Public Transport Victoria iPhone app
By Public Transport Victoria
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The Public Transport Victoria (PTV) iPhone app is the one-stop-shop for Victorian public transport journey planning information and is free to download from the iTunes Store.
Offline mode is not available in this app. The app is online only and requires an internet connection. This means the app always provides you with the most up-to-date public transport information.
The new version of the app has been completely redesigned for iOS 7. Shaped by your feedback, this version delivers more public transport information and is a handy tool for when you are on the go.
What's New in Version 3.0.0
•Simple access to Journey Planner with immediate results.
•New navigation system to quickly access features via a tab menu bar and filters.
•Fully online – the app requires an internet connection. Offline mode is no longer available.
•Easy to save, access and rename your favourite stations, stops and journeys.
•Fewer touches to complete key tasks like accessing your favourites or viewing your Next 5 services.
•More opportunities to personalise the app and set your own custom preferences.
•Choose to integrate the app with your phone’s address book, which means that you can plan a journey to your contacts.
•Disruptions provide a summary of the disruption and a click through to the website if you need more information. There are also links to the operator’s social media feeds.
•Transport network maps for metropolitan train and tram, V/Line and NightRider.
•All bus and train information shown in the PTV app is scheduled timetable information.
•Tram information shown in minutes are from tramTRACKER®, those shown in times are scheduled (timetable) services.
•Now integrated with Siri which means you can use voice commands to plan your journey with Apple Maps.
•Double tap to return to tab menu defaults.
•Context sensitive help screens on key features.
•Improvements to the quality of data, especially by making the app online only.
•Designed for iOS 7 on iPhone (the app also works on iOS 6).
•The app will work on iPads using iOS 6 or higher.
Was pretty, but useless. Now it's useful, but UGLY
PTV can't win, can they? v2.0 was pretty to look at, but was ultimately useless and difficult to use.
v3.0 is much better for usability and functionality (more like v1.0), but my god is it UGLY. It honestly looks amateurish!
- The status bar colour should match the app title bar colour.
- Icon position in the title bar is random and all over the place.
- Icon design style is pretty awful.
- Edit button should not have a box around it, and should also be pushed to the right.
- The help/tutorial is AWFUL. Needs a total re-think.
- Typography is pretty poor and lacks attention to detail. e.g. Padding in each table cell is different at the bottom to at the top. Why?!
- Graphical design of Journey Plan screen is garish and positively AMATEUR. Ugly gradients and poor use of colour. Take a look at TripGo app to see what this screen SHOULD look like!
- "Next 5" tab seems quite useless. What's the point of it if I can't save anything there? How do I use it? It does nothing more than the search function on the Home tab; what's the point? Weird!
I do feel sorry for those with iPod Touch or iPad and no data connection. What are they meant to do now?! The app is utterly useless. Not everyone has an iPhone and data. Needs an offline mode, it was a poor decision to remove it.
I've also sent these comments to PTV and will update my review if the app is updated to address issues.
A lot better...
Update: used for 5 mins and this version already impresses. Faster, more accurate and easier to use. Well done. Now if only train times were in real time too!
Prev: Very disappointed to see that the bug in favorites it still there after this latest upgrade!!!. A tram favorite is supposed to show the next tram arriving at a stop BUT it simply cannot be trusted. It often displays the tram AFTER the real next tram, you will only see the actual next tram if you go another screen or even two in. Effectively rendering that first screen worse than useless, because it is wrong and misleading.
I rate this app down although it's good in most other ways its first job must be to actually be correct.
This is so much better than what it used to be. Far more intuitive layout and UI. I haven't tested it away from wifi yet but it looks promising. My only criticism at this point is that it still isn't intuitive to bring up a line timetable. I think it has to be done by typing in a station in the 'Next 5' section then changing the date up the top. But on the whole, this is so much better! The disruptions look like they will actually be useful and up to date. Well done!