GiddyUp: Party planning for iOS and Android

We’re all set here at Latest Gadgets HQ to get inviting with the brand new (and rather swanky) GiddyUp app for the iPhone. What’s the big idea then?

GiddyUp

Well ladies and gents, GiddyUp is completely cross-platform, and is an app for iOS and Android that’ll make it easier for friends and family to get together…. sounds simple enough, right? In a statement, developers MEDL Mobile said: “We want to eliminate the endless e-mail chains, 200 texts, wall posts and tweets, not to mention 12,000 Facebook ‘friends knowing what you’re doing’.”
Good luck with that, right? We all love our plethora of texts, Facebook and Twitter updates… do we really need it making any easier for us to get through the day? Probably. And this is quite bloomin’ handy, to be fair.

Here’s the skinny (I’ve always wanted to write that…), GiddyUp lets you create an RSVP-able event with the basic what/where/when functions. From there, you can select who you want to invite from your truest social network (so… probably your mobile contacts list?) and you’re done.
From there, your friends (who also have the GiddyUp app) will receive push notifications to respond to your event personally – it’s basically cutting out all the faff! Don’t worry though, your friends without GiddyUp can receive an SMS with a link to a mobile web-page that provides all the response functionality they need… repeat none of your friends need the app to respond! Best of all, there’s no sign-up required (phew!). Responses are generated immediately, so you won’t have to wait hours (or days) like you do for responses with other applications. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes… yes!
A few extra features on this work rather nicely – such as the one-touch RSVP function, privacy controls and attendance tracker which, on the whole make the planning process easier.

The built-in group chat option is pretty useful for those situations when planning is more communal and can be spread between a core group of friends. So, for instance, whether you have drinks planned tonight, nice dinners to arrange, or even the classic impromptu party, then GiddyUp should have you covered.

The app is available on both iPhone and Android and is currently free.

If you need any further proof of this app’s general usefulness, then check out the video here.

Be the perfect party planner with Usher

Are you busily trying to organise all kinds of Christmas events – and are you getting bogged down trying to keep track of who’s doing what and when?

Maybe you need a little hand from MicroStrategy’s iPhone app, Usher. This app lets you set up and manage all those parties and drinks events from start to finish.

Usher

How does it work? Well, first of all it allows you to send out personalised invitations using Facebook. Create an event from your iPhone and then use filters to identify who you want on the guestbook – so no laboriously scrolling through your long contacts lists,.

You can then manage your guest list – checking RSVPs in real time, managing VIP lists (if it’s that kind of event!) and sending out last-minute invitations. Usher will sort a printed guest list for you too if you wish.

Mobile tickets are then delivered to your guests’ smartphones, so they don’t need to worry that they might forget a printed invite. For those without a smartphone, tickets can be accessed on a browser or printed from the web.

If you have doormen (or women) at your events, they can check people in using Usher on their iPhones and validate their tickets using a Facebook photo, QR Code, Sight Code, Usher Code or Phrase Code. The organiser can then see who has arrived by checking their own phone.

This sounds a great idea for the party planner and anyone who organises PR events. Try it out for free by heading to the www.usher.com website and clicking on the link to the App Store.