This article is from Signpost 69, Autumn 2021
Mel Bale, Trustee, Membership Secretary and Webmaster
The Society now has its very own smart phone app called Path Checker. Our readers might remember my piece about the Ethels and the associated Ethel Ready app in the last issue of Signpost. I tracked down the developer of the app, Doug Colton and asked him if he could be tempted to develop something similar for PNFS. To my great surprise, Doug sent me a very enthusiastic reply. A few more emails followed and within a couple of days I received a special link which enabled me to install a prototype of the app on my phone. It was almost exactly as I had envisaged and it only needed a couple of minor changes to get it working perfectly.
Path Checker is free and can be downloaded from both the App Store and Google Play. It has three features. By default it shows the user’s grid reference and allows them to enter details of an issue that they have just encountered. An existing or new photograph can be selected and then all the details can be emailed to the society by pressing a Submit button. The other two features are available via the ‘Map’ and ‘PNFS’ icons at the bottom of the screen. ‘Map’ shows the society’s signposts and bridges via standard location icons. Selecting an icon shows a photograph of the signpost/bridge along with it details. ‘PNFS’ provides three links to the society’s website, ‘Join Us’, ‘Support Us’ and ‘About Us’.
Our new app simplifies the reporting of an issue, so we would now recommend that people use it instead of the OS Locate app. Why not download it now and try it out? Tell your friends and family about it as well. Who knows it might even encourage them to join the society? I'd like to say a huge thank you to Doug for developing such an excellent app.
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