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Pin Drop Your Personal POI Manager


Article by: maft
Date: 14 Feb 2012

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I've just stumbled upon a neat little iPhone app called Pin Drop. It is a rather slick 'personal POI management' tool that allows you to add, store and retrieve 'location bookmarks'. The premise is simple; the app aims to make it easy to find all those neat little places you find while out and about but don't have an easy way to remember them. A great chippy on a back alley in Scarborough, a really good family-friendly pub, a great quiet spot on the beach, your parking space and/or tent at the Leeds Festival or maybe just your hotel location while on holiday. Basically, anything you want to return to at some point.

Pins can be categorised and the names (and associated colours) are fully customisable for easy location on the map. You can also add photo's to aid you. Browsing the map is a breeze, the app can use your location or you can scroll manually; you can also filter out which pin categories are displayed. Pin Drop also has a website at http://pindropapp.com with which you can sync your pins, edit your categories and edit your pin details.

All the pins you drop are private but you can share the pins via SMS and email in the app and also post to Facebook and Twitter from the website. A sample pin link can be seen with my local chippy: Terminus Fisheries.

It's a well made app with a key feature - flexibility. The app does not try to tell you what to use pins for - there are a plethora of 'Where did I park my car' apps and this certainly isn't one of them! And Android version is also in the works but with no release date as yet. Oh, and it's currently free (it was previously £1.99). You can download the iPhone version here: Pin Drop for iOS.

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Posted by Tobas on Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:11 pm Reply with quote

A hook into myphonedesktop or Navigon would be a nice addition.


 
Posted by Duddy on Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:09 pm Reply with quote

It's also on the Android Market Android PinDrop @ 69p although I haven't tried it as yet.


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Posted by MaFt on Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:35 pm Reply with quote

Duddy Wrote:
It's also on the Android Market Android PinDrop @ 69p although I haven't tried it as yet.


That's a different company / app altogether. I was chatting via twitter earlier today and they said "Android app in the pipeline. Launch tbc."

MaFt


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Posted by Duddy on Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:13 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
Duddy Wrote:
It's also on the Android Market Android PinDrop @ 69p although I haven't tried it as yet.


That's a different company / app altogether. I was chatting via twitter earlier today and they said "Android app in the pipeline. Launch tbc."

MaFt


Thanks Maft, you've saved me a whole 69p


Sony Xperia Z3 compact
CoPilot 10 with CamerAlert
TT One v2 (RIP 2016)
RoadHawk in-car video
Reading glasses getting thicker
Retired but want to go back to work for a rest.

 
Posted by MaFt on Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:17 pm Reply with quote

I have my uses Wink

MaFt


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Posted by Philip on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:31 am Reply with quote

Any idea whether you can import/export POIs (ideally from/to .OV2)?

I keep all my historic "personal" POIs in .OV2 files (and mostly use a TomTom PND for navigation). I like the level of control I have over them - I can edit them with POIedit, and convert them to just about any other format when required.

I couldn't see any mention on the web site, and won't be able to try the app until they release a version for Android..


Philip

 
Posted by MaFt on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:58 am Reply with quote

No, there's no way to import or export. I might suggest it to them, a way to export as a CSV file and email it. It could then be converted elsewhere for you to use.

MaFt


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Posted by MaFt on Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:23 pm Reply with quote

I've suggested the export option which tey said they may look into. They've also informed me that the next update has a 'navigate with tomtom' and 'navigate with navigon' option. I've also suggested they add sygic and igo primo to that list too as both those have the custom uri's required to add use that.

MaFt


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Posted by JockTamsonsBairn on Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:25 pm Reply with quote

The ability to import an OV2, created on my TT, without having to convert it first, would be very useful - it would make keeping it up to date much easier.


Jock

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Posted by caffeinehit on Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:12 pm Reply with quote

Hey guys,

Just wanted to give you an update (still no Android I'm afraid).

We now have full import / export on the website (http://pindropapp.com). Within the iPhone app we also have Navigon / TomTom and Waze direction support.

Would love to know what you all think.

Cheers,
Andy @ Pin Drop


 
Posted by K13ehr on Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:03 am Reply with quote

Is this the original version for android or the copy version?

it's from Think Bucket.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_thinkbucketapps.PinDropFree


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