Marina, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2005 - With the major Internet online map giants rushing to pre-
release technology such as satellite maps, 3-D fly-bys, and photographic street level views, CrowÂs Eye is banking on the fact that tourists, travelers and destination marketers that serve them prefer friendlier 3-D artistic maps, which clearly convey the information travelers need to easily navigate at a location.
ÂAlthough there is a great initial ÂwowÂ factor of flying through aerial photographic 3-D views of a city, our focus group interviews revealed that users overwhelmingly preferred artistic 3-D views of the destination,Â said Bob Vander Woude, President and CEO of CrowÂs Eye. ÂMap users we interviewed told us that aerial photographs did not convey the genuine warmth, natural beauty and personality of a location, and Internet applications built upon photos did not allow the user to easily navigate while walking or driving. Our artistic 3-D representations emphasize the key elements that people need in order to navigate while exploring a city or trying to find a particular location,Â said Vander Woude.
CrowÂs Eye Internet Map Printing Software allows users to personalize and print or download colorful, hi-resolution 3-D artistic Walkabout MapsÂ, tailored to their specific interests and needs. The user-generated CrowÂs Eye maps highlight the visitorÂs places of interest, including restaurant selections, activities, entertainment and events, things to explore, driving directions between all selections, and details regarding each selection such as hours of operation and contact information.
ÂBased on our focus group interviews, we also worked closely with hotels and concierges during our development. Many users say they rely on the local knowledge of the concierge and donÂt necessarily want to navigate with a PDA or smart phone,Â said Alexander Demushkane, Founder and CTO of CrowÂs Eye. ÂWe found that concierges wanted to automate and improve the process of pulling out a standard 2-D Âflat mapÂ and annotating it with a marker. We then built our CrowÂs Eye Map Printing Kiosk Software on the same code base as our Internet Map Printing Software, yet tailored it for unattended use by visitors or as an automated tool for the concierge,Â said Demushkane.
About CrowÂs Eye, http://www.crowseye.com
CrowÂs Eye, founded in 1998 in Pacific Grove, CA, provides distinctive 3-D software map solutions for destination marketing. CrowÂs Eye Walkabout MapsÂ have been serving the marketing and advertising needs of some of AmericaÂs most prestigious tourist destinations, including Pebble Beach, Carmel, Monterey, and Palm Springs, California. CrowÂs Eye is the only software company bridging the worlds of art and map making, building on the 19th-century American tradition of ÂbirdÂs eye viewÂ historic lithographs of cities. CrowÂs Eye mapping solutions are uniquely positioned to serve the needs of destination marketing and Convention & Visitor Bureaus.
CrowÂs Eye and Walkabout Maps are trademarks of CrowÂs Eye. All other product, trademark, company or service names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
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