Over the last year we’ve been working on implementing the new Cragger Publishing Platform. I know, B-O-O-O-RING! Actually, it’s not as boring as you might expect. What’s rad about it is the speed with which publishers can enter their content, update their content, and get it going live to the app.
We upgraded our system in response to our own irritation with our last platform. It was slow to respond, finickity, and delivered our guide material to the phone through our own communication system. Don’t get me wrong, it was good but it had room for improvement.
Thus, we have a new system now built on Amazon Web Servers, on a super-fast JSON communication system, and scaleable to insane degrees. It’s fast, beautiful, usable in the field on your phone or tablet.
I’d like to show you but that’s for publishers’ eyeballs only. If you’d like to talk about putting your guide into Cragger, drop us a line.
We’re happy (and exhausted) that Cragger was accepted into iTunes in late December 2015. We’re climbers and nerdy types here at Cragger so we enjoy getting our hands dirty in both zeros and ones and nasty rock but Cragger was a challenge for our team. We’ve been working for 2 years designing, developing, redesigning, redeveloping, labouring in our caves, smacking our foreheads, the whole catastrophe getting Cragger to you.
Why have you kept it quiet?
It’s been a bit over a month since our soft launch and we’ve seen downloads by people in Canada, the US, and a few in Asia. (I’m wondering if we’ll see a Chinese knock-off in the near future.) Actually, we’re in an assessment phase watching how the app works across the different iOS devices and monitoring crashes. (Aside: we’ve had only 1 crash since the launch and I think it was my iPhone. I had a development Cragger version on my phone and I believe it clashed with my for-real version.)
Our intention giving away Cragger for free is to get your feedback before the climbing season starts. There are a tonne of climbers like you that wanted to get our app right away. We needed feedback. In the Venn diagram of apps and feedback, free is the overlapping area.
For a limited time, Cragger’s Smoke Bluffs Guide, is FREE
So, feel free to go grab Cragger at iTunes. On your iOS phone or tablet, go to the App Store app and search for ‘Cragger.’
What can I do with Cragger
What?! You haven’t heard? Oh man. Ok, let me talk about our great climbing app.
- At its heart, it’s a comprehensive guide book of climbs…use it to get info about climbs
- Search for climbs by name
- Browse climbs by grade, distance from your location, and star ranking
- Make ticklist of climbs you’ve done or want to do
- Use the map to orient yourself and lead you to crags
- Leave your bulky paper guidebook at home
We’re sporting some swanky t-shirts that are pretty high viz. Oh, my eyes! If you’re looking to get one, drop us a line. We don’t have tonnes on hand but if we get some interest, we’d be happy to run another order through the great people at GetBold in North Vancouver. The quality of cotton, the super thick inking, and that we tried to make sure they were all locally sourced materials makes them super special.
We’re almost there. Cragger is nearing completion and we’re getting ready to smash the champagne bottles against this side of this ship and set sail.
It’s been almost two years since we’ve been planning, designing, redesigning, building prototypes, and plugging away at code for Cragger. Over the last couple months it’s been more coding but also we’ve focused on adding content for our first guide, Smoke Bluffs Guide for the Squamish area. (I’ll write more about that at a later date.)
For now, we’re inching closer day-by-day with coding, content editing, photos, the whole catastrophe (as Zorba the Greek) said.