How does the CoastView app work?
With CoastView you have access to hundreds-of-thousands of coastal photos, and each one has a latitude and longitude associated with it. When you're traveling, CoastView will show you which images are closest to you (for example, what you're flying over or driving past) along with information about that area. Cool, right?
To use the app offline when traveling (for example, when your phone is in airplane mode or where there is no wifi signal), you must download your travel route before you go, and while you have access to a good wifi internet connection.
But you don't have to travel to use CoastView; you can also virtually 'fly the coast' from home. Once you select a route, the app chooses up to 1000 images at a time along the chosen route. You can watch those images in a slideshow, as if you were traveling along the route.
Tell me more...
A few things we want to tell you about the CoastView app to give you the best experience:
- the CoastView app covers the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon (with a few minor exceptions like the outermost islands of Alaska's Aleutian chain and some parts of British Columbia).
- it is currently available for iPhone and tablets.
- on a larger airplane the CoastView app works best if you're in the window or middle seat so the GPS signal can reach your phone.
- all the images were taken in summertime, at extreme low tide at an oblique aerial angle.
- don't forget: before you travel, you must download your route if you want to use the app offline!