When we moved to London, we didn't know the place very well. So, we thought that this Vindigo software would be pretty cool. Vindigo calls itself a "personal navigation tool" - the idea is that you tell it where you are or where you're going, and it finds the "nearest and best places to eat, shop, and play". "Tell it where you are" isn't as difficult as it sounds, because everything is done on "corners". If I'm at the corner of, say, Whitehall and Parliament Square, then I can tell it this, and it then knows roughly where I am. Then, just hit the (finger-sized) eat/shop/play buttons, and away you go. For example, it'll tell me where the nearest chinese restaurant is, its telephone number, how expensive it is, how far away it is, directions to get there, and even a review (from either zagat.com - who? - or thisislondon.com). In addition, it knows what films are on, gives a run down of them, and more information too. And it all keeps updated on your Palm whenever you synchronise. So. What are the negatives? Well, I use a Palm V, which has "only" 2 meg of memory in it. Vindigo isn't really the world's smallest program - it can't be, with the amount of data it needs. In fact, I simply didn't have enough memory without removing many of my AvantGo channels. Which is the next problem. When I downloaded Vindigo, it stopped AvantGo from working. A lot of messing about ensued, meaning I had to download AvantGo again, and do funny things to various bits to get it to work. Vindigo now comes with VindigoLink, which claims to have fixed the problem; but it's yet another app on your Palm, so yet more memory to use up. And finally, I found that I didn't really use it. There wasn't an easy way to find out what was new, what had just been added - so, unless you re-checked the same places every now and then, the benefit of it
being constantly updated passes you by. My wife uses it now, but I don't - I preferred using my memory for AvantGo and the odd game, rather than Vindigo - however, once I can afford a second-hand Palm V, I'll certainly look into Vindigo again. Incidentally, I learnt that wap.vindigo.com is their WAP service, which looks rather interesting. Might try that.
I’ve long been a fan of the Vindigo city guide application having used the New York version on a number of occasions. Now it is available in London. If you live or work in London and own a Palm OS device then this application will transform your PDA from an expensive diary to a lifestyle device that will never leave your side. Vindigo is a City Guide application with three channels: Eat, Shop and Play. You tell the application where in London you are (e.g. Oxford Street and Dean Street) then you simply decide what you want to do: eat dinner, grab a snack, go for a drink, do a spot of shopping, go clubbing go to the cinema… Vindigo then gives you the details of all the venues sorted by distance. It will give you the full address and telephone number, a review (this comes from established content providers such as the Evening Standard and Zagat) and best of all walking directions from your exact location to the venue. It also gives you the opportunity to write your own notes and reviews. The coverage area of London is very extensive reaching from Hampstead down to Clapham and Hammersmith across to Canary Wharf. Believe it or not but this application is actually FREE to download from www.vindigo.com which is even more amazing when you consider that Zagat have their own product for Palm devices which costs around £20! The data is updated automatically every time you hotsync providing you have an internet connection in the same way as Avantgo, you don't even notice! It is very difficult to find a fault with such a superb free product, I guess that since the app takes up around 700k of memory, that makes it quite large for people who only have 2mb of memory on their devices… all the more reason to go out and buy a Handspring!