RadioApp Update

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From Marcus' website - we're so close to his new iOS application for the Flex Signature Series radios...

UPDATE

Beta Tests of the Golden Master has been finished. No further bug has been reported.

Meanwhile, the manual has also been completed and is already available here: http://ham-radio-apps.com/radioappmanual

End of this week (July 22nd), the App will be sent to Apple for approvement. After this, it may take one or two weeks for the App to go live, depending how fast Apple is.

Please stay tuned.

Vy 73,

Marcus, DL8MRE
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Rob N4GA

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Interesting. 
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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As one of the Alpha Testers of the App, all I can say is .... You're going to love it!  It is an awesome application.  Keep  your AppStore button fingers poised and ready to order!

Ken - NM9P
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I am also a tester and have really enjoy this App

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Jay -- N0FB, Elmer

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I too am a tester and the final Alpha has been a joy to use.   I haven't had a hic-up.  It just works...iPhone 6 or iPad Air II.
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Rob Fissel

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Ken, I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't checking Marcus' website on a near daily basis in anticipation of this release. Dave, W2OX, who is also testing, showed it to me, and it's really impressive. I'm greatly looking forward to it's release. 
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David G4NRT / Z21NRT

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I cannot wait for this app!  Just reading the manual got me very excited!  Let's just hope that Apple approve it quickly!  
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K1UO - Larry

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WOW...  Did a quick read/scan of the manual.  Awesome App with some "features" not even available in SSDR yet!   I guess its time to blow the dust off the xyl's iPad and have yet another flexible client interface to he radio.   Great job Marcus.
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WW1SS - Steve

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Is it ready yet . . . Is it ready yet
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WW1SS - Steve

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I am not a programmer or have no knowledge of it. My question is if this single person can write this app and put all these features in it like the dx spots in the panadapter in such a short time . . . Why does it seem so difficult for a company like flex to do the same thing with Smart SDR. It seems everything is put on a feature list for "future" consideration while we sit here and wait for possibly new features. It also seems like this app can also do WAN now. I will definitly be purchasing it.
I am not bashing anyone or trying to speak ill of anyone nor am I whining. Just asking the question.
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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@Barry

Flex spends most of its programming efforts writing the underlying code and firmware on the server. And Maestro which are then available thru the Flex API for clients such as SSDR, Dogpark, K6TU and now DL8MRE.
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WW1SS - Steve

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I'm not getting it. A client sitting on top of the Flex API can inherently do more than SmartSDR??
I thought the same thing but . . . What do I know.
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Or is SmartSDR itself a client sitting on top of the Flex API?  If so, then it sure seems to be a level playing field amongst developers.
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Because there is a huge difference between writing for Apple, and Windows.

I had abandoned Windows after supporting it and Apple Operating systems for years. The only reason I used it again was because I wanted the Flex, and Dogpark wasn't available yet. And now even though I have both, I do like SmartSDR a bit better.

After going back - it was the same old same old,  and every problem people had was always their fault. Or the programmers making apps for it. 
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@ Steven, the radio's firmware has no idea about the client app and it does not control the client.
I can make my client appear any way I want it to look and send commands to the radio (in the proper format) and the radio will respond with data I can choose to display or not to display in my app. I can make a meter look any way I want. Bar type like SSDR uses or an analog meter like my old Hallicrafters radios and use data coming from the radio to make my meter display signal strength etc. Colors.are up to the developer. The radio does not send GUI data such as colors and window sizes. Those are strictly up to the client how to display and interact with the radio. The RadioApp for iOS is no different. It cannot add functionality to the radio itself. Spots for instance, have nothing to do with the radio's internal firmware. That is something the developer can add to the display in his app because he/she, controls the look and feel of the display.
James
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I'm not a programmer either, but I *AM* a retired Senior Engineer (MCI Internet Services) and have quite a bit of platform experience.  That said, SSDR is built on a platform of sand: Windows.  iOS has its roots in OS X, which is ROCK SOLID UNIX.

Jim Flannery
K0UNX (as in UNIX)
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Agree totally. The really nice thing is I can switch between OSX and whatever flavor of Linux I'm using. Looking forward to the day when I can abandon Microsoft again.
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KC9NRN

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We said bye bye to root with El Capitan, stepping backwards for perceived increase in security isn't the way to go but hey, all mighty Apple.


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Lee Maisel

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Michael Coslo

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Did not mean to upset you, Kevin. I have no idea why what I wrote has made you so angry. Anyhow, I apologize for upsetting you so much that you had to revert to such sarcasm.
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I hope someone posts a Youtube video of this app running on an iPad Pro.  I suspect this would totally knock my socks off!
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Yes it does. But no easy way to directly record a YouTube on a iPad.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I have run it well on an iPad Air and iPhone 6.  via Wifi and 3G connections.  Even tethering my iPad via my iPhone.  It will run on less powerful devices, but I don't know how low you can go and still get performance.  I have seen it running on Howard's "Big Dog" iPad and, yes, it rocks!

As Howard said, it only does WAN remote if you are using a VPN connection, which can be done easily if you have a VPN router that does PPTP or has OpenVPN capabilities (you must install the OpenVPN Client on your iPad), others, like Howard and Chris-K6OZY have used SoftEther running on their shack computer to implement VPN with non-VPN routers.(I think they are using the LT2P protocol.)  Chris and Stu have even gotten SoftEther running on an inexpensive Raspberry Pi to host the VPN,

So there are multiple avenues available for those who want to do WAN networking while we wait for the more versatile implementation of WAN in V.2.0.

Exciting times ahead. 
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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FWIW.. I have a SoftEther VPN server running on one of my PC's in the house (Very easy to set up  - lots of detailed instructions with screen shots - search for SoftEther in this community)

and I use L2TP Native VPN protocol on my iPad.

I have remoted for 27 countries and even from 33,000' on Southwest Airlines WIFI heading to Dayton 2016..

So frankly it is NO BIG DEAL that WAN is not here yet.

 iOS 9.3 now supports iKEv2, IPsec, L2TP and PPTP  VPN Protocols.. but I already have L2TP working via SoftEther for more than 18 months so no motivation to change.

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Jay -- N0FB, Elmer

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Howard, do you have any issues with getting the waterfall to display while connected to SoftEther?
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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No issues whatsoever. Home network is 300Mb/s x 50 Mb/s. Works well on 4G and WIFI. good enough on 3 G
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Excellent idea Barry.

@Marcus -  doesn't it take forever for an APP to be approved in the iOS APP store, or have they improved that process?

N4GA
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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We shall see how long it takes
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Greg

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Will new versions be required during each FW update to the hardware?


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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Unlikely unless there are major changes to the FLEX API
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Greg

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Thanks Howard. Will this also work on a mac like a recent imac with mouse input? If using an ipad and i have a bluetooth keyboard and headset connected will they work? Thinking of the keyboard for use with cwx vice using the screen keyboard.
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it's an iOS App not a MAC app so it wont work on a MAC yet... (Apple has been talking about making iOS and MAC compatible)

Bluetooth headset worked with mine... Never tried a keyboard yet (Never CW) but I have a keyboard so might try it later tonite if XYL does not have any OFFICIAL PLANS....

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thanks again Howard.  this looks like a slick piece of software.  If it worked on a mac it may even push me to get another radio.  :)
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iPad Pro would be just the ticket.
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maybe an iMac to run MacloggerDX and run this app on the iPad.  Just thought it would be nice to have this beauty on the iMac too.


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I use MacLoggerDX also.  The Maestro sits half-way between my eyes and my iMac, and is JUST THE RIGHT SIZE that my eyes can go from Maestro to full-screen iMac "as if it was a continuous canvass."  The best of both worlds!  I was elated when I got the Maestro and saw how perfectly it fit into the scheme of things.
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Not completely sold on the maestro.  I think a better option would be this iOS app on a 12.9" iPad Pro along with a BT keyboard.  An iPad Pro with Wifi and cellular is still less expensive than the Maestro and you can do more with it.

I was looking through the manual and it mentions having DAX IQ for use with skimmer.  But does CW Skimmer work on iOS?  It has been awhile since I have used it.  I seem to recall being able to run CWS on a different computer and feeding the spots to a port on another computer using it's IP.  But how would CWS get the daxIQ from the app running on the iPad?


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CWS is a Windows App

It can connect and get DAXIQ from any PC connected to the same network as the radio running DAX
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Greg

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that's what I thought I remembered... :)  thanks.


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Greg

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Does smartCAT also run on a MAC?  changing freq from MacloggerDX will update the freq on the iPad...correct?  Sorry for the dumb a$$ questions...it's been awhile.... :)
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No.  There is no DAX or SmartCat equivalents for the Mac OS....yet.  I'm still hopeful.
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Try Loopback or Sound Siphon for a "near DAX experience," albeit a one channel one.
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CAT doesn't run on Mac, but MLDX talks to the Flex over your LAN, as a client app.
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Is this app available yet?   What's the final name?
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Be patient.  Your questions will be answered before the week ends....
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WW1SS - Steve

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Do you have "inside" info
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... good joke :-)
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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I live inside.  It is too "hot" to be outside ;-)
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WW1SS - Steve

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I am in Massachusetts now in the RV and it was 57 this morning. Gorgeous weather. Using Maestro on picnic table drinking coffee
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