Guidebook 1.6 launched last week and with it came a feature we are really excited about: outdoor maps. This is something that has been both requested by a huge number of users and desired by our internal team for quite some time. Sure, floorplans of the exhibit hall are great, but when your event lets out for the day… where do you go? What do you do?
Guide managers can now start providing lists of things to do around their venue. Whether it be restaurants to eat at, bars to dive into, or things to see, attendees now will have an idea of what is going on around them which is a large part of attending an event or visiting a new venue.
We spent a great deal of time crafting the way the outdoor maps feature works, and we are really happy to show it off. Not only does each list item have a “map” button (as well as a mini Google map) on its detail screen, they are also all searchable from the main map window itself.
The search window slides out to reveal a list of items with locations around your venue and is easily dismissed with a swipe gesture. Tapping any one of the items on the map will open its detail screen within the app. Alternatively, you can open a selected location in the Google Maps app in order to get directions.
We are really excited about the possibilites of this new feature and are eager to see it used in the wild. As always, let us know what you think!