Rocklogger for iPhone


Rocklogger is now available for iPhone!

What’s new

  • New icon
  • New bottom tab navigation to switch between records, map and stereonet view when interpreting a log
  • In-app purchases to unlock logging upgrade and stereonet features separately, without needing to purchase a separate unlocker app


What’s the same as Android

  • Same CSV format. Log files can be exchanged between iOS and Android versions, and therefore will be compatible with your existing import workflow into MapInfo etc
  • Logging is virtually identical, both functionally and visually
  • Stereonet is also virtually identical


What’s next

  • Custom basemaps
  • Custom log fields
  • KML export

Free download


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New app: Connected Timer synchronises timers across nearby devices

create timetable countdown on many

Connected Timer lets you create a timetable with named intervals, and have it count down on multiple devices at once.

Create the timetable and enter each interval and duration. Then, join the timetable on other devices by running the app, and selecting the timetable when it appears. Start the timetable from any device, and they will all count down together.

You could use it to:

  • Run concurrent one-on-one interviews or exams with multiple stations
  • Set up intervals for team fitness training
  • Co-ordinate a round robin tournament

Connected Timer uses Nearby services to discover timetables on devices that are within earshot. Once the device has joined the timetable, Nearby is no longer needed and the countdowns will continue if the devices are moved apart.

Upgrade to:

  • Pause and resume across all devices in the countdown
  • Message all devices in the countdown
  • Reuse timetables from recent history

Connected Timer

Get it on Google Play

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Bus Finder runners up in VicTripathon competition

ic_launcher  Get it on Google Play

Bus Finder is an Android app which aims to make Melbourne (and regional Victorian) bus routes easier to find. It received runners up in the 2015 VicTripathon competition, for best improvement to user experience (any PTV dataset). VicTripathon was a Victorian transit app incubator, run by CODE FOR AUSTRALIACOLLABFORGENICTAOPEN KNOWLEDGE AUSTRALIA & OWL VENTURES in collaboration with PTV.


The competition entry is here.

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Rocklogger Updated to 1.95

Phone sensors sent to watchThis update introduces a new Android Wear companion app. It allows you to log remotely from either your phone or your watch, using the sensors in either.

The image on the left shows the apps connected to each other and logging in dip/strike mode. The white phone & watch icon (below the GPS location on the phone, and below the strike line on on the watch) indicates which sensors are being used. In this case, the phone sensors are being relayed on the watch.

You can switch sensors from the menu button -> ‘Remote Logging Mode’ on the phone (hidden if your watch isn’t currently paired), or by swiping right on the watch. From this menu you can also use voice recognition to remotely change the rock type or log comment.

You can save the record from either device, and the record will be stored in the current log file on the phone as normal.

When logging on your phone, the wear app starts automatically. You can also start logging from your watch – change the remote mode to launch the app on your phone.

If you prefer logging with the stereonet, the wear app shows it too:

Round watch showing stereonet

If you don’t have a Wear watch, you can also log remotely using a wired headset button to trigger the save.

Note: the free version of Rocklogger demos this functionality, but you need to upgrade to be able to save records.

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Adding custom basemaps to Rocklogger

The latest Rocklogger update allows paid users to plot logs on custom basemaps. This post is a brief guide on how to get maps from several different sources onto your phone.

Use your own custom basemaps

You can plot Rocklogger records on your own maps created in MapInfo or any mapping program that exports GeoTIFF, or other common formats such as MrSID, ECW, JPEG2000, Erdas HFA, NOAA BSB etc.

  1. Export your map (GeoTIFF is the preferred format, as it retains coordinate information).
  2. Slice the map into tiles. The free program creates a hierarchical directory of z/x/y .png files, which is all Rocklogger needs (choose Google Maps compatible). Other options are the paid or MAPC2MAPC , which can also export in MapBox or RMaps format, and can join multiple input files together.
  3. Copy the result to your phone.
  4. Add the layer in Rocklogger. If you chose MapBox or RMaps as the output, just go Add new layer->MapBox/RMaps and select the file. Otherwise, from Add new layer choose File, and point Rocklogger to the root directory that you copied.
  5. MapTiler uses the TMS specification, meaning tile Y values increase from south to north rather than north to south, so you need to check the Flip Y axis box when adding the layer. More information. In general, if you can’t find the basemap after importing, try checking this box.

Using web map tiles

You can add maps from any site that serves web map tiles. In Rocklogger, go Add new layer->URL, and enter a url with {z}, {x} and {y} parameters. Examples include:

Creating offline web maps

You can save web maps to a MapBox file for offline use using Mobile Atlas Creator. This tool allows you to choose the map source from a predefined list, and download all tiles for the area and zoom levels you choose. You can then add the layer in Rocklogger via Add new layer->MapBox/RMaps and select the MapBox file. You will need to check Flip Y axis for these too.

Other sources

  • Geological Survey of New South Wales geological maps  (1:25000, 1:50000, 1:100000 and 1:250000 scale RMaps format, uncheck Flip Y axis)
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Rocklogger Updated to 1.9

This update introduces the ability to plot records on custom basemaps, which you can load from a number of sources (paid only):
-Web map tiles, eg Open Street Maps
-MapBox/RMaps database
-Hierarchical z/x/y directory of tile images
-Zip file of the same directory structure

Edit: See Adding custom basemaps to Rocklogger for details

You can also send log files via NFC from the map, stereonet and edit screens, which is useful eg to send logs to a tablet for easier interpretation while offline. If there are photos in the log, they are transferred via Android Beam (using Bluetooth), otherwise the log file itself is transferred instantly.

Full changes:

-v1.9 27-01-13

-Plot logs on alternate basemaps from various sources including MapBox, zip files and the web (paid only)
-Share logs via NFC from map, stereonet and edit screens (useful when offline)
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Rocklogger on Blackberry

Rocklogger has just been published to Blackberry World. Most features are the same as for Android, with a couple of differences:

The Android robot in the icon has been replaced by a blue symbol man:


And the separate unlocker app has been replaced with in-app purchasing:


This allows you to activate just the feature you need, directly within the app. The current features are:

  • Logging upgrade, to remove the logging restrictions and export KML
  • Stereonet plotter
  • Full functionality, enables both features together

There’s also improvements to the Stereonet plotter on tablet (although there’s only one BlackBerry tablet, the PlayBook):

See the records and the plot at the same time, and tap to remove the ones you don't need

See the records and the plot at the same time, and tap to remove the ones you don’t need

An update for Android will be published in the next few weeks, with some new tablet layouts and other requested features.

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