iOS4 Compatibility Now, But Older Versions May No Longer Work
A new version of myCaddie was submitted to the App Store which corrects problems related to iPhone OS 4 upgrades. As a result, however, there are reported cases of "white screens" for OS 3.1.x. To get myCaddie working, it may be required for you to upgrade your iPhone OS to 4.0 (or above) through iTunes.
myCaddie Not Working for iOS4 - fix on the way
We recently discovered a problem with myCaddie running on the latest version of the iPhone OS, iOS 4. This problem has apparently rendered a wide variety of iPhone apps unusable. We have identified and upgraded the necessary components of the app, and have submitted the upgraded app to Apple for approval. However, the app approval process can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks, so keep your eyes open for an app update.
Note that this problem does not exist in other versions of the iPhone OS (3 and below).
Frequently Asked Questions
My course doesn't appear in the list. Can you create a course map for me?
We rely on our users to create the course maps. We have attempted to make that process as simple as possible - typically, a course map takes 10-20 minutes for someone to develop using our web site. This is easier than it sounds and many users enjoy the process (as indicated in some of the reviews). Thousands of courses have been created this way by users like you, and hundreds of courses are added every week.
The additional advantage to doing this is that you can specify your own yardage landmarks on the course (for example, a specific layup or tee shot location). We hope that you will give the course mapping a try. Around 1000 new courses have been added each month.
I just mapped a course, how long before it appears on my iPhone?
The list of courses is not updated on your iPhone until you tap refresh on the Courses screen. After that, your course should appear.
When mapping my course, why are the images unclear or are out-of-date?
We use Google Maps to display golf course images. Unfortunately, we don't have any knowledge or control over when out-of-date images will be updated. Typically, more remote areas are less often updated. Our advice would be to check back occasionally to see if images are more current.
How do I preserve the battery life of my iPhone?
GPS requires a significant amount of battery power, enough to exhaust the iPhone after a four or five hour round if left on the entire time. We expect that improvements will be made in the iPhone itself over time, but in the meantime, there are practical ways to deal with this.
What I do is shut the phone off when I don't think I'll need yardage for awhile, then turn it on again 20 or 30 seconds before I think I'll need it. For example, after you hit your approach shot into the green you probably don't need another yardage until the next tee.
How accurate is the GPS on the iPhone?
The feedback we get consistently is that myCaddie offers equivalent accuracy to expensive alternatives. I personally have compared myCaddie a number of times with $300+ range finders with nearly identical results. And I also compare with the markers on the course. Usually I'm within a couple of yards, which I consider good enough at least for me. Sometimes I get that yardage right away when I get to the ball, but sometimes I need to wait 5 or even 10 seconds while the GPS refines its calculations. That is my general sense, you will have to develop a feel for what works. We do occasionally hear that cloud cover slows down the GPS or causes inaccuracies but haven't observed that ourselves.
Is iPod touch supported? iPhone "classic"?
Neither iPod touch nor the original iPhone (before 3G) are supported.
Is Blackberry or Android supported? Other phones besides iPhone?
Only iPhone is supported.
How do you deal with multiple course map versions created by different users?
When you create a course map, that version will always be preserved in the imakepars.com database.
In myCaddie Pro, you can select versions produced by any myCaddie user. By default, if you created a map, that version will be selected when you select a course. If you haven't created a map, the most recently modified map will be selected by default. But if there is a different map you'd prefer, simply select that one from the Courses screen (tap the blue arrow, which takes you to the Versions screen).
In the original myCaddie, the most recently modified map by anyone is automatically selected.
How do I change a course map which already exists?
This is straightforward:
- go to www.imakepars.com
- click Map Course, and after logging in with your email and password, get the course from the available list of courses (typing in the first letter of the course name, the city and the state/country is recommended)
- click OK to select the course
- click Map Course to go into the course mapping screen
- click Next Hole/Prev Hole to move around the existing course map and see existing landmarks
- click New Marker to create a new landmark for the hole you have selected; and select the Marker Type for that marker
- click Submit Course once you have completed your changes
How do I add a new tee box, or specify a different tee?
Right now, we only allow one tee per hole. The tee box is the least important marker in a course map because you are never aiming your next shot at the tee (all other landmarks are relevant). Having said that, we are planning to enable you to select your own personal course maps in the future (even if someone subsequently submits a newer version)...at that point, you can move the tee anywhere you want.
How do I register and activate myCaddie? I'm getting invalid email or password, but I know these are correct.
For myCaddie Pro users, registration is done from within the Settings screen the first time you use it - simply enter your email, a password and your zip/postal code.