Tuesday, January 31, 2006


M. Pouliquen reported minor changes on the regional lines in Brest (France), also affecting the Morlaix & Quimper databases.


R. Ramirez noticed a route error on one express line in Bogota (Colombia).

Saturday, January 28, 2006

South Hampton Roads, VA

K.A. Lipscomb sent the bus network data for the South Hampton Roads (Virginia, USA) area.

Los Angeles

E.P. Scott submitted major improvements for the Los Angeles (USA) database, including new transit systems and better accuracy on the existing lines.


Some changes occured on the tram network in Prag (Czech Republic) and I updated our database for those that were mentioned by P. Michalek (without much detail).

Maybe there are more and I guess our data should be checked up thoroughly...

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


J. Cagnol sent the data for the city bus network in Nice (on the French Riviera / Côte d'Azur).


I fixed a few errors (mostly typos) on the Mexico network, on advice from A. M. Abreu.

Buenos Aires

A. Arias suggested the addition of a connection to subway line B at Once, in the Buenos Aires (Argentina) database.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


Claude sent me an update for the city of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), with additional lines.


Peter sent me data for the tram & trolleybus network in Szeged (Hungary).

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Error on LA file

The early 5.3.8 packages contained a wrong file for Los Angeles. I have just updated the zip content on every site I manage (our owns, PalmSphere, Handango, PalmGear & PocketGear).

Sorry for the possible inconvenience and thanks to R. Garvey for spotting and reporting the bug.


I found a bug on i-MetrO that made the detailed information on places of interest unavailable for most cities.

MetrO 5.3.8

Our first release for 2006 is out, with a lot of changes in many cities and a few improvements on our programs.

Download the new version and see the details on the MetrO homepage.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Bob Thomson reported a bug in the Ottawa (Canada) file, which turns out to be an encoding error on my part...


A new station recently opened in Singapore, on the North-East line.


I. Charles signaled an error in the Manchester (UK) database and I realized that the operating times were wrong on the Bury-Altrincham line.

Monday, January 16, 2006

San Francisco

The MUNI Metro service in San Francisco (USA) will be affected by an important improvement project, starting tomorrow (Jan. 17, 2006) and for about one year. Details are available here.

E. Scott (as usual ;-) reported the information and updated our network data.

Sunday, January 15, 2006


P. Omodei-Zorini sent data (ciy bus and railway lines) for the city of Vercelli (Northern Italy).

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


T. Schaller provided detailed information (web site, opening hours, ...) on some of the places of interest in Weiden (Germany).


Goran reported a few changes on the Stuttgart (Germany) subway network.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


A new subway line has opened recently in Shanghai (China).

I ony found information on english web sites and I'm looking for the chinese station names (for our chinese database): if you can help, don't hesitate to send me a mail or post here!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

PalmOS: DIA & VGZ...

The PalmOS addicts will have recognized what I am about to discuss here: the DIA (for "Dynamic Input Area", although I think Palm has renamed that recently) and the VGZ (for "Virtual Graffiti Zone") are Palm & Sony versions of the same feature, which allows to use the large screens on recent PalmOS handhelds while keeping a grafitti area that used to be silkscreened on earlier or cheaper devices.

For those who have no clue, let's just say this has been a developer nightmare since its first inception, at least from my standpoint. Well, Palm has had the brilliant idea to add yet another twist on the concept with the Tungsten T|X. That simply means that there are now 5 different (and largely incompatible) versions of the same feature in the wild:
  • The "original" Sony version, added in PalmOS 4;
  • Another Sony version, for their devices based upon PalmOS 5;
  • The trial version from palmOne, which made it on the Tungsten T|3 (the one that required compatibility libraries that so many people install by mistake on other devices);
  • The version that was implemented on the Tungsten T|5 and LifeDrive;
  • And now, this new one that appeared on the Tunsgten T|X, which looks remotely similar to what should have been the standard in "Cobalt".
And as far as I can tell, each one of these libraries has its own bugs! And don't tell me it's because I don't know how to program: when you close the DIA on a T|5 the screen first extends to about 452 pixels before settling at 448 pixels, I just can't see what's the feature there...

Which brings me to what took me all this day time: Métro still had some bugs (on the T|5 & LD) which I have (apparently) fixed, but the debug versions of the simulator still crashes (for no reason, in my opinion). There are still major problems with the T|X and unless I can find a solution, I would recommend not to play with the DIA on any form other than the main screen.

The good news (at last!) is that the next version of Métro will fully support landscape mode (if I am satisfied with my testing)!

Copenhagen on i-MetrO

As a trial, C. Hindsgaul sent geographic coordinates for a few stops (subway stations and the largest railway stations) in the Copenhagen (Denmark) system and I installed the resulting file on i-MetrO.

Unfortunately, Google offers only satellite images for this city and no map.

Friday, January 06, 2006


K. de Bondt suggested the creation of a new database for the Kusttram, which is the longest tram line in the world, running for 68 km along the belgian coast between the French and Dutch borders.

This line was already present in the Dunkerque (France) database, which I updated as well incidentally, but it would not be obvious for users to look for it in this file...

Paris (works)

One station re-opened this morning and two others are due to re-open tomorrow in the Paris (France) subway. Download the updated "temporary" files:

Next update planned on February 4th.


Following on his previous contribution, D. Garbrecht sent an additional (boat) line for the Bangkok (Thailand) database. We're also discussing the opportunity to add the express services on the same line...


C. Walker reported a typo on one (Silverlink) stop name in London (UK).

Thursday, January 05, 2006


After recent changes on the i-MetrO service, I introduced some bugs in the line route display (E. Scott sent me a mail).


C. Walker reported an error in the Birmingham (UK) file.

Edmonton & Vancouver

Both Light Rail systems in Edmonton & Vancouver (Canada) have been extended this week.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


D. Garbrecht submitted an update for the Bangkok (Thailand) system.


K. de Bondt provided a few places of interest (with comments) for the Gent / Gand (Belgium) network, along with 2 bus lines useful to reach them.


Some changes again on the Sacramento (USA) database, sent by E. Scott, including more accurate trip times (on the Light Rail), more information on some POIs and geographic coordinates for all the POIs (used with Google Maps on i-MetrO).


The CTA changed the fare structure in Chicago (USA) and I changed our file information accordingly. Reported by N. Hawkins.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

San Francisco

E. Scott sent a few updates for the San Francisco (USA) database, including, among other changes, fare increases.

Paris (works)

Station "La Tour-Maubourg" is closed for renovation in the Paris (France) subway. Download the updated "temporary" files:

Next update planned on January 7th.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Den Haag

K. Tjoelker noticed an erroneous connection in the Den Haag/The Hague (Netherlands) system.

Happy New Year!

The old year is now finished and it's time to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2006!

For the year to come we hope we will have time for some improvements to our software, including:
  • An easy to use database editor that may reduce the work needed to add new city or update the existing ones,
  • Various enhancements in the program itself, that we have been thinking of for quite some time,
  • Maybe an automatic installer that will solve the many questions we get from first-time users,
  • ...
And we hope you will all keep on helping us making the program better!