Take an exciting journey through 220 years of American history and be a witness to how the National Mall was transformed into the amazing place it is today. This iSmartGuide GPS navigated tour is simply the best and most comprehensive audio tour guide for the National Mall available. After completing this tour, users will never view the National Mall and Washington, D.C. the same way again.
This incredible tour of the National Mall includes 60 Points of Interest on or near the mall. The tour commences with the history of the National Mall itself and then begins on the east end with United States Capitol. Visitors are guided west across the National Mall, one Point of Interest at a time, between Constitution Avenue on the north and Independence Avenue on the south. Visitors are taken to the edge of the Potomac River and back to the vicinity of the Tidal Basin, where a future iSmartGuide audio tour dedicated to the Tidal Basin area will begin.
While taking this tour, users may discover how little they actually know about the major Points of Interest on the National Mall, such as the United States Capitol, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. There is a great story behind every single one of them. For example, users of this audio guide will learn some interesting things about the Lincoln Memorial that are unknown to virtually everyone.
Visitors using this app will learn about Points of Interest on the National Mall that they may not have even known existed, such as the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, Jefferson Pier Stone, the Lock Keepers House, the German - American Friendship Garden, the Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the “In Memory” plaque near The Three Servicemen memorial. This iSmartGuide GPS navigated walking tour and audio guide will take users to fascinating places on the National Mall they most likely would have otherwise missed.
Visitors exploring the National Mall with this iSmartGuide app will discover where President James A. Garfield was assassinated, why the Washington Monument was not built at its original intended location, how I. M. Pie ingeniously designed a building for a site with a trapezoidal shape, why the Vietnam Veterans Memorial now includes multiple components completely unforeseen when The Wall was dedicated, and how subtlety the campaign for the creation of the World War II Memorial began. The history of the National Mall is an amalgam of fascinating stories and personalities with many twists and turns all along the way.
This iSmartGuide app was also designed with virtual traveler in mind. It is feature rich with maps, audio tracks, viewable transcripts, and photographs organized with a thumbnail viewer. It also includes both a serial and random slide show and a thumbnail viewer of 738 photographs. Users are empowered to explore the National Mall and enjoy an amazing learning experience without ever leaving the comfort of their home or classroom. For the virtual tour enthusiast who is less concerned about portability, the iPad version of the app delivers an extraordinary user experience and is highly recommended. This is an ideal app for use in the classroom to help students learn about the many wonders of the National Mall and the Capital of the United States of America.
Intuitive Interface – This app is so intuitive and simple to master that most users will be able to start the tour immediately after downloading it. The app uses many of the same interface features found on numerous other popular applications, allowing users to master the app quickly.
Works on 3 Devices – This app is designed to work on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. There is an iPhone / iPod Touch version and an iPad version. Because the app can be used as an outdoor walking tour, it is optimized to work with broadband on the iPhone and iPad 3G. These users will enjoy GPS navigation and Dynamic Maps. However, for the virtual tourist, the app works great with continuous Wi-Fi access. For those who want to take an outdoor tour with an iPod or iPad (without 3G), the app has Static Map capabilities so that users can still take the journey across the National Mall without GPS navigation and Dynamic Maps.
60 Points of Interest – This app is designed to give users a comprehensive and in-depth multisensory guided tour of all of the significant Points of Interest located within or near the two miles of greenspace between the United States Capitol and the Potomac River. There is no other guide in any media that delivers such a comprehensive tour and rich learning experience of the National Mall and certainly none as user friendly.
Feature Rich User Experience – Each Point of Interest includes a numbered Locator Pin on an easy to use map, an identifying picture, an audio track, a viewable transcript, and a slide show of relevant pictures.
Friendly User Interface – Users of this app are able to move effortlessly between the Map View, Transcript View, and Picture View. Since all three views are likely to be used at each Point of Interest, users can transition between the three views without the need of buttons or switches. When the device is held in portrait mode, including when rotated 180 degrees, users are presented with the Map View. By rotating the device 90 degrees to the left from Map View, users are presented with the Transcript View. When the device is turned 90 degrees to the right from Map View, users are presented with the Picture View, which is a thumbnail viewer that contains pictures that can be individually accessed or viewed as a manual sideshow.
Map View – When users select an item from the scrolling Point of Interest Menu, they are presented with the corresponding Map View. In the Map View, users will see the Point of Interest numbered Locator Pin, name, identifying picture, and a button that allows them to designate it as a “Visited” stop.
Transcript View – When the device is placed in Transcript View, which is accessed by turning it 90 degrees to the left from the portrait Map View, users have a wealth of resources at their fingertips. In addition to the transcript gracefully scrolling across the screen from bottom to top, users can access the integrated speed control to make adjustments to their taste. The Transcript View also has audio controls, which includes a Play/Pause button and an Audio Progress Bar. The Audio Progress Bar responds to the user’s touch, allowing the listener to manually access any point on the audio track.
Picture View – When the device is placed in Picture View, which is accessed by turning the device 90 degrees to the right from the portrait Map View, users will be presented with a thumbnail viewer from which they can access individual pictures or view all of the pictures in a manual slide show.
Map View Controls – In Map View, users will find three semi-transparent controls along the bottom of the screen. From right to left, the first appears as a large “X” and closes the Map View and returns users to the scrolling Point of Interest Menu. The second control from the right is the Dynamic Map toggle button. There are three Dynamic Map views available and this control allows users to successively toggle through all three of them. The next control appears as three repeating arrowheads. This allows users to access the flyout Toolbar. While in GPS mode, there is a fourth control that appears for user determined power/feature optimization.
Location Assistance – All 60 Points of Interest are identified on Dynamic Maps and a Static Map. Both map types contain numbered Locator Pins for each Point of Interest. Users simply press the Locator Pin of choice and they are automatically presented with the audio commentary for that Point of Interest.
Identifying Pictures – Each Point of Interest has a identifying picture associated with it on the scrolling Point of Interest Menu and next to the active Locator Pin in Map View. This allows users to identify from the image on the screen what Point of Interest they should be looking at on or near the National Mall while listening to the audio commentary.
Audio Tracks – This app is a full feature audio guide which allows visitors to the National Mall to look at and enjoy the wonders of its memorials, monuments, gardens, architecture, and water features while effortlessly listening to the fact-filled and fascinating audio commentary for each Point of Interest. This app contains audio tracks for all 60 Points of Interest, each averaging 3 minutes in length.
Transcript Display – The text of each audio track is effortless accessed on the fly by simply rotating the device 90 degrees to the left from Map View. This is a great resource for viewing the spelling of a name or for quickly accessing specific information. The default background setting is a slide show for that Point of Interest. It can be changed to black with a simple push of a button.
Thumbnails and Pictures – Most of the Points of Interest include at least nine pictures and many include eighteen pictures that are initially presented in a thumbnail display. The pictures can be effortlessly selected and viewed individually or as a slide show. This is a wonderful feature, especially for the virtual traveler; it brings an important visual dimension to the learning experience. It is the next best thing to actually being there because users can access photographs of the Points of Interest relevant to the content of the audio commentary. This feature also allows users to preview details of the Points of Interests before they arrive on the National Mall or to review their tour after they return home.
GPS Navigation – By turning on the GPS navigation feature, which is as simple as pressing a button on the Toolbar, iPhone and iPad (3G) users will be able to know where they are in relationship to the Points of Interest of the tour.
Recommended User Position – As noted above, this app shows users their position (when GPS navigation is activated) and where each Point of Interest is on a Dynamic Map. This app also informs users where they should be positioned when viewing the Point of Interest and listening to the audio commentary. This is notated on the map with a red silhouette of a person with one arm in the air. This is an important feature for two reasons. First, some Points of Interest are best viewed from a distance, such as the United States Capitol, and some Points of Interest are best viewed close up, such as the Jefferson Pier Stone. This feature can also save users a lot of unnecessary walking. For example, on the east end of the National Mall, many of the buildings are best viewed while walking down the center of the greenspace.
Dynamics Maps – When using broadband or Wi-Fi, users can experience the National Mall with Dynamic Maps in three different views. The three views include a satellite view with street and building names, a satellite view without street and building names, and simple street map view. The satellite view with street and building names is the app’s default setting. This feature also allows those who want to take a virtual tour of the National Mall to enjoy a rich and informative viewing experience without even being there.
Static Map – This app contains a static map feature, which allows users to switch from the Dynamic Maps to a Static Map provided by the National Park Service. If users prefer this map or if they do not have broadband or Wi-Fi available to access Dynamic Maps, they can instantly switch to this map view. Users will really appreciate this feature when using this app while traveling on an airplane or otherwise do not have access to 3G or Wi-Fi. This feature also allows owners of iPods and iPads (without 3G) to enjoy the tour even when they do not have continuous Wi-Fi availability.
Designation for “Visited” Points of Interest – It is unlikely that most users of this app will systematically visit all 60 Points of Interest in the established order or during one outing. With so many Points of Interest, it could become difficult to remember at a glance which ones were fully explored. With this in mind, the app was designed with a feature that allows users to tag Points of Interest as “Visited” as they progress through the tour. This setting can also be quickly reversed if users change their minds or activate a “Visited” tag by accident. When a Dynamic Map is active, users simply press the blue button next to the name balloon and they are given the opportunity to add or remove the “Visited” tag from the Point of Interest. When the Static Map is active, users can press the green Locator Pin to access this same feature. The app also contains a global reset feature which removes all “Visited” tags with a simple press of a button.
Reverse (Flip) Tour – For those visitors who prefer to explore the National Mall in the reverse order of the default setting, this is as easy as pressing the FLIP button.
Design a Custom Tour – Users of this app who have utilized the Clock widget on their iPhone will find this feature a natural. Users can create their own custom tour by deleting or by moving any of the 60 Points of Interest in the order of their desire when the scrolling Point of Interest Menu is active. The original default setting is easily restored by simply pressing a reset button.
Metric System – This app was designed with consideration to individuals who identify with measurements presented in the metric system. All lengths, widths, heights, weights, and volumes have been converted from the imperial system to the metric system and these measurements are presented in brackets within the transcripts.
Compass Mode – If users ever find themselves lost or disoriented, they will certainly appreciate this feature, which is available when GPS navigation is active. With this feature, the map floats on the screen like a virtual compass needle, allowing users to know where they are in relationship to landmarks, which direction they are traveling in relationship to the landmarks, and the direction they are traveling by heading (e.g., NW) and the precise direction in degrees.
Dual Audio Controls – Audio controls are accessible to users on the Toolbar and while in Transcript View.
Advancing Points of Interests – Users are able to progress from one Point of Interest to the next three different ways, whichever they find most convenient. First, users can select the next desired stop from the scrolling Point of Interest Menu. Second, they can access the next desired Point of Interest by pressing a numbered Locator Pin while in Map View. Third, users can progress (forward or back) one Point of Interest at a time by using the arrow buttons on the Toolbar.
Picture Library Slide Show – Rotating the device left 90 degrees from the Main Menu starts the iSmartGuide Serial Slide Show. This slide show will sequence serially (by default) through the entire library of 738 pictures for all Points of Interest. Pressing the RANDOM button on the bottom left of the screen shuffles the pictures and plays them in random order. There is also a slider on the right side of the screen that gives users control of the display speed from 10 seconds to 1 second between pictures. The name of the Point of Interest associated with each picture is presented on the bottom of the screen.
Picture Library Thumbnail Access – Rotating the device 90 degrees to the right from the Main Menu starts the iSmartGuide thumbnail access to the entire library of pictures for all Points of Interest. Users must be patient as the device builds thumbnail views of 738 pictures. This feature includes a progress bar and it can be aborted at any time by returning to portrait view. Once the entire thumbnail view is built, users can review and access any picture from the entire library with a simple touch gesture.
User Defined Pin (UDP) Feature – When using a Dynamic Map, users can press and hold at any location for 2 seconds, resulting in the placement of a User Defined Pin (UDP) on the map. If the device is connected to the internet, the location field of the UDP is prefilled with the name of the closest street. Otherwise, the name defaults to “User Defined Pin XX”. The UDP is also date and time stamped. In Map View, the UDP presents users with a balloon that contains the location’s name and the GPS longitude and latitude coordinates with six decimal points of accuracy. Pressing the blue dot inside the balloon allows the UDP title to be edited or deleted. Users are advised to position or drag the UDP precisely where they want it before they edit the title because all editing will be lost if the UDP is moved later.
Table of User Defined Pins – Up to 50 User Defined Pins may be inserted. Pressing the blue dot in the name balloon gives users access to the User Defined Pin (UDP) Table View. By pressing the TABLE button, users are presented with a listing of all of their UDP names. While in Table View, users can review and access all of their User Defined Pins. This feature has many uses. For example, when preplanning a trip, users can establish the visual location of their hotel, favorite restaurants, churches, museums & monuments outside of this tour, etc. Then, users will see at a glance where their UDP locations are in relationship to the 60 Points of Interest of this tour. Users can also contemporaneously mark places, buildings, sculptures, etc. that they want to document for future reference.
Camera Feature – The camera feature launched from the camera icon on the Toolbar. (The device must have a camera as part of its hardware.) The user is presented a modal dialog box with Cancel, Load Camera, and Load Camera Roll. Cancel obviously aborts the process. The Load Camera command loads the necessary panels to take pictures directly from inside the app. The Load Camera Roll command loads the Camera Roll and allows the user to review all pictures.
Load Camera Controls – Four buttons control the camera screen, RECORD, CAMERA (or icon), PHOTO, and EXIT. The RECORD button (if the device supports video recording) allows the user to record video. The RECORD button once pressed changes to a STOP button to stop video recording. Video recordings are sent to the Camera Roll. The CAMERA button (or icon) allows the user to switch from the forward viewing camera to the self facing camera. The PHOTO button (if the device supports photo taking) allows the user to take photos and they are sent to the Camera Roll. If the Camera is loaded and photos or videos are taken, upon exiting the Camera panel, the Camera Roll is automatically loaded. Pressing the EXIT button exits the Camera panel. Video recordings must be viewed outside of this app.
Bread Crumb Feature – When the GPS is enabled, the Toggle Bread Crumbs button is enabled on the Toolbar. When pressed, the feature creates an overlay over the Dynamic Map, showing push pins and a thick blue line where the user has been. Pressing the Toggle Bread Crumbs button again disables this feature. It is also disabled when GPS is disabled or if the app is exited.
User Defined GPS Power Settings – When using the GPS navigation feature, power consumption is somewhat higher than when not in use. This app allows users to conserve power by pressing the GPS Power Options button on the Dynamic Map screen. Once pressed, two sliders are shown; Update Distance and Accuracy verses Power. The default setting for Update Distance control is set to the optimal distance or 6 meters, which updates often but uses considerably more power. The user can set this from 6 meters to 100 meters. The default Accuracy verses Power setting is configured at the optimum accuracy of -1 (very accurate but high power drain). The user can change this setting up to 1,000 meters (very inaccurate but low power drain).
User Defined Map Zoom Settings – The Toolbar contains a Zoom slider which determines the map zoom level. The default zoom level is 200 meters and most users will find this to be the optimal setting. Users can adjust the zoom level from 0 meters (High Zoom) to 2,500 meters (Low Zoom).