Monthly Archives: December 2013

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The Rise and Rise of Mobile Phones

A while ago, a software developer friend told me about a PC fighter plane game he was working on. He was literally spending thousands of hours researching game engines, polishing scenarios, making the graphics as realistic as possible.

So I decided to help him with a demonstration.

Next time we were out with some other friends, I asked everyone “What was the last PC software package you bought?”.

Everyone looked at me blankly.

Then I asked “What is your favourite mobile phone app?”

Everyone pulled out their mobile phones and started talking at the same time.

My software developer friend leaned forward quietly and said “you b*stard” – but he took my point.

Last I heard he had converted all his software to run on a mobile game engine, and was busy making it all look good for a mobile environment.

PCs still have their uses – as Steve Jobs, the legendary ex-CEO of Apple once said, a PC is good for content creation. I usually use a Mac laptop to create new entries for this blog.

But mobile devices – phones, iPads, tablets – have come to utterly dominate content consumption.

Next time you think up a great idea for a PC application, take the thought a little further, and consider how your idea would work in a mobile phone environment. Because the chances are it would work well – and Mobile is where the action is.

For more information about mobile phone app development, iPhone development, or Android development, please contact Eric Worrall.

Announcing Sun Star GIS – a new Geospatial App

I met Patrick, director of Yellow Dot Geospatial, at an Apple seminar.

Patrick is a Geospatial mapping expert. He had noticed that GPS location and heading information which Apple stores every time you take a photo with an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 (see Location Services) rivals the quality of expensive industry standard geospatial equipment – that an iPhone has the capacity to replace thousands of dollars worth of specialised geospatial photography kit. But Patrick also noticed a gap in the market – extracting and packaging the iPhone photographs was time consuming, and required the use of expensive third party software.

Desirable Apps helped Patrick realise his vision of a better solution – under Patrick’s guidance, we developed an app which allows users to select images from their photo album, and package the images into industry standard geospatial mapping files – either a KMZ file (compatible with Google Earth), or a set of Shape Files (compatible with specialised GIS software such as Arc GIS).

Click HERE to see the Sun Star GIS app website.

Patrick is very happy with the outcome of this project – he now owns a potentially game changing app, which is attracting high level interest from individuals and organisations, whose only option prior to the development of Sun Star GIS was to spend thousands of dollars per mapping consultant purchasing expensive specialised equipment and software. Patrick is particularly excited about the app’s offline capability, which allows GIS consultants in the field to do their job without the need for an Internet connection, and the app’s ability to use photographs which were created before the app was installed.

If you would like to know more about Sun Star GIS, please contact Yellow Dot Geospatial. If you would like to know more about how we can help you develop your vision into a mobile app, or have any questions about the technology, please contact Eric Worrall.