There is a new FREE application, or app, which puts Wildfire Today at your fingertips on a smart phone, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows phones, and android tablets. The app will give you a Notification on your phone when a new article has been downloaded.
The buttons in the red bar across the bottom, left to right, are:
- Refresh (reload)
- Change how often it checks for new articles
- Information about the source for creating the app
In addition to providing the articles on Wildfire Today, it also has feeds from InciWeb and the Wildfire Lessons Learned Center. Near the top of the screen, swipe left or right to see each feed. Clicking on a Wildfire Today article will take you to the entire article within the app, but you will not see comments and it will only show one photograph for each article. However, you can click on “See original story” and it takes you to the Wildfire Today web site, using your browser, where you CAN leave comments, see what others have written, and view more than one photo per article.
Clicking on an InciWeb item takes you to a summary of the incident which will also provide a link to the full incident information on the InciWeb site. And the same thing applies to the Lessons Learned articles, however after you click and see the expanded summary, the link that is provided when clicked will download the full article to your phone, which will require a file manager app to find and view it. For Android users, the Astro File Manager works well and the downloaded file will be in the “Download” folder.
This is the web site that you can visit using your smart phone to download the Wildfire Today app: http://mippin.com/app/wildfiretoday
Or, if you have a bar code reader app on your phone, scan this which will take you to the download site:
Android users find that the free Bar Code Scanner app works very well.
In order to download an app from a source other than the Android Market or the Apple App Store, you will need to go to your settings and enable app installation from Unknown Sources, or “allow installation of non-market apps”.
Please leave a comment here or go to our Contact Us page and let us know what you think… the good points and things you don’t like. However, the system I used to make the app leaves very little to no capability to make any significant changes. What you see is what we are stuck with.
UPDATE at 12:22 p.m. MT, December 22, 2011
We are hearing from folks that the app works on an Android tablet, but it does not fill the entire screen. It will not work on an iPad, but may sometime in the future.