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April 03, 2009

Charlottesville Tomorrow’s news headlines now available as an iPhone application

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The free app was created during a December "unconference" held in downtown Charlottesville

Charlottesville Tomorrow is pleased to announce the launch of its very own “app” for the iPhone, which is now available for free in the iTunes store.

The software was developed as part of an iPhone “unconference” held in downtown Charlottesville in December 2008. Charlottesville Tomorrow was approached about serving as a test case to show developers how a simple application could be developed. In one day, the basic framework for the application was put together and uploaded to the store.

The application allows iPhone users to browse Charlottesville Tomorrow’s recent articles and to view the events listed in our calendar.

Michael Prichard with Willowtree Consulting said the application was developed using open source principles as a community service.

“We were looking for a local organization that really benefited our community,” Prichard said.  Charlottesville Tomorrow was perfect because the iPhone application was created by local developers and helps both Charlottesville Tomorrow and its readers.”

Prichard and his team have developed many other apps for the iPhone, including a parking garage locater called Spotasaurus and a medical contacts app called DocBook.

Prichard says the application will continue to be improved over the coming years as the iPhone continues to evolve. One future possibility might be the integration of Charlottesville Tomorrow’s audio and video podcasts. Anyone who wants to add their own features and share with the community are encouraged to do so.

“Add useful features and we will put it in the app,” Prichard said.

Sean Tubbs

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