Thursday, 28 July 2011

Dartmoor – a good place for ‘appy’ holidays!

Are you one of those people who are always checking their smartphone? Browsing the web, updating Facebook, emailing or using one of the many available apps?

We were interested to hear about a new iPhone app from the Dartmoor Partnership, which aims to make Dartmoor more accessible by providing a wealth of tourist information to the visitor whilst in-location.

A first for a national park, first for a rural area and first for the South West, the app enables visitors to see where they are in relation to accommodation, attractions, eateries and events around them. So, if you’re at the end of a walk, you can find out where the nearest pub is and how to get there, right from the middle of the moor or the top of a tor!

The interactive guide is clearly presented in easy-to-use scrolling pages of imagery and content. We’re especially pleased that the app includes 40 of our Dartmoor holiday cottages.

For those of you using an iPhone to take your holiday photos, there are some interesting apps to make your photos look a bit different. We’ve researched a few for you:

Polperro taken using Hipstamatic. Original photo
First up is Hipstamatic (pictured) - if you want to make your photos look just like your parents' family album from the ‘70s, this could be the app for you.

Another is ColorSplash, which lets you use your finger as a brush to "paint" sections of your image black and white, or to bring back the original colour.

Postcard replaces the need to hunt down a card, a stamp and a post box to send your holiday mementoes. There’s no need to sign up, just download the app and create a personalised ‘postcard’ from your holiday snaps to email to friends and family back home.

And finally, Tiltshift enables you to add a number of effects to your photos to make the subjects look like miniatures. The app works best on shots with lots going on in the middle-distance. The app also offers vignetting - a reduction of an image's brightness or saturation at the edges.

We hope you enjoy exploring Dartmoor. If you’ve used any of the above apps to enhance your holiday experience, let us know, and if you’ve used any we haven’t included, please do share your recommendations!