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local discoveriesGeo-tagging is a wonderful thing, and has many valid uses. Exploring the world around you with pictures just happens to be one of them, thanks to an army of apps that make use of location-based photography.

Trover happens to be another of those apps and is available free for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, running iOS 4.0 or later. The app is built to use Facebook by default, so you’ll need an account if you want to post your own images.

You don’t need to register to see everyone else’s contributions so if you’re not a Facebook user, Trover might still be useful. Read on to find out more about this handy little photo app.

Local Landmarks & Hidden Gems

Trover is hands-down one of the easiest ways to find local places of interest you may have missed, heard about or even visited yourself. The idea is simple – once you start Trover and grant it access to use your location, the app automatically searches for nearby “discoveries”.
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Discoveries are essentially geo-tagged pictures and a small description, which Trover lists by distance (closest items first) under the Nearby tab. This allows you to gauge how far the discovery is from your current position, using the distance reading at the top of the search results.
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Tapping on a thumbnail will load its full-sized counterpart, description and exact location on a map – perfect if you fancy visiting the area yourself. A further tap on the map brings up a full map view, for even easier navigation.
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If you’re the traveling type then you’ve probably already realized the potential that this app has on the road – be it a trip to the beach or a two week holiday abroad.

Once you’ve checked out what’s nearby, you can also see what the rest of the community is contributing from every corner of the globe. Trover allows you to go a bit off-piste and search for locations, again listing results by distance.
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For a slightly random selection of discoveries, the Feed tab lists all of Trover’s latest submissions by default. If you connect with Facebook, you can follow individual users and their finds will appear here. It’s pretty standard stuff, but we’ve come to expect it and Trover executes it well.

For all that’s hot at the moment the Featured tab includes the most viewed, commented and popular recent submissions. Both the Me tab and that big, bold center share button rely on a Facebook account, so you’ll be needing one of those to proceed.


Sharing Discoveries

Once you’ve authorized Trover to use your Facebook account, tap the share button in the center of the screen. You’ll have two ways to share your discoveries – through the lens or from your camera roll.

The ability to add pictures that are already on your device is a nice touch, and requires nothing more than a quick square crop (much like Instagram) to share. If your photo was geo-tagged at the time then Trover pulls this information from the EXIF data What EXIF Photo Data Is, How to Find It & How to Understand It What EXIF Photo Data Is, How to Find It & How to Understand It Read More (and shows you a map, allowing you to tweak the location).
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On the next screen you’ll be required to tag the area where your photo was taken (Trover takes suggestions from the map, so you’ll rarely need to type) and then add a few details to your shot. The final screen before uploading allows you to review your discovery and choose whether or not to share on Facebook.
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You’ll need to configure posting to Facebook by allowing Trover additional access to post to your wall, and until you have done this your discoveries won’t be automatically shared with your Facebook friends.
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With a final tap of Done your photo is uploaded to Trover and the Me tab starts to look a bit more personal, listing your discovery count and distance between discoveries (once you’ve started to rack ’em up). That’s pretty much all there is to it!


I’m struggling to find faults with Trover, the app performs flawlessly in everything it tries to do. The only problem I do have is the requirement to use a Facebook account, as not everyone who will be interested in Trover is necessarily a Facebook user.

Still, even a five minute flick through the Featured photos can turn into a half-hour long gawp at far-off discoveries. The ability to share your existing camera roll pictures means you can catch-up on all those places you’ve already found and snapped on your phone.

Throw an Android version into the equation and the discoveries and community would be bigger and better – fingers crossed!

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