iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/placeexplorer/id630043640?mt=8
PlaceExplorer is a great tool to help you search place with detailed information. You will never be lost if you have it. You can also use it to do trip planning. It is really a smart tourist guide for you.
PlaceExplorer has two kinds of place search:
(1)Search By Keyword: If you touch "search Place" button on top navigation bar, it will pop up keyword input box. Type keyword or address in the input box, it will search any places related with the keyword or address. For example, type Tokyo, PlaceExplorer will find Tokyo Disney Land, Tokyo Dome and so on.
(2)Search Nearby Point Of Interest: If you touch "search POI" button on top navigation bar, it will pop up place type list. Touch any place type you want to search, PlaceExplorer will search all of nearby places with this type. For instance, if you touch cafe, it will search all of nearby cafe.
PlaceExplorer has lots of built-in place types, you could also add your own place type by yourself. Just touch "+" button on top of the place type list, then you can input your own place type and search. For example, if you input McDonalds, all of nearby McDonalds restaurants will be found.
Setting of nearby location, there are two kinds of nearby location,
(1)Real Nearby Location: This nearby location is obtained from your device's GPS data and is your real current location.
(2)User Defined Nearby Location: This is the nearby location defined by you and is not your real current location. The advantage of it is that you can assume you are at some place and then search nearby point of interest around this place to do trip planning before you go out. Take for example, if you want to go to New York Central Park, you can define it as your nearby location and then search nearby restaurants. After doing such kind of trip planning, you don't need to be worried that you can't find a good restaurant to eat during your trips to New York Central Park. PlaceExplorer has two kinds of methods to define your nearby location,
(a)touch on map: touch "map" button on top right of navigation bar, it will show map view. In the map view, touch and hold a location or place that you want to set as your nearby location for about 1 second, then PlaceExplorer will set the place as your nearby location.
(b)select from place's detailed information view: touch the location button in the place's detailed information view, then it will set this place as your nearby location.
By the way, you can touch "Set your location" button on top navigation bar, then it will show nearby location list. You can use this list to switch your nearby location between real nearby location or previous user defined nearby location.
PlaceExplorer can present place search results with two kinds of types,
(1)list: This is the default option.
(2)map: touch "map" button on top right of navigation bar, it will show all of the place search results in the map view.
Touch any place search result, then PlaceExplorer will show more detailed information in the place's detailed information view. It will include following information:
2.Web site: touch web site link to browse the official web site through internet.
3.Information: touch it to search related information of the place through Google search engine.
4.Phone number: touch the phone number to call.
5.Distance: It is distance from the place to nearby location.
6.Map: touch this button to show the place on Apple or Google map, or view its Google's street view.
7.Direction: touch this button to navigate to this place.
8.Favorite: touch this button to save all of the detailed information of this place into favorite folder and device. After that, you can read information of this place in favorite view without searching it again.
9.Location: set this place as user defined nearby location.
10.Photo: show photos related with the place.