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Tuesday, March 29, 2005


A. Norling reported a few changes on the Oslo (Norway) network, including the end of some important works.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Code clean-up

I spent most of the day cleaning up the code for MetrO for PalmOS, slightly reducing the memory usage in the process...

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


A new night line has been added in the Lyon (France) database. Thanks to T. Mognetti (one of our best contributors) for the notice.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

MetrO for PalmOS

The next release will bring some improvements on the interface with the Palm address book:
  • Specific handling of the new "Contacts" application (on recent palmOne devices), which will let you use any of the 9 custom fields (instead of the first 4 only)
  • The information for an address is formatted on multiple lines (instead of comma-separated fields)
  • The telephone number in the information on a contact is the preferred number, as selected in the address book application

Friday, March 18, 2005

Bug on MetrO for Palm

M. Ciesielski (who is the only one to have provided a translation for the new alert, mentioned in this blog a few days ago) has found a bug with the address book interface in the program for PalmOS (fortunately it happens in very specific circumstances).

It will be fixed in the next release, but in the meantime, you'd better avoid ending the Metro custom fields entries with a semi-colon.


This will probably the last of the japanese cities I check, for the time being. Besides a few errors I fixed, I made a japanese version of the Kyoto (Japan) database, complete with places of interest (that was quite painful, and I'm not even sure I made no mistake, because of my limited capabilities in japanese).


Still on the same tracks, I have improved the files for Kitakyushu, Okinawa and Sendai (adding icons, colors, operating times...). I also fixed a number of minor errors in the Osaka file. And finally, I prepared japanese versions for all those files.

Thursday, March 17, 2005


Again in Japan, I have enhanced the file for Sapporo (line icons, colors, operating times...) and I prepared a japanese version as well.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


D. Ebert found some connections were missing in the Tokyo (Japan) database by (on the Tama Toshi monorail).

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


The U-Bahn and S-Bahn in Hambourg (Germany) now operate all night long during the week-end.

Monday, March 14, 2005


A new line has opened in Fukuoka (Japan) and it was time for some enhancements (the usual colors, icons, times, ...) on the database... And I also created a japanese version.


O. Dumitriade sent a complete rewrite of the Bucharest (Romania) database, with a new selection of trams and buses, in addition to the subway network.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

MetrO for Palm

This week-end, I could at last spend some time on the program and improve some features, among which the most important are:

  • The "Copy database to memory card" feature in the city list will become a "Move database to memory card" feature. After a few years of usage I think the cards are reliable enough to take the risk to remove the original file after it has been copied.
    To keep things clean, if the file already exists in the destination directory, a message will ask for confirmation to replace it.
    And here I need your help because the confirmation message needs a translation in the different languages the program supports : "The file for "city name" already exists on card, do you want to replace it?"

  • Because of the number of support requests from users who don't take the time to read the user guide and keep asking why the software can't find the cities they have installed on their memory card, I have decided that the program will now search the default installation directory (/PALM/Launcher) in addition to the MetrO specific one (/PALM/Programs/Metro).
    A possible side effect is that if you have a lot of files in that directory (which you should not), the search may take some time...

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


On a mail by M. Mazuryk, I have updated the Philadelphia (USA) database for some changes and adjustments in the "Commuter Rail" services.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


G. Pontiggia sent the data for the urban bus network in Milano (Italy), but it appeared the information I had for the trams were not up to date as well...


A new line opened in Recife (Brazil) and it was a good opportunity to add some bells and whistles to our database (icons, colors, operating times, a few places of interest, ...)


Some changes occured on the services to Heathrow airport in London (UK). Reported by Pablo.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Some changes (in addition to the recent ones) were required on the Stuttgart (Germany) database and I have added more information as well (operating times for example).


An error and a service change were reported in Geneva (Switzerland) by P. Essellier.


Frank has decided to build a database for Auxerre (France) and its bus network.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Chicago, Minneapolis, Ottawa

K. Zoerhoff (a long time contributor) has sent me some service updates for Chicago, Minneapolis (USA) and Ottawa (Canada), including 3 bus lines for the latter.


On the recommendation of M. López, I have adjusted the connection times between the MetroSur (line 12) and the Cercanias C5 in Madrid (Spain).