Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Apps For Travelers
10 useful smartphone apps for photo adventures
Keep all your flight, hotel, car transportation and meeting information in one place with WorldMate. By simply forwarding your confirmation information to the app, WorldMate organizes a complete itinerary for you to share publicly on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or privately with friends, family and coworkers. In addition to the minute-by-minute information, WorldMate also provides flight alerts, hotel recommendations based on previous travel, online check-in, weather forecasts and a currency converter. List Price: Free. Contact: WorldMate, www.worldmate.com.
So far, over 1 million travelers have shared 500,000 points of interest from 50,000 cities around the world, including restaurants, hotels and museum routes, using the photo- and video-sharing app Minube. Search the database for specific criteria—subject, color, distance, amount of time—and keep track of your desired experiences by creating a list. Then share your new discoveries with the rest of the Minube community. List Price: Free (with in-app purchases dependent on location). Contact: Minube, www.minube.net.
City Maps 2Go
For world travelers who want to ensure reliable map information regardless of WiFi connectivity, City Maps 2Go has you covered. The app provides detailed street maps and addresses for restaurants, hotels, attractions, stores and other points of interest—all stored on your device so they're searchable even without an Internet connection. Pin your favorite places (or your hotel for quick reference), create lists of places to go and sync your data between your devices. The free version provides maps to five destinations, while the Pro version gives unlimited access worldwide. List Price: Free; Pro ($2.99). Contact: Ulmon, www.ulmon.com.
In photography, between scouting, setting up equipment and working with natural light, timing is incredibly important. When you're traveling in a new city, even more factors play into timing. The Embark app for iPhone helps manage city navigation with step-by-step instructions so you can get to your location smoothly. Using real-time information about late trains, closures and advisories, Embark gives you the best estimate as to when your train will arrive and what your schedule will look like. Embark continues to work without an Internet or a cellular connection while you're underground in a metro system. Currently available for 10 transit systems, including Boston, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco and Washington D.C., Embark is continuing to expand. List Price: Free. Contact: Embark, letsembark.com.
Formerly known as the app Trip Cubby, Mileage Log+ has gotten an upgrade. This app is a particular convenience for photographers tracking mileage for reimbursement or tax-deduction purposes. The app features auto-entry and auto-calculation, and saves frequent trips to reduce filing time, as well as quickly sorts and filters with customizable categories and reimbursement rates. Created keeping IRS compliance in mind, the app can also compile Excel-compatible email reports with both PDF and CSV attachments. List Price: $9.99. Contact: Contrast, contrast.co/mileage-log.
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