Never Get Lost in Hawaii with the Big Island Revealed App for iOS

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Crystal Springs Software, LLC announces the immediate availability of a new travel eBook application, the Big Island Revealed for iOS, available for download on the iPhone App Store. The Big Island Revealed iOS app combines a custom eBook version of the best-selling guidebook, Hawaii The Big Island Revealed by Andrew Doughty with an offline, GPS-aware map of the island created by the guidebook author.

The Big Island Revealed app for iOS

The Big Island Revealed app for iOS

The Big Island Revealed app is based on the same app platform as the best-selling Maui Revealed and Kauai Revealed apps.

Crystal Springs Software, LLC announces the immediate availability of a new travel eBook application, the Big Island Revealed for iOS, available for download on the iPhone App Store. The Big Island Revealed iOS app is a candid, humorous guidebook app designed for the iPhone. It comes with an interactive GPS-aware map that was made specifically for the guidebook. The app is fast and easy to use and works offline without the need for a cell signal. It also works on the iPad and iPod touch.

For planning a vacation to Hawaii, this app has an outstanding Where to Stay chapter. Reviews of hotels, condos, inns and hostels are enhanced with aerial photographs that show exactly where each property is located and the reviews identify places that are "Real Gems", or "Solid Gold Values".

The Activities and Adventures chapters make putting together daily plans a breeze. Activities range from ATV's to Ziplines, including outstanding sections on Golf, SCUBA, Caving, Horseback Riding, Ocean Tours, Fishing and Hiking.

The Dining chapter has great recommendations for different types of restaurants and price ranges. All restaurant reviews are done anonymously and the reviews are candid and refreshing. The restaurants most highly recommended by the author are rated as "ONO", the Hawaiian word for best, or delicious.

The Sights and Beaches chapters make it easy to tour the island and the Introduction chapter provides a background on the history of the island. The author rates the best sights and beaches as "Real Gems" or "Not to be Missed". The Sights chapters are organized as driving tours and the Favorites feature provides a way to organize your itinerary.

One of the most innovative and helpful features of the app is the ability to tap anywhere on the map to see a custom view of the guidebook with entries from all chapters assembled dynamically for a particular location. Just tap the “Locate Me” button, then tap the map to see “What’s Nearby”. This is easy, convenient and powerful, and it reinvents the guidebook as a location-aware mobile app.

The Big Island Revealed app is based on a travel app platform developed by Crystal Springs Software, LLC, located in Palo Alto, CA. This is the third generation of the platform, which combines a custom, interactive, offline map viewer with an eBook viewer designed specifically for travel guidebooks. This platform was also used to develop the best-selling and critically acclaimed iOS apps, Maui Revealed and Kauai Revealed. The "Hawaii Revealed" series of books include the best-selling books, The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, Maui Revealed, The Big Island Revealed and Oahu Revealed by longtime Hawaii resident Andrew Doughty. These books are published by Wizard Publications, Inc., located in Lihue, Hawaii.

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