September 14th, 2014
Born and raised on Vashon Island, ferries have always been an integral part of my life, and with that comes the infamously hard to read ferry schedule.
Even the most seasoned ferry commuters misread and race for boats that don’t exist, only to be disappointed as they sit on the dock watching ferries creep in the distance. Luckily with the advent of the smartphone and some good work by Richard Joffray the WSF Schedule app took the difficulty out of schedule reading. Unfortunately this app hasn’t been updated in a few years and it looks quite dated:
Fearing that the app’s lifetime was limited, I wanted to make sure the people had something to fallback on when iOS 8 was released so I went to work on FerryFriend.
FerryFriend is certainly one of the fastest software projects I’ve ever completed, but with tight deadlines I didn’t let any features creep into this first version. FerryFriend is available absolutely free (no ads either) from Apple’s App Store. I recommend downloading it if you have problems with the old WSF Schedule App. I’m actively in the process of developing a second version that is much more complete and feature rich and I will update here when it’s been completed.