Friday saw the release of the Interaction 11 app for the iPhone and iPad. Smudgeproof has done an excellent job on this one. There are two parts of the application: Sessions and Map. The Sessions part is a detailed schedule organized by day that provides access to descriptions of each presentation. The killer feature is the ability to mark sessions and events for inclusion on “My Schedule”, a second mode that only lists what I’m planning to attend. I puzzled over the lack of this feature in last year’s application. This is extremely useful, and I’ve already planned which talks I want to see.
The map feature will also be very useful to attendees, as it marks all of the conference hotels, many of the outstanding restaurants, party venues, and of course, the conference venues.
The visual design of the app is quite good, utilizing the conference visual identity. Screens are primarily gray so that it isn’t blinding when viewed in a darkened auditorium. The interface design is also nicely done. I like their mechanism for indicating selected sessions. I do wish the map linked out to the web, providing direct access to hotel and restaurant websites, as well as Google’s directions. I also would prefer to swipe from one day to the next in the schedule, rather than having to press the arrows. Finally, the name of the app is unfortunate. It isn’t the IxDA app—it’s the Interaction 11 app—and the “i” should be capitalized. But, overall, this is a very good app that will be useful during the conference.