Updated FAQ, April 23, 2012
1) What is FAQ?
FAQ stands for Frequent Asked Questions.
2) What is the Walkingtools project?
Walkingtools are a set of tools that can help you create locative content for mobile phones, ranging from guided walking tours to including our software libraries in your own software. You don’t have to know any kind of programming language to create and deploy content, but if you are a programmer there are some useful widgets and Java classes that you may be interested in working with.
3) How can I get access to the project?
We are undergoing a transition from supporting JavaMe/JSR 179 systems (like many older Nokia phones) to Android. We will support the old APIs as long as we can. In short, at the moment, we mostly support programmers who want to include our APIs. (But you can still use the older HiperGps desktop application to make content for older JavaMe phones.) Soon, (May) will should have a nice web interface that lets you create walking tours with your text, sound, images and video, and an app on Google Play that lets others find your tours and walk them.
4) How much does it cost?
Nothing! The walkingtools project was developed for free to artists who want to walk and create new interventions in the landscape, but not in what we call “the real” landscape, but in this mixture between reality and the virtual world based on satellites. We are at work on at least one app (hipergeo) that there will be a very small charge for because it uses server resources that must be paid for by the Walkingtools Laboratory.
5) How can I install it?
Just follow the instructions over at source forge: http://walkingtoolsgpx.sourceforge.net/
6) Who created the system?
The main drivers of the walkingtools project has been Brett Stalbaum and Cicero Inacio da Silva, with the advice of many colleagues and peers from around the world. (See our people page.)
7) How can I create the software for my cell phone? See sourceforge.
You can also use our old version. For more details, follow this description: when you download the package of the walkingtools project, you will see a folder called “WalkingToolsDist”, inside this folder you’ll find the “HiperGps.jar” file. The HiperGps is a FILE MANAGER for your projects. With it you can create your own geoannotations using the latitude, longitude, inserting images and sounds in certain spots that will be located by the GPS of your cell phone. When you create your first project, the system will generate a FOLDER with the SAME NAME that you selected as your “new project”. Inside your project FOLDER you will find a new folder, called “deploy” and inside this folder two programs, called “wtj2me.jar” and “wtj2me.jad”. To install them into your cell phone, just connect your cell phone using a USB or the bluetooth and send the two files to the cell. Usually the installation will be automatic. This is all to be essentially replaced soon by a web app and network distributed applications.
8) How many programs can I create? We are working on that now that the application is networked. Let us ponder.
9) How can I get more information about the project?
You can stay in touch with us by the walkingtools@gmail email.
10) Do you provide assistance for users of the project?
We have a special self-assigned mandate to put locative media in the hands of the people, but our time resources are limited. We are eager to support educational or non-profit orgs that wish to make the creation of this kind of content available to their creative communities. So, do contact us, and if you are willing to help us brag about your cool project for kids or students or members of a creative community we will do our best to support you with what time and resources we can afford. On the other hand, we may not be inclined to consult for commercial-ish uses for free. Again, contact us, because the project does in fact need small funding from time to time to support the research, so maybe we can work something out.
11) What language did you use to produce the project?
For the first version, we used Java and for the HiperGps File Manager, we used Java with Netbeans. For the Android version we are using Java with Eclipse.