Difference between revisions of "Software for travellers"
Revision as of 08:27, 16 August 2013
This article is a travel topic
Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry and it's hardly a surprise that many large and small software companies are offering various tools to help the traveller on the road. Tools are available for almost all kinds of operating systems.
While this site cannot suggest any particular application (for there are hundreds created each day), there are some guidelines applicable to any operating system, tablet or smartphone.
Generally, when travelling you usually need the following types of applications:
Stay online software
A common mistake of many users is to use an application fine at home, only to find that it is not usable while travelling because it needs an internet connection, some times a fast one. For example, the popular Google Earth needs an internet connection, so it would be useless if you try to use it without internet or quite expensive if you use it over 3G.
Either verify that your software works "offline" or get an offline version of it.
Windows, OSX, Linux or other Desktop Computers
While mapping software exists for desktop computers, it's unlikely that you will ever need it, for desktop computers are not portable and therefore most valuable software for travelers like GPS/map software would be quite useless when used in a computer that must remain on a desktop.
On the other hand, Photo/Video editing software is almost exclusively available only in desktop/laptop computers due to the need of high processing power. Using photo/video software requires the following:
Cross - platform