A web forum member asked about “racetracks in the sky” – referring to flight tracks that are depicted in three dimensions. I've had APRS in my airplane since the very first flight.
I answered the forum question but then decided to create a little video to demonstrate how I get those rolercoaster pictures.
Here is why I consider an iPhone to be a more of a computer than a phone.
I fired up DisplayRecorder on the iPhone to record a demonstration video. I started by opening Mobile Safari on the iPhone. I then visited mail2600.com which processes and maintains aircraft APRS data. I showed a map view of a flight. I then clicked on the “Google Earth” link and the website downloaded a KML file. Safari automatically offered to launch the mobile Google Earth app. I then did a little navigating – pan, zoom, and rotate. Finally, I stopped the recording.
I had DisplayRecorder save the video to my camera roll. I then launched Mobile iMovie where I cut out a few mistakes I had made, added some captions and a few fade effects. I had a 1 minute and 15 second video.
Next, I launched Mobile GarageBand, picked a tempo and then did some quick math to determine how many bars of 4/4 music I needed to make 1 minute an 15 seconds. I grabbed a couple loops of Latin rhythm and sequenced an electric keyboard track. I finished by having GarageBand transfer the new music back to iMovie.
iMovie combined the music and the edited video and exported it directly to Vimeo. Vimeo transcoded it and sent me a notification.
I launched Mobile Vimeo and grabbed the web markup from its “share” feature.
I finished by launching WordPress for iOS, pasted in the Vimeo markup and authored this blog post.
At no time did I turn my office computers on. They entire process was complete on my iPhone.