codinggeekette, or Sarah Dutkiewicz and her husband introduced me to Linux and Open Source many years ago. Running counter-culture is the genius that is @sadukie, so now she’s a Microsoft MVP. We’ll forgive her that, since she does crazy stuff like setting up .net environments on Linux and other fun stuff. Anyway, Sarah has a post on phone apps she likes and has proposed in her post (quasi) simu-blogging on the topic. I’ll bite. I’ll focus mine on the limited mapping apps I have on my iPod, since my smartphone solution is an iPod touch and a Motorola flip phone.
App number one: Tiltmeter.
Tiltmeter is simply that– it logs at a specified interval the 2D axis tilt of your iPod or iPhone, and can show that visually or e-mail the log to you. Oh, where were you Tiltmeter, when I was building camera arrays, putting bandpass filters on them, and launching them on a 12-foot balloon.
It was a low cost, few band, hyperspectral attempt at calculating red-edge effects for productivity estimations. A very early attempt at something similar to Grassroots Mapping. Let’s just say, a tiltmeter would have really made the georeferencing easier… .
App number B: Ride the City.
Ride the city is a very nice point-to-point routing solution for a desktop or mobile client. It’s a discreet app on the mobile side. Other than not doing looped (recreational) mapping support, it’s a pretty cool application. Great for commuter bicycling.
App Gamma: PDF Maps
PDF Maps is a tool from Avenza Systems for viewing Geo PDFs. I’ll confess, since I have an iPod touch, and therefore no GPS, I haven’t run this one through the ringer (and there are other likely choices), but it could be a really useful tool in concert, e.g., with the Geo PDFs from the USGS.