Nomad’s Great Smoky Mountains App Reviewed by National Parks Traveler

For its innovative Nomad Mobile Guide, VT KnowledgeWorks member company NewCity won the People's Choice Award at the TechNite 2010 Awards from the NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC.  Nomad was recently revieed in National Parks Traveler.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mobile Guide by the Great Smoky Mountains Association

Key to the heart of this app can be found right in the title. Yep, that passing mention of the Great Smoky Mountains Association. It's not to be overlooked, for it's the association, not app maker Nomad Mobile Guides, that provides the foundational editorial content of this app. Along with the National Park Service. Put those two institutions together and you've got a veritable treasure trove of information to play with and mine.

Where Nomad comes in is providing the architecture to negotiate this information superhighway. Just as the key to the richness of the content is the involvement of the cooperating association and the Park Service, key to driving it in part is the developer's approach to resize its content first and then insert it into the app, rather than letting the devise at hand figure out how to resize it. This resizing allows for much more content. While Chimani's download, for instance, is listed by iTunes as 267 megabytes, Nomad's is packaged at 62.3 megs — a huge difference both when it comes to time needed to download and space consumed on your device — and the payoff is in the added video, photo, and text content Nomad delivers.

And then, of course, the other key is the way the content is organized by Nomad. The developer comes at this task from two directions. One, a free application which offers content very similar to the basic information found on the national park's website, while the second, a $4.99 version called the Best of the Great Smoky Mountains, gets some turbocharging with additional content from the cooperating association.



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