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Category: Heritage apps


Native of web app?

Audio Trails boast a rich back catalogue of location-aware native apps for heritage sites and tourist attractions. They have now launched a web equivalent. Creative Director Dan Boys explains the pros and cons of both approaches.

When it comes to software, location-aware apps are what we (Audio Trails) specialise in. For us, a location-aware app uses location (via a potential combination of GPS, mobile connectivity, wifi and/or bluetooth beacons) to automatically alert the user to relevant digital content (text, images, audio, video) within the proximity of a device. It will also tell you how far away you are from other content. This content may refer to a place of interest, an event or a walking trail.

For many years we have been building native apps – designed specifically for iOS and Android devices – on behalf of local authorities, charities and communities. … Read More »



Ingleborough Archaeological app

Posted on September 8th, by admin in Case Study, Heritage apps, Mapping, Tales and musings. No Comments

A location aware app with free Ordnance Survey mapping to help you discover the archaeology of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

Ingleborough Archaeology Group (IAG) is based in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales of England. Its focus is on the Ingleborough massif and the surrounding valleys of Kingsdale, Chapel le Dale and Ribblesdale.

The Group exists to further research and understanding of the historic heritage of its core area by archival research and archaeological investigation. It has been involved in a broad range of excavations.

Audio Trails were approached to create an app to showcase some of the groups finds along three archaeology walks in the National Nature Reserve on Ingleborough, North Yorkshire, England. The three walks are all approximately 5 miles long. Two depart from Ribbleside (one heading to Selside and the other to Great Douk and Southescales), whilst the third takes in South House, Sulber and … Read More »



Don Valley Way audio trail app

Posted on July 25th, by admin in Audio Trails, Case Study, Heritage apps, Tales and musings. No Comments

The Don Valley Way audio guide app will guide you around nine heritage walks, taking you on circular walks linking with the main Don Valley Way route.

Your audio guide will give you directions around the walk and interesting historical information about the area.

Individuals and local history groups were recruited to devise walks. The volunteers  researched and wrote scripts for the nine trails* before Audio Trails were brought in to test the routes and provide advice on walking directions to guide visitors from one stop to the next.

Audio Trails were also commissioned to record the volunteers reading using our mobile recording studio. Over two days the Servants Hall at St Catherine’s House in Balby Doncaster was our home.

Following the recording Audio Trails edited the audio, added sound effects and ambient background music. The nine audio trails are available from donvalleyway.org.uk and embedded within our ‘Listen’ GPS-enabled audio … Read More »



Apps – Places and Trails

Location-aware (web and native) app platform for digital storytelling

We have three options to help you share your stories about places of interest and guiding visitors along walking trails. Are you looking for an audio-only option or do you have multimedia (text, images, audio and video) to share? Do you want a native (iOS/Android) or a web app? Select from the options below:

Location-aware multimedia web apps

Showcase and trigger multimedia PLACES AND TRAILS linked to ANY location, on ANY device with a web browser. Link it seamlessly to your own website. More…

 

Location-aware multimedia native apps

Native Apps are installed via the App Store or Google Play onto (and limited to) iOS and Android devices. Our native apps can be enhanced with plugins that make the most of the device’s functionality. More…

 

Location-aware audio trail apps

‘Listen’ is our GPS-triggered audio tour guide app. Press play and and put the screen away. The … Read More »



MK Trails: Wolverton app – Milton Keynes

Posted on December 13th, by admin in Case Study, Heritage apps, oral history, Tales and musings. No Comments

How do you learn about the world’s first railway town that has now been absorbed by the 1960s new town of Milton Keynes? Why, download the MK Trails app of course!

“Imagine a geometric pattern of raw, red brick, made up of long straight streets of terraced houses criss-crossing each other…the whole plumped down in the middle of gently undulating green fields and cornlands…and you have a rough bird’s eye view of my home town, Wolverton”

Greta Barker, Buckinghamshire Born

A town of modest red brick terraces, Wolverton is nevertheless unique as the world’s first ‘railway town’. It was built by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in the 1830s to house its workshops and workers.

Welcome To…Milton Keynes

Working with Milton Keynes Living Archive and Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council, Audio Trails have developed a smartphone app based upon their Welcome To…Native app software. The MK Trails: Wolverton app guides visitors and locals around some … Read More »





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