Sample Screen Views
To give you a feel for what the App v1.8 includes and how it works, behold these sample views:
Near Me View
The Near Me tab first displays close-by attractions -- either all that are within 25 miles, or the first 25 at any distance. Toggle the List/Map icon on the upper right. On the map, red pins indicate our must-see attractions, (but if it's on the map it has some merit).
You can set a different location to see what's around. In the List view, use the gray box to search by address, city, and/or postal code. In the Map view drag the map to a new area and tap-and-hold to drop a pin. To return to your actual location, tap the Arrowhead button.
If you change location, you can reload POIs by giving the phone a shake. Pull-to-Refresh: You can also reload by pulling the top of the list.
We've tagged attractions with about 70 categories that we think are fun and useful. You can browse the list of themes; the count shown is the number of current attractions in that Theme. Some of our Themes are fairly conventional ways to groups tourist attractions, statues, and landmarks. And some Themes are a bit out there.
Search within a Theme
There's a "hidden" search field that you can pull down and use to search the longer Theme lists. If you have permitted the app to know what your current location is, each attraction will show the distance in mileage.
Every attraction has a Detail View, where you'll find a description, stories, tips, address, directions, photos, etc. From here you can go to map a route to the attraction, save the attraction to your Saved List, share with friends via email, Facebook or Twitter. You can even snap a photo within the app and submit it to RoadsideAmerica.com along with a tip.
Been There! Use this checkbox to mark any attractions you've ever visited, and add them to a personal tally of Roadside America sights.
RA Rates: RoadsideAmerica.com editors rate each attraction on their subjective scale of 1- to 5- Smiley Face Water Towers.
Any attraction can be found on a map view in Near Me, Cities, Themes, etc. You can zoom out or in using standard iPhone app finger and thumb taps and movements.
Tap the blue arrow to see the attraction Detail view, or the map green and blue map icon to generate a route in the Map App.
Attractions with photos will display them in the Gallery, which you can get to by tapping the thumbnail photo in the Detail view or the Photos button in the bottom nav bar. Tapping the See All button displays a "light table" view of all the attraction's photos.
Submit A Tip
You can submit a visitor tip to RoadsideAmerica.com from any attraction Detail page by tapping the Submit Tip button at the bottom. There's an area to write your tip, add your name and email. You can also send photos with the tip. Just tap the Add Photo button -- you can choose to take a photo with your iPhone, or select an existing photo from your Photo Library. You can submit up to 5 photos per tip.
(Note: Successful Tip submission requires a network connection when you submit..)
RoadsideAmerica.com Sunset Alert™ is a neat feature that lets you set a warning in advance of sunset. Getting that last statue photo of the day is tricky when you're still miles away. You don't need to be using the app to get the alert.
RoadsideAmerica.com Tourist Interruptus™ is an advanced feature that every hardcore attraction lover will understand. Before setting foot into a museum, folk art environment, or historical landmark, you can schedule an "interruption" to aid in your timely extraction. The call can come from Roadside America (very official), your "Mom" (very personal) or the Petrified Leech (very disturbing). Take the call, look worried, and get out of there!