National Parks iPhone apps to ship in concert with America's Best Idea

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[prMac.com] Ashland, OR - Open Door Networks, Inc. and Project A, Inc. ("We-Envision") announced that they will be shipping a series of 6 iPhone apps devoted to the U.S. National Parks system, in parallel with the debut of the new 6-episode Ken Burns PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." The companies plan to add an app to their "Envi" product line each day an episode airs, from September 27 through October 2. The 99-cent (special series price) apps utilize the pioneering "Ken Burns" motion effect to bring thousands of Web-based photos from the nearly 400 National Parks Service sites to life as mini motion pictures. The apps also provide access to detailed site information, built-in maps and live webcams. The first app, "Parks Envi NW," is shipping today.

The TV episodes are chronologically based, beginning with the Northwest's Yellowstone, the first National Park, and California's Yosemite, the first park protected by Congress. The app series also begins in these locales with "Parks Envi NW" and "Parks Envi CA." Each app is devoted to the National Parks, Monuments and other sites of a particular area of the country. Other planned apps include Parks Envi SW, Parks Envi Midwest, Parks Envi NE and Parks Envi South. Details are available through the companies' Web site.

The Envi app line is based on the companies' iEnvision Web-image browser. iEnvision was a first-day native iPhone app, immediately hailed as one of the "Top 10 iPhone apps to show off with." Taking advantage of the iPhone's built-in Internet access and high-resolution multi-touch display, Envi apps organize Web-based images into full-screen automated slideshows, Ken Burns effect movies and scrolling thumbnail views.

The companies have sold over 100,000 apps, and shipped over 70 different apps through the iTunes App Store. Details of the full product line are available through the companies' Web site.

We-Envision is an innovative collaboration of two separate software companies (Open Door Networks and Project A). The mission of We-Envision is the design, development and deployment of the best independent software solutions for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Open Door Networks, Inc. was founded in 1995 by Alan Oppenheimer, co-creator of AppleTalk, the original network system for the Macintosh. Open Door is a leading provider of Internet solutions for Apple products. Project A, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Jim Teece and is a leading developer of 100% database-driven websites deployed for clients world-wide. Both companies are located in Ashland, Oregon.

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