App Idea...

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Wegmans, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. Wegmans

    Wegmans Well-Known Member

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    Not sure where to post this, but I thought i'd see what you folks thought about this idea...

    I would like an application that allows me to view all my addresses/bookmarks on the map AT THE SAME TIME. I know i can add pins to the built-in map app, but it would be great if there was an application that takes it a step further.. When you view a list you can see what is closest to you, etc.

    What i would like to do is when you go to the grocery store, hardware store, Best Buy, etc. you can place a bookmark on the map, add your comments, and then view it on the map.. This would be a great way to spatially view places, instead of just on a list.

    Ideally this would be combined with AroundMe's features of sorting things by distance..

    Does this make sense? I've been searching through the app store for something similar, but i keep coming up with Geocaching apps..

    I'd be willing to subsidize this program to bring it to fruition.
     
  2. lynch

    lynch Well-Known Member

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    whoa...hold on...Geocaching apps? where>?
     
  3. NotYou

    NotYou Well-Known Member

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  4. lynch

    lynch Well-Known Member

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    awesome, but that only got my hopes up until i remembered that i only have a 1st gen touch, so unless its by a wifi...i dont think it will work

    i like your idea by the way
    visual contacts
     
  5. Wegmans

    Wegmans Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Lynch! hmm yeah i guess this would only be useful for iPhone users.. but i'm serious about subsidizing this, so pass the word along.. I think it could be a winner
     
  6. mek

    mek Well-Known Member

    to program this
    i would retrieve the contact data from the users phone, store it into an array
    then parse it into strings that would be load into a UIWebView and google's map api

    but to correctly identify each contact, you would either a physical address, or lat/long. coordinates

    this can ben done
     
  7. mek

    mek Well-Known Member

    something like this maybe

    Code:
    -(IBAction)openMaps {
    	// Where is Apple on the map anyway?
    	NSString* addressText = @"1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014";
    	// URL encode the spaces
    	addressText =  [addressText stringByAddingPercentEscapesUsingEncoding: NSASCIIStringEncoding];	
    	NSString* urlText = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"http://maps.google.com/maps?q=%@", addressText];
    	// lets throw this text on the log so we can view the url in the event we have an issue
    	NSLog(urlText);
    	[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:[NSURL URLWithString:urlText]];
     
  8. mek

    mek Well-Known Member

    one thing to consider....is it a violation of the google maps terms of use?
    technically all you are doing is embedding a UIWebView to your UIViewController and having the UIWebView load the google maps URL. so its kinda like a browser accessing and loading the maps, by selling an app, or releasing it, which depends upon their services..does it violate the TOS?

    just something to look into
     

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