Gran Turismo Car Database for Android

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by MonsterMunch, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. Hi, I hope it's not too rude for my first post to be self promotional. But I have just built an Android app for finding cars in Gran Turismo. I'm looking for feedback and this seems to be the biggest Gran Turismo community on the net.

    The app currently has all the cars from GT3, GT4 and GT5:prologue and I'm working on adding the ones from GT1 and GT2. I'll add the GT5 cars as soon as I can when the game is released. You can filter and sort the list to find cars meeting a certain criteria - eg. find all cars with MR drivetrain and BHP below 550.

    You can also create garages which are just like lists of favourite cars, so you can quickly compare cars you own in the game or use frequently.

    At the moment power is displayed as BHP and weight as KG but I'm planning to add options for PS/KW/lb in future releases. (edit* this is now done)

    Either scan this with your phone or just search for Gran Turismo on the market. It is free so I hope this post isn't just classed as spam and deleted instantly.

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    I'm genuinely interested in your feedback and ideas. Also please let me know if you find any bugs.

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010
  2. blackjack

    Australia Australia
    PSN:cnlkurtz

    nice one Mr Munch! I was sure hoping there would be some more app action for GT5 as I should have a HTC Legend before the end of the week. Anywhere I can check out some screenshots of this creation of yours?
     
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  4. astrosdude91

    United States Houston, TX
    PSN:astrosdude91

    Cool idea, but here is a little heads up:
    This may go against the AUP. I'm sure it's alright; we've had a few custom apps that have been promoted around here. But it's still always a good idea to see if the mods are cool with it.
     
  5. Yeah I hoped it would be ok to promote it here since it's Gran Turismo related and its free.
     
  6. lbsf1

    United Kingdom Warwick Uni
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    You are making no advantage for yourself out of this and are providing us a helpfull service, so I would be abit bemused if you got in trouble for it. Do you have any plans to make this for Ipod/Iphone. Its looks like a great and really helpfull app. I can't get it cause I don't have a android phone (only an ipod and a samsung phone).

    I love the comment from the dumb guy who goes "Bad game" in the comments section.
     
  7. a nice bonus would be an official iPhone / iPad app from PD :)
     
  8. I wouldn't be able to make an iphone version since I don't have a mac and I don't know objective C. If anyone wants to make one, let me know and I'll be happy to share the car data I've collected.

    I kind of doubt that Sony would ever allow an official Gran Turismo application, the iphone is a competitor of the PSP and Sony-Ericsson phones. They could produce a web application that's designed for phone browsers instead. Kind of like how when you navigate to amazon.com on your phone and you get a special mobile UI version of the site.
     
  9. NLxAROSA

    Online Now!
    Premium
    Netherlands Nieuwegein

    Well, considering there is also this and this thread is not removed by a mod, I think you're safe. :tup:

    I could make an iPod/iPhone/iPad version, if only I had the time (working on two projects myself at the moment)...
     
  10. wbrinkman

    Enschede, the Netherlands
    PSN:wbrinkman

    Just gave this a go on my Desire, this could turn out to be a very nice app. :]

    The user interface could use some work though, maybe include some tabs / filter options on screen while browsing, and to show the car details not with a popup.

    Maybe nick some of the UI elements from the Gran Turismo website as did the GT5p laptimes app..

    A ton of work though, formatting all those cars properly heh. I liked how you included different garage sets - but it's a bit odd to be able to store both GT1 & GT5 cars in that same garage.
     
  11. Thanks for giving it a go, I appreciate the feedback. :tup:

    I'm a server-side java programmer in my day job, so although the database and under the hood stuff is pretty easy for me to do I know I suck at user interface design.

    The filter can be accessed by pressing the menu or search buttons on your phone while looking at the list of cars. The filter applies to cars in your garage as well, so even though you can have cars from every game in one garage you can still filter the list to show only cars from one game if you need to.

    Compiling the car information is the hard (and boring) part like you say. I'm half dreading GT5 being released because I'll have to spend the first few days of play time doing data entry to keep my app up to date. :crazy:
     
  12. Revelation1115

    VA
    PSN:Revelation1115

    Sounds like a great app! :)
     
  13. Psycho77

    Pointe-Claire/QC/CA
    PSN:Mantor77

    Work good, I just wrote a positive review on appbrain :)

    With all the GT5 web integration, hopefully there is going to be more android apps to track stuff. But I guess we have to wait the game to come out.
     
  14. Jump_Ace

    Staff Emeritus
    United States Portland, OR
    PSN:GTP_Jump_Ace

    I'll give this a try on my Droid phone later. I may get some ideas for my GT5 Car Database. Don't forget you can get the official car list here.

    :cheers:

    Jerome
     
  15. https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc...MGVyM01DcmkxRWk5dXc&hl=en_GB&authkey=CPOUt5EG

    Here's my car data to get you started. I'm fairly confident I have one of the most complete lists on the net right now. I'm still missing some stuff from GT1/GT2 and obviously GT5.
    I have already added the data from the official GT5 car list, and started filling in the drivetrain info, but I need the full game for the rest of the details.

    @Psycho77 - Thanks man, positive reviews are worth their weight in gold.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2010
  16. NihilismOnToast

    Ireland
    PSN:NihilismOnToast

    Hi MonsterMunch,

    I tried this app out and it holds a place of pride on my Desire. An extremely handy reference for any budding GT fan! The GUI is excellent and the amount of raw data is staggering!

    I have been studying Java at uni for nearly 2 years now, and I recently started making Android apps. It would be great to get an insight as to how you approached the building of this app. And also, what is your programming background? And please, be as technical as you wish! Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Toast
     
  17. I did Comp Sci at Liverpool uni for 4 years (should have been done in 3 but I'm a natural slacker). I've been working as a java developer for a few years since then, working on j2ee web applications. Started messing around with Android about 4 or 5 months ago when I bought a htc desire.

    This app came about when I saw a car spreadsheet for GT4. I thought it would be cool to be able to have that on my phone and be able to easily filter and sort through the list. It's really just a very simple database with all the cars in one table.

    The only clever part is the way the images of cars are loaded, I couldn't include a photo of every car otherwise the apk would be 20mb+. So I search for the car make and model on google images in the background, parsing the html and just displaying the first result to the user. It's not 100% right but it works well for 90% of the cars.
     
  18. You should make an iPad version, looks sweet :D.
     
  19. Revelation1115

    VA
    PSN:Revelation1115

    Can you make it for the iPhone too?
     
  20. Rossticles

    United States Houston, TX
    PSN:Rosstickles

    I downloaded and rated 5 stars...looking forward to updates.
     
  21. Zeeco_9

    Wales
    PSN:Zeekon _9 / Zee-50

    Really good idea mate. I will also be watching for updates. Good luck for the GT5 cars :tup:
     
  22. mclaren777

    Olympia, WA
    PSN:mclaren777

    This project is fantastic but I'm bummed that I can't use it (no smartphone). :(
     
  23. Amemiya

    Guess!

    Great application! Going to be a great time waster while in church. :D
     
  24. I haven't had my copy of GT5 delivered yet so you'll have to wait a few days before I can add all the new car data. I'll try to release an update once a day while I'm slowly filling in the missing information.

    There's also a weird bug that is causing the car images to not load on older devices running android 1.6, I'm trying to fix it but I haven't been able to work it out yet.
     
  25. slackboy72

    Canberra
    PSN:hackdog

    We're working on a table over here: link

    Hopefully we will get a complete spreadsheet on googledocs by the end of the year and you will be able to use that to update things like prices etc.
     
  26. Wow you've got a pretty good list already, thanks. I wasn't planning to include that many pieces of information about each car, but I think things like turbo/NA and possibly country of origin might be quite useful for me to include.
     
  27. slackboy72

    Canberra
    PSN:hackdog

    Well I remember there being cups for turbo cars, FF cars, lightweight cars, American cars etc.
    The idea being that if you were having trouble getting gold on one particular event you could use the list to see what the best cars you can buy are.
     
  28. Have you thought about noting where a car can be won as a prize in a race or license test? That's something one of my android users has requested.
     
  29. slackboy72

    Canberra
    PSN:hackdog

    Have a column for that.

    Hopefully if people update it we will soon have a full list of prices and level reqs too.
     
  30. NihilismOnToast

    Ireland
    PSN:NihilismOnToast

    Thank you for the update! This app is now even more invaluable, especially for trying to find the right cars for the various historic races in A-Spec.

    I have a minor suggestion also. Would it be possible to indicate whether a car is Premium or Standard? Obviously this only applies to GT5. It would come in handy for knowing whether the car appears in the Used Car Dealership or the New Car Dealership. Keep up the excellent work!
     
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