Chimani National Park iOS Apps Updated to 2.0

Just in time for National Park Week, we’re rolling out version 2.0 our National Park apps. The iOS updates were released this morning (still waiting on Apple to approve the Yellowstone update) and the Android version will be released in a couple days. Improvements include:

  • Universal App Support – This was the #1 request so here you go! Run your favorite National Park apps on your iPad!

  • New App icons – hope you like the new icons! 
  • Discussion forums for each point of interest and Facebook/Twitter sharing. We’ve integrated GetSocialize community forum into the app. Click on the new “Get Social” icon on the POI action bar and join the discussion!

     

  • Mutli-POI icon clustering on the map – no more clutter on the main map! When you zoom in, points of interested (POIs) will automatically expand. 

  • Gesture-based Related Points of Interest. We added some “motion” into the Related POIs – you can either press the button on the action bar or you can swipe your screen to the side to view the list of Related Points of Interests. 

  • Last, but not least, we have added a dedicated section to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoors Ethics. Chimani is a proud small business partner with Leave No Trace so we’ve teamed up to bring their “core principles” into the palm of your hand so that you’re reminded of them during each park visit.

     
     

As always, keep the feedback coming – we love to hear from you! 

-Kerry @chimani

The Chimani National Parks app is now available for the Android for FREE! If you love the National Park System like I do, you want to remember all the times you’ve visited a park and keep planning for more! The Chimani National Parks app allows users to create a virtual passport of their visits to any one of the 394 National Park System locations.


In a special partnership National Parks Traveler – the Internet’s only website dedicated to covering America’s National Park System and the National Park Service – the app features the option of accessing daily news provided by National Park Traveler. The news feed is available via an in-app subscription ($1.99) that will keep you up-to-date on the latest news, features, and commentaries surrounding the National Park System.

Review: hikespeak.com – Yosemite National Park app from Chimani for iPhone and Android devices

As dependent as we have become on smartphones, there are still some corners of California, like Yosemite Valley, where data coverage does not reach. This is a probably a good thing, but it is still handy to have fast information at your fingertips while visiting Yosemite National Park. At its core, Chimani’s Yosemite National Park app is a park guide enhanced with a GPS locator. The app is packed with most of the information found on the official National Park website, plus additional content, displayed in easy to navigate menus. Since the data is stored on your phone, you do not need an internet connection for the app the function.”

Review: hikespeak.com – Yosemite National Park app from Chimani for iPhone and Android devices

Chimani Announces Free iPhone Apps for National Park Week

Yarmouth, ME (Vocus/PRWEB) April 13, 2011

Chimani, LLC announced today that all iPhone national park apps will be free during National Park Week, which runs from April 16-24. The Android versions of each national park app will be available for only $.99 cents. The Chimani national park apps normally sell for between $4.99-$9.99 each.

The Chimani suite of national park apps include Acadia National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park.

“Entrance to the national parks is free, and so too should our apps”, says Chimani President, Kerry Gallivan. “Chimani develops apps for national parks because they are special – and we want to encourage as many people as possible to get out and enjoy them.”

Chimani Grand Canyon National Park iPhone app

Each of the five national park apps are an indispensable resource for anyone exploring some of the most visited national parks. Each delivers constantly updated content, including ranger led activities, free shuttle bus schedules and news alerts. Users can view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, plan hikes, and much, much more.

Each of the apps boasts a rich and impressive map interface that is custom-made, GPS enabled, and includes all hiking trails in the parks. Designed from the ground-up using the National Park Service geographic information system data, the maps are all pre-installed in the app and work without any cell or WiFi connection.

“When Google Maps stops working, Chimani maps begin.” says, Kerry Gallivan. “Most smartphone users who visit the national parks find their traditional navigation tools are useless because they depend on a cell or WiFi connection. The Chimani national park apps are designed to work completely offline.”

Kerry Gallivan, Chimani’s President, knows a thing or two about connectivity challenges. In the early nineties he worked in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia setting up remote computer networks for health workers. “When designing the Chimani national park apps, I applied many of the same lessons I learned by living overseas in places such as Zimbabwe and Nepal.”

The national park apps also include an audio tour designed to work while visitors are driving, walking or taking the shuttle buses around the parks. All content is written by professional travel writers and include the most essential information, such as the location of every restroom. “The #1 most asked question in every national park is the location of the closest restroom”, says Kerry Gallivan. “Chimani apps give you just-in-time information, just in time!”

Each of the Chimani iPhone apps can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Android versions from the Android Marketplace (keyword: "chimani”). The iPhone apps will be free, and Android version only $.99 cents, for the entire National Park Week which runs from April 16-26. After that, the apps will return to the regular price of $4.99-$9.99.

About Chimani 
Chimani, LLC is the leading developer of mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android designed to help people explore our national parks. Apps launched to date include those for Acadia National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park. Additional parks to be released in the spring include Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, and Zion National Park. For more information visit http://www.chimani.com.

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Contact Information

Kerry Gallivan
Chimani, LLC
http://www.chimani.com
207-221-0266