Sunday, February 19, 2012

Companion on the Droid

I renewed my membership with Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, which among other things, gets me a copy of the Thru-Hiker's Companion in Adobe pdf format.  I have an unbound version of AWOL's AT Guide that, with it's clever integration of the trail's profile with milestones, will be my primary navigation tool. But the Companion has amplifying info that fills in where the AT Guide leaves off - History of the trail, and of the areas it passes through, park regulations, where to find AYCE buffets in town ...

The fact that it is available as a pdf, means I can load it on my Droid, and it's weightless!

After renewing my membership, I got an email on my phone from Sly with a link to the file. I clicked on the link, and the file downloaded.  I opened the Adobe Reader app, and it found it right away.  Turning the phone sideways and expanding the text to fit the screen resulted in sharp, perfectly legible text.  Hyperlinks with updates worked flawlessly. Town maps are sharp and perfectly legible.

What more could a boy want?