By Alan Smith
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GeogXPert is a Geography app which both serves as a reference app - containing maps which allow you to look up countries and find country information; and as a quiz app - use your knowledge to fill in country and capital names on a blank map.
When you start the app, you see a map of Africa. Other regions are available from the control at the bottom of the screen.
At first the maps are blank - no country and capital names are shown. This is 'Quiz' mode. All the country and capital names can be shown by choosing Show/All from the top toolbar.
You can use the normal iPad pinch gestures to zoom in and out. Drag a finger around the screen to move the map.
Double-tapping on a country or capital whose name is displayed opens a link to the country information on Wikipedia in a browser window (internet access required). To ease selecting the smaller items on the map, tap and hold - a magnifying glass appears with crosshairs to allow you to pinpoint the item. Release your finger to go to the country information.
To hide country and capital names, choose Reset/All from the top toolbar. In this 'Quiz' mode, tapping on a country or capital brings up a pop-up where you can type in the name. If you get the name wrong, the pop-up vibrates. Press the Hint button to give you a letter of the correct name. Your score can be seen by pressing the Scores toolbar button.
For assistance when tapping on small countries and capitals, you can tap and hold - a magnifying glass appears which allows you to position accurately - release your finger to select the item.
For further instructions, please follow the website links.
What's New in Version 1.1
iOS 4.2 compatibility
This is a really nice app, clear, useful, and easy to use. Great for finding out where the gaps are, in your mental map of the world!