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New Search, New Database: Schildfinder 2.3

The latest version of German PlateFinder/Schildfinder addresses some long-standing complaints/suggestions we’ve  received from users:

  1. Inaccurate/outdated information
  2. Inability to limit search to codes (license-plate prefixes)

The latest version of German PlateFinder addresses both of those issues:

New Database

Notable improvements include:

  • Updated license plate prefix information
  • More accurate GPS coordinates
  • Inclusion of district capitals
  • Derivation of the codes. (This is particularly useful when the code has no apparent relation to the present-day locale it maps to.)

Improved Search

For the first time, you have the choice of searching for either

  • place names, OR
  • codes

Send requests for  further improvements to

Download the latest version at the iOS App Store.

Schildfinder (German PlateFinder) 2.0 released

Yesterday the App Store approved version 2.0 of Deutscher Schildfinder (German PlateFinder), released in both German and English. (For iOS devices with German as the primary language, the app appears in German (named Schildfinder); for other languages, the app uses English and is called German PlateFinder.

Version 2.0 runs universally on all iOS devices, from the iPhone up to and including the largest iPad. On iPads and iPhone 6+ and 6s+, the app appears with a split view when in landscape mode. The table of codes and places appears as a popover on those devices when in portrait mode.


For the first time, Wikipedia pages use the new Safari view, with options to bookmark, print, share on social media—everything that the iOS Safari browser supports.

Work is underway on a “plus” version of Schildfinder/German PlateFinder. Thank you for your patience.

We welcome your  suggestions and comments—and complaints. Send them to

Watch for the iPad Version of German PlateFinder

Six months have passed since I promised that the new version of German PlateFinder would be released by the end of 2015. Well (like so many software projects), it is late.

The new version is up and running with a Master/View  Controller (where, in landscape mode, the list of codes/places appear on the left and the maps/web pages appear on the right). It runs on all sizes of iPads and on the “plus” iPhone versions. (It might even run on the smaller iPhones and iPods.)

Hopefully it will be out within the next few months.

Apologies for the delay!


What’s Coming Next?

In case you’re wondering what’s next from us, we’ll mention in general terms what to expect:

  1. By the end of 2015 we hope to release a new German PlateFinder with expanded capabilities.
  2. Shortly thereafter, look for yet another app–this one not a PlateFinder.

That’s all we can say at the moment.

More later …

What’s a PlateFinder Good For?

When I tell people about the seven PlateFinder apps we’ve written for iOS, they always ask, “What’s a PlateFinder good for? Is it for spying on people and learning all about their identify?”

I tell them “No.”

Certain states in the U.S. and some countries (Germany, for example) include codes in vehicle license plates that tell what county or other government body issued the license plate. This is helpful for the curious ones among us who may wonder where a car we see on the road is from (or, at least, where they used to be from, at the time they licensed the car.)

Of the seven PlateFinders written so far, the German PlateFinder (available in German as Deutscher Schildfinder) is by the far the most involved. The first version had more than 400 codes; the current version has over 600 … and there are likely still some missing ones. It has both English and German language versions.

The six U.S. state Platefinders are;

  1. Idaho PlateFinder
  2. Wyoming PlateFinder
  3. South Dakota PlateFinder
  4. Montana PlateFinder
  5. Alabama PlateFinder
  6. Ohio PlateFinder

Do you know of more? (We do, … and we might make some more.)

We have plans for enhancing the current PlateFinders, as well as writing more. Also completely different apps.

Check back from time to time if you’re interested.

All PlateFinders Updated during Previous Month

During the month of August, iAppWriters updated all the PlateFinders. Here is what we did to the U.S. state PlateFinders:

  • Updated the apps to the iOS 7 “look” (just in time for iOS 8 to be released in September).
  • Improved the legibility of the introduction page (viewed by touching “Intro” or “Erklärung” buttons on the main page) by adding full support for HTML5.
  • Fixed minor bugs
The German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder) now works on iPad. It has had more downloads than all the other PlateFinders combined. (Also noteworthy, the German language version–Deutscher Schildfinder–has had more downloads than all other apps combined!)
We continue to work on the German PlateFinder
We’re contemplating enhancements for the PlateFinders, as well as our next apps. If you have a burning desire for us to add a feature, feel free to contact or tweet us at @iAppWriters.
We appreciate your interest in our apps!

Updated German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder) Released Today

Release 1.5.1 of German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder for devices with primary language set to German) was released today.

This version increases the 408 license plate codes to 668. The majority of the new codes are for cities and towns that have their own license plate prefixes.
Please submit requests for additional codes and enhancements to
We hope you enjoy the new version!

More Codes for the German PlateFinder/Deutscher Schildfinder

During the past year we’ve received periodic reports about missing license plate codes. We’ve responded by adding those codes.

This month we decided to dig deeper so look for additional codes.
We’ve found a large number of additional codes, and are currently adding them to the App. (We’re currently adding new codes that begin with “H”.)  Hopefully you’ll see a new version of the App within the next two weeks or so.
Thanks for feedback about the German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder on iOS devices with German as the default language). It is our most popular “PlateFinder”–by far. (The German language version of the App has more downloads than all other PlateFinders combined.)

German PlateFinder/Deutscher Schildfinder for iPad

Last week a new version of the bilingual German PlateFinder – Deutscher Schildfinder appeared on the iOS App Store. This is the first iPad version of our most popular app for identifying license plates–in Germany. (During the past six months, customers have downloaded more German PlateFinder apps than all our other PlateFinders together! … and most of the downloads are the German-language version.)

The Montana PlateFinder is our second most popular PlateFinder. Watch for a new version of that app “real soon now.”