Smartphone apps for measuring

This is an excerpt from our longer post on Measuring boule to jack. More and more people are carrying smart phones these days, so it seemed appropriate to revisit the topic in a post of its own.

I haven’t yet had an opportunity to try these apps. If you have, please leave a comment and tell us about your experiences. What app are you using (or did you try)? How well is it working for you?

There are three primary issues with any measuring technology.

  1. How quickly can a measurement be made? How easy is it to use?
  2. How likely are you to accidentally move a boule or jack when using it?
  3. How precise is it?

Smart-phone apps are a technology that, at least in theory, should score high on all counts. They should be quick and easy to use. They involve ZERO risk of touching and moving boules or jack. And they should be precise.

There are a number of smart-phone apps, available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Here are a few of the more promising ones that we’re aware of. (As of November 2014, there are now too many to list. So our last link is a search for “petanque” apps at the Google app store.)

mMesur from Obut iPhone & Android, free.
Petanque BoulOmeter iPhone, free
Metre Petanque Android, free
Metre Petanque PRO Android, $1
Who has the point? A qui le point? Android, under $2
Petanque Android, under $2
Search for PETANQUE apps at the Google app store Android

obut_m_measur_iphone_app_screenshotFor older players, a smart-phone app has both pros and cons. Regardless of your age, a smartphone (and a data plan) can be prohibitively expensive. And older players can sometimes be technology-averse. I know a few older players who refuse to touch a computer or a smartphone.

On the other hand, for those with knee, back, eyesight, or stability issues, a smartphone can be a great tool. You can measure without squatting or getting down on your knees. And without having to get back up!

But of course there are other tools for dealing with such flexibility issues. One that I’ve found works quite well is… a younger team-mate. 🙂


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2 thoughts on “Smartphone apps for measuring

  1. I’ve found that the Petanque app for Android is the best, as the screen provides a left and right progressive alignment via little moving sensors that help you endure you’re holding your smartphone parallel to the measuring area. The only fault of the app is that is meant to enable taking a pic via the camera, save the image and allow for close scrutiny of distances. That feature doesn’t work… no pics are saved.

    Other than that, it is a far better and easier to use Android app than the other two I have found.

  2. Hi,
    I’m using an app for the iPhone called Booble made by a French programmer called Matole. It makes sure that it doesn’t take the photograph before the camera is horizontal, and the measurement is very accurate and relatively fast, maybe a little longer time than with a tape measure.

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