Hikers who have the new Outdoors GPS app from ViewRanger may not have to worry about getting lost on the trail ever again. The app won one of the app industry’s most prestigious awards – an Appy Award.

In the Mapping/Location Based category, ViewRanger beat out apps Scout by Telenav and Companion by Companion HQ for Black Pepper Ltd. The two other finalists’ apps deal with assisting foreign visitors to urban or suburban areas , but ViewRanger’s app is designed for hikers and mountain bikers.

This app allows hikers to share their location in real-time via their phone or on the web, plan a route, geo-tag photos from the trail and share them on Flickr or Picasa.

Original press release issued by Darby Communications on March 20th, 2012

ViewRanger, the award-winning outdoor navigation app, is honored to be the 2012 Appy Award winner for the Mapping/Location Based category. Every year, the most creative and imaginative professionals in the technology field, gather to celebrate the world’s finest Smartphone apps at the annual Appy Awards. The winners of the awards were announced March 19th at a reception in San Francisco hosted by leading online communications firm, MediaPost.

Since its inception, the Appy Awards have been designed to include all devices and platforms and an array of categories such as finance, cooking, medical, and fitness. Each finalist was carefully chosen by an Executive Jury comprised of veterans from three industries: developers, advertising and marketing, and popular technology publications. Among ViewRanger, other 2012 finalists included Mint, HBO, Home Depot and Ask.com.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by the Appy Awards as an outstanding GPS navigation app,” says Ian Pond, Chief Marketing Officer for ViewRanger. “Building on the great response received at the launch of our USA edition, we are confident that this award will continue to make 2012 a successful year for ViewRanger.”

ViewRanger is designed for Outdoor enthusiasts like hikers and mountain bikers and supports all the features expected of a top-end GPS device, including track recording, waypoint navigation, map coordinate entry and GPX file exchange. It also uses the smartphone’s connectivity to support map download on the move, real-time phone-to-phone and phone-to-web location sharing, and wireless synchronization with the web based route planning and social media sharing tools at My.ViewRanger.com. The USA edition app includes the highest quality topographic mapping information in the United States that can be cached for offline use. The maps are marked with 250,000 miles of public land trails. The app also includes access to downloadable expert guided routes from Menasha Ridge & Wilderness Press. . The ViewRanger USA edition app costs just $7.99 with unlimited map access and expert guided trails cost around $1 per trail to download.

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