WikiSherpa is a free Wikitravel-gateway app for [market.android.com/details?id=com.rezendi.itravel Android] and iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch devices, created by Jon Evans. It can be used to download an arbitrary number of Wikitravel pages for offline reading, to plot Wikitravel listings on a map, to download and view OpenStreetMap maps while offline (with Wikitravel listings shown), and to edit Wikitravel while offline. Users can also download a complete snapshot of Wikitravel (and its associated Wikipedia pages) to their device for offline use, if they so desire.
The [wikisherpa.com/ WikiSherpa server] also allows users to plot Wikitravel listings atop Google Maps in any standard web browser.
- Search for and download any number of Wikitravel pages to a device.
- (In many cases, the Wikipedia page for a destination is also included.)
- Automatically download subpages (regions, districts, etc.) as well.
- Identify and download pages with listings near any given location.
- View geolocated listings (those with either a defined lat/long or a geocodable address) on a Google Map or OpenStreetMap within the app.
- Filter maps and/or catalogs by category (Eat, Drink, Sleep, Buy, etc.) or via a search.
- View downloaded pages either as a flat list or a hierarchical iTunes-like tree.
- Search downloaded pages.
- Download OpenStreetMap maps for subsequent offline use.
- Option to cache images in downloaded pages as well for subsequent offline use.
- View downloaded pages, maps, and images while offline.
- View downloaded pages in a hierarchical iTunes-like interface or on a single screen.
- View a catalog of all downloaded listings for a destination and its subpages.
- Get Flickr, Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor info for listings.
- View Foursquare listing information, where available
- Edit sections and listings. If offline, edits will be uploaded to Wikitravel when the app is next launched.
- View app announcements.
- Send messages to nearby app users, and/or read messages they have posted.
- (on WikiSherpa.com) Search for Wikitravel pages and map their geolocated listings in a browser.
The free version of the app displays ads if the device is online. A paid version, called WikiSherpa+, was available; this version had no ads.
The app currently had approximately 15,000 active users, roughly evenly distributed between Android and iOS.
Expected future features include:
- Lists of nearby events of interest to travellers