MapScribe is an IOS App that lets you draw maps on your IPad or IPhone. It has an easy to use interface that lets you quickly "paint" antique styled maps with finger swipes and taps using its map feature "brushes", such as mountains and trees.
Are you an author who needs to create a map for your fantasy novel?
Perhaps you are a video game designer who needs to create a map for players to use to navigate through your game?
Or maybe you are an artist looking to create a unique kind of decor?
...AND You want to do it on your IPad or IPhone
Then, MapScribe is for you.
MapScribe let's you create maps as jpg files with the following resolutions both vertically(portrait) and horzontally(landscape) oriented:
• 500 x 700
• 800 x 1000
• 850 x 1100
• 900 x 1200
• 1100 x 1400
• 1200 x 1600
MapScribe let's you write on your maps with the following fonts:
• Bradley Hand
• Snell Roundhand
These brushes allow you to paint features on your map
3 Kinds of grasses
- Color Brushes -
Green (for grass)
Blue (for water)
White (for snow)
Snow capped Mountains
Green Fir Trees
*Added some higher resolution papers (2200x2800, 2800x2200, 2400x3000, 3000x2400, 2400x3600, and 3600x2400)
*Added many new brushes and stamps including colored lines, road, grasses, volcano, sea monster, mountains2, fir trees2, towers, and mines, as well as a whole set for town buildings.
*Rearranged the Brush menu to accommodate new Brushes
*Fixed a memory issue that cause the app to crash on high res maps
*Added main menu item to delete a map
*Added cancel button to main menu so iPhone users can dismiss it without making a selection
*Updated the help/quick reference page
*Increase undo limit from the last 10 to the last 20 actions.
*Added automatic saving so that progress won't be lost if the app is terminated.
Ratings and Reviews
Works Even For A Novice, BUT
Small learning curve but eventually I crafted a discernible map that depicted my intent. Then...I could NOT export my map. The app closes every time I attempt to export. So, I used a camera and photographed my childish map. The quality of my finished work was diminished and thus I am sorely disappointed.
The above review initially rated this app 1 star due to the non-export problem. The developer, Daniel Eskridge, solved the issue with an update and now I am a happy map maker who can export his work. Now the only thing to complain about is my underdeveloped artistic ability, but using this app is going to change all of that. 5 STAR RATING means the app does what it purports to do in a non-stressful manner.
Developer Response ,
I've fixed this in version 1.2 which should be available now (You may need to update via the app store). Thanks for pointing this problem out and giving a good description of the problem!
I’m giving this 5 stars because this app works well, and you are the only one on the market like this. Is does the job... but I need a HUGE map. Now, even though this can accommodate... it can’t. The big problem is the resolutions with the stamps and trees when you zoom in all the way. They get so blurry you can’t even tell what it is. So I’m forced to make everything bigger, which can’t work for me. Thank you for the app, but if you can fix this I will use this app religiously. But everyone else buy it if you need to make a simple map, not too big, it’s great.
Developer Response ,
Just to make sure, you are using the higher resolution maps: open the menu, create a new map, then keep swiping left till you get to the 1800x2400 resolutions. I'm adding a couple of higher resolutions in the next version, but, fair warning, some of the older iPads and iPhones start to get pretty flaky on the higher resolutions due to memory limits. --Regards, Daniel
Very good for the price
However, it seems good for just overland maps. Would be nice to see more stamps for urban maps. It has a couple minor quirks with the pencil, but otherwise a pretty good quick and dirty app.
I will add this. Once you understand how to use it, pinch and zoom, it is intuitive. I will add my request to more precise method, but it still works. However my review will remain at four. It needs a few more things to hit it out of the park.
Among them, some more art, and the ability to do an urban map would be nice. Among the art needed, fields, mines, they were used, and for kick and giggles, sea monsters abs sea features. A slight variation in mountains would be nice, with a volcano. Roads, if you’ve done enough maps that one is easy. But it might be a good idea to add that to the lines. Some folks would benefit.
Overall, it is a very good app already. To those kvetching, really, no idea how difficult is to do what I already did the old fashioned way.
Oh and the Continent Of Z’Dul is coming along nicely.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the review. I've just added a brush size slider to help with control in version 1.1. I'll look into adding your requests for new brushes in v2
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.