Future features

This post is the first of the brand new category “Future features”. We will illustrate some of the features that will be introduced in new blueBill Mobile versions and that are in an advanced development stage. Before talking about the first, we'd like to spend a few words to describe how the release process of blueBill Mobile is structured.

First, have a look at the version number, which is composed by three parts: x.y.z. The first number is still zero, which means that the application is young and missing some aspects of the Quality Assurance. Every new release is made available only after it has been used for a couple of days on the field; but we are preparing a program of automated tests, that will also run on multiple emulated devices, to make the process quicker, also considering the future where there will be much more functions to test. When the automated tests will be ready, we will move to a 1.y.z. schema. The second digit increases (e.g. from 0.10.0 to 0.11.0) every time there are substantially new features. The third number increases for minor releases, where typically we're just fixing some bugs.

In the first month of life we have roughly published a release per week. Now that the application sounds more stable, we're planning of making a release per month, more or less (unless users warn us of urgent defects to fix). For advanced users, we will make it possible to install intermediate “hot” versions of the application, in case they want to try out new stuff that is not ready for use.

And now, what's coming? One of the thing that should be available for 0.12.0 is the capability of attaching a KML file to reports. In this way, geotagged observations can be shared and immediately opened with Google Earth (or other equivalent software). Importing these files under Google Earth can be a very simple but effective way to archive daily observations.

Generally speaking, one of the aims of blueBill Mobile is to enable people to manage their data as they like more, and to eventually post them to online databases, so further ways to export data will be available in future. Any suggestion in this area is welcome.


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