Your walking, talking, and 3D multimedia tour guide of Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston was named the 2012 Top U.S. City and Top Destination in the World. It is now the first city to have a full GPS enabled, multilingual talking history tour phone app (with hundreds of historical points). But that's not all, it also has 3D content (3D pictures of Charleston that cover the entire 160 years of stereoscopic photography.) All on your Smart Phone.
FREE ALERT: For a limited time, all the features of Charleston Tour Extra (3D & GPS) will be available in the free Lite version. You can get the Lite version at: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brinkman.CharlestonTourLite
The rich history of Charleston was almost too much to tackle but we did it. Start the app, turn up the volume, and drop the phone in your pocket. As you approach each site, the app will begin telling you the history of that spot in what every language you desire. If you are not in the city, no problem, just select sites from the interactive map or select the tour mode which will take you to each point during a non-stop talking history tour of Charleston that can go on for over 8 hours! There is also a 3D Civil War tour that takes you through hundreds of "Then and Now" stereoscopic pictures of Charleston from the Civil War and from today. It really is the Old and New Dimensions of Charleston.
In any mode, you can always manually select a marker from the interactive map. You can also view the 3D content (requires the standard red/cyan 3D glasses) or go to other sources of information (like the Historical Marker Database or Wikipedia) all while the phone continues to talk to you about each site. Of course, this is pushing the limit of a single core smart phone so it might be time for you to upgrade to a newer model. Charleston Tour is a big step forward for HistorySoft and its coupling of History and Technology.
Besides history, the Charleston Tour also provides tours of just Churches, Eating Places, and Parking places to help you select among the many fine places to worship and eat in Charleston.
About the tour data:
The Charleston Tour data (downloaded each time you start the app) is dynamic and always being updated. Hidden points are sometimes offered with clues. If you find the point in Charleston, you can win a prize. Just listen for "Clue Alert" at the start of the application. For 2013, the following tours are available:
There are two history tours in Charleston Tour. For the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, one tour features Charleston points from just prior to the War until its occupation by Union troops at the end of the war. This tour is in chronological order and each point also includes 3D pictures. Hundreds of these pictures are from stereoscopic images taken in Charleston during the Civil War and others are modern day photos of the same scenes. Inter-weaved into this tour is the mystery of the missing John C. Calhoun statue which was solved during the development of the tour. This mystery is broken into nine locations that are all part of the mystery as well as part of Charleston’s Civil War history. In all, there are about 45 Civil War points in this tour. Of course, Charleston History includes more than just the Civil War. There are also almost another 300 historical points that are covered by the standard tour. These are listed and completed in the auto-tour mode in an alphabetical order. In total, the historical content contains: 328 historical markers. 237 stereoviews (all over 100 years old), 106 period illustrations (which have been converted to 3D), and 125 new 3D photographs of the same scenes.
The Charleston Tour Quick Start guide and details of app functions are at the following site:
Charleston Tour 3D requires a pair of Red/Cyan 3D glasses. You can get them real cheap at the following site: http://www.historysoft.com/charleston/3d/glasses.htm