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