Dots

It all started with a nice review about our Luxembourg guide on Finding the Universe. One of the points in the review was that we could the maps clearer. Especially the fact that when you are zoomed out you don't realize there is a lot more to see when you zoom in. The idea of showing small dots came up right there, right then.

We have a big to-do list, because we come up with plans and ideas faster than we can implement them, but we wanted to give this idea a place on it. It took about two months to become top of the list and then a few days to implement, but here we are: the new version of our Android apps has little dots:


We hope you like them. If you do, let us know and we'll start implementing them on iOS as well.

One million

We are proud to announce that we have reached one million downloads. With over 600,000 iOS apps downloaded and 400,000 downloads from Android devices, we have a pretty good presence in both markets. But even though we're darn proud of this, we will stay composed and cool and keep on working to improve our apps. 10,000,000 is the next big, round number. And that's still a long way to go.

Checking in

Yesterday, we explained in some detail how suggestions work in the new version of our app. Today, let's have a look at another new feature: check ins.

Since we started, we've always wanted our users to be able to record their trips. So the check in functionality we built is not about badges or showing your friends that you hang out in really cool places. It's about recording your trip while you travel. You visit a sight, you take a picture and a little not and you store it. And you don't need an Internet connection to do it. You can check in when you are offline and sync your pictures and check ins when you find a wifi spot. At the end of your trip you have an easy way of showing where you went.

We're not quite done with this last part. We're busy designing a great site where you will be able to relive your trips. But you don’t need to wait. If you download our app you can start recording your trip right away. We’ll make sure those check ins end up in your profile later on. So you can start recording your trips now!

Suggestions!

A new version of our Triposo World app has hit the Appstore. If you've downloaded it already you'll have noticed it looks considerably better than before. For a large part this is thanks to Les Kleuver who has joined our team as VP of UI. But the new version is about more than just its good looks. Its got some great new functionality as well. Lets have a look at what it does and how it works. I'm in San Francisco now and I'm writing this at 7:54 AM. I open the San Francisco guide and click suggestions. And because it's still quite early in the morning it starts with a suggestion for a breakfast place.
Looks like a nice place, actually. Next, I get some advice for sightseeing. Suggestions takes the current weather into account and compares it to the forecast for tomorrow. Today, its not really nice. Foggy and raining - but tomorrow is looking much better.
So right now, suggestions for sightseeing start with a museum. The Golden Gate bridge and a little trip to Alcatraz can wait until tomorrow.
Other things suggestions looks at are your location (we rank things that are close by higher) and the opening hours. We try to suggest only places that are open. It takes a lot of work figuring out all the opening hours of all the points of interest we have, but we think it's worth it. You don't want to be sent to a museum on the day its closed. We'll be tweaking the suggestions bit a lot the coming months to make it even better. My first experiences so far indicate that we will want to boost places that are nearby quite a bit more than we currently do. If you have ideas to make the algorithm better, drop us a line and let us know.