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JMB785 - a joy to use
I rarely write app reviews because so many apps of a geographical nature are very close to being awesome, but tend to be overpriced, lacking in some basic and obvious feature, or have some major glitch. I’m frequently disappointed, but don’t want to discourage developers. In designing a home, this app has succeeded where a dozen other highly technical apps have failed, to give me quick information about features on the landscape, their general appearance and orientation. The camera is intuitive and the function to adjust the position of the features to match the camera view very easy to use. Not only is this useful in a practical sense, it is fun, and I find myself opening it up all the time to better understand my landscape. Please don’t change the essence of this app! It is great as it is.
Observanti - Long-time PF user, suddenly in love with PeakFinder
Today I went hiking here in Colorado. As I often do, I opened PeakFinder to figure out what peaks are which. Ordinarily, this was a frustrating process, because when I hold my iPhone 7 vertically, the compass doesn't work, and it was hard to look back and forth to match the outlines with the view.
Today, WOW, augmented reality! I can see the view _and_ the info all together, right on the iPhone! Suddenly, it was easy to align the peaks to the view on the screen, and voilà!
In seconds we identified each of the twenty peaks we could see, even the distant ones that were barely visible behind the others. We all were dazzled!
Each of the five people on the trip said they'd be buying PeakFinder. If you love mountains, check it out. Even if you're not sure, I hope you get to see it in action some day. If you do, I'm certain you'll be buying it, too.
TJaxx337 - Yikes!
I’ve deleted and reinstalled the app again. It seems to be working for the most part! I’ll see what happens when I travel next week. I saw a few posts about it getting “stuck” in a location. I think maybe that’s what mine is/was doing?
I don’t know what it is about this app but it’s never worked for me. I’m often in southern CO, northern AZ and southern NV and it’s laughably wrong. I’m currently in NV and it’s telling me peaks in Vegas are actually peaks from central CA! It’s like this all the time. It’ll tell the mountains in front of me are actually 10 mile behind me, etc. Yes, it’s updated. I’m using an iPhone 11 Pro, do not have a magnetic case, and all of my other apps that use GPS/compass work perfectly fine.
Shoffman951 - Not very user friendly
My friend bought a peak finder app for her Droid based smart phone and I was so impressed with it that I had to get one for my iPhone. Sadly the one she has is not made for the iOS software. So I got this one.
Two major flaws I’ve noticed:
-It’s often inaccurate and you have to line it up manually. This requires you to match up their line drawing with the mountain range you are trying to place. This can be a little ambiguous and has left me feeling less than confident in knowing for certain which peak is which.
-Second major flaw, you can’t just snap a photo of the peaks and their names, you have to do a screen shot. That requires pushing the power button and home button simultaneously. Doing that requires two hands and readjusting one’s position. I can’t simply pull my phone out quickly, point and shoot. I have to stop, make sure I have two hands available and then do a screen shot, which is a bit trickier for me to pull off while trying to hold the phone up and hold it steady.
My excitement for this app disappeared quickly after purchase. I’d actually like to return it if that was a possibility.
Dirk_astro - Great app
Really shows off the synergy between GPS, a camera, accelerometers, gyroscopes and an amazing database.
I use it whenever I’m on vacation and take pictures in the mountains: just take a screenshot of the app looking at the same area you’re taking pictures of and you have a perfect record later on of what you were looking at. I add it to all my vacation albums. And everybody you show it to is just amazed at how well it works. A couple of minutes after I show them, they’re downloading it.
Kern-z - I Show It Off Every Time
One of my favorite apps of all time! Every time I’m on top of Genesee Mountain or Evergreen Mountain, I “wow” anyone who seems to be enjoying the view by showing them Peak Finder. They can’t believe what this app can do, especially the “fly to” feature. That usually gets the most emphatic response. Who knows how many people download this app after I show it to them...hopefully a lot! For 29 years, I’ve always wondered how far from my house it is to the top of Mt. Evans. And now I know with Peak Finder that it’s exactly 21 miles.
Paradoc - Great app, one request
Love this app, but one request! It looks like the app uses GPS to find your location, but it assumes you are on the ground. Would it be possible to use either GPS altimeter or baro altimeter to approximate your actual altitude? I use this app from my plane when I’m flying and want to know what peak I’m looking at. But the perspective always assumes you are on the ground looking up at the peak. If it could adjust the perspective for the viewers actual altitude would be perfect!
The Fire Horse - App finesse!
So much attention to detail, from the fluid movement of the view, to the artistic sketch style of the display, and now with AR!
It is humbling to think of all the calculations and sensing that’s going on behind this beautiful interface. They say technology advances by increasing the number of things we can do without thinking about it. PeakFinder has definitely advanced technology. It’s an app worth seeing, even if you’ve never wondered “What’s the name of that lump?”
Bgshiker - Works Sort of
When I first got the app I thought it was great. After using it for a while it’s a pain in the brain. My PeakFinder “gets stuck” on a location (ie - New Zealand for example). When I returned to the US I could not get it to come back here. Every time I opened the app, it thought I was in New Zealand. I un installed and reinstalled it. That should fix it right? It did not. Unbelievable!! I open it a week later and it was back.
Further, the app gets clocked a bit. The peak I am certain of that in front of me shows up 15 degrees to the right in the app. You can fix that but what a pain in the brain.
There are other apps that are much better and easier to use.
StevphenwillG - Great update
This has long been a favorite app for traveling and hiking. Very helpful in conjunction with maps to get your bearings or just answer the question, "what is the name of that mountain?"
To be honest, I thought it was a five star app before this upgrade. Adding the camera and the ability to make slight adjustments to more accurately track the terrain is brilliant.
You don’t need this app, but you will want it!
disappointedpeterhk - Doesn’t work
Yesterday...a couple of days before Christmas...I was standing directly in front of the Colorado 14er Quandry Peak just to see if this worked. I did this because every time I’d used it in the past, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, I’ve thought it wrong. So I tried it at a mountain I’d trekked up, photographed and generally know well. It was not even close. Quandry wasn’t even on the screen. So I tried it again today, pointing at the front range south of Denver. Pointing due west at Mount Evans, I saw Horsetooth mountain, which is about 90 miles due north, showing up about SSW from the direction I was aiming my phone. I should get my money back. And, in fact, I want my money back.
MedicSchwa - Terrific product
Fantastic way to learn more about the environment I’m in. I’m surrounded by mountains in the Intermountain west and in order to learn what I can see in Peak Finder I would have had access to scores of topographic maps. Really enjoy being able to have the mountains in my photos labeled to show family and friends. Also helpful in teaching my daughter wayfinding skills.
Waddy86 - Perfect
I use this app all the time. I hike a bunch in the mountains and being able to see the names of adjacent peaks helps me decide where to hike next. I’ve recommended this app to everyone I meet on the trail. Now that the developer has added AR and other features everyone who I show it too is very impressed. Such a simple idea but so cool. Keep up the good work!
CSholdt - Even works in Wisconsin!
I don’t use PeakFinder a lot, not many mountains in Wisconsin, but it is by far my favorite app. I am forever demo’ing it to friends showing them the ar function by finding our famous Blue Mounds which rise about 950 feet above sea level. Yep, PeakFinder finds it!
Can’t wait until I go to Alaska this spring. If I were forced to bring only one app, this would be it!! Awesome app!!
khike7 - Convenient to use without internet connection
I would give Peak Finder 5 stars, except that during the summer of 2019, with a certain update, the functionality of saving Favorites was lost on my iPad Air 2. Nevertheless, downloading the “map drawings” for a certain area allows one to “see” the landscape and identify many mountains, hills, and buttes. A very useful tool in conjunction with a standard map. Thank you!
Em Pogo - Spectacular app!
Not only does this beautiful app have wonderful uses, it's so lovely to look at that I could just spend ages playing with it. Wonderful! Highly recommended for literally anyone-- whether you are just curious as to what that mountain over there is called or if you're a landscape photographer seeking the perfect vantage of a scene. Just fabulous.
Chjsbny - Fun and informative!
Have been using for a while on iphone6 .. other than a little trouble getting the image registered with the visible mountains (often in remote locations with negligible cell service), it has worked very well. It is really fun to be able to put a name on mountains both familiar and new!
MountMango - Incredibly Fun App
PeakFinder is great fun and never fails to impress friends and strangers! The developer adds sensible new features that keep it current and relevant, but not bloated. For example the ability to take annotated photos or to chose a viewpoint anywhere in the world from a map.
Don’t hesitate on this one, highly recommended.
Walkin' with Hazel - So Much Fun and Helpful
I’m really enjoying this app. A friend recommended it to me and I’ve spread the word and recommended it to many of my friends. No matter where we are I can find out the names of the mountains around us. We are going to Idaho this summer and I can’t wait to use PeakFinder out there. Really a good app.
HNMalone - Highly recommended
I can’t recommend this app enough. It is incredibly functional and, after reviewing the clear and simple instructions on the developer website, easy to use. And it’s just plain fun for any level of explorer.
SkipMid - Insightful, clever and very useful
A gas company employee showed me this app- when we moved to the mountains- this app made our beautiful view so much more informative and everyone i show the app to instantly pays to get it because it works! Best app I've seen since skytracker/ sat tracker
Explore0464 - Inaccuracies found
Purchased app based on great reviews. However, it has problems with accuracy and completeness.
Used familiar territory around Vail/Beaver Creek as a test. Some peaks like Mount Jackson and New York Mountain correctly identified. Gold Dust Peak towers above everything near it, yet it does not show as visible. Other peaks listed as visible are certainly not. Some peaks 30-35 miles away are mis identified. Compass and GPS working fine on my phone. Overall disappointed with my purchase.
Mobi194 - Always needs to download area and there is no service
every twine i want to use this app I get somewhere and the app wants to download the area but there is no service. Is there a way to pre-download the area data? A common place to use this app will be when you’ve gone somewhere that there is no service.!? Even when returning to a place i’ve used the app successfully before it will want to download again and it can’t leaving me not able to use the app.
Lumber Jake 800 - Amazing!
PeakFinder is such a cool app. The recent updates have greatly improved it from the older buggy versions.
I would still like to have the ability to download multiple regions at the same time or have an easier format for downloading other regions that you plan to visit.
smlucas84 - Updates like Christmas
As a climber and mountaineer, I love this app. Most importantly, every update is a monumental improvement in the right direction. Looking forward to this gift that keeps on giving. Download this and give the creators their dues because this app ROCKS (get it?).
Larrygps - Needs work
After selecting a view location, not my current location, at every step my selected location is discarded for my current location.
It needs a ‘lock’ option, so for planning and using the app to its fullest. But after using the map to select s view location it should remain the view location.
Otherwise it’s super cool. Lots of potential.
Blue_JellyBeans 4 Me - Great App!
I have been using PeakFinder for a while and it has really helped me find my way through the mountains and tell me the names. When PeakFinder AR came out, the whole process of naming and finding routes got much, much easier.
orangetwelve - Essential
I’ve been a PeakFinder user for awhile, but the implementation of ARKit has made the app nearly flawless. It’s essential if you spend time out in nature. Hell, it’s essential if you have a curiosity about the world around you.
Well worth the money.
Joss Paddock - I like to get lost
This is a beautiful simple app. I can feel more safe getting lost because i can orient myself to the landmarks i am familiar with. This app is allowing me to get on a first name basis with all the mountain characters in my geographical neighborhood! I love it!
nomiswanson - Pretty sweet app
Even if you don’t go out hiking all the time, this app is a ton of fun. “What’s that thing over there? It looks like we could get on top!” Well, mom, that’s a little bump called Nipple Peak. The app was a huge hit on our brief tour around the southwest.
eph - Almost epic
Amazing. Been using got two weeks, most days and can say it’s a really helpful and fun tool for adventuring. The app shows info of already named peaks and would be better if there were a way to get details on additional landmarks.. ones I chose
Yoshiyahu262 - Really good
You can easily adjust the mapping by using sun or moon or mountain position for best accuracy, and easily adjust the desired radius you want mountain info on. Of the handful of similar apps I have tried, this one is the best, hands down.
Ivyseeker - Awesome App for hikers!
Can tell what other mountains I’m looking at while hiking in the Adirondacks. Works great and functions even with the phone in airplane mode to save the battery etc. Very happy with the purchase!!
Are u kidding me? - Keep asking download more details map
Why can’t you just download fully detailed map in the beginning rather than keeps asking us when there is not signal. How do you know there is more detailed map without signal? Why can’t you give us a choice to download fully detailed map? I don’t really understand the logic of developers.
OhMyHeadHurts - Easy to use, updated often!
Incredibly easy to use. Accurate. They update app often. It just works! Thank You developers!
BVP663 - One of my favorite outdoor apps!
This app is such a joy to use. I frequently find myself opening it up upon reaching a summit and using the camera overlay to identify all the visible peaks.
pardoc - Mountains in Turkey near Fethiye
My friend tells me the one I would like more info on is called Nif mountain. I’d be happy to share a photo and label it, but I cannot figure out how to do so. This app doesn’t name the three smaller peaks I’m curious about... alas, not as much help as I wanted 😕... but perhaps an improved version is on the way..?
Sweeshum - One of the coolest apps
This app works very (especially after some kinks were worked out early on) to help identify the peaks near you. Very helpful and fun. Recommend to all.
Bennyj212 - Needs update to iPhone X
This is a wonderful app for finding out about the peaks around you. I would like to see an update for the iPhone X so when you rotate to landscape the notch doesn’t cut off the menu icons.
rascal6891 - Inaccurate
Having lots of problems with this app.
I can have a known peak in front of me yet it will go unrecognized
Gotten so bad I rarely use this anymore
WolfAK - Love this app
Long time user. Developer listens and keeps adding features. So cool to be able to find the names of mountains everywhere I go. Keep up the good work.
Marty Mcfly from the Future - Keeps on improving!
I found this App when I moved to Colorado in 2014. Since that time it has gotten better and better! I love it!
garritron - Must have if you do any hiking
Loving the new AR and capture features. I’ve had this app for a while and use it all the time. It’s a real crowd pleaser with friends!
Minigore champion - Best 5 dollars you’ve ever spent!!
If you have ever gone hiking once in your life you’ve looked at a mountain and wondered it’s name and elevation. Solution solved works impeccably all over the world.
jonpaul22 - Easy to use
Really good app. The AR is a nice feature. Helps you to seem like your an outdoor expert when you go on hikes with friends. I recommend this app.
PerfesserR - Cool app!
This is way cool, all my trailrunner friends are impressed, and the app is so flexible where you can make adjustments to the scene to match up the correct peaks. Big thumbs up!
Hikerman701 - Review
Used the app for the 1st time today while hiking a trail at Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it worked great! Love the app. Wish there was a way to post a pic with the review so folks could appreciate the technology
jparteso - Error during download
Unable to use app. Preliminary download of info led to error message every time. Waste of money.
lovebattlecats - Amazing but...............................
When I got it is working just fine but now that I’m using a Maps to get me towards a certain peak it just kicks me out
BTC24 - Love this app
Love having this app when I’m out exploring and can identify peaks, especially when I’m seeing them from a new angle.
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Yodelling Yogi - Simple, beautiful, powerful
I wish all apps were as good as this. The design is simple, yet clear and easy to use (sometimes minimalism makes it harder). I had been struggling with a free app with (supposedly) similar functionality, mainly due to the steep price (pun intended :) of this app. I finally decided to pay up, and within about 1 minute I was absolutely delighted and wishing I’d bought it months ago. The compass correction and zoom mean you can truly align the app display with your naked eye viewpoint, making it easy to see which peak is which along a crowded range. The visibility distance setting, which realistically “fades” the mountains out from the limit of your visibility is another classy design touch, with which this app is full of. I’ll let you discover them all yourself. Now I’m off to look at more mountains!
ozlangur - Does what is says
This is a beautiful app that does exactly what it says. The interface is clean and simple, and the other functionality and options are easy to identify and understand. Of all the apps I’ve downloaded over the years this would be my favourite, an example of how to create a specialising but solid tool/reference/entertainment with great aesthetics and excellent usability. This is money well spent, a credit to the developer.
teds2521 - Very impressed by this app
This is an exceptionally well executed app, essential for bushwalkers, travellers and anyone who looks at a mountain and asks “I wonder what the name of that is?”, “I wonder how high that peak is”. It works as it should. Unlike most apps in this genre it is pay once, there are no in app charges.
I had an issue with saving annotated photos, the developer was very responsive and cleared it up. If only all apps were like this
mrowell - Simple and easy to use
A very simple and easy to use app. A small map download covers most of southern Australia.
This App should win Apple’s design award. It takes a reasonably complicated tool and makes it so simple and elegant. The care and attention to detail is extraordinary.
olddguyy - Fascinating app.
Minimalist interface with powerful capabilities behind it.
It was well worth the $8 to hear my wife’s delight when she jumped the viewpoint to peaks she’d visited and 'looked around'. 'Oh, Mount X, Mount Y, oh I definitely remember Mount Z!' She’s an old bushie re-visiting places she fondly remembers and loving it. Thank you.
EnormousHead - Essential mountain running tool
If you love alpine adventuring, PeakFinder really is one of the best apps you’ll get gold of. Great navigation and discovery tool and a unique photo album.
Tilly67x007 - Amazing App
Makes it easy to identify any mountain peaks from any viewpoint in the world!
Lizgcmama - The app I've been looking for
I've often said to my husband or trail running/hiking buddies, there should be an app that I can just hold up to the horizon and it uses the camera to work out what mountains you're looking at. Well this app uses GPS rather than the camera and it's amazing. From your home base you download the maps (which covers about 1/5 of Australia, in my case) and then it doesn't use data at all while you're out, just GPS location. I've been wanting an app like this for ages, and now I have it!
Faith2faith4ever - Ok
Sometimes good but misses some mountains 😞
david pralong - Brilliant
This app is awesome. Easy to get going and astonishingly accurate. And the outline-only graphic design simply works.
kevskool - This app
Good app once you get used to it.Sometimes it has trouble finding the peak you are pointing at but
reorienting compass cures that,
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Fisban78 - Great app does exactly what I want
Got some great pictures of the mountains near canmore with everything labeled nicely!
No more arguments over which mountain is which!
C_Amer - Make sure to initialize before your hike!
It’s fantastic and I love it, but I made a very silly mistake...I didn’t download the map data within the app prior to leaving for my first hike.
Maloffstrano - Amazing
I use this app every time I'm on a hike in our Canadian Rockies. It's totally awesome to be at the top of a mountain and being able to see the names of the peaks all around you and way off into the distance. The AR function rocks.
TerryLashe - Great app
I enjoy being able to see which mountains surround me
ryan.cathcart - Most useful application of AR I’ve ever experienced!!
This app blew my mind! It was so shockingly accurate and made looking out at the mountains SO much cooler to know what all the mountains were. I can not recommend highly enough!
H4rlot - Mad I spent my free gift card
Bought this app with a gift card I received from work. Mad I even used someone else’s money to buy it. Only knew about 5-6 of the mountains in my area when I live in the Rockies and 360° there has to be literally at least 20 visible by the naked eye from town. No matter how much I calibrate the view finder it’s off. Took a drive 1 hour away and thought “hey! Let’s see what these mountains are called”.. whadaya know.... trying to tell me they’re the same mountains as the town I live in... bummed cause I was super stoked for an app like this.
furtive - Highly recommended
I never hesitate to show friends in the Canadian Rockies how valuable this app is. As someone who likes to bag peaks it’s great getting to find out what exactly I’m staring at on the horizon. The latest update brings another level of detail and recognition to the peaks, truly an incredible app, totally worth paying for.
Steve Tsuida - Dream come true.
I’m a Banff nerd. I’m out in the Park every few weeks or so. After a while you learn all the famous peaks’ names, but this is just super useful. The offline feature and the skyline overlay in AR mode, so you can quickly calibrate, are what sealed the deal for me. Everyone’s getting this for Christmas.
benp… - Always wrong
Never points in the right direction despite calibrating multiple times.
smpsar - Not working
The app tells me I need elevation and peak data need to be collected before using yet it just goes to a blank screen. Paid for an app I can’t use....
Tobi5632 - Like it but...
Know that you have to be able to see the PEAK of the mountain to be able to get the name...in a valley that can be frustrating because you know the mountain is there...but you aren’t looking at the actual peak of the mountain. I believe...although have yet to try...that you can use the flying mode to get higher in valleys so you can see the peaks.
klausenhauser - Amazing so useful
I use this app constantly in the city and on hikes. It is super fast and doesn't need a constant data connection. It quickly shows all the peaks in my area / elevation and the renderings are gorgeous.
I would only suggest and augmented reality feature where the outlines are superimposed on the camera image
ARose14 - I should have read review!
This app does not name Mountains! Do not waste your money. I live in the Rocky Mountains, this app allows you the privilege of choosing a name of hundreds around you & deciding which is which ~ I am not buying another app! Apple should know better ~ come on Apple we know you have trillions of dollars from our support! Don’t let us down now!!! Robert J
Iwoewoda - Awesome backcountry app that just keeps getting better!
Awesome backcountry app that just keeps getting better!
DW13579 - Awesome!
I don't know why everyone is giving it one star and complaining, unless they don't know how to use it. Take a couple of minutes to learn how to use it properly. Download your coverage, make sure the viewpoint is actually your location and it's facing the direction you want it to, it's fabulous for offline use.
Can also click on any mountain and it will take you to the peak, useful to see what the skyline looks like and what other peaks are visible from the top.
azide - This is the app I've been looking for.
Ever since Google Earth came out, I've wanted something that would name peaks in the real world. This is that app. So cool.
Make sure you set it up the first time.
Tahunga - One of my favourite apps
As a lover of mountains I have looked for a way to identify peaks around the world. And in Peakfinder I found the perfect solution. I tested it in areas I know really well and am astonished about the accuracy of the information I get. I looked at mountains in Switzerland as well as Western Canada and the Northwestern US. "Amazing" is the word that comes to mind..
YYC Climber - Not worth it!
View finder is off track. I am fairly familiar with peaks in my area but thought this app would help with some I was not.
App is frustrating to try to get to work and if unfamiliar with your geography it is useless.
Humphreyboy - Peak finder
Pure crap. Not worth downloading for free.
Searcher girl - Peak finder earth
I want my money back
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