Portland's New Smartphone App

Handy tool helps visitors explore the city
Portland has created a new Smartphone app // (c) 2012 Rob Finch / www.travelportland.com
Portland has created a new Smartphone app // (c) 2012 Rob Finch / www.travelportland.com

The Details

Touring Portland? Now there's an app for that.

Thanks to a new app from Portland software company Meridian, visitors can use their smartphones to find their way to the closest pint of locally brewed beer at Portland International Airport; an artwork at the Portland Art Museum; their next meeting in the Oregon Convention Center; a used copy of a local book in Powell’s Bookstore; what’s in bloom at Lan Su Chinese Garden; or their seats at a Portland Timbers soccer game.



The free app, available for both iPhone and Android devices, provides users with a powerful GPS-enabled direction system as well as content about individual locations. For example, at the Portland Art Museum the app won’t just say where Gustave Courbet’s “The Violoncellist” painting is located, it will also link to a video by the museum staff describing the painting in detail.



Currently the app offers the most content in Portland, where Meridian is located. It features details for the Portland Art Museum, Powell’s Bookstore, Jeld-Wen Field, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Convention Center and the Portland International Airport. More locations will be included in the future.

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