Archive for the ‘FAQs and Help’ Category

StreetSmart for iPhone 1.1 Now Available in the App Store

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

StreetSmart for iPhone v1.1 has been approved by Apple and is now available in the App Store! Upgrade or download now for FREE. Thank you, as always, to StreetSmart for iPhone users for the feedback and suggestions.

So, what’s up with version 1.1? Lots of cool major updates!

Here’s a summary of what we have in store for you:

Photo uploading support via Plixi

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Tips For a Better StreetSmart Experience

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

StreetSmart is a traffic app developed by traffic-weary Pinoys (that’s us!), powered by the Metro Manila tech-savvy community (that’s you!), for the benefit of the commuting and motoring public (that’s all of us!). The good news? StreetSmart can be viewed, used, shared and downloaded for FREE – no strings attached, although we do hope to get good road karma out of this.

In case you’re still wondering what this is all about, see our StreetSmart website and read up on the 5 Ways You Can Help Us Help You Beat The Traffic in Metro Manila. Ready to use StreetSmart? Here are some tips for a better user experience:

Sharing or viewing traffic updates while on the road

Obviously, it’s very dangerous to text, call, tweet, “check-in” or send/view traffic updates while driving. While we appreciate getting traffic updates from people on the road, we would like to caution everyone to refrain from using their mobile phones while driving or walking on the street. Ideal StreetSmart viewing and sharing scenarios: while at a full stop, as a passenger, or by asking someone else to open StreetSmart mobile app for you while driving.

Traffic tweets

We receive a lot of views and updates every day and the number of downloads of StreetSmart for iPhone and Android devices is growing. Traffic updates from mobile users as well as traffic information that we get from the Twitter community make @StreetSmartApp a very frequent traffic tweeter. The tweets show up in the List View of StreetSmart for iPhone/Android to also help commuters and motorists access these traffic information while on the road. To free your timeline of traffic-heavy tweets, we recommend creating a saved search or a search column for “StreetSmartApp” on Twitter instead of following us. This way, you can refer to the saved search whenever you need traffic updates without necessarily having your Twitter timeline flooded by our traffic-related tweets.

StreetSmart map

For those who have no access to StreetSmart for Android and iOS devices, a great way to see a bird’s eye view of Metro Manila traffic reports is through the StreetSmart website: http://streetsmart.numlock.com.ph. Tap on the color-coded pins to view comments and direction (this map can also be accessed via mobile web for iPhone and iPad using the same url). Contributions can be done by replying to or mentioning @StreetSmartApp on Twitter.

Traffic contributions

For StreetSmart mobile traffic contributions via Android or iPhone, you may also create hashtags (#) as well as “@” people in the description field (ex. #mmda, @cesdrilon). As StreetSmart descriptions also get tweeted, the hashtags and @ mentions appear (and alert the concerned agency/person to your traffic update) in the StreetSmart timeline/tweet.

Location & Direction

Location is automatically determined via GPS-integration in your mobile device. However, accuracy is sometimes off by several meters. In addition, the compass that determines the direction you’re in may not be available in your mobile device. Making use of the description field in the traffic app is a good way to describe your location and direction in a more accurate manner (ex. “bottleneck 0-10 kph Edsa cor Ayala, southbound”). In case your mobile device has a compass and the direction it’s getting is inaccurate, you may try waving your mobile device in a figure-8 motion as well as keeping it away from magnetic objects (ex. bag clasp) to minimize compass interference.

Of course, since we’re all responsible citizens here, we don’t need to remind everyone to keep the StreetSmart updates relevant to traffic info in the metro. 🙂

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Got questions? Email us: streetsmart@numlock.com.ph
Check out StreetSmart for Android here.
Check out StreetSmart for iPhone here.
Beat the traffic. Be StreetSmart.

Three Things You Can Do With MindMash

Monday, September 6th, 2010

The plan was to create an iPad app that would help users create a visual representation of their ideas. There were so many features that we wanted to include in the app but at the same time, we wanted to keep the app very simple and easy to use. We decided to focus on three things that the “mind-mashing” iPad app could do. After weeks of designing, coding and beta testing, MindMash was ready for the iPad launch day! We also decided to throw in a little bonus: make it available to users for FREE.

Here are three basic things you can do with MindMash:

1. Brainstorming

With MindMash, users can create an ideas mash-up using text, images, and basic shapes (which we call ‘bits’). Bits can be arranged in any manner on the sheet as a visual aid to brainstorming activities. Use MindMash for discussion, decision-making, as well as for lay-out purposes. At our own brainstorming sessions in Numlock, we use MindMash as a portable, digital white board to create mock-ups and to conceptualize apps in the early stages of our design process.

2. Writing

Easily create essays and articles on MindMash by accessing the text tool. Augment the articles with pictures from your iPad’s photo library by opening the image tool. Text, images and drawing bits can be organized in sheets. MindMash can also serve as digital journals or travel diaries.

3. Note-taking

Use MindMash to take down notes and organize your thoughts. The multi-sheet function allows users to be able to classify notes by opening different sheets for different types. To simulate real-world note-taking, you can even make doodles on the side!

These are the three basic things you can do with MindMash. We can think of a few more but we’ll all leave it up to you to explore the app. Let us know if there are unique uses you’ve discovered for MindMash at mindmash@numlock.com.ph.

*Download MindMash now from the App Store.
*Follow MindMash on Twitter for tweets about productivity and creativity.

StreetSmart for iPhone Now Available!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

We are happy to announce that StreetSmart for iPhone is now available for download in the App Store for FREE!

StreetSmart is a traffic app for mobile devices (Android & iOS) powered by YOU, our users. Through StreetSmart, the ability to share traffic updates and be informed of traffic situations within Metro Manila on a real-time basis is in your hands.

Excited? Here’s a summary of what you can do with StreetSmart for iPhone:

1. Report

Send traffic updates by choosing traffic load (Heavy, Moderate or Light) and entering comments in the description field. The iPhone’s GPS will be able to detect your location; if your device has a compass it will also be able to automatically detect your direction.

The blue pin shows your current location and tracks your movement on Metro Manila’s map.

left: report traffic updates; right: view traffic map

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3 Things You Can Do With DeskWhiz

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

1. Use it as a digital photo frame

You can select photos from your iPhone’s photo library to create a digital photo frame that would play in a loop. Simply access the “Add” images button by tapping the “Photos” icon in the bottom right corner of the app twice. Add the images that you would like to be displayed and tap the “Play” button to start showing your beautiful pictures. Images can be displayed in portrait or landscape mode.

2. Use it to create a music playlist

DeskWhiz can help you create a music playlist by letting you choose songs from your phone’s music library. The songs will be played in the order that you choose and in a loop. Tap the “Music” icon in the lower middle portion of the app twice to select songs. Tap the “Play” button to start playing your music playlist.

3. Use it as a desk clock

To use DeskWhiz as a desk clock, tap the “Clock” icon at the lower left portion of the app once. Date and time will be displayed. Tap anywhere on the screen to hide the clock display. Photos and music can be simultaneously played while the clock is on display but users have the option to have one static photo displayed and no music played in the app.

DeskWhiz is best used with an iPhone/iPod touch stand or dock. Enjoy!

DeskWhiz is available in the App store for $0.99.