December 1, 2010 in Entertainment (E)
[prMac.com] Powell, Ohio - Light Year Software today is pleased to announce Christmas Light Finder, a new app for iOS devices that makes it easy to find and preview nearby Christmas light displays. It is no longer that rare for a homeowner to set up an impressive Christmas light display in their front yard, often animated and set to music. Sometimes entire streets or neighborhoods get into the festive spirit, with nearly every house stringing lights on every tree and bush. Christmas Lights Finder is the guide light displays on iOS: where to go, a preview of what's there and community ratings to avoid over-hyped expectations.
At start, the app determines the user's location and queries a central database for nearby light displays. They are shown on a map using light bulb markers, colored to indicate the average rating. Tapping on one reveals additional details, including a photo if one is available, a 0-5 star rating, and buttons to visit the display's website, open the location the Maps app and report a problem.
The average rating used to color the bulbs on the map screen comes from the community of users. The detail screen includes a quick, two-tap method to submit a new rating. For devices with a camera (iPhones and fourth generation iPod touches), photos may be taken and sent in for locations that don't yet have one, or for when the photo is from a prior year.
In addition to ratings, the app encourages users to contribute locations of light displays both big and small. On devices with a GPS, adding a new display is almost as fast as rating an existing one: just two taps, taking only a few seconds. With a few more taps, a photo and rating can be submitted at the same time. The app takes care of sending the data to the server in the background, allowing the user to return to the map and continuing using the app. Devices without a GPS can enter new displays with the manual mode by typing the address. Manual mode is always available, too, making it possible to enter an address when the user isn't physically present at the location.
"We believe we have the single largest database of Christmas light displays in the United States, with over 1100 displays, and we haven't started getting contributions from the community yet," says Steve Madsen, Light Year Software's president.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 0.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Christmas Light Finder 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.
Based in Powell, Ohio, Light Year Software, LLC is a privately held company founded in 2006 by Steve & Julie Madsen. Light Year specializes in iOS and web development, and providing these same services on a consulting basis. Before founding Light Year, both founders spent nearly ten years in Silicon Valley, working at a variety of technology startups, learning what works, what doesn't and why even good ideas sometimes fail. Copyright 2006-10 Light Year Software, LLC. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple, Inc.