Ask and you shall receive – Translations are coming up.

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TranalateSome of our customers gave us feedback in the fall of 2015, asking if we would translate our apps into other languages than English. We liked the idea right away and started looking into what guides would benefit the most from a translation – And which languages that would make the most sense.

Therefore, we have had 6 freelancers doing translations in November and December and we are now working on building the translated guides into downloadable apps. We expect to release them over the next couple of months.

The translations we have in the release pipeline for now are:

  • Forum Romanum
    • In German, French and Italian
  • Forum Romanum and Palatine Hill
    • In German, French and Italian
  • Herculaneum
    • In German and Italian

More translations will be done on other apps as well, so stay tuned.

New design and user interface

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We have been busy this winter and have given our apps a facelift. Right now, we are doing the final testing and expect to release the new design within weeks.

So what is new? Overall, we have changed our code base, making it easier for us to release new guides and apps. But more importantly we have put on our user experience eyes and redone some of our features – our tour planner has especially been given a facelift that will make the planning of your visit a lot easier, thereby making your visit that much greater.

Over the next month or two, we will make the new design available for the existing guides, starting with some of our bestselling apps focusing on Pompeii, Forum Romanum and Herculaneum.

Also, the two new guide apps focusing on Chichen Itza and Alcatraz will be released in the new design. We expect them to be available within the next couple of months as well.

Same concept, new type of content

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We have just released our ninth app, which makes me damn proud. In the app we have switched focus from an excavation site to a historical area – namely the ancient imperial city called the Forbidden City in Beijing.

This switch to an area of buildings that can be seen in all their glory hasn’t really been that difficult, and the concept is still the same – we want to educate and to give you accurate information about the buildings in the area at hand.

However, something that has proven difficult has been the translation between Chinese and English. Normally we depend on the names of the structures in an area in order to do research on them. In the case of the Forbidden City, we found that the names of the structures could vary a lot, all depending on the source of information that you choose. Some of the names of the buildings have been translated in 2 or 3 different ways. Therefore it took a little more research effort than normal, but once we figured out that a building might be named different things, it all started to come into place.

We hope you enjoy the app, and please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements. You can download the app for Android and Apple devices right here

Have you ever been lost in a museum?

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I’ve visited a lot of excavation museums around the world, and more often than not I have ended up getting lost – Where am I? What is it I am looking at? Am I getting the right information about this building?

Being lost is one thing, but I can’t help starting to wonder – Did I miss anything extraordinary back there? Did I miss that beautiful temple, or was it actually what I was looking at earlier? How can I be sure that I’ll be able to find the rest of the buildings I want to see at the site?

In the apps that we provide, we have put in a lot of effort to ensure that you don’t miss a thing when you visit the sites. In order to do so, we have provided two different map options – one with an overview of the entire museum you are visiting, and one that shows the layout of the building that you are looking for. Both maps are GPS powered, so it will always mark your position accordingly to the building in question.

In addition to the maps, we also provide one or more pictures of the buildings that are described in the apps. The pictures show exactly what to look for while exploring the museum site. And since the app also provides an audio guide to the excavation sites, then it is no problem using pictures, texts, maps and 3D models of the building while you are sightseeing.