A new camera system for FieldNotes has been in the works for some time now. While on field investigations, we found that the camera in FieldNotes can be painfully slow. This is largely due to the over-complicated camera interface that Apple has provided to apps. You know the one where you press the button to close the shutter, it thinks for awhile, takes you to a view of the image you just took, and then forces you to press "use" before it sends the image back to the app. Then when you're back in the app, you have to repeat the process all over again. To help reduce some of the time lost pressing buttons and waiting for processing, I've created a simplified, multithreaded camera code.
The new camera code gets direct access to the data coming from your device's camera. When you press the button take a picture, now you can just keep on snapping. There's very little wait time between photos, and you don't have to leave the camera view until you're done taking photos. Then when you are done, you just return to the photo view, and all of the photos you have taken are already processed and inserted.
This new feature will (hopefully) be shipping with our next product update to FieldNotes Pro for no cost. However users of FieldNotes LT will have to wait another week or two after that to receive their update. Also, there will be a small fee to use this new camera system in FieldNotes LT. I'd love to be able to give it away for free, but the fact is that this is a substantial body of work on our part, and we've gotta pay the bills.
In other news, Captions, Galleries, and Timestamps
Captions are finally here. They render directly above the photos in PDF exports, and are attached to the photos in KMZ's.
Plus, all images taken with the camera in FieldNotes now get timestamped!