Chimani Celebrates National Park Week with the Release of Five New National Park Mobile Apps and New Innovative Features

Chimani, the leading developer of mobile apps for national parks, plans to release five new national park apps and introduce new features including an augmented reality viewer, crowd-sourced maps, and a social-sharing tool for park visitors which uses Near Field Communications (NFC) technology.

Yarmouth, Maine April 22, 2013 – Chimani announced today a range of products and new features to enhance national park visitors experiences while in the parks. The announcement coincides with the celebration of this year’s National Park Week, which runs from April 22-26.

In honor of each of the five days of National Park Week – a new park app will be released for each day. The new Chimani mobile apps include Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and Bryce Canyon National Park. These, as well as all other Chimani apps, will be available for free on Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon AppStore starting Monday, April 22 – the first day of National Park Week.

Each new national park app includes all the core technologies which has made Chimani the #1 mobile app platform for visiting national parks. The new park apps continue Chimani’s goal for helping visitors get the most out of their national park experience.

Each app delivers constantly updated content, detailed maps, ranger-led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts. Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and much, much more. And as always, each Chimani app is designed to work without a cell phone signal.

Chimani’s Viewport Augmented Reality Tool

Chimani’s new Viewport tool – an augmented reality viewer available as a $1.99 in-app purchase – allows users to access an entirely new layer of information as part of their park experience. “Whether it’s the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or Glacier Point in Yosemite, visitors often overlook the richness that surrounds these dramatic viewpoints,” says Kerry Gallivan, CEO/co-founder of Chimani. “Using Chimani’s Viewport tool, visitors can pan around the scenic outlook and identify points of interest which are often left undiscovered. It is yet another Chimani tool that allows visitors to get the most of their park experience,” says Kerry.

Cell phone signals are poor and non-existent in most national parks, therefore Chimani apps are designed to function without any type of data connection. This ability also applies to the new Chimani augmented reality viewer – visitors can be in the most remote corners of a park and still discover new points of interest.

Crowd-sourced topographic maps

Chimani continues its innovation in mobile mapping technology for the outdoors by introducing topographic maps based on data from Openstreetmaps.org – the largest online mapping project in the world. Chimani is now able to produce rich topographic maps which are updated monthly with the most recent data available for park visitors.

“Chimani users are now able to actively contribute to the national park community and help build better geo-spatial data for each of the parks,” says Kerry Gallivan. “A great example of this is Openstreetmaps.org’s user Tomthepom who spent the winter meticulously editing the park data within Grand Canyon. Thanks to Tom, the data found within the Chimani maps is the most detailed and up-to-date available anywhere – digital or print,” says Kerry.

Many visitors don’t realize how often trail data changes so having access to the latest details helps enhance the park experience.

Social-sharing using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology

For the Android versions of the apps, Chimani has introduced a beta feature of a social-sharing tool that uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to connect with other Chimani users and share contact information. “We modeled this feature after the tradition on the Appalachian Trail of exchanging something with people that you meet on the trail,” says, Kerry Gallivan. By touching two Android phones together, the users profile is exchanged using NFC. No cell phone signal is required and when the exchange occurs within a particular park, a unique badge is unlocked between users as a bonus.

Chimani’s suite of National Park Apps

The Chimani suite of national park apps include 14 of the most visited national parks in the United States. These include Acadia National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Olympic National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park and the National Parks app – which is a virtual passport tool for all the National Park Service units.

Each of the national park apps are an indispensable resource for anyone visiting our most treasured national parks. Each delivers constantly updated content, ranger-led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts. Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and much, much more.

The Chimani apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, Amazon Kindle and Android devices. They can be downloaded directly from Apple’s iTunes App StoreGoogle Play and Amazon AppStore (keyword: “chimani”).

About Chimani 
Located along the rocky coast of Maine, Chimani has become a leading developer of mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Chimani is comprised of a small group of developers who are passionate about helping people get the most out their outdoor adventures. Founded in 2010, Chimani apps have totaled over 450,000 downloads and rank #1 in each of the major app marketplaces for individual parks. For more information visit http://www.chimani.com or view the app demo filmed in the Grand Canyon National Park: https://vimeo.com/58183356

Contact Information
Kerry Gallivan
Chimani
http://chimani.com
(207) 221-0266 ex700

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

Chimani to Give Away 1 Million Mobile Apps for National Park Week

Chimani, the leading developer of mobile apps for national parks, is once again celebrating National Park Week by offering all of its iOS and Android apps for national parks for free. 

Yarmouth, ME (April 17, 2012) – Chimani, LLC announced today that all iOS and Android national park apps will be free in celebration of National Park Week, which runs from April 21-29. In order to reach its goal of one million downloads the apps will be free starting today – April 18th – plenty of time to download the apps before next week’s celebration. The Chimani national park apps normally sell for between $4.99-$9.99 each and have an average rating of 4 ½ stars. 

“Last year we gave away over 100,000 apps during National Park Week – it was a huge success and we had less than a quarter of the apps we have today.”, says Chimani President, Kerry Gallivan. “Our goal to reach a million downloads and to encourage just as many people, especially children, to visit our national parks. Download them today, and visit the parks next week!”

The Chimani suite of national park apps include Acadia National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park and the National Parks app – which is a virtual passport tool for all the National Park Service units. 

Each of the national park apps are an indispensable resource for anyone exploring some our most treasured national parks. Each delivers constantly updated content, ranger led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts. Users can also view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, access tide schedules along the coast, review lodging options, and much, much more.

The Chimani iOS and Android apps can be downloaded directly from Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Android versions from Google Play (keyword: "chimani”)

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