Gain Access To A Huge Range Of Reasonably Priced Local Area Maps And Charts
Fancy turning your iPad into an outdoor GPS navigation unit that enables you to access Ordnance Survey maps and many other full colour topographical maps, marine and aviation charts as well? If you’re the outward bound type, the chances are you’re probably nodding at this point. Ok then, Memory-Map, you have our attention. Let’s hear about some of those features.
First up you’ve got ultra-fast dynamic map scrolling as you move making it easy to keep a track of your position and be sure you’re headed in the right direction. All map data is saved locally on your device so you don’t have to worry about losing connection in the wilderness and suddenly being left high and dry. When you first buy the app you’ll get a map starter pack of your choice to get you up and running, Furthermore if you already use Memory-Map on your desktop machine you’ll be able to transfer all your existing maps across free. All you need is a wireless network. Additional topo maps can be purchased direct through the app as and when you need them. An on-board trip computer keeps a record of time, distance traveled, your average speed and your route. This information can be saved and emailed and you can also download routes and tracklogs as well. There’s a built in compass and facility to mark points of interest on the maps. Maps can be viewed in either portrait or landscape depending on your preference and the display can be locked to the one you prefer. You can then pinch zoom in to get a closer look at your immediate surroundings or out to get the bigger picture.
Whatever your outdoor activity of choice, you’ll be able to find and download appropriate maps via Memory-Map to help you make the most of it. New users get credits that will enable them to download up to 3500 square km worth of maps for free. The number of maps available is always growing with Ordnance Survey Landranger and Explorer maps available, street maps, road atlases and even historical maps dating back as far as the 1800s. It’s not just limited to the UK either with USA Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa all catered for.
The download prices are pretty reasonable and certainly cheaper than buying traditional paper maps, especially if you’re selective and only buy the specific areas that you actually need. Add to this the convenience of not having to carry around large folding maps that need to be unpacked and then folded away again every time you need directions and you have a very useful package.