Admin Note – August 30: bottom of article for a response from Jonathan Kaye – President of Command Sims/SimsUShare:
Earlier today I received a request to check out the SimsUShare trial app to see what I thought. Now, as I have often mentioned, I am not in any way a professional in the field of firefighting, but am always willing to do what I can to help those that are out – provided it is in a way in which I have the means to do so *deepbreath*
I am not 100% certain, but I believe the trials are only available for PCs (ie: MAC or Windows). The paid version, however, is available across most all devices – From PC to iPhone & Androids. (Note: the trial is, infact only available on PC’s)
It took me a minute to figure out how the whole thing works – this could be due to the fact that I hadn’t yet watched the tutorials plus the fact that I don’t have intimate knowledge of how different elements of a fire/scene might play out. With that knowledge, no doubt I could tweak the various settings to show what a firefighter might expect when arriving on scene.
One nice thing is the ability to use your own pictures as backgrounds (either a saved photo or (if using mobile device, such as iPhone or Android) by taking a picture. The app allows you to play with various settings such as brightness & opacity; and also allows for elements to be faded in. You can also change the level of the various elements you bring in to play, changing where they are in the for/background.
One thing that I think would be useful, would be the ability to interact so that you could see how different actions might effect and change how things play-out.
Give the trial app a try and share what you think…… Is this something you might use as a training tool?
Hi FES Tidbits, I just came across your review — thanks, we really appreciate it, and look forward to hearing more about your experience with our program.
I wanted to clarify a couple of things, to help you and your readers. First, the trial versions are available for both PC and Mac, but not iOS or Android, though we have a free “Lite” version for Android, so that’s sort of like an evaluation version.
Second, we have several videos and a lot of documentation for the program here:http://simsushare.commandsim.com/tutorials-help/
However, we’ve tried to make the program as straightforward as possible and not require someone to read or watch in order to get started. A good starting point is our three unit series “Getting Started”:http://simsushare.commandsim.com/getting-started-with-simsushare-part-i/
On the first page of that guide, we link to a video on using the multiple locations feature (http://simsushare.commandsim.com/getting-started-with-simsushare-part-i/) which can sort of be used to show condition changes based on user activity — the person manipulating the program can switch to different conditions based on what the crew does. However, you are correct that the user doesn’t have anything interactive to change the condition, like actually putting water on the fire.
Anyway, we always like feedback so please let us know what you would like to see or if we can help answer any questions.
Jonathan Kaye, President