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rbart

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Hello MacRumors Apple Watch users !
I am very proud to announce that I will soon push my first running app to App Store.
I start a larger beta testing this week and I will be happy to share this journey with you.
Let me introduce YouRace !
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Short history: I am a (poor) runner, Apple Watch user, Apple products owner and now iOS developer.
I am also French, so excuse me for my poor English !

I was not completely happy with current Apple Watch running apps. Some are easy to use but lack features, some are very good in some precise usages, some are full of features but a bit more complex to use.

My idea was to try to make something easy to use, with a clear design, and give some "power features" for advanced training and race.
The Apple built in app is very simple but you can't use it efficiently for intervals training with your coach or partners, it doesn't display current interval data, you can't use buttons to mark a new interval ...
For race day, you can notice that distance estimation on the watch is not on par with actual distances you read on the road. I wanted to have a way to try to fix that.
But my main idea was to keep the app as simple as Apple one.
My other wish was to use Apple latest frameworks and technologies to be ready for future huge improvements, so my app is completely written in SwiftUI and needs iOS14 / watchOS 7 to run.
The app is mainly an Apple Watch app and can run independently. I have also built an iOS companion app, but I don't want to compete against Strava, HealthFit and other.
My main goal is to provide the best experience I can on the wrist !
The last commitment is about privacy. I don't collect any data, I only use Apple HealthKit storage.
You can export your data from HealthKit using usual tools to wherever you want. I strongly recommend HealthFit !

You can request a beta version to help me and use it with TestDrive: yourace.app@gmail.com
I am waiting for your feedbacks and remarks !
I have also a web site (not finished yet) made by my son (thanks to him): https://yourace.web.app

Let me share some screenshots, and I will dig into features later ...
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iPhone App:
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rbart

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One more thing : the app is completely FREE, without ads or in-app purchase !
In the future, I have some plans to add some exclusive features and I will put them in a one time (small) app purchase.
My wish is to share this app with a lot of people.

Don't hesitate to ask me for beta test invite !
I will be happy to get your feedback !
 
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rbart

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Hello,
The version 1.0 is now available on the App Store for FREE:

 
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rbart

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Hello, this post had been moved in iOS section and was a bit lost ...
Now, the MacRumors team has moved it back to the Apple Watch forum.
The first version is available on the App Store, and you still can request access to beta testing with test flight to help me tackle the bug and bring improvements !
 

TheMixam

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Just checked it out, definitely an improvement over the default Apple app.

Right above start free run there is a small circle with ‘100’ in it. What does this mean? GPS signal strength?

Do you plan support for loading activities stored in Apple Health / Activities that are recorded with other apps?

Do you plan to show fastest 400m / 1 mile / 5K / 10K / … time per run?

PS: if you want help translating to dutch, feel free to PM me a translation document ?
 

rbart

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Thanks for your feedback.
The small circle with the 100 (or other value) gives the current GPS accuracy (percentage).
For the moment, I don't include other Apple Health activities, it can drive to bugs and I have other problems to fix :rolleyes:
But, it's in my todo list
I don't want to be a competitor to Strava or Healthfit.
For the "fastest statistics", I will probably bring that later ...
For the moment, my priority is to have a fast and stable running app. The iOS part is lower priority as there are a lot of apps that are better than mine for statistics.
My app is compatible with all apps that are able to read apple health workouts. I strongly recommend HealthFit !
Thanks a lot for the dutch translation, I keep your name ?
 
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For the moment, I don't include other Apple Health activities, it can drive to bugs and I have other problems to fix :rolleyes:
But, it's in my todo list
Glad to hear it’s in the todo list. IMO this feature is what makes for a great workout app, the fact that one can mix and match different apps for different runs while being able to sync with other apps.
I don't want to be a competitor to Strava or Healthfit.
For the "fastest statistics", I will probably bring that later ...
Strava only shows a best effort when it’s a top 3 all time best, HealthFit doesn’t show it at all afaik.
For the moment, my priority is to have a fast and stable running app. The iOS part is lower priority as there are a lot of apps that are better than mine for statistics.
My app is compatible with all apps that are able to read apple health workouts. I strongly recommend HealthFit !
HealthFit is great for syncing with other apps but tbh, I don’t find it that great for running.
Thanks a lot for the dutch translation, I keep your name ?
No problem!
 

rbart

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Glad to hear it’s in the todo list. IMO this feature is what makes for a great workout app, the fact that one can mix and match different apps for different runs while being able to sync with other apps.

Strava only shows a best effort when it’s a top 3 all time best, HealthFit doesn’t show it at all afaik.

HealthFit is great for syncing with other apps but tbh, I don’t find it that great for running.

No problem!
I understand !
But I am alone to code ... so I must have some priorities.
Building a workout analysis app and a running app is not the same job.
For the moment, I am focus on the watch part.
At the beginning I didn't want to write an iOS companion but I have finally decided to build a basic one.
I will probably add all the workouts in my app in a future release. I just have to take care about optimizations, Healthkit request can be very slow ...
You are right, Healthfit is not a "running" app, but it's a great app to export your workouts on other platforms where you can analyze them (Strava, Training peaks, Runalyze ...)
 

rbart

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I have pushed version 1.0.1 on App Store with some enhancements and bug fixes.
If you like it, don’t forget to put stars and comments on the App Store !
 

rbart

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Hello all !
A new version has been approved by Apple and is available on the App Store.
The version 1.0.2 doesn't bring new features, but it includes some bug fixes and performance improvements.
I am preparing a more attractive build that will be on Test Flight in a couple of days.
This build will add the possibility to display all running workouts from YouRace AND the other apps !
A lot of people has requested this feature and I am working on it.
I am also preparing watchOS8 arrival with the exclusive feature of "Always On Display" management to have all your workout data permanently displayed like with Apple built-in app (for Series 5, 6 and ...)
I hope you will enjoy running with YouRace !
Don't forget to put stars and comments into the App Store !
 

rbart

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Some great news for YouRace runners and test flight testers !
I have just published on TestFlight the 1.1 new release.
It includes ONE EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: it's the first running app (except Apple one) to enable Always ON display support while running !!!
It's only available for watchOS8 users with Series 5 and 6 (hardware limitation).
I think it's a big change for all runners !

The second great feature is for displaying all running workouts from other running apps into YouRace iOS app.
A lot of people has requested it, and I hope you will enjoy it.
This feature is available in 1.1 for all watches and iPhones (from iOS 14 / watchOS 7).

Thanks to support me by testing, putting stars and comments in the App Store ... and sharing my app !
I am a developer, not a marketing specialist ...
 
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Version 1.1.0 has been submitted to Apple for validation.
It will be available at iOS 15/watchOS 8 release date.
Many news and improvements !
Stay tuned.

This release is already available for beta testers through TestFlight
 
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The version 1.1.0 is available for everyone on the App Store !
With 2 main improvements :
- always ON display support for watchOS 8 and series 5, 6 and 7
- import all your workouts from other running apps into YouRace
Have fun !
 
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watchOS 8 with AOD (Always ON Display support) is out !
You can now use YouRace with this great feature !
It's a game changer for a lot of runners.

 

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Are you planning to add a walking workouk? How I control the music during the workout like the stock app? Thank you.
 

rbart

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For the moment, it's only for running, but I may add a walking mode.
You can control the music exactly the same way as in the stock workout app (swipe completely to left)
 
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Pesky_UK

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The most important thing for me would be offline mapping. I like running off road as well as on road. Will you be adding that?

Support for HR chest straps?
 

rbart

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No, it's absolutely not in my plans !
Workoutdoors is excellent for doing that, I don't want to fight against this extraordinary app, my goal was to provide something simpler and easier to use with the main features for training and race : intervals, data, simplicity, AOD, performance, smoothness.
My idea was to have an enhanced version of Apple built-in app.
I will add some features, but I will always try to make choice to keep the app very easy to use.
@cfc has made an impressive app with Workoutdoors, and I still use this app for mapping features.
I find it a bit heavy and complex to setup, with a lot fo features (maybe too many for 99% users).
I don't want to replace WOD, I prefer to offer an easier alternative that fits better for simple runs and training.
 

Pesky_UK

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I find it a bit heavy and complex to setup, with a lot fo features (maybe too many for 99% users).
So do I. Keep yours simple and clean and you’ll get a lot of people using it over other options.

Good luck ?
 

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No, it's absolutely not in my plans !
Workoutdoors is excellent for doing that, I don't want to fight against this extraordinary app, my goal was to provide something simpler and easier to use with the main features for training and race : intervals, data, simplicity, AOD, performance, smoothness.
My idea was to have an enhanced version of Apple built-in app.
I will add some features, but I will always try to make choice to keep the app very easy to use.
@cfc has made an impressive app with Workoutdoors, and I still use this app for mapping features.
I find it a bit heavy and complex to setup, with a lot fo features (maybe too many for 99% users).
I don't want to replace WOD, I prefer to offer an easier alternative that fits better for simple runs and training.
Good luck with the app! :)
 
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rbart

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Thanks @cfc, I didn want to be unfair when posting in your thread yesterday…
It was a mistake, I apologise !
And I don’t think our 2 apps are in competition, I still use WOD.
It’s simply a different approach.
 
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