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Re: [londroid] Depart for Android Beta Release

From: Ryan K.
Sent on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:52 PM
@Dave - I plan to get a page up soon promoting it. What sets it apart? Well here's what I'm aiming for:-

1) Quickly find the closest stop that a certain service runs through. E.g. closest bus stop that the 341 runs through, or closest tube with the circle line. I still haven't found an app'  that does this well. When they're map based you can't see the services at the stops, and when they're list based you either need to search first, or the services aren't in the list details, or both. I think Depart is an improvement here. It shows you the closest stops, which direction they are, how far, and what services, all from one click. But I want to evolve and improve hence the beta. I'd love to have favourite filters. E.g. you might just use the circle line, and the 341 bus, so when you open it that's all you should see.

2) Integrate multiple services. I've started with Bus and Tube. Barclays Bikes and National Rail are on the way. I still can't find another app that does this as well as I would like. I currently use both a bus and tube app, and have been wishing to integrate them.

3) Lay out the departure boards in a more useful way. E.G. most apps list all the buses running though a stop, one entry per bus. But as a user I want them grouped by bus route. E.g. the 341 is arriving in 2 mins, 10 mins and 12. I believe this condensing of information is essential when on the move. For tubes I put a lot of effort into laying out the boards like the real world. That is, platform based rather than line based. Euston Square is a good example. Most apps (all I can find) will show Euston Square as 6 departure boards, 2 for each line. But in reality there are only 2 platforms at Euston Square, each serving 3 lines. So Depart will show it as 2 platforms, and the trains are clearly listed in the order they're coming through that platform. 

4) Search. It may be subtle, but to search I want it in-line, with suggestions, and know the services running through each suggestion. On the street that helps, and I couldn't find app to do it.

Sorry, for the long winded comments, didn't mean to go on. But I do believe its the little details that make the difference between an app you use day to day, and another app that on paper has the features but you don't use.

I've still got a long way to go, but hopefully this gives you an idea of how I'm trying to make this app more useful.



On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM, Dave Nattriss <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi Ryan,

Is there any more information on your app? What sets it apart from the many other London bus stop apps?


On 2 May[masked]:21, "Ryan Kelly" <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi All,

Hope it's OK to post here, I'm looking for beta testers for my new London departure board app.

If you've missed a bus recently, this one's for you.

You can get the beta from my Drive at:-

(4.0 or greater required)

If you're interested please post me your email address so I can add you to the list to inform of updates.



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