July 24, 2014

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iFlorida

From football to fish to hospitals, there are plenty of Florida-specific iPhone applications. Should your company consider making one?

Cynthia Barnett | 2/1/2010

Weather Watch

» Created by Seattle-based developer Steve Parker with data from the National Weather Service, Florida Radars (99 cents) gives animated real-time weather radar for all of Florida. The app recently passed 10,000 downloads. Tap icons to pull up a specific region of the state. Shake your iPhone to make the current region your default region. Parker also has a new hurricane-tracker app called — what else? — “Hurricane.”

Something Fishy

» BrokenLure-Fishing Florida ($4.99) was created for Florida anglers by Largo software developer Virgil Siegle. The app includes a saltwater fish-identification guide, the latest Florida fishing regulations and the current Florida record for the fish in question.

BrokenLure also comes with another app developed by Siegle, a fish-weight calculator called FishyScale. (It can be bought on its own for 99 cents). Measure the length and girth of your catch in inches, choose the fish’s shape from a selection wheel, and the app generates the approximate weight of your fish.

Users generally like BrokenLure but say it
needs some fish recipes. (No word on how to hold the iPhone with a fish flopping around in the boat.)

Siegle has other apps, including Easy Oil, which calculates oil-to-fuel mix ratios, and a boating-safety app called Float Plan, which creates and stores details about your vessel, crew and trip itinerary and allows you to easily e-mail it all from your iPhone.

Visiting Mickey

» Tishman Hotel’s Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin app (free), developed last year by a team of FSU business school students, is popular enough that nearly 600 users have rated it at Apple’s App Store (average rating: 3.5 stars out of 5). The app includes property maps, restaurant guides, activities, videos and more.

Killer Snakes

» Orlando app developer Matt Chapman wrote Florida Poisonous Snakes (99 cents) as his first app because of a personal interest in snakes. It has detailed photos and information for the six poisonous snakes that are native to Florida: Three rattlesnakes, the cottonmouth, the coral snake and the copperhead.

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