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5 years of Delivery Status
Five years ago, I bought a new iMac online. It was a custom order of a new model, which meant it would take an excruciating 3 to 4 weeks to ship. I was refreshing the order status constantly, and I realized that I’d save time if I created a Dashboard widget to check the status for me. So Apple Order Status was born, on January 22nd, 2006. In September I added Amazon support, and it became Order Status. In October, it finally became Delivery Status. I originally had no plans to support shipping companies like FedEx and UPS, but ultimately it was necessary to get complete tracking from the initial order until it arrived at your door.
The next year, in 2007, Apple unveiled the iPhone, and in 2008 they announced that they would open it up to third-party apps. That September, Junecloud was formed and Delivery Status touch was released. The original version was actually based heavily on the widget, and shared a lot of the same code.
Today, Delivery Status touch is the #104 top paid iPad app of all time and the #510 top paid iPhone app of all time. With over 300,000 apps in the App Store, we think that’s pretty good. The app has come a long way since it began as a free Dashboard widget, and today we’re announcing another update.
Delivery Status touch 4.3
The latest version of Delivery Status touch is available now on the App Store. It has a few new features and a huge amount of polish.
Tracking number detection and clipboard detection
For a long time people have been asking me why Delivery Status can’t detect the shipping company automatically, like Google does when you search for a tracking number. The answer was simple: Google supports three companies. We support dozens. Many of the services we support actually use tracking numbers in the same formats, so it’s not even possible to tell them apart.
That hasn’t changed, but we have come up with a really nice solution that will save you a lot of time. In short: it guesses. Just enter your tracking number and Delivery Status will select the most likely match from our supported shipping companies. It keeps track of the services you use most, so it can improve its guesses over time. Sometimes it will be wrong, but in those cases it shouldn’t take you any longer to select the right company than it did before.
In you’re copying and pasting a tracking number into the app, we’ve taken this detection a step further. As soon as you open the app, Delivery Status looks at your clipboard to see if you’ve copied something that looks like a tracking number. If you have, it will ask if you’d like to add a new delivery. Tap OK, verify the settings, tap Save, and you’re done.
If you have an iPhone 4 or 3GS, you’ll also be able to scan barcodes. Just tap the camera button and line up the barcode. Delivery Status scans automatically as soon as it finds a barcode with a tracking number. Of course this takes advantage of our new tracking number detection as well, so in most cases the company is selected automatically.
Added support for La Poste and Amazon.it
La Poste support includes Chronopost as well. We’ve also improved results for UPS InfoNotice and DHL Germany numbers with multiple packages, City Link and DHL Germany numbers that require a postal code, Purolator, UPS, and Apple. Whew!
Many other improvements
The list is long:
- Arrows now appear next to the deliveries when the Edit button is tapped, to make the process of editing a delivery more clear. And if there’s an error, an “edit this delivery” button is now displayed.
- Syncing no longer disrupts updating. This should put an end to unexpected “couldn’t connect” errors and restarting the update process if you add or remove a delivery while an update is in progress. We’ve also improved the reliability of syncing, especially over unreliable connections.
- The button for editing favorites is now a star, which should make this feature easier to discover. The prompt is also more obvious, and always visible.
- The Deliveries popover on iPad now properly adjusts its size depending on how many deliveries you have.
- You can now clear your entire history at once.
- Tapping the “View” button on a notification will now scroll to that delivery when the app opens. You’ll also no longer get a duplicate alert or sound after tapping the “View” button on a notification outside the app.
- We’ve improved the detail view for deliveries with an item name and multiple packages (the item name no longer repeats).
Plus bug fixes, and more
I’ll spare you the details, but we’ve also fixed a long list of bugs, from possible crashes to quirks that most of you probably never noticed. We’ve also added a lot of other small touches. Without a doubt, more polish went into this update than any other release of Delivery Status touch.
Of course, we didn’t forget: Delivery Status for Mac 5.4
Our Dashboard widget for Mac has been updated as well. We’ve added the same time-saving tracking number detection, support for La Poste and Amazon.it, and improvements for many other services. We’ve also greatly improved VoiceOver support, and fixed a number of bugs.
Oh, and one more thing…
You can now add a delivery just by forwarding an email
The service will attempt to find your tracking details in the email, and add a new delivery to your account. Simple. See here for more details.
Best of all…
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Delivery Status, Delivery Status touch is on sale now for 40% off. Of course if you previously purchase the app, the latest update is available for free. We hope you enjoy it!
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