The Project Brief
We were approached to take the Walkingworld 'walk catalogue' and to make it available to existing and new subscribers via an app. A common (and quite obvious!) problem with needing an app for walking is that the user may not have an internet connection available. This immediately rules out the ability to use the 'traditional' mapping technologies like Google maps. This presented quite a large challenge - how do you take a map, at various levels of detail, and store it offline allowing users to access it when theres no connection available?
Also the completed app would need to connect to an existing web service and work with the data 'as is' to produce all the inputs and outputs the application would require. The Walkingworld web patform already used an API developed in house for the 'back end' of the website, so by tapping into this we could remove redundancy and use one source for everything.