As you may have guessed from my other posts I shoot, my interest primarily is long range shooting. In this field the best software in my opinion is Field Firing Solutions (FFS) Delta V, this is what I was trained on it’s use by Glen at Precision Shooting. I do however have one issue with it, this is the requirement for dedicated hardware, specifically a Windows PDA. Now whilst I understand all to well that this makes it easier for development in some regards, I personally would prefer an “App” for either iOS or Windows 8.
There as I see it a number of benefits to this model. firstly most smartphones and PDA’s now offer bluetooth, wireless and in some cases 3G/4G Data connectivity allowing easy connectivity between services, but also internet data, which has never been as readily accessed before, and can provide a whole new level of data input to the device, as well as allowing communications of solutions between teams and commanders in a military or police application.
This brings me to another point, digital distribution. With one of these dedicated hardware devices, they are not only often pricey, they are also more difficult to obtain. If for instance the device breaks just before that yearly hunt or competition (as they always do) then it is not easy to obtain another one quickly, or if in fact you can, cheaply. I mean sure, I could keep a spare one on hand but most people do not a budget that allows them to keep multiple devices on hand.
However, if they for instance used an iOS based device (or Android, or Windows 8 etc.), one could simply go to the nearest stockist (of which there are many, as after all they are consumer devices not specialist devices after all) and purchase a replacement, install the app from the digital distributor and there is your replacement, pair this with a cloud service such as iCloud, Skydrive, Dropbox or one of any of the other numerous options and you can simply get your data back from the cloud, no loss (that is assuming backups are run reguarly, which people do right… ok on second thoughts background syncing would be better) .
There you have it, my thoughts on why Field Firing Solutions should make a iOS/Android/Windows 8 App version of their otherwise wonderful software