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Mobile App Helps Ceredigion Visitors Discover Magical ‘Legends of the West’

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A new app developed by the Ceredigion and the Dyfi Biosphere Destination Partnerships, is helping visitors to learn more about the history of the region through fascinating local legends. The app was created by members of the Partnership using Locly Native – a self-service platform for building React Native mobile apps for Android and iOS. The bilingual app, which delivers proximity (beacon) and location (GPS) specific content, tells the fascinating stories of 13 local legends, including the Nanteos Cup (thought to be the Holy Grail), Cantre’r Gwaelod (Wales’ Atlantis) and famous…read more

Beacon App Treasure Hunt Brings Legends to Life for National Library Visitors

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We thought we’d share with you a great new beacon treasure hunt that’s now live at the National Library of Wales.  The treasure hunt is part of a new proximity story app called ‘Legends of the West’ which has been developed by the Ceredigion and the Dyfi Biosphere Destination Partnerships. The aim of the treasure hunt is to encourage visitors to explore the library, whilst searching for a set of artefacts.  The precious artefacts included in the hunt are all linked to the Ceredigion legends featured in the app, including the Nanteos Cup, which is believed to be the…read more

Cardigan Castle: 900 Years of History in 1 Mobile App

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We’re excited to tell you about a new app project we’ve been working on for Cardigan Castle – a recently renovated heritage site in Ceredigion, Wales. The aim of the app, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is to provide visitors of all ages with an enhanced digital experience when exploring the castle grounds. Tour Guide in your Pocket Built using the Locly Native mobile app platform, the free app is available on both Android and iOS devices (phones and tablets), which visitors can download in advance of their visit. Or…read more

6 Easy Steps to a React Native Proximity App

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Locly Native is a simple, easy to use platform for creating location aware, content-based apps for Android and iOS smart phones and tables.  All app creation and editing is done via our simple web screens – which is sort of like WordPress – along with real-time previewing on any mobile device using the free Locly Native app.  The platform is packed full of great interactive features, such as maps, POI images, photo galleries, tappable 360 panoramas and notifications to name but a few, and we’ve tried to make this process as…read more

New Feature: Introducing ‘Bookmarks’ for your Locly Native app

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New to Locly Native this week is ‘Bookmarks’.  This feature lets users to save their favourite cards and collections in your app and refer back to them at anytime. Requested by many Locly Native users, we hope this new feature will be useful for most app projects – especially those with a lot of content. Adding the new Bookmarks feature to your app couldn’t be easier and here’s how you do it in 2 simple steps: 1. Add a Bookmark icon Go to any Collection or Card and look for ‘Show Bookmark Tool’ in the top-right hand…read more

New iBeacon Book Featuring Locly Sandbox for Education

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New on Amazon and iTunes this week is an excellent book ‘iBeacon Projects’ by Locly partner and Apple ADE Joe Moretti. Joe has over 30 years’ teaching experience directly in the classroom. He has taught in primary, middle, secondary, further education and higher education institutions. Originally a music specialist his role developed during his teaching career to curriculum innovator, IT pedagogist all round guru of innovative technologies. This new book is a comprehensive guide to using iBeacons with iOS devices in schools. iBeacons can enhance any learning space and this book shows you how, giving…read more

Tutorial: Creating a Custom Selfie Card for your Proximity App

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Getting users to have fun and share their experiences whilst using your app is top priority, and we hope our new ‘Selfie’ card for Locly Native will help you achieve this.  You can create the card yourself quickly and simply using the online CMS – all you need is a demo app login  and a bit of imagination! Here’s a quick tutorial on how to add a Selfie card to your app: Creating your image: You can use Photoshop or similar tool to create your images, saved as a transparent png. Or, there are…read more

Tutorial: 360° Panorama Card with Tappable Points of Interest

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360° Panorama with Points of Interest is a great new feature we’ve added to the Locly Native standard app template.  The feature is perfect for highlighting areas on your panorama and linking to the relevant Collections and Cards in your app. Here’s a quick tutorial how you can create one using the Locly Native online CMS – all you need is a Locly account or demo app login, and a panorama image. Note: You will see some Json code on the screen but there’s no coding involved, just some copy/pasting! Taking Panorama Photos: We use the Richo…read more

10 Great New Features for your Locly Native Proximity App

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We are delighted to announce a bumper release of the Locly Native app and platform this week, which includes some new functionality that will help make your React Native proximity/location app even more awesome than before!  So without further ado, lets take a look at some of the fantastic features now included in our standard app template: 1. Full Screen Images You can now tap on any image in a card to go full screen. The user can then pinch and zoom to look at the image more closely, which is…read more

Beacons and Butterflies – a new app for the Botanic Garden

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When the National Botanic Garden contacted us about their new exhibit for the 2016 Summer Season we got all in a flutter!  They needed a mobile app that could deliver digital content to visitors as they explore their new Butterfly House. Called Plas Pilipala, the Garden’s Butterfly House has an average temperature of 26°C and humidity of 98%, so it was quite a challenging environment for beacons! They also had a tight deadline to reach for their official opening on 25th July 2016. The Garden’s team wanted us to help…read more