[pcdb] Wild Edibles with Steve Brill has been released (iphone foraging app)
deepwinter at winterroot.net
Mon Apr 18 23:40:45 EDT 2011
Our Wild Edibles foraging app for iphone, created in collaboration with Steve Brill of New York, has been released! You can check out the free version at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles-lite/id431504179?mt=8 or spring for the full (160 species) version here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles-full/id431504588?mt=8 We've also got a flashcards series for helping beginners to learn to identify edible plants http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/winterroot-llc/id427385326 I've love to hear feedback from this list, as there is clearly some alignment of interests.
On the technical side, members of this list might be interested in how we implemented certain parts of the process. We have an open source project that allows rapid 'evolution' of a database structure, so that in working with Steve we could easily create and modify the parameters of the database objects as he/we worked through the process of collecting, consolidating, editing, transforming and deploying the data. Our system has an xml export feature, after which we applied xslt transforms to massage the information into xml files and sqlite3 database files to load into the iphone. Our Ipad version of the app, coming along soon, will use this same process of automatically link all the plant names and glossary words throughout the app, for a more 'multimedia encyclopedia' like feel. I'm open to discussing more about handheld platforms if there is interest.
This is a major triumph for foraging and permaculture.. We are getting a great response, so I wanted to share our efforts with this list, which while rather silent these days represents an idea that I'm still very much committed to. What's new in your worlds?
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