We’re really excited to see that Pin Drop has been selected as one of the best apps of 2013 within the travel category.
The Sunday Times app list brings out part two of The App List 2013 - the definitive annual guide to must-have games, tools and distractions. Sunday Times writers and experts have hand-picked the 500 best apps in the world in two 20-page guides, making it a little easier for you to pin-point the very best apps on offer.
A whole world of awesome just landed on your iPhone! We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with Square Meal.
This means you’ll be getting the best of the best from the foodie experts at Square Meal HQ. The first lists are now available in the curated section. We’re seriously excited and can’t wait for you to make the most of even more expert advice now at your fingertips on Pin Drop!
Pin Drop 3.0 Is Here
Pin Drop 3.0 Has Landed
We’re VERY excited to finally bring you the next version of the Pin Drop website. In all honesty we only worked on the site at the last minute, originally we planned not to have a website at all!
Anyway, the new site is here and it’s crammed with awesome functionality. Managing, importing, exporting - it’s all there.
There’s some added integration including Instagram that now means whenever you take a photo with a location on Instagram it will automatically drop a pin on your Pin Drop account.
Read about all the new bits here: Launch email.
Pin Drop & HBO Girls
We noticed a large bump in traffic on the app and website at the beginning of the week. It took a little bit of investigating but eventually we tracked the source down to an episode of the new HBO show “Girls” that was broadcast on Sunday.
Adam: You okay?
Hannah: I’ll be f*****g more okay if you leave me alone. I’m sending a drop pin.
A lot of the show’s fans wanted to check out what these characters meant and stumbled upon our little app. Thanks HBO!
Importing Your Google Starred Places to Pin Drop
We’ve just rolled our a big update to the Pin Drop website. At the core of this update was the ability for users to import content from Foursquare, Gowalla and Google.
Importing from Foursquare, Gowalla and “My Places” on Google is pretty straight forward. It gets a little tricky when you want to import your starred content from Google maps.
There’s no easy way to import your starred places BUT there is a way. So… Here’s how:
- Go to Google Maps - My places: http://maps.google.com/maps/myplaces
- CREATE NEW MAP, name its title “Starred Items to export”, set it to [x] Unlisted, Done
- Click on My places again to get back to the places list, select Starred
- For each starred item do the following:
- Click on the starred item, the balloon on the map appears.
- Click the balloon’s “Save to map” link, select the map “Starred Items to export”, then Save
- Click on My places again to get back to the places list, select Maps
- Click on the map “Starred items to export”, click the KML link
- Paste the KML link on Pin Drop and Import
Pin Drop 2.2
Things have been pretty quiet on the Pin Drop update front recently. For that we are very sorry.
However, there has been a very good reason for our radio silence: Pin Drop 2.2! This is an absolutely huge update that would be worthy of a major version (e.g. 3.0) release for apps less awesome than Pin Drop. We’ve just submitted it to Apple for approval so you should see it sometime next week.
Here’s a quick preview of what you can expect.
This has probably been the most requested feature: how to share your pins? Previously you could share an individual pin through SMS or email but we knew this wasn’t a great experience. Now it’s possible to share an entire list of pins directly through the app.
Pin Drop now has integration with the Sat Nav apps TomTom and Navigon.
Your time is precious. You don’t want to have to keep pressing a “sync” button to keep everything up-to-date. We understand that you have more important things to do. That’s why Pin Drop will now automatically keep everything in sync for you.
However, we also realise that sometimes you might not want this (we have painful experience with data roaming charges…) so you can disable automatic syncing in your settings.
One of the best things about Pin Drop is its flexibility; you guys are finding uses for it we could never have dreamed of. Conversely, one of its down sides is its flexibility; some people are scared by the prospect of so much freedom.
Starting the app for the first time will take you through a short walkthrough. It’s not comprehensive but it should give you a decent grasp of how to use the app.
On the other hand, the new help section is comprehensive. If you are having trouble using the app then this should be your first port of call. We’ll keep it updated as and when new features or issues arise.
And many more changes
- Tags can be added when viewing the list of tags
- Easily select/deselect all tags when filtering pins
- Numerous bug fixes
- Link to our twitter account
- UI tweaks to make everything look beautiful
- Improved syncing code to make the app more responsive
- Image loading for curated lists is a lot faster
Pin Drop has been made iPhone App of the Week in the UK!
Thanks once again to all of our fantastic users. We couldn’t have done this without you :)
New Release! Pin Drop 2.1.2
Pin Drop 2.1.2 Coming Soon!
We have just submitted the latest and greatest version of Pin Drop to Apple for review. Fingers crossed it will be approved later this week but at the latest it should be in your hands on Monday.
The Great Wall of China can be seen from space (although it is not the only man made structure visible) and soon you will be able to spot it from within Pin Drop!
We’re working hard to get the next feature release out soon. Subscribe to this blog, follow us on twitter, or subscribe to us on facebook to be kept up to date!