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Published November 4th 2012
Rediscover Melbourne with Five Free Apps
Like the city itself, Melbourne's smartphone apps have character. You could say they're tailored to the city's needs - developers have done their research. If you're looking for tonight's bar, the funkiest market or just want to order a taxi for your flight the next morning, don't rush to your laptop. Whip out your smartphone instead. With these five free Melbourne apps, you're good to go, even on the go.
1. Never miss out on free coffee again: Rewardle
Rewardle is a great Melbourne-based app with a simple concept but unlimited potential. You know all those coffee loyalty cards you can't find when you're getting your morning caffeine fix? And then you inevitably miss out on your free coffee because your card is nowhere in sight? Now thanks to this innovative app, your reward points will be integrated onto one platform. All you need to do is scan a picture at participating cafés and you're set. Your coffees will add up and you'll never miss out on your well-deserved freebies again. Rewardle is a new app, but it has already accumulated a series of popular Melbourne cafés on its network. To find yours today, visit the website.
2. Broadsheet's guide to everything cool
If you've been in Melbourne long enough, you've heard of Broadsheet, the arts, fashion and culture reference. But have you heard of the Broadsheet Melbourne Directory, an app designed to plan your next catch up, dinner or party? It features independent reviews of everything entertainment and shopping. Not to mention that, with a recent update, the previous version's bugs have been eliminated so you can browse worry-free. The design is elegant and the app is easy to navigate, with only the most relevant information included. No fluff, just places, prices and other essentials.
3. Navigate Melbourne's markets: myMarketVic
Melbourne wouldn't be Melbourne without its market scene. But it's almost impossible to be in the know without myMarketVic, a free app that consolidates the city's market events in one spot. This app is for self-proclaimed "market-junkies" and is highly praised on the developer's website. myMarketVic won the first ever Victorian Government competition "App my State" in 2010. It can be used to interact with other market-goers and share experiences, but it also provides information on market locations and finds. For more, go to the iTunes store.
Sporticle is your gateway to Melbourne's bike share system. You've seen the bike decks around the city, a popular recent addition to metropolises around the globe. Now, get the free app that allows you to search for bike decks in your area, see their current status and plan a bike trip with a personalized route. This app is very convenient for Melburnians who like to cycle but don't necessarily own a bike. Don't blindly go around the city in search of a deck, only to find that it's empty. Sporticle will help you be prepared the next time you bike.
5. Hail a cab in a few taps
13CABS has created an app for its services. Next time you need a taxi, book it through their easy-to-navigate apps. Judging by customer comments, the service works just as well as making a booking on the phone, but it is quicker and you won't be put on hold. 13CABS has included a fare estimator feature in their app, so you'll also get a good idea of what the proposed ride will cost.