Not long after we started our Shoudio location based audio adventure, we discovered that the tools we were building where not only great for journalists like Amber, Tamar and Erwin, podcasters such as Michaela and Sowa or the casual noise-sharers like JqJq and myself.
Increasingly Shoudio, the location based media platform for telling compelling stories, happens to be a perfect CMS for organizations who want to give their ‘followers’ intuitive interactive gps-based (audio) guide apps.
The past year we have been building quite some of these (at first only audio-based) guide apps. It all started with the 'Natuur in NL'-apps for the Wageningen University of Life Sciences. Audiowalk apps for iOS & Android with bike, walk and sail tours telling you about the natural habitats and diverse flora and fauna of the Netherlands. We also built the apps 'Spacious West', an audiotour and place-discovery app for the borough ‘Amsterdam West’, with multiple audiotours in English and Dutch.
It’s with pride that I can now announce the release of the 'Natuur Routes'-apps we have been working on lately for ‘Natuurmonumenten’, one of Holland’s biggest foundations for preserving nature. Natuurmonumenten is a society with over 730,000 members who manages and protects 101,066 hectares distributed over 345 areas in the Netherlands. By acquiring natural areas, Natuurmonumenten can protect animals and plants which are native to the country and enable people to enjoy the countryside by providing footpaths, cycle paths, observation points and excursions.
By using the new apps, designed by PuurPXL, developed by Shoudio, you can download and explore many walk, bike and sail routes in various natural areas across the Netherlands. Forrest rangers and Natuurmonumenten volunteers take you around on tours across the area’s they work in everyday and turn your regular ‘walk in the woods’ into an interactive day out.
The apps consists of many routes (about 25 at launch, growing to 100 in the coming months) with cycle tours, canoe-routes and great paths for hiking nature. Every route contains an instruction on how to get there, interactive gps based maps, and multiple multimedia gps info points, which can contain audio, video, imagegalleries and other points of interest. Once a tour has been downloaded offline, the app doesn’t need to rely on an active (cellular) network connection and therefore still usable in remote areas.
On the publisher side: Natuurmonumenten actively works with a team of about 10 - 20 web- and mobile-savvy volunteers and ranger forests, expanding the amount of routes almost on a weekly basis. By using Shoudio’s new content publishing system for easy app management, new and existing tours can be published with greatest ease. The new CMS boasts features like autodrawing routing tools, batch uploading, drag/drop sorting features and a “photoshopesque’ working environment. All from within the browser.
Here’s a video (in dutch) introducing the apps:
If you happen to be a publisher of tour/guide-content yourself, consider using Shoudio for your next project!