Anyone who has experienced the unique feast of cultural eccentricity the Edinburgh Fringe Festival annually has on offer will tell you one of the hardest things is fitting everything in.
Worse still is finding yourself in one of the infamously dreadful free improv comedy gigs which seem to make time itself stand still and can encourage you to start questioning your own existence.
With this year’s Fringe just around the corner, some of the festival’s best known independent websites and magazines have once again banded together to deliver a solution into the palm of your hand.
Enter iFringe, the all-singing, all-dancing app, available free on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, which promises to deliver a whole lot more than just listings.
Read reviews, create shortlists, browse the nearby venues or galleries and tell the app your likes and dislikes to get recommendations.
Select the “soon and nearby” tab for a list of shows within a stones throw of your location.
While all the basics are no-doubt covered, it’s the little additions which developer Fringe Guru has included which users will no doubt love.
The problem of finding somewhere with good 3G signal among Edinburgh’s many nooks and crannies is solved by a daily update, meaning reviews and listings can be viewed anywhere regardless of an internet connection.
And if the app suggests a show you’ve already seen simply tap listing and select “Don’t Recommend Again”.
Also inbuilt is the daily Fringe Podcast which is already counting down to this year’s festival with a weekly offering of interviews from previous years.
So if you’re planning a visit to Edinburgh this August, save yourself the hassle of frantically thumbing through a guidebook or sifting through the hundreds of flyers you’ve collected and download this simple yet essential app.