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New Feature Release: Favorites Smart Page

23 Nov

Museum and Event mobile app builder favorite sites pageYou asked and you got it! The ability to collect favorite pages in an app and to build a schedule of events is now available in the OnCell App Builder.

When you enable this functionality in your app, your visitor will see a heart icon at the top of every page in your app. The visitor taps the heart icon to add the page to their favorites list. Additionally, any page in your app can be assigned a time and date stamp, so visitors can create an easy-to-read schedule of events they are interested in at your venue.

The visitor can access all of their favorited pages by tapping the “Favorites” button found in the main navigation. Favorited pages will sort alphabetically or chronologically if a date has been set.

Our Favorites Smart Page complements any type of app, be it a tour app to collect stops that visitors would like to see, an event app to build a schedule, or a destination marketing app to save must-visit places in a city.

Explore some of the apps who have implemented favorites into their app. The Virginia Association of Museums allows conference attendees to build their own schedule, while the Cranbrook House and Gardens allows visitors to collect favorite stops on their tour.

Our new Favorites Smart Page is available in Pro plans. Contact us to learn more or to upgrade your existing plan.

New Enhancements to Our App Builder’s Essential Features

9 Mar

Based on much-welcomed client feedback, we’ve made some enhancements to the most popular features available in the TourSphere App Builder.

Custom Surveys
Collect valuable data that relates specifically to your organization’s visitor services and marketing goals. Open up the survey widget in your project and you’ll now see the option to craft your own survey questions and create multiple choice selections.

Google Maps
You now have the ability to color code markers within your GPS maps. Easily distinguish between different tour paths by assigning a specific color group to each. You can even use this new feature to note different themes within your tour, draw attention to local sponsors, or offer additional wayfinding by noting parking or restrooms in the area.

Image Captions
Easily add captions below images in your app. You’ll now see this option in the image editor for all images placed in your tour.

Photo Gallery
Creating new photo galleries and adding more images to your app has never been more intuitive with this feature’s new user interface. Also, you now have the option to add a caption to each image.

Do you have a fantastic idea for a new feature or a way to improve our existing builder? Share them with us! In the meantime, please contact us or your Client Account Manager if you have any questions about these enhancements–we’re here to help!

New Feature: Google Field Trip Integration

24 Nov

OnCell-TourSphere has partnered with Google Field Trip to provide quality “stories” to Field Trip users. With over 1 million Google-Field-Trip-Partner-TourSpheredownloads to date, Field Trip is an excellent way to learn about what’s around you and is available as a downloadable native app in Google Play and the Apple App Store.

What is Google Field Trip?
Field Trip connects visitors to interesting sights and information, wherever they are. It runs in the background on your smartphone, and when you get close to something interesting, it pops up a card with details about the point of interest. If you have a headset or are Bluetooth connected, it can even read the information aloud to you.

How does this affect your tour?

Through this partnership, OnCell-TourSphere clients have the option to distribute tour content from their live app to Google Field Trip. It’s a win-win solution to give your tour content even more visibility and provide another point of access for your visitors or passersby who may not otherwise know about your tour. The tour “stops” from your OnCell-TourSphere mobile app will be available on Field Trip pop-up cards with a link to your live OnCell-TourSphere mobile tour.

A few thoughts to remember about pushing content to Field Trip:
1) Field Trip integration is available in both Pro and Lite accounts. 2) Enabling Field Trip will not affect your current billing amount as there is no additional charge. 3) When building/editing your tour, simply make sure each of your stops have the following items to help tell your “story”:

  • Map marker in a Google Map widget or a GeoAlert set
  • At least one image or a defined project app icon
  • Text widget that contains descriptive text

Would you like to learn more? Contact your Client Account Manager or email us to get the conversation started.

New Feature: Photo Gallery

15 Aug

You may have noticed some of our tour apps have photo galleries that rotate automatically and can also be swiped. These were beta users of our Photo Gallery widget and we’re happy to announce that it is now available in the App Builder for TourSphere Pro accounts.

What is the Photo Gallery widget?
The Photo Gallery widget allows you to add multiple photos to a single page in one image carrier. Think of it as a responsive slideshow that gives users access to multiple photos on a single page without scrolling. You can set the gallery to auto rotate, adjust the timing of the rotation, or let users swipe to the next image. You can even use the gallery to add sponsor logos to specific stops on your tour.

How do you add a Photo Gallery to your tour?
Use our web-based mobile App Builder to create a Photo Gallery on a page-by-page basis. You must be in a project created with TourSphere Pro. You’ll find a new widget under the Add Widget menu. Once you click to add the widget to the page, the Photo Gallery editor will open up. Upload photos from your computer directly into the gallery, or drag images from the Library to the Image section on the right. Click the Show Options button to set the auto-rotatation and speed.

A few thoughts to remember about the Photo Gallery:
1) The gallery looks best when all the images have the same dimensions. 2) In the widget editor, drag and drop the thumbnails to re-order the images. 3) If you don’t have a Pro account, you can still take the widget for a test drive by creating a new project from your Dashboard and selecting Pro.

Would you like to learn more? Contact your Client Account Manager or email us to get the conversation started.

 

Add a Google Map to Your App

23 Jul

Map IconIf you’re building a walking or city tour with the TourSphere builder, allowing the user to track their position in relation to all the sites in your app is essential. Here’s a quick intro and tutorial on how to use our Google Map widget.

What is the Google Map widget?

This widget allows you to add a map to any page in your app, create site markers, and define links that connect the user to various sites in your app. In your final app, when the user taps a marker, they are taken to the desired point of interest.

Before you dive into maps, you’ll want to make sure you have a few point of interest pages built in your app.

How to Add a Map

When you are in your project, click the green add Add button to open the widget drop-down menu. Select the Google Map widget. This will drop the widget onto your page and open the map editor. You will be prompted to enter a city name or address—this can either be the general area of your tour or the starting location of the first stop. Once you enter the address, you will be zoomed into that area, setting the stage for building your map.

How to Add and Set a Marker

There are two ways to add markers. With the map editor open, click the green Add Marker button on the top left. You can then enter a specific address location—you’ll see the marker fall onto the page. The other method is to zoom in on the map to the desired location and click on the map itself to drop the marker.

Once you’ve added a marker, you’ll see a new drop-down menu appear at the bottom of the page. This is where you will select a page in your app to link to the marker.

The second option, under the Link menu, is to title the marker. This title appears in the pop up bubble the user sees when they tap the marker and the optional site list. The widget automatically pulls the title of the page you have linked, but you can choose to enter an alternative title in this field. Don’t forget to save!

The Marker List

In the map editor, on the right you will see a list of all the markers added to your map. If you want to edit a specific point of interest, use the Search feature to quickly find a specific marker. Click on the marker title and you will see the editing options reappear at the bottom.

If you hover over one of the marker titles, you will see the marker jump on the map to locate it visually on the map.

How to Edit Markers

You can edit your markers by clicking on the marker directly or by clicking on the title in the marker list. Either method will open the link and title editor.

Edit your marker location at anytime by dragging and dropping the marker itself to a new location on the map.

Map Options

There are features you can enable on a map-by-map basis. They can be accessed by clicking the green button labeled Map Options in the top right of the map editor window. Check off an option to enable it.

The three optional features that can appear as icons in the left corner of any map are:

    GPS—Allows users to pinpoint their location on the map.
    Home—The user ultimately will zoom and pan around the map. This feature allows the user to re-center the map to its original position.
    List—Displays a list of all the points of interest defined in the map. The text in this list is determined by the individual page titles.

If you are building your app for optimal viewing on tablet devices, you may want to consider displaying your map as an inset view. This adds additional padding to the bottom of the map so it does not take up the full screen.

Positioning the Home View of the Map

As you add markers, you’ll pan and zoom around the map. When you leave the map editor, the last position the map was in is the “Home” position—the area that user sees when they access the map for the first time in the final app. After all of your markers have been added, zoom out a bit so all of the markers are clustered towards the middle of the map. Exit the editor and use the app preview function to view how the map and markers look. If necessary, re-open the editor and make a series of small tweaks to the position.

We find best practice is to zoom out to reveal all of the markers and the entire area the tour covers. However, you can also zoom in to show the detail of the starting position of the tour. Either way, keep in mind the Home position will change a bit from device to device depending on the screen ratio.

Marker Numbers

If you have a sequential tour, you can label each marker with a site number. The site number is set in the individual page settings. Access the page settings by closing the map editor and going back to your pages. Select any tour site page and click on the header—the gray bar at the top where the page title appears. In the editor that appears on the left, enter the Site Number and click Save. The Google Map will automatically pull each site number and tie it to the corresponding marker.

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