Thursday, February 19, 2015

Towards v1.1

I’m approaching the end of the third week post-v1 launch and I’m still pleased with where things are.

The website stats took a slight dip towards the end of last week but they’re now back up and showing steady day on day increases.

I’d opted for a sort of “soft release” for V1 since I knew there were a couple of things I’d rather have in place before kicking off any AdWords campaigns or sending out more information far and wide. Those things will be addressed in V1.1 which is now code/feature complete. The initial soak tests to check memory and resource use are done too.

I’d originally intended to release APHound v1.1 towards the end of February but with a fair wind it looks like this weekend might be possible. The changes for v1.1 open up some exciting (well I think so :) )  possibilities for v1.2 which I’m really looking forward to getting started on.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

One Week On

It’s a week since APHound v1.0 was released so I thought I’d pop up a quick update.

The web stats for the site continue to look reasonably good and they’re still slightly better than I expected them to be at this point. Downloads of the Free Edition continue to be slightly higher than anticipated. It’s likely that over the course of the next week I’ll look at the initial Google AdWords campaign.

Development on v1.1 is on track and nearing completion already and I’ll be looking to move that into a release candidate test phase over the next week.

The main focus for v1.1 has been the introduction of SSID grouping in the access point list with the initial version simply grouping the SSID list according to SSID name. Networks with multiple access points of the same SSID will be grouped together, single access point per SSID networks will appear as a single grouping and any access points which have stopped reporting will move into a “non-reporting” group. Grouping can be enabled and disabled via a new menu option.

Custom groupings will start to make an appearance from v1.2.

Another key reason for the quick move from v1.0 to v1.1 is that I want to give the upgrade process a good end to end shakedown and this quick release of v1.1 will enable that to happen.

Back to work!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Release Day + 3

APHound was released on 1st Feb, 3 days ago, so what’s happening now?

Actually, I’m pretty pleased with the stats from the website. The visitor counts are higher than I hoped for over the first few days and the free edition is starting to be downloaded.

The aim for the first week was just to see visitors on the site, maybe a handful of downloads too, and then to have a look at the site analytics to see how people were browsing.

Work on v1.1 is progressing and I know what changes will be in that release. It’ll include a couple of small bug fixes which missed v1 and also a small UI refresh for the access point list to include the first version of SSID groups. Under the covers will be the introduction of SQLite for some data handling.

So, not an Earth shattering first update, but enough to push the application forward and also test the upgrade mechanism. It’s also an “enabler” release which paves the way for features planned in v1.2 and v1.3.

Timetable wise I’m aiming for the end of February for v1.1.

And our dog Hank is doing well too!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Release the hound!

The last item on the v1 release checklist has been complete and the holding page on the website removed.

APHound v1.0 has been released.

Full details on the website at

The Free edition is free for personal use and for use by registered charitable organisations. Business users can purchase a licence for the Plus edition.

I’d say a short break is in order before continuing (yes it’s already started) v1.1.