A handy app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone called Avenza Maps has helped to revolutionize the way we uses maps on our mobile devices. The app delivers an impressive level of details and information, while also streamlining navigation in urban settings and remote destinations alike.
These offline maps, which can be downloaded via the free Avenza Maps app, will be appreciated by hikers on trails, bicyclists riding along new routes, backpackers in the wilderness, and world travelers visiting new cities.
The app uses a mobile device's built-in GPS capabilities to still track movement and current location, all without the need for a connection to a cell network.
To download the maps initially, users must first be connected to the Internet either via WiFi or a mobile data connection. But once they're on your device you don't have to be online to actually use them. On top of that, once they are installed the maps remain fully interactive, so you can measure distances, plot waypoints, and reference exactly where you are using the GPS chips.
You'll find several ways these maps can be helpful. For example, if you're in Paris and want to estimate how long it will take to walk from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, turn on your phone's GPS feature, then simply drop a waypoint (pins) on either of those sites. Want to know your exact coordinates or figure out which way is north to help you plot a path?
The app can help you figure that out too.
Fascinating Range of Maps to Use Offline
There are a surprising number of Avenza Maps and GeoTIFF files that can be dowloaded from the Internet. Looking for a map of London that lists key attractions and stores? How about one of the Hawaiian Islands as they were first viewed by early explorers?
This app has you covered. If you're heading to the Toronto Film Festival, there's a map pinpointing all of the film venues as well. To find maps, just browse the maps store in the app, or put a specific request in the "search" box. Chances are, you'll be thoroughly surprised by what comes up.
It's Easy to Find the Maps on the Avenza App
On the app, there's a "store" where users can shop for the maps they are looking for. You'll find maps from all over the globe listed there. In addition to the maps that Avenza loads into the store itself, the app lets individual cartographers and event planners upload their own creations to the Avenza Maps store as well. There are even topographical charts for the entire U.S. available as well. Once you find a map you think you might like, you can get a preview before downloading the full version to your device. This helps to ensure that it actually useful before proceeding.
The free Avenza Maps app was developed by Avenza Systems, which produces MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop. Because Avenza has the technology to make geospatial maps in PDF or GeoTIFF files, the company decided to create the app.
Most of the maps loaded on the site by Avenza are free. Map publishers and individual cartographers who upload maps to the store can set their own prices however. Those files range from free to just few dollars in most instances.
Map Nerds Will Love It!
Anyone who loves maps will definitely enjoy this app. It features many ways to explore the world around us, and it includes multiple coordinate systems for tracking locations and plotting courses. You can use it to easily find the exact coordinates of any point on the planet, and it can work in conjunction with Apple Maps or Google Maps to help plot directions to that specific location too. A built-in compass ensures you're always headed in the right direction.
Download the Avenza Maps App
To learn more about the Avenza Maps app and download it visit the official website for the software.
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