SOURCE: wikiHow


April 15, 2009 12:33 ET

wikiHow Introduces Open Source iPhone How-To Application

Features 'wikiHow Survival Kit'; A Detailed Emergency Situation Guide

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - wikiHow ( ), a collaborative Web site striving to build the world's largest and highest quality how-to manual, today launched its new iPhone application.

This iPhone application enables live searching and browsing of all 50,000+ how-to articles on Additionally, wikiHow's application features the 'wikiHow Survival Kit,' a selection of high-quality articles to help with life's unexpected situations. Because you never know when you will need a little help, these articles are always available without dependence on a cellular connection or a Wi-Fi network. The wikiHow Survival Kit contains detailed articles including:

Practical life skills like first aid:

-- How to Do CPR -
-- How to Do the Heimlich Maneuver -
-- How to Treat a Burn -

To wilderness life savers:

-- How to Start a Fire -
-- How to Find North Without a Compass -
-- How to Remove a Tick -

To the odd and unexpected:

-- How to Escape from a Bear -
-- How to Regain Control of a Spooked Camel -
-- How to Survive a Long Fall -

Unlike most iPhone applications, wikiHow released its offering under the open-source GPL license. This continues wikiHow's tradition of sharing its programming solutions and content freely with the world. Anyone who would like to learn more about the application and download the source code may do so at

"We all know that things go wrong when you least expect it," said Jack Herrick, wikiHow's co-founder. "While our application won't turn people into Eagle Scouts, we hope the wikiHow Survival Kit will help readers to be better prepared for many emergencies, even when there is no cellular coverage or Wi-Fi."

iPhone owners can download the free mobile how-to manual directly on their device from the app store or iTunes at

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About wikiHow

wikiHow ( ) is the world's how-to manual. The project uses a wiki aiming to build and share the world's largest, highest quality how-to manual. Anyone can share their knowledge at wikiHow by writing a new article or editing an existing one. wikiHow is ranked the 135th most popular Web site in the US, according to

wikiHow has seen more than 100% readership growth in the last year. In 2008, more than 124 million unique visitors from 239 different countries visited the site -- up from 60 million unique visitors in 2007 ( ).

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