Chronicle Road (CR) is an application for your BlackBerry that makes use of various tools so that you can record where you’ve been and what you’ve done. It sounds simple, and without sounding like a Ron Popeil-spiel, it really is incredibly easy to use. Use it to document vacations, Sunday bike rides, or something as banal as everyday life.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – “How does this incredible application work?” Lose the sarcasm and I’ll tell you.
By setting up routes on the application, CR buddies-up with GPS satellites and follows you (yes, they really are watching) as you meander the streets, all the while giving you the ability to make notes during various points of your travels. Have a camera? Bring it along and document your trip – those shots’ll come in handy later on.
It begins with a visit to CR’s official site where it instructs you to sign up for an account and download the application to your device. Quick and easy download – and you’re all set to start-up the program. On your ‘Berry, the well-laid-out main interface gives you a few avenues to utilize: “GPS”, “Route”, “Notes”, and “Options” (with a self-explanatory ‘About Us’ section to boot). While scrolling over each, a simple description pops up on the side of the screen describing what each function can do for you.
GPS allows you to establish and view the status of your current GPS location. Once the connection is there, it gives you your longtitude and latitude positioning, how many satellites are working for you, and it even tells you your speed.
Route let’s you set-up your various trek’s, stores the information onto your BlackBerry, and from there you can start/stop recording your progress by choosing one of your routes.
Creating a route, just like the entire application – is simple. Give your route a name like, say, “trip to Kyle’s house” (something more exciting would suffice, as well), you can add a small description to it, and from there you can start recording your trip.
Notes is a service that lets you document location-aware notes along your route, which will show up once you post your route to the web. Something along the lines of “Forgot Passport at home. Experienced strip search at border” would go here.
Options, obviously allows you to customize the way Chronicle Road works with your BlackBerry. This is where, after registering online, you input your user name and password so your device is associated with your account.
Once you’ve set-up a route and recorded your pleasant … trip to Kyle’s house, you can post it to your account from your BlackBerry at ChronicleRoad.com. It’s there that you can create a “Myth”, which is a blog-like interface that allows you to post the map of your travel, pinpointing various things along the way.
The online interface of Chronicle Road’s myth-maker is nearly as simple as it’s BlackBerry counterpart – nearly. By dragging and dropping various widgets into the interface, you can insert maps from your travels, your travelling stats, photos from a Flickr account, and little blog entries to describe your trip. It gets a little cluttered from time to time on screen – just a matter of keeping everything spaced out and clean.
After you’ve input your photos, maps, and done a little ditty of a write-up, you’re all set. Publish your myth for the rest of the Internet world to see. But the key thing with Chronicle Road is this: don’t let it end there. Imagine if you’re able to continuously use this throughout your entire life? There’s your memoirs right there.
Definitely something to try-out extensively, even if you’re not a huge traveller. Nowadays with the popularity of blogs, this seamlessly brings together Flickr, Google Maps, and a blogging interface for a great end result. High fives to the developers of Chronicle Road - highly recommended.