Software for travellers
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:
GPS Software exists for all major smartphone/tablet platforms.
When using GPS, keep in mind that maps can be outdated or invalid, especially for hard-to-access areas. For more information on GPS safety, see GPS
Photo/Video software can help you enhance your photos or videos after taking them.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:
Stay online software
These tools fall into the following categories:
Online maps are sometimes used with combination of offline maps in order to provide more accuracy and some extra features like street congestion information.
Instant Messaging software allows you to communicate with your friends and share messages/files with them.
VoIP software allows you to use the internet to make phone calls and/or send sms messages, when using the GSM network would be more expensive.
Photo/Video sharing software allows you to share your photos/videos directly from your smartphone.
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.
Cross - platform