makemypaperworld:

pin drop installation

Locations aren’t just points on a map that we check out or check into. Life is about our stories, and life is about leaving the house.
Remember the places for work, travel and play: https://www.pindropapp.com/getpindrop

makemypaperworld:

pin drop installation

Locations aren’t just points on a map that we check out or check into. Life is about our stories, and life is about leaving the house.

Remember the places for work, travel and play: https://www.pindropapp.com/getpindrop

Who let the dogs out?

Paws for a few minutes to read this… ;)

Crochet For Your Grey

We love discovering the various hobbies of our super users. When Melissa emailed us, we found out about her pet products store on Etsy called Grey Baby Crochet:

 “I started an online store selling handmade crafts, and started getting orders from near and far. I use Pin Drop to put a pin on all the locations I ship my creations to. 

I create a different tag for each of the different products I sell (one for sharks, deer, collars, etc). Each one has a different colour so I can easily see what type of product went where. I add photos to each tag that customers send me of their dogs wearing the snoods as well. It’s satisfying to be able to see and share with other people all the locations all over the world my handiwork goes to!” 

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Lost & Found

A black and cream Dachshund named Po went missing in Oackham Leicester. Local coordinators from Doglost.co.uk used Pin Drop to create a map of reported sightings, which they used to establish lanes or roads so they can drive around to find the pet, and put posters in the areas to boost awareness of the search. Thankfully, Po was found and is back home with his owners.

Fido à la vidéo

An article by  Le Devoir (In French) reported on how mobile technology has crept into the work of the dog walker.

One particular walker creates video walks to update the owners of their dogs’ adventures, and uses Pin Drop to trace her route when she needs to pick up the dogs to take them for a walk.

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Dog Day Afternoon

You’ve heard of cat cafes right? Well some canine fans want their own hangout place. The Happiness of Hounds in London will soon be offering the best grooming services and products, canine treats, nutrition and advice. Definitely worth having on the radar, and adding to our 'dog tag' list to visit when it’s open for business.

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Flip a coin, drop a pin.

I like to keep track of great memories, whether it is a ball game, a great bar, an obstacle race like Tough Mudder or Spartan, or a big outing.  I take a picture, drop the pin, and write who I was with and what we did in the description.

I use Pin Drop for something unique and special that I came up with for a fun time with my wife - we came up with the idea for a "Coin Trip"

You take a weekend, get in the car with no destination, and constantly come up with two options throughout the trip. You then flip a coin and go where the coin tells you. It could be the option between 2 highways - north or south - or towards this state or that.  It was really fun to have an adventure with no destination in mind, and no idea where we would end up!

Recently we got in the car after work on a Friday. From Connecticut we went north through Providence, swung out into New Hampshire to stay Friday night in Boston and finished the trip in Portland Maine on Saturday night. It ended up being great because my wife had never been to Maine before and she thought it was absolutely beautiful. It was an unbelievable memory!

Every single time I flipped the coin for a trip - we dropped a pin.  I keep my pins private for my own memory, though my wife was dropping the pins and sharing on Facebook so everyone could track our progress. Our friends loved it.  At the end, we had a crazy map of all the times we flipped coins and was able to actually see the entire path we took.  I then used pictures of either a highway sign, a state logo or “Welcome to” sign and built out the entire trip to revisit - or eventually print out the map with all the pin drops.

Right now I have a lot of great memories stored in PinDrop, so thank you!

» Story by Nick Razzette 

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My Love Story Photography

A few years ago I introduced two friends of mine to one another. One had some experience of developing apps and the other wanted to create one. It was a good excuse to have a few drinks with friends but I was also really interested in my friends’ idea of creating an app for pinning places you find. In a world where distances seem shorter and we travel around a lot it’s very hard to remember all the interesting places you find. I am a very visual person so lists of things don’t really work for me. An app where I could document all the places I find, have been recommended or read about would be amazing. I don’t remember how I came across Pin Drop, but I immediately sent it to my two friends in excitement!

I am a wedding photographer and my work is location based. I need to map out locations for my photographic jobs so I could visualise if any locations were near to each other when trying to see clients. Pin Drop took it to a next level making on the go pinning very easy and intuitive. I travel more and more all over the world so dropping pins has become very important to me. My tags are generally quite generic like Pubs, Restaurants, Deli, etc. It is especial useful when trying to remember good places to meet clients for meetings. I am even set up more specialist collabrative tag for other photographers to contribute to. There are even some more fun ones I created like Bucket List and Beautiful Places. I drop pins sometimes daily but at least once a week. It even inspired me to create a map on my website to visualise my travels and make my work more interactive.

Most of my pins are public and hopefully I will get to share and collaborate more with friends in the future. One of my favourite pins is for a little coffee stall called Ethiopian Kaffa Coffee in Dalston, serving amazing coffee out of handle-less cups. These sorts of place are hard to remember but I saved the pin as soon as friend told me about it, and this is why Pin Drop is so perfect. 

» Story by Alex Dimopoulos | Wedding Photographer | www.my-lovestory.co.uk

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NEW FEATURE: AUDIO & VIDEO

Having worked on the latest updates for both iOS (3.1) and Android (1.2), we’ve now enabled attachment of Audio and Video Clips to pins!

Attach x1 audio file (up to 20 seconds), and/or as many videos as you want, each up to 15 seconds to a pin.

This should be a useful addition for anyone curating guided tours, creating scavenger hunts, or simply recording memories of your travels.

Do send us any friendly feedback via hello@pindropapp.com :)

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The Enterprising Elliotts

Maps have stories to tell.

It’s time that we stop treating locations as just places we check out, or check into.

http://bit.ly/EnterprisingElliotts

Android Update! Version 1.2

Finally, what many of you have been waiting for…

We’re pleased to announce that the new shiny version of Pin Drop for Android (Version 1.2) is now available!

New features include:

  • Nice new UI
  • What’s nearby
  • New activity stream
  • New profile design
  • New curated section

Of course, we took care of some bugfixes and smaller improvements too.

Please email us via info@pindropapp.com to let us know what you think about the changes we’ve made. Remember, don’t be shy, we love reading your reviews on Google Play.

Thanks again for all your amazing support!

All things Web and Wonderful

#WWDC

If you’re lucky enough to be in San Francisco for Apple’s annual developers’ conference, here’s a few places to keep you even busier while you’re in town for #WWDC #WWDC14 | bit.ly/PinDropWWDC14


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#DotCom

We’ve also been busy with all things internet of late. Please feel free to give our website some love. We gave it a refresh, and now feature some stories of how people find us useful for their Travel, Work and Hobbies.

#Buzzfeed

We’re interested in mapping out the world around us, including the strange ones. So we decided to have fun by making a hypothetical list of places based on stories published by Vice Magazine. Don’t worry, safe for work, though potentially controversial. http://bzfd.it/RJBjrh

#Tutorials

We are working on creating ‘How To’ cards to help new users figure out how to use Pin Drop. In the meantime, you can send us emails via hello@pindropapp.com 

We are also happy to respond to you via Twitter or Facebook. Check out our notes, where we are collating answers to the FAQs received: https://www.facebook.com/pindropapp/notes

App Update: Version 3.1 on iOS

Since launching our app, we’ve grown from being a passion project to a tech startup. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has continued to use and love Pin Drop!

We’ve been working hard on your requests for improvements, and we’re pleased to announce that our newest update for iOS (Version 3.1) is now available! 

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New features include:

  • Nice new UI
  • What’s nearby
  • New activity stream
  • New profile design
  • New curated section

Email us via info@pindropapp.com - to let us know what you think about the changes we’ve made, or to share your personal stories about how you use Pin Drop.

PS. Don’t worry Android users it’s coming soon, promise!

Location Services and the battery life of your phone

Q: How do I stop the app from constantly using GPS on iOS to save on battery life?

A: It depends on your settings, and how many other apps that use location services are running on your phone.

  • Geo-Fencing

When using Pin Drop, the app *may* be turned on periodically, depending on your connection to the nearest cell tower - which your phone can use to determine your location. 

This uses negligible battery, but can be used by apps, to get a rough location or virtual perimeter, i.e. ‘geo-fencing’ which allows us to notify you if you are near certain pins.

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NB: If you want to switch these alerts on/off, go to Settings / Notifications & Alerts / Geofence Alerts

  • Using GPS

When you can see the Pin Drop app full screen, it uses GPS.

If you can’t see the app and it’s in the background, it does not use GPS, even if it hasn’t been closed down.

When you use the Pin Drop app, or indeed any other location apps, there is no permanent connection with satellites. It will pull in data only when it needs to.

  • Apple iOS 

Go to Settings / Privacy / Location Services to find out the full list of other applications that are switched on, which include Facebook and Twitter. 

"Location services uses GPS along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspots and cell tower locations to determine your approximate locations."