It has certainly been a while since I’ve seen and shared XVision news, but that has changed in light of a significant DataMan Pro update released to the App Store earlier today. In response to popular demand, DataMan Pro v5.0 for iPhone includes badge notifications, expanded app data usage monitoring, more geotagging control, plus performance and stability improvements.

DataMan has always offered multiple push alerts to keep you apprised of increasing data usage. These warnings are displayed when certain thresholds are passed, and can be adjusted. However, XVision has now implemented app icon badge notifications as an option to allow you to check current monthly usage without even opening the app. The icon badge represents the percentage of allowance used so far for the current month.

DataMan Pro version 5.0 (iPhone 4) - App Icon Badge

Beyond adjusting thresholds in DataMan, use the iOS Settings app to to select alert styles.

To enable the badge, launch the iOS Settings app and tap on Notifications. At this point, scroll down the list until you see DataMan, then tap on it to open the notification options. The Notification Center preferences are at the top, whereas the badge and sound toggles are towards the bottom.

The second big addition to DataMan is App Watch. At the hourly report level, tap on the generic app icon symbol in the top-right to see all of the applications that used online data so far that day. Otherwise, you can tap on an hourly entry to get a list of apps that used data during that specific time. Activate App Watch by going to the DataMan settings, located in the top-left of the main screen, and then Precise Tracking.

We aren’t finished quite yet. The third new item for DataMan is expanded geotag accuracy choices. Within the DataMan settings, tap Geotag near the bottom. You’ll notice there are three levels of accuracy to select from: 100 meters, one kilometer, or three kilometers. Depending on your use of the feature, you may want more accurate results or just a general idea of where you’ve been using the most data. Of course, the more accurate you allow DataMan to be, the higher the battery consumption and a more precise log of where you’ve been, i.e., privacy.

In the final notes for today, I just have a couple of minor mentions. In v5.0, DataMan only lists the apps, although, XVision tells us an update is in the works that will show amounts per application. DataMan Pro for iPad does not yet contain App Watch or DataMan v5.0 for iPhone’s other new features.

DataMan Pro is designed for iPhone running iOS 5.0 or later, and is available in the App Store for $1.99.