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Postby TerryInBRC » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:08 am

Hey folks,

I have an iPhone app in the store called "Time To Burn". I submitted an update last week that includes the entire set of on-playa events (over 1,000) and lets you search and sort in various ways.

The udpate is being reviewed by Apple right now. Hopefully the update will go live today or tomorrow.

I don't recommend you use any phone on the playa, but if you want to pass the time on the drive up browsing the events then download the app now and wait for the update.

Can't wait to go home -- it's my 10 year burner anniversary!

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Postby junglesmacks » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:52 am

Nice job!

You know what would be REALLY cool is a map part of it that integrates with the GPS.. maybe even with camp names and/or tags somehow even..


pleasepleasepleaseplease?
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Postby Edana » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:56 am

Is it iTouch compatible?

(I have an Android phone)
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Postby Homiesinheaven » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:06 am

is your app for sale or free?
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Postby junglesmacks » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:08 am

Homiesinheaven wrote:is your app for sale or free?


Fo' $free.99
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Postby Token » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:36 pm

Is it free or $0.99?

If its the latter, then fuck no, I want to stick my finger up your nose with habanero juice on it.
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Postby junglesmacks » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:58 pm

Token wrote:Is it free or $0.99?

If its the latter, then fuck no, I want to stick my finger up your nose with habanero juice on it.


Free.
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Postby TerryInBRC » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:28 pm

Edana,

I have tested it on iPhones & iPads, but I don't have an iTouch, so I can't guarantee it. It is compatible with OS 3 and iOS 4 -- if you can run other apps, then it should work.

The app is free -- how could I possibly do anything but gift this to other burners? ;p

But about that finger with habanero sauce...that could be fun!

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Postby junglesmacks » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:48 pm

TerryInBRC wrote:Edana,

I have tested it on iPhones & iPads, but I don't have an iTouch, so I can't guarantee it. It is compatible with OS 3 and iOS 4 -- if you can run other apps, then it should work.

The app is free -- how could I possibly do anything but gift this to other burners? ;p

But about that finger with habanero sauce...that could be fun!

T.


What about the map + GPS option?
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Postby TerryInBRC » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:57 pm

Also, someone asked if it would work even without cell coverage.

The update contains the entire event database LOCALLY. No connectivity is required once the update is installed.

In other words, you would be able to find "all events that mention Mojito on Tuesday" while on playa, even with your phone in airplane mode.
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Postby Psycho » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:40 pm

I've had this app on my main page for a while now... And keep referring to it to instill a little panic at how little time I have and how much prep I have to do! :)

Fortunately, I'm mostly caught up now, just final packing... But thanks for the app, it's great! Looking forward to the update.

And I have to hunt down the Billion Bunny March now too... 8)
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Postby Kinetik V » Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:07 pm

Based on the feedback you get and the fact that by 2011 Android WILL BE THE DEFACTO LEADER in the smartphone segment by sheer numbers alone, I hope you strongly consider making an app for all the droids.

As for the free or $.99 thing, I wish you would charge a token charge for it. Yeah, I'm all for gifting back to the community but at the same time development of an app takes time and effort...and I don't know about you but I don't have someone paying my utilities and broadband bills. Recoup at least your basic costs if you can.
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Postby Psycho » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:03 pm

He's got a little 'Gift me back' section in the app to offer a gift of coffee (1.99) on up to the entire cost of his ticket! 8)

The love can be shared!

(And, being a total iPhone whore, I'm not even going to comment on the 'Droid thing... :wink: But a Droid app probably would come in handy for some)
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Postby TerryInBRC » Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:06 pm

It went live!
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Postby dust devil » Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:57 pm

Sounds great, but the App Store claims it requires IOS 4.0 and iTunes refuses to load it on my old iPhone with IOS 3.1.3.

Back to packing...
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Postby hallobill » Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:44 am

[quote="dust devil"]Sounds great, but the App Store claims it requires IOS 4.0 and iTunes refuses to load it on my old iPhone with IOS 3.1.3.

Back to packing...[/quote]

I am being forced to update my OS, taking forever here in the RV park. Almost done. I will report back.
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Postby hallobill » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:27 am

Just updated to OS 4 and installed the app, seems to be working just fine. Thanks for the gift!! And I am not even on the Playa yet.
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Postby junglesmacks » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:06 am

Kinetic V wrote:by 2011 Android WILL BE THE DEFACTO LEADER in the smartphone segment by sheer numbers alone..

I'm also talking out of my ass and heard that Taco Bell will be THE DEFACTO LEADER in food court sales this year at BRC.


You're funny.

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Postby TerryInBRC » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:16 am

Hey Halo,

I specifically made the app to load & work fine on 3.x devices! I'm sorry you had to upgrade to load my app.

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Postby TerryInBRC » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:19 am

Some interesting statistics...

Over 1,000 people have downloaded my app.
Only three people have gifted me back anything other than a hug.

I'm glad I didn't expect to make money off of it! lol

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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby TerryInBRC » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:36 pm

The "Time To Burn" update for 2011 has been submitted to Apple and should go live in the next week or two. It was built against iOS 4.2 so it should work on AT&T iPhones, Verizon iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. It is still free.

See you on the playa!

Terry

Here's what is new:

*The database has been updated for 2011, and includes over 3000 events spread over the week. Search and browse in a variety of ways: Looking for a gifted breakfast on Tuesday? Easy! Want to browse just the classes and workshops? Now you can!

*The event locations are now included for 80% of the events. (Due to camps not being at known locations before the event, this is as good as it gets!)

*The app can now add events into your calendar for you, with automatic alerts/reminders. Don't miss that fabulous Tutu Tea Party at Misfit Circus because you were distracted by HeeBeeGeeBee Healers!

*An update system has been built into the app, to allow me to update the app's internal event database very close to the burn. You will find the "update now" button in the "About" section of the app.

*Special search shortcuts to find LGBT events, and other events recommended by me and my friends.
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby The Bee » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:42 pm

Sounds cool. I'll look for it when it's released. Do you add the events to your database manually :shock: , or is there an API?
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby TerryInBRC » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:37 am

There is an API, but it doesn't provide all the information I need (it lacks the event type, camp location, etc) so I use the API to grab 80% of the data, then use an automated scraper I wrote to extract the rest.

For info on the API: http://playaevents.burningman.com/api/0.2/docs/
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby shroom » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:41 am

I love your app! I got it last year, but forgot about it once on the playa. It was good info to have on my trip across country when I wasn't driving.
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby TerryInBRC » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:17 pm

Thanks Shroom! Glad you liked it :)
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby subliminalkick » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:13 pm

just got it for my i phone U ROCK i be a virgin this year and really have no clue of what whas out there except for snipets
from people on here and the list from last year HOlly HeLL theres alot
OnlY thing i could possibly recomend is adding a favorie option or somthing..... click it to add to a list of must see
but ive allready pasted some locations to a notepad file soooo i reitterate u ROCK
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby TerryInBRC » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:50 pm

The update for 2011 just went live today. :-)

Be sure to grab it, since one of the enhancements is to allow you to add events into your device's calendar
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby AntiM » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:03 pm

Duplicate post in Q&A was deleted.

I checked and it was a free app, so it is allowed and has been reinstated. Thank you.

Too bad I have a six year old flip phone, huh?
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby trilobyte » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:17 am

I finally got the chance to spend a little time with the app, very cool! I like how you can tag the events you're interested in, and then add them to your calendar. This way, while I don't plan on using my phone on the playa, I can make and print a list of the scheduled things I'm going to attempt to get to. I have a very bad track record of being able to be at a certain place at any certain time, but this may help a bit.
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Re: iphone app with searchable event database

Postby subliminalkick » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:55 pm

Just wanted to say thanks much again going to be driving from ohio swore not to look at it till we hit the road
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and the add event option is greAt thank you teckie playa man
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