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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
I am CEO at map2app, a free web platform that allows travel writers and bloggers to create mobile travel guides for iPhone and Android out of their content.
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
Italy, San Francisco
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
any that can be transformed into an app!

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At 1:43am on August 30, 2012, Nicholas Kontis said…

Pietro, Will you be at the Asta conference next week in L.A? See you otherwise in the city one day. I'm back in San Fran now, but heading to Napa to paint a vacant apartment. We'll meet one day,

Ciao, Nick

At 11:35pm on August 27, 2012, Brian Garrido said…

Thanks, Pietro!!! I will look over your website possibly this weekend. Looking forward to it. With kindest regards, Brian 

At 1:01pm on August 27, 2012, Brian Garrido said…

Thanks for the friend Pietro!!!

At 11:02pm on August 8, 2012, Michael Holland said…

Definitely let me know if you release OSM/embedded maps.

At 10:26pm on August 8, 2012, Michael Holland said…

I'm well aware of what Apple and the others charge, which is why the split seems unworkable to me. It means that on a $1.99 app I get about 0.65. That just doesn't seem worth it.

I had a look at the video, and it looks easy enough to create an app, but I see you're using Google maps. That makes the apps a non-starter for my part of the world because it means you have to have a data connection to see where the places are in relation to you. Data roaming is enormously expensive in Southeast Asia, and there are large chunks of it where the network is only 2G at best. I've been in places in Thailand in the last month where I didn't have any data connection at all for most of the day I was out sightseeing.

I'm a big believer that in order for travel apps to be usable they have to have the maps embedded, so they can be used with no data connection. I use the OSM-based Mapdroyd app when I travel. Once I've downloaded the map for a country I can use it to see where I am without any cell service at all. The best travel apps I've seen are the ones available from Travelfish.org and they also take the embedded map approach.

At 9:35am on August 8, 2012, Tripatini said…

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At 5:49am on August 8, 2012, Michael Holland said…

I've looked at a number of app builders over the years, but have never found anything I thought did a good job of building a decent app that people could use when traveling. I've seen a few that looked promising, but they joined the wreckage of the thousands of app builders that have gone by the wayside before I got anywhere with them. In the end, for now at least, I've gone with packaging my content as ebooks. They're easy to create from my existing content and with a well structured table of contents they can be quite usable. Plus I get 65% to 85% of the cover price on every sale.

Frankly, I stopped looking at Map2app as soon as I saw the revenue split. It may be a good solution but the revenue split looks lopsided.

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