Pica Pica — Create and Explore Handy City Guides on your iPhone

Pica Pica — Create and Explore Handy City Guides on your iPhone

If you've lived in a city for several years, chances are that you've grown to love everything about that city. I was born & brought up in Mumbai, and there are so many little things I love about this place. Over the last 26 years, I have discovered several wonderful things about this city and love telling my friends about them. Pica Pica is a new iPhone app that lets you document all the wonderful places or things you love and then track or share them with anyone. It is an excellent way to create a city guide and distrubute your knowledge.

Pica Pica has a very neat & carefully crafted interface that I instantly fell in love with. It doesn't go overboard with UI elements, they look just right and fit perfectly. It uses a tab bar at the bottom, but the first section is actually the camera button that you slide up. You can easily take a photo of your favorite family run eatery, a lesser known local spot or pretty much anything else, add a few details about it and save it to your guide. Others can follow you and everything you post on Pica Pica, so your "picks" show up in their timeline. They can repick, like or comment on the pick if they wish to. There's a basement menu on the left listing the categories — Drink, Food, Shopping, Activity, Art, Sleeping, Viewpoint. So there's a wide range of places or things you can add here.

On the other hand, you can also explore the guides posted by others. This comes in handy when you're planning to visit or move to another city. Pica Pica lets you link to individual picks as well, giving you a unique URL to share on Twitter, Facebook, Message, Email or anywhere else. For example, here's one of my Picks — http://pica.io/UZaNBOSwY1B76GqT

I've been playing with Pica Pica for a little over two months now and I love what the developers have managed to do with it. You can grab it Free from the App Store.

Preshit Deorukhkar is the former Editor-in-Chief of Beautiful Pixels. He is now a Freelance Consultant, Principal at iXyr Media & SharpShutter Media. You can reach him on Twitter @preshit