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iPhone Software Park'n Find

Park'n Find offers a wide range of features to get you back to your parking spot every time. In addition to showing a map view that automatically zooms and pans as you move closer to your parking location, iPhone 3GS users are provided a "go this way" arrow. You can add an optional description, attach one or more photos, and record a voice note to help remind you where you parked. Park'n find can also remind you when it is time to pay the meter with a push notification.

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Reviews

Featured on AppCraver.com in "8 Apps You Need to Make it Through Black Friday."

SlapAppReview Rated 5 out of 5 "This amazingly handy app is jam packed with every feature imaginable to make finding your car in any parking lot and garage a breeze...hands down the easiest and smartest way to find your car."
TheiPhoneAppReview Rated 10 out of 10 "Eliminate Frustration and Wasted Time With Park'n Find"
TheiPhoneAppReview Rated 9 out of 10
Editor's Pick
"With a simple, user-friendly interface and practical options for data entry, Park'n Find is quite the App Store find indeed."
AppReview.com "Better" "This app is for people that seriously cannot remember where they parked and need to get back fast."
Featured as "Best App for Finding Your Parked Car" in O'Reilly publication "Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders."

Features

  • Hands-Free Map which Automatically Zooms and Pans
  • An Arrow Points the Direction to Walk to Find your Car
  • Parking Meter Reminder with Optional Early Alerts
  • Parking Location is Approximated to a Street Address
  • Track an Unlimited Number of Parking Spots
  • Attach Photos or Voice Notes
  • Enter as Much or as Little Information as You Need
  • E-Mail or SMS Your Parking Spot Details
  • iPhone and iPad 3G Universal Application

Availability

Park'n Find 3.0 is available in the Apple AppStore. For the full range of Park'n Find features, you must have a GPS and compass equipped device, such as an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 3G. This application is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR IPOD TOUCH, NON-3G IPAD OR 1ST GENERATION IPHONE devices due to their limited hardware capabilities.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I enter anything other than numbers in the parking spot entry section?

    Yes. Tap the column heading above the rotating selector several times to toggle through the available data selection types. Most columns support numbers, letters, colors, direction identifiers, and grid designations.

  2. Is Park'n Find available for iPhone and iPad?

    As of version 3.0, Park'n Find is distributed as a universal binary, meaning it will run natively on both the iPhone and iPad iOS platforms. Provided your iPhone and iPad use the same iTunes id, they can both run Park'n Find without the need to re-purchase it for the iPad.

  3. Can the meter reminder give me an early warning alert?

    Yes. When setting the meter reminder you may select early notifications of 60, 45, 30, and/or 15 minutes advance warning. You may select any or all of these early alerts.

  4. Is there anything I can do to speed up the GPS acquisition time?

    Use Park'n Find outside of your car. Be sure to have Wi-Fi enabled. Even if you are not able to join a Wi-Fi network in your parking location, it can help GPS performance on the iPhone and iPad.

  5. Will Park'n Find work in an underground parking structure?

    The advanced GPS and mapping features will not work well in an underground parking garage. However, Park'n Find is designed to be useful in all parking situations. There are rotating selectors which allow you to record details such as parking garage level, row, section, spot, etc. You can also attach a voice note and one or more photos. If the phone is able to receive a cellular or Wi-Fi signal it may be able to approximate the physical address of the parking structure.

  6. I have an iPhone 3GS/4 or iPad but the "go this way" arrow is grayed out, or a notice is in its place. What's wrong?

    The iPhone GPS has a low degree of accuracy, and can be off by as much as 50 feet even with an excellent GPS signal. If Park'n Find detects that your current distance from your car is well under the estimated error radius, the "go this way" arrow will not be available.

  7. The units are listed in feet and miles. Can I change that to meters and kilometres?

    Yes, open the devices Preferences screen and scroll down to and select the Park'n Find icon to change the units of measure to metric.

  8. Can I use the photos taken with Park'n Find outside of the application?

    Use the action button at the bottom of the parking location screen to either send the photos via e-mail or save them to your iOS Device's camera roll.

  9. Why does it say GPS is unavailable?

    There are a few reasons why GPS may be unavailable.

    When Park'n Find was started you may have been asked if you agree to allow Park'n Find to use location services. If you selected "no", then GPS is not available. After you selecting "yes" to this question twice you should not be prompted again.

    If you are in a location where you cannot receive a cellular or Wi-Fi signal, GPS is automatically disabled. Park'n Find requiremes access to Google Maps in order to display your location on the map. In this case, you will be notified that a network connection is not available. If you believe this to be in error, try restarting Park'n Find.

    Lastly, check your Park'n Find preferences in the iOS "Settings" screen. GPS is enabled by default, but if you had previously disabled it Park'n Find will continue to avoid using GPS.

  10. Why am I unable to select a meter reminder time?

    When you first launched Park'n Find you should have been asked if you agree to allow Park'n Find to send push notifications to your device. If you answered "no", then the meter reminder functionality will be unavailable.

    If you had previously declined push notifications, but now wish to receive them you may enable them in the iOS preferences screen. Exit Park'n Find, go to the iOS "Settings" menu (the grey icon with gears usually found on the front screen of the iOS device). Select "Notifications", found in the top portion of the screen. Verify the Notifications switch at the top of the screen is set to "On". Next scroll down to Park'n Find and select it. Make sure both Sounds and Alerts are set to "On". This should make meter reminders available in Park'n Find.

  11. Can Park'n Find provide driving directions to my parking location?

    Yes. If you require travel directions to your parking structure, Park'n Find can send your parking location to Google Maps and have it display driving direction. Select the action button at the bottom of the parking details screen and you'll have the option to get driving directions. Use of this option will exit Park'n Find and switch to Google Maps.

  12. Can I manually identify my parking location? I tried dragging a pin as is common in other iPhone applications but it does not work.

    Yes. We found the pin drag method that is commonly used to be cumbersome when walking around a parking lot, especially if trying to enter the information single handed, so we've provided a simpler method.

    In the add parking details screen, change to the "Map" view using the button in the middle of the bottom of the screen. On the lower right side of the map there is a button to select manual or GPS mode. If you select manual mode, the GPS will disengage, and a red dot will be placed in the center of the map. Simply drag the map to place the red dot over the location you would like to record. Each time you stop dragging the map, the location of the red dot is selected.

  13. Why does the direction of the "go this way" arrow seems to contradict the location markers on the map?

    As with most maps, the top area of the map is north and the bottom area is south. Although the map automatically zooms and pans as needed, it does not rotate from the north/south orientation. The "go this way" arrow points the direction you need to walk to get to your car. If it points to the top of your device, walk forward. If it points to the bottom of your device, turn around. Therefore, the map may show that you need to walk south, yet if you are facing south the arrow will point towards the top of the device. The ring around the "go this way" arrow indicates compass direction.

  14. Does Park'n Find work on an iPod Touch?

    Yes, it will run on an iPod Touch. However, its features will be limited to the hardware capabilities of the iPod Touch. For example, GPS, mapping, camera, and the "go this way" arrow will be unavailable or inaccurate. We only suggest using Park'n Find on iPhone 3G/3GS/4 or iPad devices.

    Although we have tried to be very clear about the limitations of using Park'n Find on the iPod touch, some users may have overlooked these warnings when purchasing. If you did not notice or understand these limitations and purchased Park'n Find on an iPod touch, you may contact us for a refund of the purchase price of Park'n Find via check or paypal for United States residents, or paypal for those outside the United States. Select the "e-mail support" option on the help options page to contact Park'n Find support.

  15. What iOS level is required to use Park'n Find?

    Park'n Find will run on iOS devices running version 3.0 or higher. Special features available in newer iOS releases will be automatically detected and used, for example iOS4 users will be able to send parking data via SMS alerts, or set parking meter reminders without the need for a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, etc.

  16. Is Park'n Find available for other mobile phone platforms, such as Android or BackBerry?

    Park'n Find is currently only available for the iOS iPhone and iPad platforms.


User Guide

When you start Park'n Find, the main menu will provide a car icon used to add new parking spots, a help icon, and a listing of all previously saved parking locations. To get started using Park'n Find, simply tap the red car.

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When a parking entry is no longer needed, it can be deleted. Select "edit" on the main screen to delete several records. To delete a single entry simply swipe your finger from left to right across a parking entry and select delete when prompted.

Entering Parking Information

Your GPS location and approximate street address will be automatically collected on GPS enabled devices including the iPhone 3G/3GS/4 or iPad. A cellular or Wi-Fi signal is required for mapping functionality.

At the top of the screen you can enter optional information such as a description of the parking location, record a voice memo, or take photos. The parking data entry page is organized into three sections. Use the selection button on the bottom of the parking spot entry screen to change between the three entry screens.

Map

The map screen will be the default screen shown when adding parking spots on a GPS enabled device. Use the map to see your location as detected by GPS.

A signal strength indicator shows GPS accuracy in the lower portion of the screen. Once a GPS location is identified, the address of your current location is displayed under the optional description box. Depending on GPS signal strength this address may not be exact, but should provide you a close approximation of your location. As the GPS signal improves Park'n Find will update the address of your location.

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If you wish to manually select a location on the map to identify your parking spot, select the "Manual" mode button on the lower right portion of the map. A red dot will appear in the center of the map, and then simply drag the map to place the red dot over the location you want to identify. You can re-select new locations as many times as needed, or switch back into GPS mode for automatic location detection.

Entry

Use the entry screen to select common parking structure details, such as level, section, row, and spot. The rotating selectors are initially blank since you may only need one or two of those designations to identify your spot.

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Simply click the column heading that applies to your parking situation and then rotate the wheel to select the correct value. Each column offers several different data types (numbers, letters, grids, colors, etc) Push the column heading to toggle through the different entry types available.

Meter

Use the meter screen to set a reminder for your parking meter. By default, you may select a time based on duration, such as the meter expires three hours from now. If you need to specify a specific time, such as 3:35pm today, press the "Date/Time" button on the upper right side of the screen to change the date selection format.

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If you would like to be reminder prior to the meter expire time, select one or more of the check-boxes in the "Early Reminders" section near the middle of the screen. For example, if you select all four boxes, you'll receive a reminder 60, 45, 30, and 15 minutes prior to meter expire time.

A cellular or Wi-Fi connection is needed to set a parking alert for devices running versions of iOS prior to 4.0.

Save the Entry

After all parking information is entered, select "Save" (lower right). This will save all information entered and return you to the main application screen. If using GPS you may chose to save your parking information at any time, regardless of GPS accuracy.

Retrieving Parking Information

Select a previously saved parking location from the main menu to view the saved information. Use this information to navigate to find your parking location.

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If the parking location was saved with GPS coordinates, a map will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. A blue dot is used to show your current location, and a red dot is used to show your parking location. As you get closer to your parking location, the map will automatically zoom and pan to keep the two dots on the screen while showing as much detail on the map as possible. If you want to manually manipulate the map, automatic zooming can be turned on and off with the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen.

If using an iPhone 3GS/4 or iPad, a compass will also be displayed with an arrow showing what direction to go to find your parking location. Unlike a normal compass, the arrow does not point north. Instead it points in the direction you should walk to reach your car.

The farther away from your parking location you are, the more accurate the arrow will be. Holding your device more horizontal than vertical will also improve the accuracy of the compass and arrow. When you get close to your parking location the arrow will be replaced with a notice to look around.

If you took photos of the parking location, the "next" and "previous" arrow buttons will be enabled on the bottom of the screen. Park'n Find uses the same area of the screen to display the map or photos, so to get back to the map you may cycle through all the photos.

A "play" button will be available on the bottom of the screen if a voice memo was recorded. When playing, the button changes to a "stop" button and may be pressed to stop playback.

Use the action button at the bottom of this screen to e-mail or SMS your parking details to yourself or others. If driving to you location, you can also use this button to start Google Maps and receive driving directions.

Preferences

You can personalize some of the Park'n Find features, such as map view preference, imperial or metric distance measurements, or enable/disable GPS. To set Park'n Find preferences, select the iPhone "Settings" icon that is usually found on the top-level iOS screen and scroll down to the "Park'n Find" icon.

The auto-zoom feature allows Park'n Find to automatically zoom and pan the map while you are finding your parking location. This feature can be disabled by default in the preferences, or dynamically enabled/disabled while running the application by tapping the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen.

The data entry defaults section of the preferences screen allows you to select default data types for the rotating selector. This could save time if you frequently park in the same facility. For example, if your daily parking structure uses numbered levels but lettered sections you could set those selection types as default. Setting default entry types does not prevent you from selecting other types of parking information, just touch the wheel labels to choose from other data types.

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