Should you have a trip planned in the near future and are looking for new ways to document your every move with a smartphone or tablet, I suggest you give The Traveler a look. The app was originally developed by the fine folks at Ball State University as a field trip or journal app for students who studied abroad, but with positive feedback and an ever-growing list of features, it could easily be a trip journal for us all.
The app was recently redesigned to fit all sorts of Android design guidelines on both tablets and phones. To put it simply, this app is beautiful and buttery smooth. It has built-in Google Maps, uses code based off of Google My Tracks to record paths and excursions, allows you to snap photos of your adventures, place markers on maps and attach items to them, draw out sketches (with a Note 2), and replay entire trips later on through Google Earth. It’s feature-rich, but we’re told that there is “still a lot more” the developer wants to do with it.
Right now, it works on Ice Cream Sandwich devices and above. It’s 100% free.
* Capture photos, videos and audio on your trip and a marker will be added to the map
* Record your path and replay using Google Earth
* Send your paths to Google using Google Docs, Maps or Spreadsheets
* Share media with friends and family using your favorite social media apps
* Work offline to record your trips no matter where your travels take you
* Sketch and draw using a variety of brushes, tools and colors using the S Pen
Recent updates include new features such as:
* Google Maps v2, featuring tilt, panning, rotating and 3D buildings
* New path options – merging multiple paths, path detail, share with friends and family.
* Quick camera option – take photos right from the action bar
* Settings option – default canvas orientation, backup database (restore functionality coming in future updates)
* Google Account integration for profiles
* Add markers to quickly and easily mark a location on the map