Monthly Archives: April 2018

GeyserTimes for iOS Beta 2

GeyserTimes for iOS Beta 2

A lot of you have been impatiently waiting for this moment and we’re excited to announce that the wait is finally over! The latest beta release of the GeyserTimes for iOS app now includes the ability to login and enter eruptions and notes, almost in time for the start of the new gazing season. We realize that this has taken us longer than expected and apologize for the delay.

Important: please keep in mind that, unlike the Android app, you’ll currently need to manually refresh the data before heading out into the basin. If you don’t already have the app, please refer to our last introductory blog post for instructions on installing the GeyserTimes for iOS Beta release.

What’s new?

You can now log into your GeyserTimes account by selecting the More tab, tapping the sign in button and then entering your credentials. If you forgot your password you can reset it straight from within the app and if you happen to not have an account you can also sign up for one.

Login and account settings screens

Once logged in, a plus icon will appear at the top right of the Day Summary and Predictions tabs. Tapping it will take you to the submit screens where eruptions and notes can be entered. These include full compatibility with all fields currently supported by GeyserTimes, including Grand codes. Submitted entries are stored offline and will be synced with the server once a network connection becomes available.

Submit screens for eruptions and notes

Also, when viewing any eruptions and notes entered by yourself, you‘ll be presented with a pencil icon for editing the entry and a trash icon for deleting the entry. This can be helpful for adding an eruption duration after submitting an entry, for example.

Furthermore, we’ve squashed a few bugs that were present in our last beta release. Predictions by GeyserTimes are now correctly displayed and recalculated offline. Another issue where primary and secondary eruptions were not properly connected at times has also been fixed.

If you have any issues logging in or entering data, feel free to contact us at and we’d be happy to help. Note that signing into GeyserTimes is only strictly necessary if you want to enter eruptions or notes. All publicly available data can be viewed without an account.

What’s next?

As some of you might know, the normal yearly cost for an Apple developer account until recently was $99, regardless of any non-profit status. In a change of heart, however, Apple has decided to waive those fees for non-profit organizations last December and we are currently working with GOSA on acquiring such an account. This is one of the reasons why the app still is a beta release and not available in the normal App Store. Huge thanks to the folks at GOSA for being willing to help!

We’re also hopeful to have the next feature release ready sooner. This will primarily focus on getting full support for comments, confirms, flags and attachments ready. In addition to that we’re also expecting to have automatic syncing onboard so you don’t have to worry about keeping your data up-to-date. Also planned is the ability to search for geysers both within the app and via the global Spotlight search. As always though, we cannot give any exact time frame since this largely depends on the amount of time each of us has available for development. Thanks for your continued patience!

Last, but not least, we’d like to thank all of you for dutifully entering your data into GeyserTimes. We sincerely hope that the addition of the iOS app will make it easier and more convenient for you to continue to do so in the future. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please don’t hesitate and let us know!

We wish you all a fun and joyful 2018 gazing season!
The GeyserTimes development team

Android App Update (4.0.1)

GeyserTimes for Android 4.0.1

In the past year we’ve primarily worked to improve the stability of the GeyserTimes Android app, migrating to the Realm mobile database which should allow for easier maintenance in the future. However we’ve also managed to add a couple of other enhancements and new features which will be discussed in more detail below.

Updated submit screens

The submit screens have been reorganized to make it easier to enter data. Improvements include direct search for geysers and a new duration timer which should make it easier to submit eruption durations to the database. While we realize you’ll need to get accustomed to the new layout, we believe it is easier to understand and more structured for newcomers who want to contribute data.

Updated entry screens with duration timer for eruptions

The new duration timer can be started by pressing the “Start” button. Once the eruption has finished press the “Pause” button to stop the timer, should the eruption continue (I’m looking at you, Grand) you can press the “Start” button again and the stopwatch will continue. Entries with a running timer can be safely submitted without influencing the stopwatch.

Offline predictions

The GeyserTimes website introduced a new prediction system some time ago that included additional geysers and a more flexible calculation system based on a set of parameters (e.g. add 92 minutes after an Old Faithful long). The Android app has now finally caught up with this development and displays all the predictions using the updated system.

Best of all: it also works offline, which is especially helpful for geysers located in the Lower Geyser Basin. Simply enter a new eruption and the prediction will be recalculated. Echinus, here we come!

Advanced statistics

When viewing the recent geyser activity there now is a “More statistics” button below the calculated interval statistics that will take you to the interval and duration charts, allowing you to analyze the recent geyser behavior at a glance.

Interval and duration charts for in-depth analysis

Just like any other statistics you encounter these should be carefully interpreted though — some geysers have incomplete data or don’t erupt often enough to gain much insight. More often than not, this is more of a fun and intriguing chart than a scientific tool.

Better platform integration

We’ve also improved the overall integration of the app with the Android system. The login, signup and forgot password screens have finally been updated to Material Design, Google’s new design language introduced with Android Lollipop, and web links are now handled by the GeyserTimes app, allowing you to view entries from a web search directly within the app. Most information is now also easily shareable with other apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

App shortcuts have been introduced to allow quicker access to relevant areas within the app (accessed by long-pressing the launcher icon on Android 7.1 Nougat and above). On compatible devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S and Note series, you’ll also be seeing popups on eruptions and notes that include additional details by hovering over the entry with your finger or pen.

App shortcuts and popups for quicker access to information

Other notable enhancements include the ability to select more than 10 favorite geysers and to selectively filter unwanted geysers in the day summary and timeline (who wants to see all those Old Faithfuls, right?). You can find these options within the application settings.

Your feedback is very important to us, which is why we’ve included a new “Feedback” item in the navigation menu. Don’t hesitate to drop us a few lines and let us know how we’re doing. If you don’t have the app already, download it now on Google Play, it’s free and you won’t regret it.

Thank you for using GeyserTimes and happy gazing,
The GeyserTimes development team