June 12, 2012 in Travel (E)
[prMac.com] Boston, Massachusetts - Indie developer Jonny Miller today is pleased to announce Alakazam 2.0 free for iOS, his travel app that allows spontaneous travelers to find budget flights from any location in the world. After entering current location, departure date, and maximum budget, the app displays a map view with darts marking all the destinations available. Touching any dart for prices and flights, the app enables travel adventures, where travelers leave the next day with a one-way ticket to any destination within their budget. Once users resolve to go, the app allows them to email all the flight details to themselves so they can book their flight later. Built-in Facebook connectivity lets world travelers immediately post their itineraries for the benefit of admiring friends and family.
* Search engine for spontaneous air travel on a budget
* Choose a starting country and a budget for a one-way ticket - Alakazam does the rest
* View possible destinations in list, map, or screen flow view
* Shake the iDevice to see the next destination that meets your criteria
* Take advantage of last-minute, bargain airfares
"Have you ever felt like spinning a globe and catching a flight to the first place your finger lands on?" asked Jonny Miller. "Alakazam is the world's first flight search app designed for spontaneous, spur of the moment travelers!"
Alakazam launches in portrait mode, and it poses the provocative question on the pulled down shade of an airplane passenger window, Where Would You Like to Wake Up Tomorrow? Sliding up the Where Would You window shade, the app asks the user for three important pieces of information: Where Are You? (select from a list of more than 150 countries), When Would You Like to Leave? (today, tomorrow, in 2 days, in 3 days, in 4 days, this month, next month, or search all), and Flight Budget? (a slider control from $2 USD to infinite, with $400 at the mid-point). Depending upon their current location, users may set the app to display fares in any of 12 different major currencies.
Shaking the iDevice causes the shade to click shut, reopen, and let the user view the passing terrain below, while the app searches. In a few moments, the shade shutters closed and open to reveal a World View Google Map, and a red dart marking the app's first suggested destination with price. At this point, users have four choices of how to proceed: 1) tap the dart to bring up a list of all possible airports with departing flights with prices and then tap the airport for full airline, departure, and arrival information; 2) shake the iDevice to see the next dart; 3) touch the Dart button in the top tab to display every possible destination and then expand the map to browse and select one dart; or 4) touch the Flow display to view photos of all possible destinations in landscape orientation.
Featuring retro styling and the outstanding Skyscanner travel search engine, Alakazam is the ideal travel app for those who find themselves with a free weekend and a bit of spare cash. The aim is to recreate the magical feeling of unlimited possibilities by allowing intrepid individuals to explore all the destinations within their budget.
"Alakazam has been a labor of love, whose financing was successfully crowdsourced," commented Jonny Miller. "Life is an adventure, and this app can help remind you."
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 98.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Alakazam 2.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.
Alakazam was designed by indie developer Jonny Miller, who is based in London. The app itself was made possible through a crowdfunding project, which raised 1,000 pounds and paid for its development. It is purely a passion project and not designed to make any money... The idea was inspired when Jonny was backpacking in Asia and thought it would be fun to walk into an airport and buy a flight to the first place that appeared on the departure board. (C) 2012 Jonny Miller. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.