Latest Product Updates

March 2020

  • App.spidertracks.io has been released to all customers.
  • We’ve made the track icons on the flying page smaller to make them more consistent with the size of the icons in the go.spidertracks.com web app, specifically, most noticeably the key events have been reduced e.g. mark, SOS, watch etc 

  • We’ve updated how tracks are displayed in a couple of ways:

    • When users have the "Show latest point" display option selected we now show the entire track when a user selects an aircraft. Previously we were only showing the last point when selected. This keeps the user experience consistent with go. 

    • When a user selects an aircraft, the entire track is now visible on the flying page. Previously the viewing window was set based on the first and last point of a track, this meant that if the track started and finished in the same location then the rest of the track would be cut off and not be displayed on the map. We’ve updated this so that the entire track will now be displayed. This also keeps the user experience consistent with go.

    • We’ve updated the favicon for app.spidertracks.io, this is the icon that displays in the browsers tab, the old green Spidertracks logo has been replaced with the updated Spider logo that was already being used for the Spidertracks marketing website.

  • Website reliability improvements.

February 2020

  • The History Page on app.spidertracks.io has a slider to the point navigation panel that allows users to quickly navigate to any point in a track, similar to the functionality already present in the mobile apps.
  • We have added a distance measurement tool to the flying page. This tool enables users to measure distances by drawing lines on the flying page, the measurement icon is located at the bottom of the map controls menu.
  • On the Flying page, we’ve simplified the track view options
    • Show Latest Point
    • Show Full Track
  • We’ve reduced the number of decimal points displayed in the point information panel for users with the degrees decimal location format. Previously it wasn’t limited so we’d show values like 48.72213363647461, -94.6034216880798. It’s now limited to 6 decimal places, which provides an adequate level of accuracy and reduces clutter in the point information panel.
  • We have fixed an issue relating to the organization settings page in app.spidertracks.io where users would sometimes be required to log in again on this page, this should no longer happen going forward.
  • Website reliability improvements.

 

January 2020

  • Users now have two display options on the Flying page to choose from:

    • Show the last point - this hides all of the tracks so that users only see the most recently reported location of their aircraft
    • Show full track - this view shows a track line for each aircraft as well as any key events along the track e.g. watch, mark, SOS, etc.

  • We’ve added in a new text weather overlay for Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs), which show a 24-hour forecast containing aviation-specific information such as wind, visibility and cloud cover for specific airports. TAFs are shown on the map as purple dots when you apply this layer and you can view the report for an airport by clicking on the associated dot.
  • We’ve also made some improvements to the weather layer loading messages that display when a user has selected a text weather layer to make them show less frequently as users navigate around the map.
  • There is a new display option available for Location Format in Personal Settings for Degrees Decimal Minutes. All SMS and email notifications that contain location information are also now correctly displayed in the user's preferred location format.
  • Website reliability improvements.

 

2019

November

  • We’ve released the NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) weather overlay in app.spidertracks.io NOTAMs alert aircraft pilots and aviation officials to abnormal weather conditions and potential hazards along a flight route and are filed with aviation authorities worldwide. If there are multiple NOTAMs for a single location then they will all appear within the NOTAM container. Users can view the details of each NOTAM by clicking on the row to expand the section.
  • We’ve also released some UI style improvements to the text weather overlay containers and the favorites menu.
  • We’ve also fixed a bug relating to incorrect distances being displayed for certain flights on the history page.
  • Website reliability improvements.

October

  • Fixed an issue on app.spidertracks.io public flying page that prevented flight data from loading.
  • Added Zoom in notification to the flying page to view METARs.
  • Added network disconnection (no internet available) notification to the flying page. Similar notification will also display when the system is unable to get a response from a third-party such as Baron Weather when attempting to request weather data.
  • Website reliability improvements.

September

  • Fixing the reset password function on app.spidertracks.io

  • Fixing a bug that prevented new users from creating their first organization in app.spidertracks.io

  • Fixing a bug on the new public page that prevented full tracks from being displayed

  • Fixing a bug on the history page that prevented it from displaying tracks if there was a track from a Spider that wasn't assigned to an aircraft present

August

  • iOS 4.0.0 App Release
  • This release brings feature parity with the Android application already in the market. The key changes are:

    • Updated user interface that gives users quick access to the most commonly used features of the app via the bottom navigation bar

    • Real time weather overlays provided by Baron Weather integration. Accessible via the weather option in the flying page menu

    • The ability to show track lines on the flying page. This feature allows users to see the most recent location as well as a track line showing where each aircraft has flown from. This setting is accessible from More > Settings (by default it is turned off)

    • IFR High, IFR Low and VFR map layers

    • It also includes improvements around Spidertext delivery reliability and bluetooth pairing

  • Automatic top-ups added for Pay as You Go plans. The notification will appear on your invoice when you have less than 10 hours and less than 5 hours remaining.
  • We’ve added a new lightning heat map weather overlay that shows the density of lightning in an area, this provides a quick visual for severe weather tracking and determining the flight risk. 

July

  • Added billing hours information for pooled Commercial plans, in customers' invoices.
  • Android app version 4.0.1
  • Website reliability improvements.

May

  • Added support for VFDR 15 second time reporting when using Automated Watch Mode on supported commercial pooled plans.
  • Website reliability improvements.

April

  • Added SOS Custom Events
  • Added single Custom Event
  • Management settings page bug fixes.
  • Website reliability improvements.

 

March

  • iOS and Android mobile apps no longer showing deleted tracks on the Flying tab.
  • Improvements to the mobile platforms.
  • Management settings page bug fixes.

January

  • Public page bug fix.
  • Fixed bug with full-screen mode on Chrome
  • Improvements to the tracking platform

2018

December

  • Improvements to the tracking platform.
  • Spidertxt reliability improvements.

 

November

  • Blocks On/Off feature added to the aircraft settings page.
  • iOS app version 3.5.5 released.
  • iOS app grouping position reports feature.
  • Spidertxt reliability improvements.
  • Website reliability improvements.

 

September

  • iOS app version 3.5.1 released.
    • User location has been added.
    • App reliability improvements and bug fixes.

 

  • Android app version 2.3.0 released.
    • New Flying Page icons and colors to match the website settings.
    • App is now able to pair via Bluetooth to previously paired Spiders.
    • App reliability improvements and bug fixes.

 

  • Website reliability improvements.

 

August

  • Timestamp included in each Spidertxt received on the website.
  • Flying page maps updated to a newer version of Google Maps.
  • Website reliability improvements.
  • Spidertxt reliability improvements for iOS and Android.

 

July

  • New icons and colours available for the aircraft flying. These can be found on the Aircraft Setting page.
    • Fixed Wing.
    • Rotary Wing.

 

  • iOS app reliability improvements and bug fixes.
  • Website reliability improvements.

 

May

  • Fixed, when adding a member and pressing enter, the website was crashing.
  • New behaviour for Organisation Settings button.
  • iOS app: added a live support option to our help menu to directly message our support team from the app.
  • iOS app reliability improvements and bug fixes.
  • Website reliability improvements.

February

  • Added SkyVector low and high level charts as an additional map views.
  • Reliability improvements.

2017

December

  • Minor bug fixes to the Public Page.
  • Historical SOS bug fixes.
  • Fixed issue on the log in page, fields used to flicker and won't allow entry of new details.
  • Reliability improvements.

November

  • Custom search date reinstated in the History page.
  • Customer Support contact button moved to the left side of the Flying and History page (bell icon)
  • Reliability improvements.

October

 

  • Firmware Updater 1.0.15
    • Reliability improvements.

 

September

  • Flying and History page new design including SOS alerts displayed in real time.
  • New icons on the history page

August

  • API account reliability improvement.
  • Watch - SOS timeout set to 15 minutes.

June

  • Notification sound when new Spidertxt message is received on website.
  • Notification in tab bar when new Spidertxt message is receive on website.
  • Notification of new or changed Schedule event on iOS.
  • Flying, History, Schedule pages reliability improvements.
  • Firmware 2.8.3.1
    • Improvement to Watch system design.
    • Reliability improvements.

 

May

 

  • Firmware Updater 1.0.14.
    • Reliability improvements.

 

April

  • Pilot Schedule and assignment of members as pilots.

March

  • Firmware 2.8.2.3
  • Take off and land improvements.
    • Event Management website settings configuration.
    • Display aircraft registration when connecting to Spider via Bluetooth on iOS.
    • Schedule drag and drop.
    • iOS app follows phone text size settings for ease of reading.

    January

     

    2016

    November

    Spidertracks Updater for Windows (Bugfix)

    • The Windows application for updating Spiders is now more reliable
    • Fixed issues with firmware version checking in the Updater.
    • The updater will update the Spider based on its SIN (Spider Identification Number)
    • Spiders in DFU mode will be recognized correctly and updated to the latest version via "Restore Spider".
      This release is for Windows only.

    September

    Spidertxt 2.0

    • A complete revamp of the Spidertxt system to be more reliable and user-friendly
    • Update of the Spidertracks application for iOS to include Spidertxt 2.0
    • Update of the Spidertracks website for Spidertxt 2.0 messaging

    May

    History Page

    • Multiple flights can be selected and the full tracks are shown on the map

    iOS Spidertracks App redesign and new features:

    • The ability to view historic flights
    • View flight details
    • Maps now have map view, a terrain view, and hybrid satellite view
    • Much faster loading of flights on both the Flying and History pages
    • An easy way of seeing which aircraft are online and quick view of altitude and speed

    Android Spidertracks App

    • Fix for altitude and speed values

    April

    Spidertracks Updater for Windows (Bugfix)

    • The Windows application for updating Spiders is now more reliable

    Public Page Flights Administration

    • Organization administrators now have the ability to change the publicity of their flights within the History page
    • All users can see the current publicity of the flight

    March

    Spidertracks Updater for Mac OSX

    • First release of Spider updating application for Mac OS

    February

    iOS Spidertxt Bugfix upadte

    January

    New Flying Page and History Page

     

    2015

    December