SOS Remote App 4.0+ Release Notes

For detailed information about using SOS Remote, please refer to the SOS Remote User Manual.

Note: Point releases (for example, 4.0.2) are marked on this page where applicable.

4.0.3 - Released May 2013

4.0.2 - Released December 2012

4.0.1 - Released October 2012

4.0.0 - Released September 2012


SOS Remote App 4.0+ requires iOS 5.1 or later, and SOS software version 4.0.1 or later.

Please refer to the SOS 4.0.1 Release Notes page for instructions on how to update your SOS computer to version 4.0.1 and how to update your SOS Remote App to the latest version.

Major New Features

  • Annotation: Draw onto the sphere in real-time to highlight areas of interest during a presentation. Drop icons onto the sphere to provide additional visual cues.
  • Zoom: Zoom into a region on the sphere to get close up views of data.
  • Layering: SOS Version 4.0.1 introduces multiple geographic layers in a single SOS clip. Individual layers can be toggled on and off, and the level of transparency of each layer adjusted. In addition, one or more datasets can be interactively overlaid and blended over another dataset.

Minor New Features

  • 4.0.3: Instead of connecting to SOS manually via an ON/OFF switch, the app now connects to SOS automatically. If it is unable to connect immediately, the app retries every few seconds. Helpful diagnostics regarding connection errors (such as an unrecognized host name, or not connected to Wi-Fi) are provided for quicker troubleshooting.
  • 4.0.3: When Auto Run is turned on from the Settings tab, an Auto Run message box now pops up that reminds the user they are running an automatic SOS presentation, and prevents the user from accessing any other controls in the app until the box's Stop button is selected.
  • 4.0.3: Added a "Send Link" button to the Web Page tab so that presenters can easily email the SOS Data Catalog URL of the currently playing dataset to an audience member when requested.
  • 4.0.2: Added a Frame Slider to the Present page for quickly scrolling through a dataset.
  • 4.0.2: Added an Overlays dialog to the Presentation tab's toolbar for quick access to the overlays library when performing interactive layering.
  • 4.0.2: Added badge updates to the Layers tab when performing interactive layering.
  • 4.0.1: Added playback controls to the Annotate and Zoom pages.
  • 4.0.1: The Web Page tab now displays the web page from the SOS Data Catalog that corresponds to the dataset that is currently selected in the Playlist.

Updated Documentation

The following document, referenced here for convenience, is accessible via the Manuals menu option located on the Support tab of the SOS Website. The document includes descriptions about how to use each of the new features.

Video Tutorials

The following videos, located on the Science On a Sphere® YouTube channel, are helpful tutorials that demonstrate how to use the new features.

Demo Playlist

A demo playlist has been created to showcase the various options available with each of the new features. Please refer to the Demo Playlist for New Features section on the SOS 4.0 Release Notes page for instructions on how to download this demo playlist to your SOS computer.

In addition, we have provided a compilation of screenshots of each dataset in the demo playlist.

Bug Fixes

  • (iPhone/iPad) If Auto Run is switched ON from the iPad interface, a dialog box will automatically pop up on SOS Stream GUI to indicate that an Auto Run Presentation is running. If it is switched OFF from the iPad, the dialog box will disappear. If Auto Run is switched ON or OFF from SOS Stream GUI, the ON/OFF switch on the iPad will reflect this state. (Note in this case that if you are on the iPad’s Settings tab, you have to tap any other tab and then tap the Settings tab again in order to see the updated state of the switch.)

  • (iPhone/iPad) When using either of the Red Ball, Grid, or Vertex Tweaking interfaces and when switching from one translation or scale direction to another, the first tap of the new direction no longer incorrectly enacts the old direction’s behavior...instead, the expected behavior of the chosen control occurs.

  • 4.0.1: (iPhone/iPad) Fixes and updates for compatibility with iOS 6.

Known Bugs

  • (iPad) While scrolling through the playlist on the Presentation tab, if you tap the Overlays button while the Playlist's dataset names are still loading, the app might crash. It's best to wait until all the thumbnail images and names have appeared on the Playlist before tapping the Overlays dialog.

  • (iPhone/iPad) On the Annotation interface, when you tap the “Icons” button, you may have to scroll through the list of icons once or twice in order for the icon thumbnails to appear next to the icon names.

  • (iPhone/iPad) In “Red Ball Alignment”, when you press the “Save” Button, the “Alignment Data Saved” message does not pop up on the sphere. However, the alignment data is in fact being saved (as long as you are logged on as sos on the SOS computer).

  • (iPhone/iPad) If a dataset has PIPs, the PIPs will show up (as expected) as a layer on the iPad's Layers tab. However, if the PIPs layer is toggled to OFF and the user tries to drop icons onto the sphere, no icons will appear. If the PIPs layer is toggled back to ON, the icons the user previously tried to place will show up, and new icons that are subsequently placed will also show up. To avoid this behavior, do not turn PIPs OFF when dropping icons onto the sphere.

Revised May 3rd 2013