Depart - Location-aware actions

Depart brings location-aware actions to the iPhone, allowing you to use your device's in-built sensors to automate tasks in your life. Depart supports actions such as automatically sending emails, triggering reminders, giving you weather updates and posting to social networks, all done automatically as you enter or leave set locations.

Depart can also tell you automatically about public transport in Sydney, San Francisco and New York (with more cities being added every day), making sure your commute around town is as pain-free as possible.


Depart knows when you enter and leave venues, and will perform your configured actions without any input from you.

Never miss your bus home

Depart can send you a message when you leave work with the next bus departure times, making your trip home easier than ever before.


With no limit to the amount of venues or actions that can be performed, Depart will function exactly how you want it.

Expanding every day

Want more actions, or new transit cities? Depart is always being updated, with new cities being delivered over-the-air automatically.

About Depart

Depart brings location-aware actions to the iPhone, allowing you to use your device's in-built sensors to automate tasks in your life.

Depart supports:
- Email (automatically sending and composing)
- Music (playing music, podcasts and audiobooks)
- Reminders (normal and timed)
- Social networking (tweeting, Facebook posting and checking in on Foursquare)
- System and miscelanions (calling phone numbers)
- Weather (current temperature, forecast high and low)
- Web (opening links, running in the background and returning results)

Depart can also tell you automatically about transit in:
- Sydney (next bus, train, ferry departures)
- New York (next subway departure)
- San Francisco (next BART, Muni and Caltrain departures)
- Washington DC (next Metrotrain and Metrobus departures)

The Team

  • Matt Roberts


iPhone App Screenshots

Press kit


If your question is not answered, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Location, GPS and venues
Please make sure that Location Services is enabled on your device, and that Depart has access to your device's location. If you choose "Deny" for allowing Depart access to your location, you must go into Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services and allow Depart access.

Battery consumption
Depart will only consume battery when you have actions configured for venues. Simply having configured locations does not affect battery life of your device. Depart will consume extra battery if you see a white outline of an arrow pointing to the top right in the top right corner of your device's screen, next to the current battery level.

Transit times require an Internet connection, as this is managed by a remote server. If you wish to request a new city to be added, please email [email protected] These times are powered by data in the GTFS format, thus a city must make their data available in this format to be used. Any new cities will automatically appear inside the application, an app update is not required.

Power users

Vocal was designed to bring voice control to the Mac, as controlled by the iPhone. However, we can't predict just what you may want to do with it. To combat this, there are a number of advanced or hidden features you can take advantage of.

The primary method of configuring your own commands is through the "Custom Bookmarks" view. The "phrase" option controls what you say in order to trigger the custom bookmark. The destination is where you want the command to go (for example, ""). With the "phrase" option, it can be triggered in a number of ways: Saying "Open [phrase]", matching it exactly when speaking, or even just starting a sentence with [phrase] will all trigger the destination to be launched/executed. The destination will also accept non-HTTP urls. For example, if you wanted to trigger Twitter for Mac to open in a certain way (even though Vocal already supports it), you could have the phrase as "tweet" and the destination as "twitter://post?message=[second word on escaped]". As the phrase can occur at the start of the word, telling Vocal to "tweet this is really cool" will launch Twitter for Mac and post a new tweet that says "this is really cool".

There are often times when, as above, you will want the command in the destination URL. There are a number of ways you can do this, however they all involve putting one of the following options in the "destination" URL in where you want the text to be placed (must include the square brackets):
- [full message] (will place the entire message with no changes at all)
- [second word on] (will place in what you said but without the first word, useful for issuing commands such as "tweet […])"
- [full message escaped] (same as [full message], but will encode it for use in a URL)
- [second word on escaped] (same as for [full message escaped] but without the first word)