somehow. I looked into Ads but Microsoft in thier wisdom only allow thier ad framework in america so Im out (UK). But I'm thinking of a free version that has ads (in future) and does not sync to cloud. Thoughts on what you would/might pay for this app would be greatly appreciated.

The future of the app?

Well I am planning a pro version which is for business mileage and will export from the web site allowing business travellers to fill out expense forms. But there are lots to add to this app as well.

Take a look at the vid and let me know what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tyw_ivcygk

Njoy.
1st November 2010, 09:31 PM   |  #2  
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id add light comercial vans upto 3.5tonnes as many courier use wm devices so many will upgrade to wp7
3rd November 2010, 02:08 PM   |  #3  
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Love it and it looks superb. I dont know what you can and cannot do in regards to apps interacting with other features of the phone. But the option to put a reminder in the calendar or a pop up one month before the tax is due or service is due etc I think would be really beneficial (liked I said not sure if MS will let you do that though)

The only other thing I can think of is a field it enter a monetary value for the top up. So you put 44.66 litres in and it cost 70 for instance. You could maybe track this in the same way the MPG are, but as a Pence, or cent etc per mile.

In regards to price, there are alot of apps/games I have seen for say 2.99 that I refuse to pay for (bejwelled for one) but this I would pay for. Im not sure what price you were expecting but Id happily pay 2.99 for it which seems the average.

I know you have spoke about the cloud but is it possible to export the information to PDF or excel etc and then have the users email this to themselves, this would cut your costs but again I dont know whats allowed

Good Luck and I look forward to this being released.
4th November 2010, 05:09 PM   |  #4  
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4 or 5 euro isn't a bad prize .
if you could put in lpg and diesel blend (trucks that run on diesel and lpg ) then this app would be the hammer .

it would also be nice if you could ad your own car/truck .

lets say I have a scania R420 and I am driving on diesel and lpg , I would want to know if I am saving money .

normally a truck uses 32 litre of diesel every 100 KM
now it uses 22 litre of diesel and 10 litre of LPG

Diesel: costs 1 Euro
LPG: costs 0.50 Euro

it would be nice if your app could calculate my savings per 100 KM .

if you could make that happen you would have a winner .

Greetings Cees.
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looks great! i would be willing to pay $5-7 for it without adds. I would also be willing to beta test for you as i am picking up a samsung focus on monday.

Keep up the good work, hopefully we will see this app in the market soon!
11th November 2010, 02:20 AM   |  #6  
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App showing in other games on my phone
I bought the app yesterday and couldn't find it. Today I noticed in other games. Should I uninstall and resync? I pinned to start for now.

thanks for what looks like a good app. Have another question. I have a csv file exported from a program I was using on my iphone. Any way of exporting or manually entering almost two years of data online vs the phone? You also mention website. Was is the url so I can check it out.

Thanks,

Johnny
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Looks like a decent app but it also shows up in other gas for me
11th November 2010, 07:58 PM   |  #8  
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Hi all

Thanks for the comments, aint been on here in a while. Dont know why its showing in the games section, I've downloaded the trial and it shows in the normal menu, have purchase it and try it that way.

Answers:

1) Cost of fueling up will be coming in an update (not long)
2) Putting final touches to website then its live. it will be at www.infinitemonkeytheorem.co.uk You will be able to do everything you can do on the phone but see more information and view multiple car details over each other
3) Had to do some changes to the app to see the charts better, this is coming real soon.
4) will be adding fuel type soon.
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Originally Posted by barryallott

Hi all

Thanks for the comments, aint been on here in a while. Dont know why its showing in the games section, I've downloaded the trial and it shows in the normal menu, have purchase it and try it that way.

Answers:

1) Cost of fueling up will be coming in an update (not long)
2) Putting final touches to website then its live. it will be at www.infinitemonkeytheorem.co.uk You will be able to do everything you can do on the phone but see more information and view multiple car details over each other
3) Had to do some changes to the app to see the charts better, this is coming real soon.
4) will be adding fuel type soon.

When I put it to my phone using a developer account its in the normal place. Strange
11th November 2010, 08:01 PM   |  #10  
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I bought the app yesterday and couldn't find it. Today I noticed in other games. Should I uninstall and resync? I pinned to start for now.

thanks for what looks like a good app. Have another question. I have a csv file exported from a program I was using on my iphone. Any way of exporting or manually entering almost two years of data online vs the phone? You also mention website. Was is the url so I can check it out.

Thanks,

Johnny

You could try uninstaling and resyncing, as its all stored online you just re log back in.

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