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New iBeacon Book Featuring Locly Sandbox for Education

Posted by in iBeacon in Education, Locly Sandbox, News & Tech

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

Posted by in Locly Native Tutorials

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

Tutorial: Create Before & After images for your mobile app

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Before & After images, where you swipe a finger across the app screen to blend between two images, can be a simple yet very effective addition to your proximity mobile app. Commonly used by Locly users to illustrate how an object or place has changed over time, these images can be used in almost any instance to show contrast and/or transformation. This quick tutorial shows you how you can easily add a Before & After image card to your app: Step 1: Creating the Before & After card Login to your Locly Native App Builder Desktop…read more

Tiger Bay Tales App: Interactive walking trail for Cardiff Bay visitors

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We’re delighted to tell you about a new app we’ve helped develop for the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.  The bilingual Android and iOS app provides visitors to Cardiff Bay with an interactive walking trail around the area, which was previously known as ‘Tiger Bay’. At its peak, Cardiff Docks was one of the largest dock systems in the world; in 1907, 9 million tonnes of coal were exported. This project will permanently capture the rich, diverse and spirited history of Tiger Bay which lies within a shared ‘square mile’ of…read more

First ever beacon on a Dragon!

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Following the recent launch of the new Cadw app, with beacon trails for Beaumaris and Raglan Castles, the latest beacon device to be setup must be the most inspired so far! Cadw have already placed a beacon in an old medieval toilet on the Beaumaris Castle digital trail, but now one has appeared inside a dragon’s head! Cadw Heritage Interpretation Manager Erin Lloyd Jones explains more on her blog: “You may have heard that I have recently been microchipping a dragon… And here is the proof! The ‘microchip’ I have inserted inside its nose is…read more

Castle to ‘be finished’ over 700 years after it was built

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We had a great response yesterday to the launch of Cadw’s new digital iBeacon tour for Beaumaris Castle.  The digital trail includes a number of iBeacon hotspots, featuring atmospheric audio narrations and before and after images, and the trail perfectly complements the castle’s other new physical interpretations. In a feature on ITV News, Erin Lloyd Jones from Cadw said “Any schools, children or families that come can experience doing things at the castle and if things are a bit more hands on they can have more fun and maybe stay a little bit…read more

Cadw brings castles to life with new digital interpretation app

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Cadw, a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’, is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service which looks after heritage sites across the country.  They wanted a new Android and iOS app that would take advantage of location and proximity technologies, and give visitors a magical interactive experience when visiting their sites. Primary goals for the app were clean design, simple navigation and bilingual content, so Locly Native was a perfect match for their requirements. The app also had to deliver GPS information for the organisation’s 100+ sites across…read more