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Young Australian Couple Develops Essential iPhone Travel App Whilst Traveling Europe

HASSELT, Belgium, July 27, 2011

A young couple from Melbourne, Australia have started their small business in a slightly unconventional way – they moved to Europe and bought a motorhome. Theyʼve since built a successful business, starting with creating the travel iPhone app they wished existed: The Cartographer.

European travel is rarely propounded as a way to cut costs but full-time travelers, ex-social worker Katherine Herriman and Computer Science PhD student Michael Tyson say it was key to the success of their business, A Tasty Pixel. “Full-time travel let us escape the burden of rent and bills and full time jobs. It let us find the financial freedom and time to follow our dream: the labour of love that is our fledgling software business.”

Naturally, the first iPhone app the couple began to seriously develop was the travel app they wanted themselves but didnʼt yet exist. The couple spent ten months developing their unique iPhone travel app The Cartographer, based on their own experiences whilst touring North Africa and exploring the length of Italy, finally launching the app in Cornwall, UK. After the launch, Apple featured The Cartographer for nine consecutive weeks in various categories, including New & Noteworthy, Whatʼs Hot, and Staff Picks. The Cartographer was also voted third best iPhone travel app in the app industryʼs answer to the Oscars, the Best App Ever Awards, hosted by 148 Apps.

The couple chronicles their adventures on their travel blog, Technomadics. The Cartographer empowers travelers to:

The Cartographer empowers travelers to:

Collate Travel Research:

  • Plan trips on the desktop by plotting vacation ideas, routes and shapes on Google Maps
  • Plan with friends and family using the collaboration features

Travel Independently:

  • Sync customized Google My Maps with markers, notes, photos and routes with the iPhone and tackle new cities with the confidence of a local.
  • Avoid data and roaming charges with offline maps.

Record Trip Information:

  • Drop markers whilst traveling to remember adventures, along with photos and notes.

Share Trip Information:

  • Share trip with friends and family via email and Twitter.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.1 or later.

Pricing and Availability: The Cartographer is available for $3.99 (USD) exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.

A Tasty Pixel specialises in iPhone and Mac apps with beautiful and functional user interfaces – software that works like an extension of oneself, with the charm and elegance that make it a pleasure to use. A Tasty Pixel currently has two iPhone apps available on the App Store – The Cartographer and Loopy. A Tasty Pixel products have been extensively featured by Apple and have been finalists for the prominent iPhone industry competition, Best App Ever Awards, hosted by 148 Apps.

Michael and Katherine exploring Ireland 'Nettle', Michael and Katherine's home and office on wheels

A Tasty Pixel Introduces More Google Maps Features to the iPhone

Update Includes Routes and Shapes

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 12, 2011

A Tasty Pixel today introduced The Cartographer 1.4, the latest version of the customizable Google Maps iPhone app. Featured in The Cartographer 1.4 is the ability to sync your routes and area outlines from Google Maps into The Cartographer, a feature that hikers, cyclists and road trippers will love.

“Lonely Planet has predicted that 2011 is going to be the year where travel technology goes mainstream. Of course, an iDevice is only as useful as the apps with which you equip it,” said Michael Tyson, A Tasty Pixelʼs founder. “The Cartographer was voted third best iPhone travel app in the 2010 Best App Ever Awards, hosted by 148 Apps, and has been extensively featured by Apple on the App Store.”

The mobile tourism experience gets even better with The Cartographer 1.4. The app has already gone well beyond just providing beautified Google Maps. Now, you can also plot a cycle route, hiking trail or a road trip on your desktop with Google Maps then use your customized map to navigate in the field.

The Cartographer empowers travelers to:

Collate Travel Research:

  • Plan trips on the desktop by plotting vacation ideas, routes and shapes on Google Maps
  • Plan with friends and family using the collaboration features

Travel Independently:

  • Sync your customized Google Maps with markers, notes, photos and routes with your iPhone. Always know where youʼre going, without needing to carry bunches of maps and brochures with you.
  • Avoid data and roaming charges with offline maps.

Record Trip Information:

  • Drop markers as you travel to remember your adventures, along with photos and notes.

Share Trip Information:

  • Share your trip with friends and family via email and Twitter.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.1 or later.

The Cartographer runs on the iPad and iPod Touch, but it is not specifically designed for these devices. Pseudo-GPS positioning is available only near some wifi spots. Similarly, positioning on the first generation iPhone is limited to cellular and wifi.

Pricing and Availability: The Cartographer is available for $3.99 (USD) exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.

A Tasty Pixel specialises in iPhone and Mac apps with beautiful and functional user interfaces – software that works like an extension of oneself, with the charm and elegance that make it a pleasure to use. A Tasty Pixel is the creative expression of a sole developer and his compulsion to find order in the world - not to put things in boxes, but to shape the boxes around the things. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Google and Google Maps are registered trademarks of Google Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

A Tasty Pixel’s iPhone App “The Cartographer” Featured by Apple for 9 Consecutive Weeks

SWANSEA, Wales, February 24, 2011

A Tasty Pixel’s artisan iPhone app “The Cartographer” has been featured by Apple on the iPhone App Store for nine consecutive weeks, and was recently voted third Best Travel App in the Best App Ever competition. With cutting edge technology packaged in antique cartography styling, The Cartographer brings a powerful yet user-friendly feature set, so you can customize Google maps with markers, download the maps you need to use offline, and travel the world with your customized maps in your pocket.

“It’s one of those rare apps that make you sit up and take notice at first, thanks to its unique design and emphasis on usability”, said VentureBeat, a technical innovation news firm. “But [The Cartographer] remains consistently useful by delivering features you’ll use often.”

Recently updated, The Cartographer Version 1.3 offers travelers the power to customize maps collaboratively. Users can grant selected contacts in their address book the ability to edit their maps. Fellow travelers can customize a shared map online from their desktop and sync with their own iPhone. True to its reputation for detail, The Cartographer’s most recent update also brings the ability to attach photos to markers, which can then be viewed from Google My Maps.

The iPhone app offers users the ability to:

Plan Trips:

  • Plan trips on the desktop by plotting vacation ideas or errand details on Google My Maps.
  • Plan with friends and family with the new collaboration features.

Execute Trips:

  • Sync Google My Maps with the iPhone.
  • Avoid data and roaming charges with offline maps.

Record Trip Information:

  • Drop markers as you travel to remember your adventures.

Share Trip Information:

  • Share your trip with friends and family via email and Twitter.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.1 or later.

The Cartographer runs on the iPad and iPod Touch, but it is not specifically designed for these devices. Pseudo-GPS positioning is available only near some wifi spots. Similarly, positioning on the first generation iPhone is limited to cellular and wifi.

Pricing and Availability: The Cartographer is available for $3.99 (USD) exclusively through the iPhone App Store in the Travel category.

A Tasty Pixel specialises in iPhone and Mac apps with beautiful and functional user interfaces – software that works like an extension of oneself, with the charm and elegance that make it a pleasure to use. A Tasty Pixel is the creative expression of a sole developer and his compulsion to find order in the world - not to put things in boxes, but to shape the boxes around the things.

Vintage-Styled Google My Maps iPhone App “The Cartographer” Finalist for Best Travel App Award

Swansea, Wales, January 14 2011

The Cartographer Has Received a Glowing Reception Since Its November Release, and Has Been Featured on the iPhone App Store Twice. The App Has Now Been Nominated for Best Travel App in The Best App Ever Competition.

Since its November release The Cartographer, featuring antique cartography styling, custom Google My Maps viewing and editing, and offline map features, has been highly successful. Featured recently on the iPhone App Store’s “What’s Hot” and “New and Noteworthy” sections, and recently nominated for Best Travel App in the Best App Ever competition, the app has been hailed as an essential traveler’s utility.

Praised for a unique and polished user interface, backed by solid, useful features, The Cartographer has been well received by the design and developer community. Technical innovation news firm VentureBeat recently wrote, “It’s one of those rare apps that make you sit up and take notice at first, thanks to its unique design and emphasis on usability, but remains consistently useful by delivering features you’ll use often.”

The Cartographer’s recent nomination for Best Travel App represents the latest endorsement from the travel community, who have greeted the app with enthusiasm. Keith Savage of leading travel blog Traveling Savage said, "The Cartographer is a worthy addition to the traveler’s app arsenal. It’s beautiful and provides a unique feature set."

The Cartographer tightly integrates with Google My Maps: tools that allow users to customize Google maps with markers. Developer “A Tasty Pixel” recently introduced additional support for importing maps created in Google Earth, Google’s desktop-based virtual globe application. Users of The Cartographer can do all their travel planning on the desktop, and the resulting maps with accompanying notes can be effortlessly accessed and edited on the iPhone.

The Cartographer’s sophisticated offline map features allow users to access their customised maps offline, an essential component for leisure and business travelers alike.

The iPhone app offers users the ability to:

Plan Trips:

  • Plan trips on the desktop by plotting vacation ideas or errand details on Google My Maps

Execute Trips:

  • Sync Google My Maps with the iPhone.
  • Avoid data and roaming charges with offline maps.

Record Trip Information:

  • Drop markers as you travel to remember your adventures.

Share Trip Information:

  • Share your trip with friends and family via email and Twitter.

Version 1.2 of The Cartographer, now available on the iPhone App Store, introduces new navigation features. Support for mobile navigation app Navigon provides turn-by-turn navigation to saved placemarks, and the new in-app compass feature offers distance and bearing information, ideal for hiking and other outdoor applications.

Also introduced with Version 1.2 is The Cartographer Clipper, a free desktop-based web browser add-on that allows users to record information from any web page to Google My Maps, with automatic address discovery.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.1 or later.

The Cartographer runs on the iPad and iPod Touch, but it is not specifically designed for these devices. Pseudo-GPS positioning is available only near some wifi spots. Similarly, positioning on the first generation iPhone is limited to cellular and wifi.

Pricing and Availability: Currently on sale at $1.99 (USD), The Cartographer is available exclusively through the iPhone App Store in the Travel category.

About A Tasty Pixel: Founded in 2007 and presently based in a motorhome roaming around Europe, A Tasty Pixelʼs mission is to create delectable apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac. With its launch of The Cartographer, the company now has three iPhone apps in the App Store. A Tasty Pixel has demonstrated a commitment to and earned a reputation for creating high quality apps with exquisite design and user interface effects. A Tasty Pixel can be reached at [email protected] or +61 3 9005 7695.

Vintage-Styled Google My Maps iPhone Application “The Cartographer” A Hit

Swansea, Wales, December 16 2010

The Cartographer, Released on November 18 2010, was Recently Featured as “New and Noteworthy” on the iPhone App Store. The App has Appeared in the Top Ten in the Travel Category in Twenty Countries.

The Cartographer, a recently-released iPhone app that combines antique cartography styling, custom Google My Maps viewing and editing, and offline maps, has proven highly popular. Featured recently in Apple’s “New and Noteworthy” section of the iPhone App Store, this is the essential tool for people who need and want more than the native map app delivers.

Boasting a highly polished design and unique user interface, The Cartographer has received a glowing reception from the design and developer community. MacStories, an online authority on all things Apple recently wrote, “What could ever happen if art as we know it joined Apple’s design as an app for the iPhone? I’m pretty sure something like The Cartographer for iPhone would happen. A simple app that turns Google Maps into a beautiful experience based on the maps that once were.”

Travelers have also received the app enthusiastically. Keith Savage of leading travel blog Traveling Savage said, "The Cartographer is a worthy addition to the traveler’s app arsenal. It’s beautiful and provides a unique feature set."

The Cartographer tightly integrates with Google My Maps: Tools that allow users to customize Google maps with markers. Users of The Cartographer can do all their travel planning on the desktop with Google My Maps and the resulting maps can be effortlessly accessed and edited on the iPhone. The Cartographer embraces collaboration and sharing, allowing travelers to share entire maps or individual markers with fellow travelers or friends and family back home. Users can also access their customised maps offline, an essential component for leisure and business travelers alike.

The iPhone app offers users the ability to:

Plan Trips:

  • Plan trips on the desktop by plotting vacation ideas or errand details on Google My Maps

Execute Trips:

  • Sync Google My Maps with the iPhone
  • Avoid data and roaming charges with offline maps

Record Trip Information:

  • Drop markers as you travel to remember your adventures

Share Trip Information:

  • Share your trip with friends and family via email and Twitter

Version 1.1 of The Cartographer, now available on the iPhone App Store, brings bulk downloading of offline maps, powered by the ever-evolving community-based Open Street Map project. This allows whole map regions to be downloaded in advance, down to a user-specified level of detail, and viewed offline when Internet access is unavailable.

Other often-requested features now available in Version 1.1 include searching the map and bulk publishing of placemarks.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.1 or later.

The Cartographer runs on the iPad and iPod Touch, but it is not specifically designed for these devices. Pseudo-GPS positioning is available only near some wifi spots. Similarly, positioning on the first generation iPhone is limited to cellular and wifi.

Pricing and Availability: At a price of $3.99 (USD), The Cartographer is available exclusively through the iPhone App Store in the Travel category.

About A Tasty Pixel: Founded in 2007 and presently based in a motorhome roaming around Europe, A Tasty Pixelʼs mission is to create delectable apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac. With its launch of The Cartographer, the company now has three iPhone apps in the App Store. A Tasty Pixel has demonstrated a commitment to and earned a reputation for creating high quality apps with exquisite design and user interface effects. A Tasty Pixel can be reached at [email protected] or +61 3 9005 7695.

New iPhone App, The Cartographer: Google My Maps with Offline Functionality on Your iPhone

Swansea, UK, 18 November 2010

A Tasty Pixel, Makers of Market Leading iPhone Applications such as Loopy, has Launched its Latest iPhone Application The Cartographer, a Unique Travel App for Accessing and Editing Custom Google My Maps.

The Cartographer tightly integrates with Google's desktop-based custom map tools, for vacation planning on a familiar, easy to use platform. The resulting maps can be effortlessly accessed and edited on the iPhone. Users can also access their custom Google My Maps offline, an essential component for leisure and business travelers alike.

A Tasty Pixel Chief Technology Officer and heavy traveler Michael Tyson said, “We’ve created an app that we needed. We’ve been traveling since June 2009 and wanted a way to have the maps we made with Google My Maps, that detailed our travel plans, available on our iPhone. We developed The Cartographer as we traveled through Europe for eight months and have been using it the whole time. It’s truly been developed with the needs of travelers in mind.”

The iPhone app, which targets independent leisure and business travelers, offers users the ability to:

Plan Trips:

  • Plan trips on the desktop by plotting vacation ideas on Google My Maps

Execute Trips:

  • Sync Google My Maps with the iPhone
  • Avoid data and roaming charges with offline maps

Record Trip Information:

  • Leave virtual breadcrumbs to remember your adventures

Share Trip Information:

  • Share your trip with friends and family via email and Twitter

The Cartographer’s design and user interface effects are evocative of a romantic past, when maps were works of art. “Software should be beautiful and a pleasure to use”, said Michael Tyson. “The Cartographer combines antique cartography styling with cutting edge technology.” On the iPhone 4’s Retina display, The Cartographer flaunts stunning high-resolution graphics.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.1 or later.

The Cartographer runs on the iPad and iPod Touch, but it is not specifically designed for these devices. Pseudo-GPS positioning is available only near some wifi spots. Similarly, positioning on the first generation iPhone is limited to cellular and wifi.

Pricing and Availability: At a worldwide 50% off introductory price of $1.99 (USD), The Cartographer is available exclusively through the iPhone App Store in the Travel category.

About A Tasty Pixel

Founded in 2007 and presently based in a motorhome somewhere in Europe, A Tasty Pixel’s mission is to create delectable apps for iPhone and Mac. With its launch of The Cartographer, the company now has three iPhone apps in the App Store. A Tasty Pixel has demonstrated a commitment to and earned a reputation for creating high quality apps with exquisite design and user interface effects. A Tasty Pixel can be reached at [email protected] or +61 3 9005 7695.