Hot!Roadfood iPhone App

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Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
2009/06/14 20:53:37
I just put myself on the pre-order list for the latest iPhone.  That probably means some sort of Roadfood iPhone app will follow in the forthcoming months.  Two questions:

  1. Who is interested?
  2. What should the app do, and how should it work?
post edited by Stephen Rushmore Jr. - 2009/06/14 20:54:41
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/06/15 11:02:04
I have an iPhone and use it more for apps and internet than as a phone. Accessing information through the internet with an app is much more preferable than using the Safari browser. There are apps that simply use the mobile format and then there are customized view apps like USA Today, NYTimes, Bloomberg, Weather Channel, etc. that go beyond just reformatting the text to fit the screen. I prefer the customized apps over the text reformat apps.

What would I want? One thing I have not found in the iPhone is a message forum that is easily navigable and readable in an app format other than Facebook in the places I frequent. That's what I would like more than anything else.

Since I am not an Insider I rarely look at anything else on Roadfood.com. I deliberately never use the restaurants reviews and only look at them when they a restaurant is being discussed in the forums. I learn enough from the forums and enjoy discovery more than following up.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/06/18 22:51:55
I 'm interested. Ipod touch, not phone.
Stephen and Davy, here's a cool forum about features hidden in the new software released today:
 http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=715629
 
oDey in LA
Hamburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/08 19:54:58
I 'm interested. Ipod touch, not phone.
bill voss

I 'm interested. Ipod touch, not phone.
Stephen and Davy, here's a cool forum about features hidden in the new software released today:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=715629

 

I use iPod Touch as well, not phone but the apps work on both so I hope we will have the roadfood  app, Whether it be simple or extensive. At the very leas you could include news and notifications...

Some of the apps (and there are thousands, maybe tens of thousands by now) can get quite inclusive....

Waiting with baited (breath) ..(careful around the gator pit if we go back there next Spring at Seafood Festival). 


MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/09 07:21:49
I'm interested.  If you make an app, it might be enough to make me buy an iPhone.
Bluemaxx
Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/28 13:16:26
WOW!! This is GREAT news Stephen! 

Personally, I just purchased one of the new Android based phones (I bought the HTC Eris) but I am excited because the App process for the Android phones is a lot easier to deal with than the Apple process. Either way, this is GREAT news for current Roadfooders and especially, new subscribers. 

One suggestion: make the app free.
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/28 13:36:10
Has Roadfood announced a release date?...Russ
ChuckL50
Hamburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/30 16:14:03
An app would be great. With all the web browser enabled smart phones out here now, including iPhone, iTouch, Droid, HTCs, Pre, etc. a mobile version of the Roadfood site might be simpler than an app. Don't know much about coding, but usually when there's an app for Apple, someone changes it to work on the other platforms too.
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/30 17:22:00
IMO, the handiest app would be a proximity search with a choice of whether to base it around one's current coordinates or around some other given point, resulting in a list of restaurants arranged by closeness to the designated point. Of course, each listing would be a hot link to the Roadfood.com review.
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/30 17:30:14
Michael Stern Of course, each listing would be a hot link to the Roadfood.com review.

Mmmm.... hot links...
Pigiron
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/30 20:01:48
Michael Stern

IMO, the handiest app would be a proximity search with a choice of whether to base it around one's current coordinates or around some other given point, resulting in a list of restaurants arranged by closeness to the designated point. Of course, each listing would be a hot link to the Roadfood.com review.
 


This sounds perfect.  It's much like the POI on GPS units.  On mine (Tomtom), I can look for a POI near my current location, my targeted destination, in a city center or near an address.  Adding a link to the Roadfood review would take it to a whole new level.  Could you also link to the restaurant's website (if they had one), or is that a copyright (or some other legal) issue?


Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2009/12/30 21:19:07


IMO, the handiest app would be a proximity search with a choice of whether to base it around one's current coordinates or around some other given point, resulting in a list of restaurants arranged by closeness to the designated point.


You can pretty much do that with the current mobile web site, although, you need to input the address or city.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/28 15:14:42
I just noticed that http://www.nextbus.com/webkit will ask for your current location on an iPhone, and show data relevant to your current location. I'm not an HTML expert at all, but I have fantasies that that technology might make it possible to implement "restaurants close to me" as a web app for the iPhone.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/28 16:56:49
Ralph, thanks for pointing that out.  I have been testing that on the mobile app for a couple weeks and hope to release it over the weekend.
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/28 17:04:06
I don't know how they do it, but I have more than one third-party app that seems to access the GPS and Google Maps functions on the iPhone, and then showing me nearby locations for various things.
michaelcarraher
Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/30 10:35:19
Stephen, why does it have to be an iPhone - and only iPhone?

In addition to being stuck with AT&T, the iPhone falls short in many areas and you guys have to deal with all of Steve Jobs' arcane development rules and censorship.  Heck, you go to the trouble to develop something and Jobs kills it (for no apparent reason) - it's happened to many others; don't discount the possibility.

There is no app you could offer that would get me to buy and iPhone.

An app for Android would be a different story.  Yes, I'd love to have Roadfood capability in a Smartphone.  My current phone is a Symbian but it's pretty apparent Android is the future.  Blackberry will still have a good market and I suspect many Roadfooders are business travelers who use Blackberries.  Palm OS looks like a dead-end and Microsoft can't seem to get its act together for a mobile operating system.  So do Android and then Blackberry. 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/31 12:29:37
Stephen - Has this been released and if so, are there plans for a Droid app.  i'm picking up a Droid in the next few days to enable me to stay with verizon.  I use Roadfood Mobile religiously on my many year old Palm Treo.  Thanks!
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/31 13:19:23
At the moment we don't have any plans for phone-specific apps.  The HTML version of Roadfood mobile works quite well on all platforms, so don't get caught in all the application hype.
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/31 13:49:25
ChiTownDiner

Stephen - Has this been released and if so, are there plans for a Droid app.  i'm picking up a Droid in the next few days to enable me to stay with verizon.  I use Roadfood Mobile religiously on my many year old Palm Treo.  Thanks!
 


As an insider you can access the Point of Interest file for Google Earth. This makes the roadfood places accessible on Google Maps. In other words, no special app is really needed.


ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/31 13:57:47
Thanks Tony!  I'll give that a try!
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/31 14:04:31
ChiTownDiner

Thanks Tony!  I'll give that a try!



Send me an IM if you want better explanation and I will do do when I have a bit more time. It isn't hard to do, but cumbersome to explain.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/31 18:16:58
I'd appreciate a more full explanation, also. I figured out how to add the Google Earth PoI file to Google Earth running on the desktop, but not on my phone.
mhill95
Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/05/31 19:00:22
Stephen - Has this been released and if so, are there plans for a Droid app. i'm picking up a Droid in the next few days to enable me to stay with verizon. I use Roadfood Mobile religiously on my many year old Palm Treo. Thanks!
ChiTownDiner

Stephen - Has this been released and if so, are there plans for a Droid app.  i'm picking up a Droid in the next few days to enable me to stay with verizon.  I use Roadfood Mobile religiously on my many year old Palm Treo.  Thanks!

 
You will love your new Droid!
Especially once you get use to all it can do
and there are improvements coming soon.
much more versatile than the i-phone

Mike
 
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/01 00:56:02
Ralph Melton

I'd appreciate a more full explanation, also. I figured out how to add the Google Earth PoI file to Google Earth running on the desktop, but not on my phone.



The result is a bit quirky, but it worked for me.


First, go to insider pages and download the KML/KMZ (forget which) file of roadfood data for google earth. Then go to Google Maps on your  PC and in the "My Maps" section create a new map. Using the import feature available when you make a new map, import the KML/KMZ file.


Oddly, not all the roadfood places will appear in the PC version, but when you go to the android version of google maps, and find your saved map and open as a "layer" the places will all be there.


Hope this makes sense. 
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/01 15:45:52
Thank you very much, Tony! This worked for me with Google Earth on the iPhone and iPad.
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/01 15:49:11
Ralph Melton

Thank you very much, Tony! This worked for me with Google Earth on the iPhone and iPad.





Glad it worked! I am curious, when you created a "my map" out of the roadfood KMZ file, did all places appear on it at once? As I wrote. on PC, I can only get some of the roadfood places to appear. On android, it is the same, but if I zoom, then turn the layer off, and on again, the roadfood places DO appear. Like I said...quirky.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/01 21:11:40
Hmm, that's a good point; only some of the places are appearing.

It seems that on the Google Maps website, only one page's worth of places appears at any one time.
On the iPhone/iPad, Google Earth is also showing only the first page--and I haven't yet figured how to show a different set of places.
casadei
Junior Burger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/22 20:16:53
would it be posible to have the app also do something like Foursquare where you could "check in" at Roadfood restaurants?  Then also let you know if other Roadfoodies are there or nearby?  Would give a chance for impromptu eat and meets.  And also have an option of adding your location (with GPS coordination) if its not in the database, and be able to also add tips on what to try and what to avoid.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/22 21:37:40
Still would like to see a Droid version.
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/23 08:14:02
Is there ever going to be a roadfood ap?...Russ
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/23 08:57:35
Russ Jackson

Is there ever going to be a roadfood ap?...Russ



http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/fb.ashx?m=589792

Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2010/06/23 09:13:29
I have little interest in a Roadfood.com app at this time though apps make the internet a better experience when using an iPad and I suspect will become a more popular way to access the internet with packaged and presentable material. However, there are now 3 million iPad users that can't post a message to the Roadfood.com forums. So at least 10 weeks out of the year and many weekends I know I won't be posting because the iPad is my main computer traveling device when I mostly visit restaurants. I've given up on posting trip reports. I am not blaming Stephen on this but the ASPPlayground people who now have the suckiest message forum software that I am aware of. iPhones and other smartphones have the same problem and that's millions and millions more locked out of participation - all people on the go visiting restaurants.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2011/03/21 13:03:12
Several months ago, Tony Bad and I discussed using Google Earth to see all the Roadfood restaurants, and both of us had problems with Google Earth only showing us a fraction of the restaurants listed in the .kmz file.
 
I've got another part of a solution today: the app Globalscout (for iPad and iPhone, currently $5.99) will import the .kmz file and show all the locations.
Unfortunately, I can't declare bliss yet:
- it doesn't correctly import the descriptions of the restaurants, just the locations and names.
- the UI feels rather rough.
 
Even so, I'm happy at the prospect of being able to identify nearby Roadfood restaurants in New Orleans.
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2011/03/21 14:17:23
I can post a message now from my iPad. Good thing. There are now over 16 million iPad users and I am one of them getting ready to hit the road for two months.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2011/03/22 14:01:43
I got email back from the author of the Globalscout app. He said that version 1.0.2 should be out in less than a week, and should correctly import the descriptions.
rtbryant
Junior Burger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2011/05/23 12:06:11
I just tried this with Google Earth 6 and it's not working for me.  I get an error message that says: We could not finish downloading your file.  Any ideas?
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2011/05/25 13:56:03
I talked with Stephen Rushmore a few months ago about a Roadfood app.  He indicated that the cost is aroound $10-$12.000.  I do not think that our current advertising would pay for that.
 
I agree with all that would be a nice feature.  Many apps are free but I recently bought the IBIRD pro and it was $10.00.  It is a wonderful tool for those of you that have a interest in birding. 
  
I have a HTC EVO by Sprint and it is a super smart phone.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN 
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2011/05/25 14:09:12
rtbryant

I just tried this with Google Earth 6 and it's not working for me.  I get an error message that says: We could not finish downloading your file.  Any ideas?

 
I don't have any ideas offhand, but I'm willing to try to help. What platform are you running on? (I don't assume the iPhone, because the conversation has wandered to other systems.)
ckilly
Junior Burger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2013/04/16 12:52:33
I am a newbie to this forum, but a long-time RoadFood addict. I would purchase an app dedicated to RoadFood. In the mean time, have considered the Tapatalk app []. I read/engage in many apps via my iPhone with this app. It is terrific. Keep up the great work as I enjoy this forum.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2013/04/16 13:31:39
I talked with Stephen about this some time ago.  The expense of developing a APP was far more cost than what Roadfood received.  I personally felt that it would encourage more folks to use the site but Stephen manages cost very well.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2013/04/17 00:49:55
Michael Stern

IMO, the handiest app would be a proximity search with a choice of whether to base it around one's current coordinates or around some other given point, resulting in a list of restaurants arranged by closeness to the designated point. Of course, each listing would be a hot link to the Roadfood.com review.

After my two trips in the last few months, this would have been the perfect app,
photog
Junior Burger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2013/05/21 17:26:03
Davydd

I have little interest in a Roadfood.com app at this time though apps make the internet a better experience when using an iPad and I suspect will become a more popular way to access the internet with packaged and presentable material. However, there are now 3 million iPad users that can't post a message to the Roadfood.com forums. So at least 10 weeks out of the year and many weekends I know I won't be posting because the iPad is my main computer traveling device when I mostly visit restaurants. I've given up on posting trip reports. I am not blaming Stephen on this but the ASPPlayground people who now have the suckiest message forum software that I am aware of. iPhones and other smartphones have the same problem and that's millions and millions more locked out of participation - all people on the go visiting restaurants.

 
Perhjaps 2 years later you are now able to post from your iPad. Don't know what your problem was before. No WiFi?
photog
Junior Burger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2013/05/21 17:27:51
Sundancer7

I talked with Stephen about this some time ago.  The expense of developing a APP was far more cost than what Roadfood received.  I personally felt that it would encourage more folks to use the site but Stephen manages cost very well.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

 
Seems as though there is an "app" now but it is not really an "app," just a bookmark.
We'll see how it works.
wallhd
Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2013/05/21 22:02:18
Can't seem to get the app to show up on my droid phone. Help!

Wally
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2013/05/21 22:52:54
photog

Davydd

I have little interest in a Roadfood.com app at this time though apps make the internet a better experience when using an iPad and I suspect will become a more popular way to access the internet with packaged and presentable material. However, there are now 3 million iPad users that can't post a message to the Roadfood.com forums. So at least 10 weeks out of the year and many weekends I know I won't be posting because the iPad is my main computer traveling device when I mostly visit restaurants. I've given up on posting trip reports. I am not blaming Stephen on this but the ASPPlayground people who now have the suckiest message forum software that I am aware of. iPhones and other smartphones have the same problem and that's millions and millions more locked out of participation - all people on the go visiting restaurants.


Perhjaps 2 years later you are now able to post from your iPad. Don't know what your problem was before. No WiFi?

Perhaps if you had kept reading a year later I said i could post. It was the software that failed at the time. Besides, with an iPad you can post via wifi or cellular. Wifi had nothing to do with it.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2013/06/06 12:07:48
photog

Sundancer7

I talked with Stephen about this some time ago.  The expense of developing a APP was far more cost than what Roadfood received.  I personally felt that it would encourage more folks to use the site but Stephen manages cost very well.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


Seems as though there is an "app" now but it is not really an "app," just a bookmark.
We'll see how it works.

The bookmark really works well. It is as good as any app in my opinion - fast, all the reviews and photos, and shows everything within a given proximity.  I will definitely use it when looking for restaurants while on the road.
 
jrp
post edited by JRPfeff - 2013/06/06 12:12:21
Root-Beer Man
Cheeseburger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2014/09/27 12:23:42
So, last night we took ourselves out to our regular sushi restaurant and I found myself updating my previous Yelp review with some photos and commentary. While I was doing this I was thinking to myself that it sure would be nice if Roadfood had something comparable that would connect users directly, (ala Yelp) to RF. Sure would be a nice added feature to be able to post a review and pics in a more direct and fresh fashion. While I'm sure cost might be a factor (in development and such), but I would be willing to bet that most RF'er's would pop a buck or two for an app they'd use frequently. Especially if it operated similarly to Yelp. And there's always Kickstarter to look to for funding the app, initially. That would be a good way to judge interest, too. I for one would love to have a RF app to post with. C'mon folks!
foodcarnie
Junior Burger
Re:Roadfood iPhone App 2014/09/27 22:20:33
my 2 cents,
There are so many food apps out there like yelp, trip advisor etc so quite honestly I use Yelp most of the time.  The mobile page is an outdated way to access the internet on a mobile device.  Everything worth anything is an app.  I would concentrate on something different.  Easily posting photos and trip reports is what i enjoy.  Make sure it syncs to the web page are basics.  The webpage design to me is not user friendly.
my 2 cents
post edited by foodcarnie - 2014/09/27 22:22:20