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Topic # 31862 2-Apr-2009 09:58
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The Zenbu app which has been on iPhone since September is now out on Windows Mobile. (Be jealous no more!)

With Version 1.03 you get full text search of 68,801 Zenbu listings from (exported Mar 23) with full detail display, all without a network connection which is great for those of us not on a big data plan. The download package is 18Mb.

It's free and I look forward to any feedback. Here or

Chief Zenbu Bloke

What is Zenbu? Zenbu is a local search engine for New Zealand places, products & services.

Zenbu's content is created by the community and is freely available under a Creative Commons license which results in Zenbu data being found in a number of other projects such as NZ Open GPS Maps or on Zoomin, which has utilised over 33,000 Zenbu records. 

The idea is to collect the same basic information that is available to you as you walk down the street such as business contact details and hours, as well as non-commercial things like parks, DOC camping grounds and public toilets, and make that available electronically.

I find it particularly useful to have instant access to this information, especially with the data already in the mobile which enables some quick, powerful, and free searches; it's like packing the phone book in your pocket without the weight.

Google can do a lot more, but it will require a net connection.

If you can't find something on Zenbu you can just add it, for the benefit of you and everyone else, which is a little more difficult with Google. 

Google is great, I use it all day.

I also use Zenbu, it is smaller, simpler and in just one tiny niche, better.

Of course as a "crowd-sourced" content provider Zenbu gets better with the more people who use it and contribute back, in any small amount. If you find it useful, please do add or edit content to keep the network effect growing. Updates made on the website will feed into future app releases.

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  Reply # 210109 28-Apr-2009 10:45
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Any chance of an S60 variant Sam?

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  Reply # 210128 28-Apr-2009 11:35
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That would be great to see. Windows Mobile was a pretty simple extension from iPhone as both use a SQLite backend. I understand Symbian OS 9.4 does/will support SQLite natively, although it does look as though attempts have been made to get it running on earlier versions.

The application itself is pretty simple if those building blocks are in place. The WM app is <500 lines of code but far more time was spent in research than coding.

The real issue is in the time it takes to learn about new SDKs, limitations and possibilities.

Developing an S60 app would be a great project for a student (any takers??).


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  Reply # 223150 9-Jun-2009 14:32
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If you haven't already got it yet, the version 1.05 update for the app has been out for a week or so. I added a Nearest search option which, although rudimentary, does give users another powerful search option.

As an aside, we've just started a $1 no reserve auction for a small banner ad in the app (iPhone and Windows Mobile versions) so please check that out if you have a compelling, targeted offer for Kiwi mobile users.


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  Reply # 228016 24-Jun-2009 16:42
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Happy to chat about developing a Symbian and Android version of your app for you.

Best regards,
Aaron Davidson.

SimWorks International Limited - New Zealands leading developer of mobile applications

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  Reply # 228020 24-Jun-2009 16:45
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Go for it Aaron! The Zenbu data is openly licensed and I know the New Zealand community would appreciate access to Zenbu apps for those platforms.

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