Vehicle Maintenence Plugin
I've developed a standalone maintenance tracker application and im considering porting it over to an RR plugin (long overdue IMHO). The standalone works by calculating the distance between GPS coordinates which calculates the total distance traveled, then weighs that figure against his preset maintenance intervals. Im surprised to say the distance calculation works very well! I've tested it over the last few days side by side with iGuidance and the distances are spot on. Finishing the application should be a matter of using a timer to calculate the difference between the interval value and distance value.. but while i'm still tinkering with distance calculation i'm curious to see if anyone can think of any other potential uses for it.
EDIT 1/14/11: The future of RRVehicleMaintenance
Over the past 2 years RRVM has grown far behind my initial ideas for it. Thanks to community suggestions and testers we're at the point where the core of the plugin is pretty stable and we're ready to move on. Among the features in the latest version (not yet available) are:
-Maintenance,Fuel Log, and History have been converted to XML format (I will create an INI to XML converter for use with existing stuff
-Over 60 bug fixes
-RRVM will now work with international units for distance and capacity
-RRVM can now work with a standalone gps unit on top of using RR's GPS data
-RRVM will implement OBD support including check engine indicator status
Pro Mode will be a premium version of RRVM and will offer several short and long term benefits over the free version. These benefits include:
-All RRVM user-data will be automatically backed up to server (requires at least temporary internet connection)
-Users will be able to use a web browser to view, and update RRVM user-data
-Users will be able to view/compare data with the data from other pro users. This will allow comparison of maintenance costs, MPG data, and more. RRVM will share a database with CFVehicleMaintenance for more data share
-On top of web site access, users will be able to download an Android application for quick and easy access to data. Apple iPod app may follow
-New improved and user-configurable extended vehicle history reports with all existing data, any check engine codes and meanings, and user-configured OBD data
-Different vehicle "Profiles" available. So you can track multiple vehicles with one account.
There is no pricing available for Pro Mode at this time. No ETA for Pro Mode yet either, but i will say there are people testing some of the database feautures now.
RRVehicleMaintenance version 2.0.2 is released. Thanks to mitchjs for the installer script, and thanks goes to Barnyard for several days of testing the fuel and import fuctions for me
Some information regarding release.
-All "free mode" features with the exception of OBD support are tested and working. OBD support is taking me some time because the conversion from vb6 to .net.
-*IMPORTANT*If you are running a previous version of RRVM and use maintenance tracker.ini or fuel log.ini, RRVM upon loading will convert those ini files to the current .xml formatting. It is advised you keep a backup copy of maintenance tracker.ini and fuel log.ini in case the import fails, as these files will be deleted!
-MPG data will be compiled solely of data from the fuel log. There will be no more inaccurate "instant" fuel log estimates.
-The data files used by RRVM are installed in the proper data folder instead of the plugin folder for people using "profile mode" RR.
I'm sure more things will pop up as we go along so check this post regularly for more details.