Friday, January 28, 2011

New iPhone app for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

When we first heard about the new iPhone app for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, we knew we had to have Doug review it for us -- he's probably the Century Cycles staffer with the most extensive knowledge of the park (living within it as he does) and he just got an iPhone (which he also adores). Here's what he had to say:

"OK, so I downloaded this and it is awesome. Have already found one or two things I was not aware of! It is a big app, but full of great info, including about Century Cycles under the bicycling section. I will be recommending this to everyone."

Here's what Chimani LLC (which specializes in developing apps for the national parks) has to say about their newest product:

The Cuyahoga Valley app, an indispensable resource for anyone exploring our 5th most visited national park, delivers constantly updated content, including the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway train schedule, ranger led events and much more. Users can view daily sunset data (including the Ledges Overlook, one of the park's most popular destinations), listen to the audio tour, plan hikes, learn about points of interest such as Cuyahoga Valley’s historical towpath and access a complete list of facilities including restrooms.

Like the Acadia National Park and Yosemite National Park apps that preceded it, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park app boasts a rich and impressive map interface that is hi-resolution, GPS enabled, includes every hiking trail in the park, and displays interactive points of interest.

"I'm really pleased with the quality of our maps and how they contribute to the park visitor's experience," says Chimani President, Kerry Gallivan. "You won't find a hi-res downloadable version of this map anywhere else. We deliver all 51 square miles right to the user's iPhone or Android. It's a park explorer's dream."

Hikers rave about the ability to follow their progress using the GPS feature, even when cell coverage fails or isn't available at all. "Like all the features of this app, you don't need cell access to unleash its full capabilities. Whether you are riding the Towpath or taking the audio tour of the park (with over 45 minutes of professionally narrated material), you'll always be able to enjoy the full experience of the app," says Gallivan.

The new iPhone app can be downloaded from Apple's iTunes App Store and the Android version from the Android Marketplace (keyword: "chimani") ") for $9.99. A “Lite” version is available for .99 cents.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park app is the latest in a series of apps by Chimani, including Acadia National Park, Yosemite National Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore apps, now available in Android versions as well as the original iPhone versions.

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