My first GPS tracking app
A how to video in ENGLISH would be nice
Love the app
Great for hiking!! Many hiking trails intersect with other trails (that may or may not be shown on the map) so I find this app invaluable when hiking a trail for the first time. It takes away those nagging feelings that you may have taken a wrong turn. Hard to make mistakes when you've got the tracks for a trail imported to this app.
However a big negative is how complex it is to import tracks. The instructions should be step-by-step and clearer to follow. Ideally there should be an easier way to import tracks but I guess once you get used to it, it's something you can live with.
Powerful tool with a learning curve
I've used this pretty extensively to map hikes in and around Seoul. Almost always works well, although I've had it stop tracking twice - I THINK because I switched to too many other apps and Maps 3D was closed in the background. I now just remember to switch back to Maps 3D after using another app and all is fine. Perhaps that was even a bug that has been fixed in more recent versions, as it hasn't happened recently.
At any rate, two things I'd really like:
- the ability to show more than one recorded track on the map at a time. Maybe it is there, but I haven't found it. Like I said, there's a learning curve.
- Apple Watch support. I'd really like to see my pace, distance, and altitude and be able to pause/resume recording without digging the phone out of my pocket.
Overall great; usability could be improved
Overall this is a great app for planning and tracking a hike. The ability to view location and tracks offline without a cell signal is fantastic and helped me a great deal during a 2 week backpacking trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where the boys are responsible for navigating, but having a 3d map of the routes as a backup was so valuable. It helps me during a hike to check the terrain to see how much more uphill or downhill I've got to do before giving the knees a break.
A couple of usability improvements would be greatly appreciated. 1) When downloading a map, it would be nice to have the default map area be the area currently being displayed, not the current location. The use case is this: I've downloaded a route or waypoint list and now want to download a map of the area. I choose "Add New Map", and the default region is my current location, and I have to pan and scroll over to where I hope the waypoints are. So annoying. 2) The process to import a .gpx file is cumbersome and not intuitive. Save to Dropbox, then Open the Maps 3D app, then go to Track List, then Import Tracks, then choose Open Dropbox, then Select the File, then Export > Open In ... and finally Maps 3D. It's a convoluted exercise that I wish was easier.
Good mapping software and views. Use this app every day for hunting. Thanks
Very professional app
I have been using this app many years for hiking in mostly state parks. The ability to view the terrain in 3d is awesome. I downloaded detailed offline maps, so I can use them even if there is no data signal. Before hiking, I plan a route and if I am hiking alone, I share a copy with my wife, so she knows where I am going. The distance and elevation information helps me know how difficult my planned hiking will be. During hiking, I record my track and see how far I have gone along my planned path. Later at home, I export my tracks, organize in a text file and and view them online using gpsvisualizer.com. I hike about 200km each year, and this app is an indespensible tool for me. You need to invest some time to understand how the app works, but it is worth it.
By one of the boys
Used this app for a long time. Enjoyed it also. Why is it STILL buggy with screen "blackout" when panning/zooming with all the latest hardware/software?
Best app for navigation I've seen
I own a very nice garmin. I never use it anymore. This app allows you to plan out routes and follow along even in airplane mode. It is so user friendly and far easier than my garmin. My only two gripes would be that I can't easily see how far mileage wise I've gone during a hike and that in the very cold it doesn't work well. That's a cell phone issue though.
This used to be a great app. It no longer allows satellite view maps and is no longer useful for my uses. Too bad it was awesome once.
I just needed something to track my hikes. I really like how simple this app is. It shows all the information I'm interested in. I've used other apps that are just too busy and bloated. I don't care about calories, social feeds, recommendations, or what exercise activity I'm doing. I just want the basic geo stats. This is it!! It could be more stable though. Sometimes it seems as if the app freezes. Search could also be better.
Satellite view removed
This was the best hiking app I've ever used. Until they removed the satellite view. Please bring it back. The app is basically worthless now.
Nothing matching this apps essential features
By Rochester Jeff
Here is what it does very well for wilderness hiking:
• Allows free topo maps download to memory so a data connection is not necessary when hiking.
• It works perfectly in airplane mode. This saves phone battery and allows much longer duration hiking use (many hours) on the phones battery
• It shows terrain in 3D with contours, unmarked trails, (herd paths)
• From experience, it shows precise position on the map even when some satellites are blocked .
• Shows altitude , miles walked ascent, descent , route terrain and ascent estimations.
All in all this is a great app, it has never let me down , crashed or done anything unexpected.
It has a few livable bugs , but I have found nothing else that covers all of the essential features.