The ultimate history walking and talking tour of historic Charleston, South Carolina which was named the 2012 Top Destination in the World. Charleston Tour Lite is just like the app "Charleston Tour Extra (3D & GPS)" except that it is not GPS enabled and does not include the hundreds of historical (and modern day) stereoscopic (3D) content.
FREE ALERT: For a limited time (starting on April 14, 2014), all the features of Charleston Tour Extra (3D & GPS) will be available in the Lite version. To learn more about the full features and see 3D examples, check the page of the full version at: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brinkman.CharlestonTour
Even without the GPS and 3D features, the rich history of Charleston provides, in this Lite version of the app, over 325 points of interest that you can select from an interactive map. You can also select an animated tour mode which will take you to each spot and a non-stop talking history of Charleston that goes on for over 6 hours! Even more information can be retrieved for each point from direct links to the Historical Marker Database and Wikipedia all while the phone continues to talk to you about each site. Of course, this is pushing the limit of a single core smart phone so it might be time for you to upgrade to a newer model. Charleston Tour is a big step forward for HistorySoft in its coupling of History and Technology.
Besides history, the Charleston Tour Lite also provides tours of just Churches, Eating Places, and Parking places to help you select among the many fine places to worship and eat in Charleston.
About the tour data:
The Charleston Tour data (downloaded each time you start the app) is dynamic and always being updated. Hidden points are sometimes offered with clues. If you find the point in Charleston, you can win a prize. Just listen for "Clue Alert" at the start of the app. For 2013, the following tour is available:
For the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the tour starts with Charleston points from just prior to the War until its occupation by Union troops at the end of the war. This part of the tour is in chronological order and each point also includes 3D pictures (full app version only). Hundreds of these pictures are from stereoscopic images taken in Charleston during the Civil War and others are modern day photos of the same scenes. Inter-weaved into this tour is the mystery of the missing John C. Calhoun statue which was solved during the development of the tour. This mystery is broken into nine locations that are all part of the mystery as well as part of Charleston’s Civil War history. In all, there are about 45 Civil War points in this Civil War portion of the tour. Of course, Charleston History includes more than just the Civil War. There are also almost another 300 historical points that are covered by the remaining portion of the tour. These are listed and completed in the auto-tour mode in an alphabetical order. In total, the historical content contains: 328 historical markers. 237 stereoviews (all over 100 years old), 106 period illustrations (which have been converted to 3D), and 125 new 3D photographs of the same scenes.
The Charleston Tour Quick Start guide and details of app functions are at the following site:
To view the 3D content (which is available in Charleston Tour Extra and for a limited times in Charleston Tour Lite) you will need a pair of Red/Cyan 3D glasses. You can get them real cheap at the following site: http://www.historysoft.com/charleston/3d/glasses.htm