FAQ

Does the application require a network connection in order to function?

The most important feature, the panoramic augmented reality view of the surrounding peaks, works even without any network connection. The integrated map view is based on GoogleMaps, which does require network connectivity, however.

The Database used as source for the  peaks is downloaded during the first start of the application (or in the case there is a new version available). This requires an active network connection on your device. From V1.0.1 onward it’s possible to download the peak-database (here) and put it manually into the root-folder of your SD-Card. After the initial download, no network connection is required, except if you want to use the map-view.

What is the data source of the displayed peaks?

iPhone: The peaks have been extracted from OpenStreetMap and stored in a local data base that is distributed together with the application.  The application will check our Peak.AR server regularly for updates, and will download new databases.
Android: The peaks have been extracted from OpenStreetMap, stored in an database and are downloaded during the first application start(for further information see the previous question)

Which areas are covered by Peak.ar?

Peak.ar comes with a data base of over 140.000 peaks world wide (as of 23.11.2010). Some areas will show better coverage than others, howerever. For example there are many peaks registered in the area of the european Alps, whereas Japan is known to have a pretty bad coverage.
You can check the registered peaks on opencyclemap.org, starting from zoom level 13 the existing peaks are displayed in red letters. For example, see http://opencyclemap.org/?zoom=13&lat=47.11542&lon=11.05378&layers=B000

Can I contribute to make peaks in my region show up in the application?

Good one! As Peak.ar is based on data of OpenStreetmap, every peak information you upload on OpenStreetMap will be shown in Peak.ar.
However, Peak.ar currently uses an offline data base that is distributed together with the application. As a result new entries will show up only after an update of the internal data base (which is done with every new application release).

We are currently working on providing online access to the data, so that new peaks will show up immediately.

Currently the OpenStreetMap data requires post-processing, so even though Peak.AR allows on-line updates of its data,  those update will happen irregularly. We currently have not yet decided on how often we’ll update the data, for now you can expect an update every few months.

For which platforms is Peak.ar available?
At the moment Peak.ar is available for the iPhone as well as the Android powered devices. As of now, there are no concrete plans to bring it to other platforms like Symbian (many Nokia devices), Bada, Windows Mobile or RIM Blackberry.

There is a mismatch between the position displayed and the real positions of the mountains. What is the reason for it?

On the iPhone 3Gs and Android devices, the position of the displayed peaks is calculated with the help of the integrated electronic compass. Unfortunately the integrated compass may be inaccurate at times. This is especially true for situations where you are in close proximity of a large object made of some kind of metal.

In these situations it often helps to “calibrate” the electronic compass. This is most effectively done by rotating the iPhone completely around all three axis.

The heading on my iPhone 1G, 2G  is not updated automatically. What is the reason for it? (outdated)

The iPhone 1G, 2G do not have an electronic compass that is needed to determine the heading of your device automatically. Therefore you have to manually control the heading by tilting your device to the left or right side. It is best to use a well known peak as reference point.

Of course, this does not give you the full augmented reality experience, but still it is a very useful tool.

Does Peak.AR work on my iPod and iPad? (outdated)

No, sorry. Even though you are able to download it, you won’t be able to start the application. The reason for this is quite simple: both devices lack required hardware for Peak.AR to work, be it camera or GPS.

Does Peak.AR work on my Android Tabled (e.g. the Samsung Galaxy Tab)

No, currently Peak.AR does not work on tablets – sorry.

There is a mismatch between the height displayed and the real height of the mountain. What is the reason for it?

The height of the displayed peaks is calculated in relation to your own height, i.e. when standing on top of a mountain.
Your current height is determined via the integrated GPS module, which can take from a few seconds up to several minutes to calculate accurately.

Help! I cannot find Peak.AR in the Android Market.

The current version should be available for all devices. If you cannot find it, there is probably a problem with the market (or you have a new device – Google sometimes needs time to update the market profiles). I’d suggest to try it again tomorrow – or, if you are out of luck, drop us a message about your problems, we’ll try to help you.

Is Peak.AR working on devices like the HTC wildfire?

Basically yes. However, especially on the Wildfire there are some performance issues – Peak.AR drives the Wildfire to its limits – and beyond. So, your experience may vary…

I did like the old version (Peak.AR V 1.0) better! Is there a chance that you’ll provide it as download?

For Android, yes. You’ll find it here (a few bugfixes introduced in V2.0 are added to this version, UI and controls are the same as in version 1.0.4b). Please keep in mind that we will not support this version in any way. And please drop us a comment why you do not like the new version at our contact page.

I know that Peak.AR was available for iOS, but I can not find it in the Appstore anywhere!

Sorry, we had do withdraw Peak.AR from the Appstore.

I’d like to change the maximum line of sight / change the display of distances to miles and feet / never get asked for database updates again! Where can I change that?

You can find the advanced settings of the peak.ar in the “Settings” of the App. There you can change:
– The maximum line of sight (20 to 150 km)
– The maximum number of peaks per segment (5 to 15)
– The segmentation type (dynamic or static)
– The display of the distances (ft-m / mi-km)
– If the app checks for data updates regularly (Y / N)