What's NewAsk and you shall receive! We read your comments and heard your suggestions. The result: while you’ve been gearing up to get back into those hiking boots, we’ve been busy behind the scenes preparing many new app features, benefits and improvements to the Maine State Parks Pocket Ranger® app just in time for spring.
In addition to the app’s standard features – GPS mapping, trail tracking and recording, photo waypoints, park maps and information, safety alerts, weather forecasts, and more – check out the newly added benefits you’ll enjoy when you download this latest update to your Pocket Ranger® app, designed to make your outings to the state parks even more memorable this season:
• The app is now optimized for iPhone 5 screen size.
• GPS Landscape Viewing means the app's GPS mapping is now viewable in both horizontal and vertical formatting, giving iPad and Tablet users a more optimized experience.
• The Places Near Me feature now has improved GPS loading time.
• A GPS Accuracy and Distance Indicator have been added to GPS map to further aid in navigating.
Most excitingly, the app now includes a new GeoChallenge section! GeoChallenges offer a fun, eco-conscious way to explore the parks, using the apps’ advanced GPS features to guide you through a series of outdoor sites and destinations, creating the ultimate virtual tour. The prize lies in uncovering the intrinsic beauty of parks, historic landmarks, forests and beyond, earning points along the way to redeem toward big rewards.
As fantastic as these new enhancements are, the best may still be yet to come. We’ve got our collective nose to the grindstone preparing to roll out a whole new look and design – not to mention advanced explore features - with the next generation of the Pocket Ranger® app.
Of course, we couldn’t make this product without our wonderful users! Your feedback is what keeps us churning out update after update, making sure each version of the app is better and more user-friendly than before. Please keep those comments coming by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re listening!
App DescriptionThe new GeoChallenge feature is here!
The Official Maine State Parks and Lands Pocket Ranger® App was created in a collaborative effort between the Maine Department of Conservation and ParksByNature Network™.
Outdoor enthusiasts can now experience nature in a whole new way with this FREE mobile guide powered by Pocket Ranger® technology. This all-inclusive app offers an environmentally friendly way to enjoy the parks. Users can decide which park to visit using a comprehensive list of activities or search for nearby parks or parks within a particular region. Advanced GPS Map technology invites users to track trails, mark waypoints, and locate landmarks in the great outdoors, while interactive features guide users through the parks and keep them informed.
Park goers can access rich GPS features, such as:
•Advanced GPS Maps, complete with an accuracy and distance indicator, which allow users to access trail data, record tracks from hikes, runs, or bike rides, and view elapsed time and distance traveled.
•Easy-to-cache GPS Terrain Map tiles, which ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception.
•Photo waypoint feature allowing users to snap a photo and mark and record the coordinates of plant life, animal species or landscape views. Post or share these remarkable finds with family and friends with the click of a button.
•Friend Finder feature that allows users to keep track of friends and family around the parks.
•Built-in compass to help direct users through the parks.
•Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies users’ GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.
The new GeoChallenge feature offers:
•A fun, eco-conscious way to explore the parks, utilizing advanced GPS features to guide users through a series of outdoor sites and destinations, creating the ultimate virtual tour.
•An all new, totally unique way to discover the intrinsic beauty of the parks.
•The opportunity to earn prizes along the way to redeem toward big rewards.
Pocket Ranger® technology also provides plenty of other standard features that make exploring the great outdoors a breeze, including:
•Thorough information on all State Parks including general policy, contact information, activities, trails, park maps and much more.
•Detailed, cacheable maps of park facilities, trails and campgrounds.
•Up-to-date news and information on park advisories and weather information.
•Sharing features that allow users to share current positions, waypoints and recorded tracks via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
•A Calendar of Events, updated in real time, listing all State Park events with the ability to filter by desired park. Users can also create their own schedule that can include any event from any park.
•Access to online reservations that make it easy to secure overnight visits.
•Plus so much more!
With the Pocket Ranger® in hand, prepare to bask in the vast natural wonders of Maine’s State Parks and Lands!
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•The enhanced pro features on the app are designed to function in areas with little to no mobile reception; however, some of the features require mobile data reception in order to function properly.
•Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
September 26, 2013 New version 5.1
May 05, 2013 New version 5.0
November 20, 2012 Initial Release