Eatonton is becoming technology savvy by adding an app to download on smartphones that is completely free. The app, called distrx, allows users to view what is happening and what is available in downtown Eatonton.
“It’s basically an informational app,” said Andrew Simpson, Mainstreet Downtown Eatonton director and project manager. “It’s not only for those people that live in Eatonton and Putnam County, but it’s also for people across the United States.”
The app, for Android and Apple users, can be found by typing “distrx” into the App Store on a smartphone. Once downloaded, participants can login through Facebook or register with an email address and password.
“You download the app on your phone, and it would list all the things going on in Eatonton,” Simpson said. “If you went to Panama City Beach, it would list all the events, shops and restaurants that would be in that particular area. It’s beneficial to wherever you are.”
While developing the app, the creators thought about why people in Eatonton would need an app about Eatonton since those who live in the town already know the town.
Distrx isn’t just for Eatonton; it’s for travelers across the country and can be used anywhere by anyone who has registered.
“A lot of communities like Eatonton and across the United States decided what we need is our own mobile app, but who is going to download an Eatonton app? Developing an app is extensive and takes time, but we developed one app that is location aware,” said Ron Cook, distrx developer.
“This app knows where you are and when you arrive in Eatonton or any other community that is participating; you receive a welcome message on your app when you arrive in that town,” Cook said. “It works in California just like it works in Georgia.”
The app is free for users, and costs only $10 a month for any business that wants to be listed on it, Simpson said. The fee may be paid monthly or annually. Through the app, users receive the businesses’ web page, promotional offers and notifications. Currently, no Main Street organization pays for the app, Simpson said.
Cook and Simpson are always looking to improve the app, which took six months to develop. It was tested in seven states so they could listen to what people and businesses wanted.