The first beta test screenshots from the new design – more will follow shortly.
A little over a year ago, we published our first app for Android devices and within the next 3 months we had 3 apps available for both Android and Apple devices, we had our website up and running, and we were present on various social media sites like Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.
When we hit springtime 2015, things kind of “took off”. Sales started to rise, new apps got published and new functionality like the Audioguide and the Tourplanner was made available to the user. It was awesome to know that people actually used our products, and some of you were kind enough to give us feedback as well – thank you all for the inputs, we really appreciate them.
Now after a full year, we are about to release our tenth app, we are close to releasing all our existing apps on the Windows and the Amazon platforms, and we have started on implementing a brand new design in our apps, which is more modern and up to date in user friendliness.
We will keep you up to date on our work in the coming year, and please feel free to check out the apps that we currently have for sale at iTunes and the Google Play store. Many more will come.
The idea for the app came to me when I visited Forum Romanum in Rome.
I was sitting in the shadows waiting for my friend to return, and I was watching the visitors at the Roman Forum. Everyone, including me, was carrying a book about Rome and a map given for free at the entrance, which had absolutely no information about the buildings at all. Furthermore, many of them brought printed papers from home which explained the use of the ancient buildings – some visitors had even paid the ridiculous high price for an audio guide that matched the free map from the entrance… Most importantly though, everyone was using their smartphones to take pictures, and then the idea hit me – Why not put all that stuff everybody was carrying around into the smartphones which everybody seemed to bring along anyway?
So the mission was clear, and the goal was set. We wanted to enrich people’s visit to the excavation site and give them simple access to as much reliable information as possible, and we wanted to do it at a cheap and affordable price… only thing that remained was how to do this.
Back home in Copenhagen, things were set in motion. The first prototype was a website which covered Forum Romanum and Ostia. However, in order to avoid getting extremely large phone bills for data transfer, you need to be offline when visiting the sites, so a web based solution didn’t really fly. We did, however, get a lot of valuable know-how from doing the site, so it wasn’t a complete waste.
The next step was the app, and Forum Romanum was first in line. It was available in the late summer of 2014. The first release was for Android devices, but soon after it was available on both Android and Apple devices. Today I am proud to say that we now cover 8 excavation sites, ancient cities and fortifications around the world, and more are already in the making, including the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Copenhagen Citadel. Coming up is also a brand new design of the user interface, making it even more simple to plan your visit to the site, use the audio guide and navigate the museum/site you are visiting.
Please check out the apps and let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions that might improve them.