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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Paris (works)

New version for other changes on the "temporary" Paris databases. They will be valid until Monday (May 2nd) only!

  • Paris-travaux, containing the complete rail network
  • Paris-full-travaux, containing the inner city subway, bus and RER networks (not usable on a Palm device)

Friday, April 29, 2005

Advertisement on i-MetrO

Partly because of the recent troubles we had with our free hosting service for i-MetrO, we have decided to insert Google ads in the service. The idea is that, if the ads pay enough money, we may be able to afford a better host.

Don't hesitate to provide your feedback on this matter...


Some changes appear to have occured in Köln/Bonn (Germany), for example, one of the airport shuttle buses does not run anymore, apparently. I have updated what I could detect (including line colors) but the file will need probably some thorough checking.


With data provided by K. de Bondt and some research of my own, I have updated the Montpellier (France) database which is getting a bit old... I'm not sure it is absolutely up to date yet but at least it is better than before and it now contains operating time information.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005


G. Le Lann reported a small error (with possible extended effects) in the Angers (France) database.

Den Haag

K. de Bondt reported some mistakes (on connections) in the Den Haag (Netherlands) database.

Monday, April 25, 2005


I still don't know the reason but i-MetrO is broken again for some cities. I investigate the matter, as well as the guys from the hosting service (which is free, let's not forget that) but I have no idea when this will be solved. Sorry for the inconvenience.

One positive note though: I found out a mistake that prevented to use the service for Freiburg in Breisgau. I fixed it and it's one of the cities that work all right ;-)

[Edit] The service is running again this Tuesday morning (CET). Enjoy!

Paris (works)

This is the first update for the "temporary" Paris databases, taking into account the works in the subway. Due to the RATP planning, these files will be valid only until next Friday (April 29th).

The files are at the same address as the previous versions:

  • Paris-travaux, containing the complete rail network
  • Paris-full-travaux, containing the inner city subway, bus and RER networks (not usable on a Palm device)

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Bruxelles & Gent

L. Debacker reported one small error in the Bruxelles file and suggested one stop name change (to match what appears on signs) in Gent (both cities in Belgium, of course).

Thursday, April 21, 2005


I have updated one tram line in the Amsterdam (Netherlands) database. I just hope it's the only one that has changed its route...

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


T. Friedrich sent the tram lines for the city of Cottbus (Germany). Maybe we will have the complete file (with bus lines) for the next version...


I added regional bus lines in the Brest (France) database, with information provided by M. Pouliquen.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Translation for MetrO on PalmOS

The new confirmation dialog has been translated in dutch by S. Guyt.

Still 26 languages to go...

Friday, April 15, 2005

Bugs on MetrO for PalmOS

J. Hollman found a bug on the interface with the address book: when specifying only part of a stop name with a time, the program would not recognize the stop and ignore it. This will be fixed in the next release.

Payalba (member of the PalmAttitude forum) found two problems on palmOne devices:
  • Tapping on a button that has the focus ring (on a Treo 600/650 or a TungstenT5) and moving the stylus out will not release the focus from the button. It looks like palmOne has broken compatibility with older versions of the OS: I can't fix this issue without losing compatibility with versions older than 3.5.
  • There are display errors if you play with the DIA hide/display commands in left-handed landscape mode. I have solved part of the problem but I still have to work on it.

The "history" (list of previously used stop names) will be displayed only if it is not empty. I decided to add this test because I was puzzled to see a blank screen after 2 taps on the "stop" button.


C. Laufs sent data for the city of Zwickau (Germany). It is not yet complete but I hope we'll finish it for the next release.

Kharkov, Novosibirsk

Some changes were missing on the russian version of Kharkov (Ukraine) and the "roman" transcription has been changed to Ukrainian.

The Novosibirsk (Russia) file has been slightly enhanced and a russian version will now be provided as well.

Thanks to A. Ilchenko for the updates!


A new stop will open today on line 1 in Gent (Belgium). Thanks to L. Debacker for the notice.

Thursday, April 14, 2005


I changed the colors on the JR lines: Katagiri-san sent me the colors as they are used on the trains themselves (or on signs on the platforms).

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


The JR East company has enhanced some services in the Tokyo area (Japan). Katagiri-san sent me the information.

While I was "playing" with the file, I also added colors for the JR lines (as shown on the map on the JR East web site).

MetrO for PalmOS in Italian

On suggestions by L. Saggin, I improved the italian translations for the options in the preferences dialog.

Santiago de Chile

R. Molina provided additional places of interest for Santiago de Chile.

Köln / Cologne

Frank has added detailed information on a few places of interest (museums in that case) in Köln (Germany).

Saturday, April 09, 2005

MetrO online

Our online services are now up and running optimally again (at least for the time being).

If I did not mess up, the PDA update service should even be more accurate in dertermining whether an update is required or not on every file (there could have been some approximations in the previous versions).

New York

E. Rodriguez notified me of some changes on the MTA fares in New York City (USA).


A new station has opened in Warsaw (Poland). I also added a light rail line to the existing single subway line.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Problems with our online services

Since the new release last Monday, our online services (i-MetrO, network update and "smart" download) tend to behave erratically... Apparently, the amount of data proves too much for the server.

I will try to fix these problems as soon as possible, but in the meantime, I'm afraid that the direct update service won't be available at all and the "smart" download service may return errors. After a quick fix, i-MetrO seems to be running again.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


From a notice by C. Omlin (regarding a change on one line), I have completely revised the Luzern (Switzerland) database which was quite out of date.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


I have received translations in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese (in addition to the current English, French, German & Norwegian) for the new confirmation message added in the latest version of MetrO for PalmOS (as explained here). Thanks to S. Predieri, S. Renaudin, J. Calado, E. Cuadrado Albite, B. Arregocés, J.A. Gonzalez, A. Escudero-Soler!

There are still 27 languages missing ;-)

[Updated on 04/07/05 6:40PM]


A. Cravero notified me that the tramway line in Marseille (France) has been closed for some time, because of constructions works for the future tram network.

St Petersbourg

A new station has opened on the St Petersbourg (Russia). I also changed the transcription of the station names in the roman alphabet, to what should be the standard.


F. Wilhelm sent an update for Minsk (Belarus) and added a few places of interest...

MetrO for PalmOS & landscape mode

Unrelated to the new version, one user reported that the behavior of the program when hiding/showing the DIA panel in left-handed landscape mode is quite buggy. I'll try to fix that in the next release.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

MetrO release 5.3.0

The new version is out: see the MetrO home page for details.

Because of early reports of performance problems, I have decided to remove one of the features I added (and announced here) on the PalmOS version: the exploration of the default installation directory on a memory card for MetrO databases.

Sunday, April 03, 2005


The database for Dijon (France) was obsolete. Thanks to R. Vernay the next version will be quite up to date.

Friday, April 01, 2005


There are currently a lot of works on the Paris (France) subway network and there are many temporary updates on services. To take these changes into account, we provide 2 new files:
  • Paris-travaux, containing the complete rail network
  • Paris-full-travaux, containing the inner city subway, bus and RER networks (still not usable on a Palm device)

Be aware that given that the RATP schedule for the works is quite heavy, if you use these files, you should be prepared to update them frequently (at least every other week, I guess). And I hope I will be able to keep up...

MetrO bug on Treo 650?

One user has reported an error on a patched Treo 650 (from Sprint PCS) and I have not been able to solve the problem (the symptoms are just a crash and reset on startup).

Since the software has been tested and proved to work on the original Treo 650 and after going through the usual checks, I'm wondering whether the Treo patch, supposed to fix memory problems, could be the cause of the trouble.

If anyone has tested the program on the same configuration, I'd like to hear about your experience: reply to this post or send me a mail (my address is in the about box in the program).

Thanks for your feedback.


I will at last be able to update the München (Germany) network after its complete renewal last December, thanks to M. Freitag. It should be available in the next release (due quite soon), although I have a lot of work at the moment.