LarkSpree is a fun way to make plans with your friends. Finding something interesting to do together couldn’t be any easier. LarkSpree gets you out into the world, away from your computers, doing things with your friends and family that you will all have fun with.
Enjoyable and exciting events can easily be found with LarkSpree, and there are more types of events than you might imagine. This effortless search-and-share tool will help you find them. A simple search interface lets you specify the keywords, the timeframe, and the location. Use LarkSpree to explore, find out what’s happening in your own hometown or in locations all over the world. You will most certainly find something unexpected, and you’ll be glad you did!
Search results are shown in easy-to-navigate lists and a map. Favorite search results can be saved for later. See the results and review the details. Plan more than one thing to do in the same area. Link to the databases for even more information.
Sharing the results with your friends couldn’t be easier – share them in Facebook, Twitter, Email and other ways, and start making plans with your friends. And add them to your calendar. LarkSpree supports iOS device and iCloud calendars.
With LarkSpree, your To-Do list just got longer, but now it’s something you can look forward to. There’s no longer any reason to sit around with nothing to do or no one to do it with. Try LarkSpree and add a new dimension to your life.
LarkSpree can be used without reading the instructions, so go ahead and try it out. But once you have made a few searches, come back here and have a look at some of the details of the features you may find most useful.
LarkSpree is supported on all iPad, iPhone, and iPod devices running iOS version 5.0 or higher.
An inernet connection is required for performing searches with LarkSpree. This connection provides maps and the data responding to your searches. It also allows you to share your discoveries with your friends using email, Twitter, Facebook, and other services.
If you want to search near your current location, you will want to enable location services and allow LarkSpree to use them. Location services can be obtained with GPS or with an internet connection.
There are four main sections to the user interface that you will use most often. These are the Map, the search Results lists, the Favorites list, and the advanced Search. (There is also a settings section, which we’ll get into later.)
These sections are accessed using the tab bar at the bottom. (On the iPad, the Map section is always visible in the right-hand panel, so there is no tab provided.)
Once you have some events listed and on your map, you can select any one of them and see a detailed description of that event.
This tab shows a map, where your search results and favorites can be seen in their geographic locations. The map is useful for looking at events that are near one another. If you want to find several things to do in the same area, pick them out using the pins on the map.
All of the results returned from your searches can be viewed on the results tab. When you select this tab, each search results are shown in a list with its search header and all of the results for that search immediately below it.
The header shows the keywords used in your search, and just below that, you can see the category used for that search.
On the left side of the header, there is a disclosure icon, indicating that the section can be collapsed or expanded. Tap any search header once and the list for that section will collapse. Tap it again, and it will expand. While the section is collapsed, the map pins for its events are removed from the map. When the section is expanded, the pins reappear.
On the right side of the header is a colored map pin. There will be a corresponding set of pins on the map.
Use a long press on the search header and a view will appear to remind you what all of the search terms were for that search.
Use a finger swipe gesture (left or right) on the section header and a delete button will appear. You can use this to delete the entire section. (If you do this, it will be gone for good.) If you change your mind before you tap the delete button, just tap anywhere else in the list.
Under each section header is the list of results that were returned from your search. Each item shows the title of the result, with the venu name and location immediately below it.
The venue name and location shows in different colors. Each color corresponds to the database that the result came from. Some people may find this useful. (You can turn off responses from the databases in the settings.)
Use a finger swipe gesture (left or right) on the result item and a delete button will appear. You can use this to delete just that result item. (If you do this, it will be gone for good.) If you change your mind before you tap the delete button, just tap anywhere else in the list.
If you select any of the results to be a favorite, a yellow star will appear on the right side.
The Favorites tab reveals a list of results that you marked as your favorite.
Favorites remain, even when the results section that they came from has been deleted. You can remove a favorited item by opening its detailed view and tapping its favorite button.
Items in the favorites list show up on the map with a star pin.
To do a search, tap this tab to reveal a search form. This is where you can fill in the search parameters. Type in one or more keywords. Select a category for a more accurate set of results. Choose the location in which you want to search. You can leave the date alone, in which case it will default to the current weekend or to the very next weekend. If you want to choose another date range, tap on the Dates field to open a calendar, where you can do so.
If you are using an iPad, you can enter keywords using the keyword field in the upper right of the application view. The other fields will continue to contain the last values you entered, or the default values if you haven’t entered anything yet.
See the section “More Advanced Features of LarkSpree” for more information on searching.
The Settings tab show some settings that you may only rarely want to change. These include the names of the sharing methods (for example, email, facebook, twitter, and calendars), the databases that will be seacrched, result highlighting, how warnings should be handled, and some general information about the application (including the Terms and Conditions for Use).
Tap on an event in the Results list or in the Favorites list and the Event Description will be displayed over the list. There are several features in the Event Description worth exploring. Most obvious are the fields with the event title, the venue, the data and time during which the event occurs, and an in-depth description of the event.
At the top of the Event Description view are actions icons that are described below. These allow you to share the event with your friends, add it to a calendar, or add it to your favorites list.
You can close the Event Description by tapping the . You can also use a swipe gesutre, swiping from right to left with a single finger.
Any event can be shared from the event description view by tapping the share icon at the top of that view. Sharing choices will be displayed in a list. Your most recently used choices will appear immediately. By tappling “more”, a list of additional choises will be shown. Choices include Email, Facebook, and Twitter.
Favorites are indicated on the map with a star icon . If you change the favorite status so the event is no a favorite, it will have a standard pin on the map.
Any event can be shared from the event description view by tapping the share icon at the top of that view. Sharing choices will be displayed in a list. Your most recently used choices will appear immediately. By tappling “more”, a list of additional choices will be shown. Choices include Email, Facebook, and Twitter.
Events can be added to a calendar from the event description view by tapping the calendar icon at the top of that view. Calendar choices will be displayed in a list. Choises include your calendar on your device and your calendar on the iCloud. A calendar with the name “LarkSpree” will be created in your calendar application, keeping these events separate from your other calendars.
When you use a service such as Facebook, LarkSpree uses what is known as “single sign-on” (SSO). With SSO, you will only be asked to login if you have not logged in already with LarkSpree or another application that is using SSO for that service.
To log out of your service, use the logout option in the sharing menu or in the Settings. Use logout first if you want to change user accounts for a service thatyou are logged into.
Your account information is safe and is not used by LarkSpree. User names and passwords are handled by the services you use, and LarkSpree does not have direct access to them. You may be asked to give LarkSpree permission to have access for the purpose of sharing information, but your user credientials are never known by this application.
Your services that LarkSpree connects to use Oauth 2.0, Oauth 1.0 or methods that use similar security. None of these methods require LarkSpree to have direct access to your login credentials.
Keywords are simply terms that are used to find events that your are interested in. Try terms like “art”, “jazz”, “cooking”, “galleries”, “fashion show”, “children”… Well, you get the idea.
Don’t forget to try keywords in the local language for the location you are searching.
You may find unexpected events that don’t appear to be related to your search keywords. That’s one of the most interesting things about searching this way. You are bound to find some things that you would never have found with other tools. Occassionally, you will see events that appear to have nothing to do with you search and aren’t interesting – well, it’s not perfect, but we’re working on it.
Tap on the category field and a list of available categories will appear. Select one of the categories to narrow or refine your search. You can search without choosing a category, and if you do, the results may be interesting and unexpected.
Tap on the Location field and enter a location to search. It is very flexible about what you can use for a search term, and event zip codes or the names of some well-known landmarks can be used. Below that field, specify the distance and distance units from that location that you want to search over. Event data is gathered to approximately fit with this range. (You may see some events that are outside that range.)
You can also set your search location using the map. In the map view, set the view to the search region you want your search to focus on. Then tap the icon on the map. That icon will change to , indicating that the search location is locked to the map. This will also be shown in the Advanced Search view. You will not be able to enter a location in that view while the search is locked to the map. To unlock it, tap the again.
Sometimes locations can be ambiguous. For example, a location like “Springfield” may correspond to about ten different locaitions, just in the United States. If your search location is ambiguous, you will be shown a list of choices. Select the one that is closest to what you wanted and then tap the “Use” button. The location field will be updated to show the full, unambiguous location.
Tap on the date field and a calendar will appear. Use the calendar to select the date range over which you want to search. Accept the dates to return to the Advanced Search view with those dates. If you want to reset the dates to make it easier to select your preferred dates, tap the Clear button at the top. If you tap clear and then Accept, the default dates will be the dates for the current or the upcoming weekend.
Use up and down single finger swipe gestures to change to the next or previous month. Use up and down multi-finger swipe gesterus to change by 12 months.
Sorting is an experimental feature that may or may not be useful to you. Try sorting based on Popularity, Relevance (to your search terms), or by Date. You can choose to sort in Ascending or Descending order.
To limit the number of results you can select the number of results you want returned from each database.
Each search list is grouped into sections, and each section has a header that you can tap to collapse or expand the section. When you expand a section, the events of that section are shown on the map using map pins. The pins are colored just like the pin in the header for that section. When you collapse a section, its pins are removed from the map.
The dates in the Advanced Search view can also be used to filter what events are shown in the lists and on the map. Go to the map and tap . It will change to to indicate that Date Range Filtering is enabled. Tap it again to turn Data Range Filtering. This is useful for filtering your favorites so you can see if any of them are occuring during the time you are interested in.