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Zenbu on iPhone

September 8, 2008

It’s 7.35pm on Saturday night and we’re scampering to setup the function room before the party guests start arriving at 8pm only to find the venue is missing a key audio cable. Without it we’ll be listening to classic hits all night. Aaaaaaaaa.

“Where could we possibly find this cable in Newmarket at this time?”
“The Warehouse would have it!”
“It’ll be shut.”
“No, it won’t.”

At times like this it is nice to have the entire Zenbu database in your pocket.  I would have been happy to just get the phone number of The Warehouse, to call and ask if they were open, but was stoked to find the hours listed too. All within a few seconds, and without a network connection used! Ran over, bought the cable and the party was on! Three cheers for the Zenbu iPhone application!


If you have an iPhone you can get your Zenbu iPhone application free on iTunes too. Version 1.0 is pretty basic featuring full text search of 51,281 Zenbu listings and full detail display. You can click on the phone number (to call), the website (to view) and the address (to see a map). These last two are the only things that require a net connection. All of this will take up less space on your phone than 2 songs.

We look forward to hearing your success stories from having Zenbu in your pocket.

  1. Paul permalink
    September 11, 2008 8:45 pm

    Please make it location aware. Go on I dare you – use the GPS. But seriously – cool ap. Ta muchly. It’s like we live in San Francisco or summat

  2. reuben permalink
    September 12, 2008 3:13 pm

    What no GPS or maps involved?!?!? So then whats the difference between using the app or just visiting on my iphone? At least I’ll get a map if I use the website. Sorry for the negatron here but surely you should be aiming to provide LBS here rather than just a text search to match a database of listings. OR maybe you are realistic about Vodafone NZ iphone users and realise that most won’t use 3G because it’s so expensive, in that case you have provided the right app, Thanks!! 😉

  3. reuben permalink
    September 12, 2008 3:17 pm

    I jumped the gun a bit, maps yes good!!! I agree with Paul, GPS next, please 😉

  4. September 12, 2008 4:20 pm

    The Zenbu iPhone app has the entire Zenbu database cached locally so it doesn’t even need a network connection for extremely quick lookups. Using the website through safari is always an option if you want the absolute freshest data.

    No maps, until you click on an address which will open the Maps application at the exact location, so really – ‘maps optional’, as we don’t always need a map.

    Location based services (LBS) are coming, nice to see such vocal interest! Cheers.

  5. September 19, 2008 12:29 pm

    Love Zenbu on the iPhone! Thanks, will be adding stuff, but will need to go to my PC to do that, (not for long I hope).

  6. Stridey permalink
    September 24, 2008 10:16 am

    Love the Zenbu app on the phone but I have madce some edits on the website and they are not showing up on the Zenbu iPhone app. Since the info is cached locally, how do we update the cached info?

  7. September 24, 2008 10:27 am

    Version 1 of the iPhone application uses a completely cached and local version of the Zenbu database from August 29. Updates made to will not reflect in the application (at the moment!).

    I am working on several major updates to the application, the next release will incorporate location-aware ‘find nearest’ search functionality as well as a refresh of the Zenbu database that will include recent changes. I hope this will be out in the next few weeks.

    In the next version after that I will look to include native-updates
    to the data outside of the AppStore.

    Thanks for your patience and support.

  8. reuben permalink
    October 16, 2008 1:08 pm

    Zenbu iPhone 2.0, BIG thumbs up!!

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