Originally Posted by Montanan
(We are, however, going to have to have a serious talk about that iOS app of yours ...
I agree. Basically GasTracker was built by an individual who builds apps that scrape popular sites in order to give members App access to a website. I knew we needed a native iOS app so when I saw he launch GasTracker I contacted him and we worked a deal to acquire the app from him. It's built on screen scraping technology since he did not have full access to the database. Because it's based on scraping, it's not able to account for all the customized data that people see when they login vs someone else and thus the issues people are having. My plan was to keep the developer who I acquired the app from on retainer and work out the bugs. Unfortunately he got busy with other projects and it languished.
We have been busy working on a new version of Fuelly which is based on an API and thus the website and apps will all function through the same API making it much more reliable. Our plan is to throw away GasTracker by pushing out an update that will send people to the new app we are building from the ground up. It's based on GasCubby a popular iOS fuel logging app we acquired for this sole purpose. GasCubby is the gold standard for easy fuel logging, it takes the least clicks and has a huge user base. By joining forces we'll provide GasCubby users a cloud based system where they can manage their fuel logs, service history and lots of future features about their vehicles via the app or online with an Android version out next year (a complete cross platform service). It will also allow us to grow our crowd sourced data so we can all benefit from seeing how we are doing vs others or use Fuelly when researching a vehicle purchase.
Right now the new API has been developed, the website is being ported over to work on the new API (on our dev server) and the new GasFuelly app is nearing completion (hooked to the new API). This means that it's probably a couple more months before we an launch the new app but it will work much better then GasTracker since it's not going to use screen scraping technology and will feed right in via the API.
So, I apologize for GasTracker, it was a failed initiative but we learned a lot from it. Look for a new app soon!