Mobile terminals are more and more used for their computing power giving the opportunity to satisfy, with a proper software, users needs in various domains.

Mobile Metro Guide

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Mobile Metro Guide - Splash Bucuresti

Mobile Metro Guide - Splash Budapest

Mobile Metro Guide - Splash Wien

1 Introduction

Mobile Metro Guide is a subway trips planner with a guide of attractions for different cities. The application was designed to run on a large categories of terminals, the only technical requirement is to have Java platform. There are over 500 millions of such terminals worldwide giving the application a large base of potential clients.

Mobile Metro Guide is slim, fast and easy to use. It contains a minimap of the city with two levels of zoom, an exhaustive list of metro stations grouped on lines and a list of the most important 15-20 attractions. All attractions are marked the on map and a short description is provided including visiting hours and fees where exist.

The application includes a route planner for metro trips. Stations filters by the lines and a search feature are provided for an easy selection of start and end points for the trip. The route can be listed as a trip description or showed as an animation on the map.

The user interface is friendly and intuitive allowing the use of the application with almost no learning curve. The soft keys mapping is done consistent with the terminal the application runs on. This gives the user a comfortable feeling and reduces the use of the help menu.

Because all the data is stored in the terminal there is no need for a GPRS or GSM connection in order to use Mobile Metro Guide. It can be used anywhere anytime disregarding the signal strength or roaming availability.

2 Description

Mobile Metro Guide - Main Menu
After a splash screen the application enter the main menu.
It contains Plan trip, Map, Attractions, Useful info, and Help. The Exit command will close the application.

Mobile Metro Guide - Plan Trip
Plan trip takes the user to trip planner menu. Select From: or To: to get an alphabetical list of all stations in the city and decide upon the start and end points. After that Show trip can be used to get a trip description or Trip map to see an animated trip on the map. During Trip map the Zoom option is working so the trip can be followed in details or on the whole city map.

Mobile Metro Guide - Stations List
On the stations list menu the following options are also available:

The start and end stations are remembered until the application exits.

Mobile Metro Guide - Zoom Off
Map displays the whole city map. It contains only the main avenues, parks and lakes/rivers of the city and the metro lines with the stations marked as small dots. A small legend containing the colors of different subway lines is provided. A rectangle marks the zone that can be magnified using Zoom. The rectangle can be moved using navigation keys or numeric keys 2(up), 4(left), 6(right), 8(down). Zoom brings the detail map, featuring stations names, attractions marked as numbers and the names of the main avenues. Using Zoom again will take the user to the whole city map.

Mobile Metro Guide - Zoom On
The map can be accessed from different menus, like Plan trip > From: or To: > On Map when a station is highlighted, from main menu using Map or from Attractions using On Map . For this reason Back in this context means the user will return to the previous menu, not necessary main menu.

Mobile Metro Guide - Atractions
Attractions displays the local attractions list. Each attraction has a number which can be used to locate the attraction on the detailed map. On Map from the Attractions list will pinpoint the current attraction on the city plan (Zoom available). Details gives the name of the attraction both in local language and English and a short description and visiting hours and fees where available.

Mobile Metro Guide - Useful Info
Useful info contains information about the history of the metro system, taxation and schedule.

Help contains an User Guide, a Disclaimer and About screen.

3 Technical Overview

Mobile Metro Guide design is on top of CLDC 1.0 and MIDP 1.0. However special builds are available for MIDP 2 enabled devices for aesthetic purposes. Because different terminals have different displays resolutions minimaps are available in 3 sizes (96x96, 156x156 and 176x176). JAR size is keep under 64k so the application is slim enough to run on all Java terminals on the market today. Commands are mapped to softkeys on runtime taking advantage of terminal's keys layout (like the back key from Sony-Ericsson or the 3 softkeys interface from Nokia).

4 Conclusion

Mobile Metro Guide is a subway trips planner with a guide of city attractions featuring:

Mobile Metro Guide - Zoom Off Bucuresti

Mobile Metro Guide - Zoom Off Budapest

Mobile Metro Guide - Zoom Off Wien