Clifton Labrum designer and developer living in Woods Cross, Utah. During the day, Clifton is the User Experience Manager for a Silicon Valley tech company. By night, he runs Labrum Design Co. where he designs, builds web and iOS applications in his free time. He’s also learning to fly airplanes and enjoys being with his wife and three children.
“.. Titanium is really good at making iOS technologies really easy to use…”
Interview with Clifton Labrum at Labrum Design Co
How did you get involved in Appcelerator Titanium?
When Titanium was brand new, a co-worker introduced it to me. We had both been searching for a good way to pick up iOS development without having to learn Objective-C.
Please explain what the Pilot Pro does & who is it aimed at?
Pilot Pro is a digital logbook for pilots. Pilots needs to track their flight time for a variety of reasons, and a digital logbook is a supplement and backup to a traditional paper logbook.
What gave you the inspiration to built it?
As an aspiring pilot, I began shopping around for a digital logbook and wasn’t impressed with anything I saw. I wanted something with a great user experience that was affordable. I decided to build what I needed.
Did you have any obstacles along the way?
Are you using any other services or modules?
Do you have any other plans to develop for Android / BlackBerry?
I am thinking about delving into Android development (should my app be in sufficient demand), but I have no plans to develop for Blackberry.
How long did it take to design, implement, Test & deploy?
All-in-all, the development process for this universal app was about 3 months (part-time). I found that most of my time was spent on building and finessing the UI. It’s very time consuming. Titanium is really good at making iOS technologies really easy to use, but building a custom UI is quite tedious.
- Available for both iPhone and iPad (buying the app gets you both)
- Sync and backup your logbook for free with Dropbox
- Sync with our free web application available at pilotpro.com
- View an extensive Dashboard with all your flight time
- Explore your flight time with an interactive graph
- Monitor your landing and approach currency
- Search your logbook with our powerful filter
- Import your logbook from another provider with our web app
Also, it logs the following:
- Departure, destination, flight duration, date, distance flown, number of landings (day and night), remarks and notes
- Aircraft registration, make/model, aircraft category & class
- PIC, SIC, Cross Country, Night, Solo, Instrument, Simulated Instrument, Simulator, Dual Given, Dual Received, High Performance, Turbine, and Complex
- Approach type, quantity, runway, and airport
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How I used Flot to create graphs in a webView, and then allow the user to tap the data points to generate a native popup: [source]