Draw Maps gives you color pens and pencils to make sketches and take notes anywhere in the map. Think of the whole world as being your sketch pad. Move around and zoom to different scales as you draw. Share your maps with friends.
Use Draw Maps at work, school, and play:
- Planning your next vacation
- Designing landscapes
- Detailing event logistics
- Noting underground utilities
- Reporting storm damage
- Recording wildlife sightings
- Remembering your favorite fishing holes
- Tracing hiking trails
- Geocaching and scavenger hunts
- Learning geography by tracing borders
- Taking field notes
- Giving directions to your friend
- Draw and highlight in the map
- 72 colors
- Move and zoom the map as needed while you draw
- Zoom to your location to take a note where you are
- Zoom to other locations using Find
- Send images of your map drawings to other people
- Send your Draw Document to another Draw Maps user
- Archive your Draw Document to online storage
- Make as many maps as you like
- Ready for Apple Pencil on iPad Pro
- Ready for iPhone X
- 72 color choices. Tap the selected pen or pencil to replace it with another.
Ratings and Reviews
Not bad, but some frustrating limitations
I really love the concept of this app. I’m in the middle of a real estate search, and being able to easily mark up maps for areas we’re interested in is very useful. However, there are a few limitations of this app that I find arbitrary and frustrating.
First, method for typing text onto the map, with the silly stencil thing, is awkward and slow. Why can’t I just create a text box, select a font face, size, and color, and start typing?
Secondly, while there are a lot of colors available, they are each limited to a specific drawing tool. So if I want to use the highlighter tool, I am limited to the 8 pre-configured highlighter colors. I’d really like to be able to choose any color for any drawing tool.
Finally, the width of the writing stroke doesn’t scale with the zoom of the map. So if I’m trying to highlight streets, the widths of the highlighter mark are different depending on how zoomed in I was when I made a particular mark. I can definitely see how this would be the desired behavior in some use cases, but in mine (and being as much of a perfectionist as I am), it’s super frustrating. I find myself trying to meticulously zoom to a specific level before drawing to make sure my pen strokes all look the same in the final product.
All that said, this is a useful and easy-to-use app, and I’m glad I found it!
I own a bike rental business and use this app to customize/personalize maps for each of my renters to use. It’s perfect to make quick changes and show my renters the best routes to get around town! This has been an amazing tool for both my business and my renters. The options are limitless, and it allows a simple platform to create whatever works for you. I love it and will continue to use it daily! Highly recommend this
Perfect for family vacations!
I love this app! When our large family goes to the beach, we stay in multiple houses scattered within a 5 mile radius. This allows us to share the location of our rentals with each other quickly, easily, labeled and in one image!
- Bluefield GIS, Inc.
- 18.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular,and iPod touch.
English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 - 2019 Bluefield GIS, Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.