TripView SydneyA little while back we came up with a neat idea to showcase some Aussie developers’ work for Android.

We received a huge response – we have now over a dozen applications in our queue to be reviewed, and it’s going to take us a little while to get to them all, but we want to get started. As you know, we approached MobiCity and asked them if they’d like to be involved, and they have graciously given us a phone (a HTC Desire HD) to use to review these apps.

The first app we’ll be reviewing is one that we here at Ausdroid’s Sydney office just can’t live without. TripView Sydney has been around for a while in its iOS incarnation, but it has come across to Android, and done so well!

For those unfamiliar with TripView, it basically presents all Sydney’s public transport information in one, easy to use, application. It contains data for Sydney’s trains, buses and ferries, and features the following:

  • Full timetable viewer
  • Data is downloaded and stored locally, so you can use it without an active network connection (handy in Sydney’s underground rail where signal is variable)
  • Updates downloaded over the air within the app
  • Cityrail-style display (if that’s your thing), as shown to the right.
  • Trackwork and service interruption information (though this requires an active network connection)
  • Interactive maps for trip planning.

Some screenshots:

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Our favourite feature of this app is its trip planning feature. As you can see  in the third screenshot above, you can program in your favourite trips for ready accessibility in the app. For example, I regularly travel between Hornsby and Town Hall, so I have the forward and return journeys saved as favourites.

On accessing one of these favourites, you’re presented with a timetable view of upcoming services which will take you between your chosen stations – in this example (screenshot 2) between Hornsby and Town Hall.

You can readily see when the next services are, which way they go (the colour indicates the rail lines for Cityrail), how long the trip will take, when you’ll arrive, and by pressing on the square icon in the top right, you can cycle the view between the platform information, line information and travel time.

Conclusion

In short, we (I) love this app, and I’m so glad it’s come across to Android as well as iOS (which I’m forced to use for work).

The paid version is $2.49 well spent, and there is a lite version as well.

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  • Rorododo

    Great app. Money well spent. It is all about the ease of use. I also saved journeys for my friends at work who don’t have smart phones.

  • Sean

    Fab app. Bought it yesterday based on the review and used it the same day on my first train trip in weeks. Awesome.

  • Scott

    You know you can click on the station names up the top to reverse the journey, right?

    • Joe

      I’ve tried this but I must be doing the wrong thing because it doesn’t do anything but take me to the next screen… Anyone who can provide a more detailed set of instructions is a legend.

  • Evan

    I love this app, definitely my favorite Australian app in terms of look and ease of use.

  • Peter_

    Me too. But I wish it would tell you how to get from A to B when that requires combining different routes/transport modes.

  • van

    any similar app for melbourne that combines all information; buses, trams, trains

    • jignesh

      I’ve got Train Trapper for Melbourne. just for trains though…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1146383731 Julian Pinget

    i use to have it on my symbian os phone but the android iteration is infinitely better – and a quarter of the price!

    excellent app!