Thursday, 23 December 2010

British Hills Crashes

Some of you have been having problems with the database in British Hills. Sorry I haven't been able to look at the problem recently, I hope to do so soon.

In the meantime, a workatound is to use a file browser such as Astro to delete the following directory : /sdcard/ and then restart the app.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Verson 1.2 - Hill Bagging

This was always planned as a feature, and now it's finally here... Hill Bagging!

Basically you can now mark off the hills you've climbed, either singly or multiple hills from the list view. You can set the date you've climbed the hill as well as any notes on the climb. Change the date by pressing the date on the Hill Detail view and enter any notes there, making sure to click the save button. Dates will default to today's date.

Next I'll be working on allowing you to import the hills you've climbed from a file (e.g. csv) and export/backup those hills to the sd card. Hopefully this will help those of you who already maintain your own bagging lists in a spreadsheet.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

v1.14 Released

Hoping this is going to fix some Force Close problems, also includes some remote debugging. Please let me know if you're still getting Force Close on startup.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

British Hills 1.13

Sudden flurry of installations this morning. Not the nicest weather for it...

1.13 just adds an SD card not available warning. As internal memory on many phones is limited the database is expanded on to "external storage" when first ran. In older phones this will be a micro SD card, some modern phones have built in external storage (e.g. Galaxy S has 8-16GB onboard "external storage"). If anyone is getting this error, or any other force closures please tell me what phone model you're using.

British Hills 1.12 released

1.12 is a maintenance release, most of the changes are behind the scenes. When you run for the first time you'll see an "Initializing Database" message which will last a few seconds. This is because I'm no longer packing the whole database in the application, instead it's constructed on first run. The advantage in doing this is a massive reduction in download size (and hence space required on your phone - 608KB versus over 5MB!) which should help out those of you who aren't yet on Android 2.2...

The other advantages to this are that it makes it much easier for me to upgrade the database without overwriting user data (which is coming in British Hills Pro - stay tuned!), as I'll be updating the main hills database whenever Chris et al. put out a new version.

There is one new bonus featurette - updating the database has fixed a bug in the original tables that didn't let me use the "Hill Bagger" site for OS map/info - this site is quicker to load and gives you lots of useful information on each hill including user comments. Access is from the menu button on the Hill Detail screen as before.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

British Hills 1.11

A little flurry of updates overnight as I dealt with some bug fixes and realised some things were wrong (like missing every hill in South Wales...). Anyway v1.11 is released.


  • Show all hills for a country
  • Isle of Man + NI (only Slieve Donard I believe because it is in the Trail 100)
  • Shows number of hills in hill lists and search results.
  • Shows correct number of Corbett Tops.
  • Shows correct number of Graham Tops.
  • Hill markers now positioned centrally over Lat/Long points.
  • Single Hill (purple) marker now positioned correctly.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

British Hills v1.1 released

Version 1.1 has a lot of UI improvements and a new option to list and view hills within a variable radius of your current position.
v1.1 Map Display
v1.1 Menu
v1.1 Nearby Hills List

v1.1 Detail Screen

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

British Hills - Screenshots

Main Menu
Hill Lists
Search for a Hill
Satellite View
Map View
Select Hill
Hill Detail

Google Reader Flickr Image Plus

A long name, will have to think of something shorter...

A Chrome extension for people who subscribe to Flickr RSS feeds in Google Reader.

****NEW - defaults to larger Flickr photo image - change to smaller size in options***

Changes the view in Google Reader to display an improved layout with black/grey background, further info about the image and thumbnails of the creators most recent images. Includes a larger, higher quality image than Flickr feeds normally show. Choice of dark (default) or light themes.

If you're a registered Flickr user you can authenticate the extension to Flickr (see extension options page) and make comments on Flickr images directly from Google Reader - just like you were making them on Flickr itself.

All comments and suggestions welcome.

Runs automatically when you browse to and for most other countries, e.g. Let me know if it's not working for you.

If you have given the extension access to Flickr you'll see a small icon (like a speech bubble). Click on it to add your own comment.

Options (Change in Chrome Extensions Page)
Change Theme (dark or light).

Choose larger or standard image size (640/500px)

You can now choose to authenticate the extension to Flickr. Follow the instructions on screen to allow access.

You can remove access at any time by going to "My Apps" under your Flickr profile.

v1.29 Improved comment notification
v1.28 Buddy Icons
v1.27 Now supports Flickr's larger default photo.
v1.26 Added support for List View and image load fix.
v1.25 Switched to icon UI for international users, fixes.
v1.24 Added Dutch, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish.
v1.23 Bug fixes for internationalisation
v1.22 Added some internationalization of titles.
v1.21 Added choice of themes

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

British Hills 1.0 released

British Hills 1.0 has been released to the marketplace. This version has quite a basic look and feel and is mostly a way of viewing the Database of British Hills.


Main Menu - View hills by country (major groups) or see lists for the whole of Great Britain. Press the menu key to change options (Height in metres/feet) or to search across all hills.

Hill List Screen - Press the menu key to search this list, display current results on a Google Map, list alphabetically or by height.

Hill Detail Screen - Press the menu key to show hill on Google Map or show an OS map at

Single Hill Map - Press the menu key to show all other hills (including all Tops etc) within 25 miles of the selected hill.