Magic Maps is a tool for creating beautiful, informative maps. It includes a rich feature set and is much easier to use than high-end GIS packages. Here are some things you might do with Magic Maps:
• Color states or countries using data from a CSV file
• Create a custom map of sales territories
• Export a movie file showing how data have changed over time
• Mash up Shapefiles, GeoTIFF files, and custom points into a single map document
• Convert ArcGIS Shapefiles to KML
Maps created with Magic Maps have a signature, high-quality look because the program is built from the ground up using Apple's Core Graphics technology. Map layers can be managed similar to layers in Photoshop: simply drag to rearrange, check a box to add a drop shadow, use the slider to change opacity. Choose custom colors, point shapes, and line widths to create the look you want.
Magic Maps lets you choose and customize the map projection. Show the whole world with a Winkel Tripel projection, or reduce distortion with an equal area or conformal projection. Magic Maps is the only program that shows you a live preview of multiple map projections at once.
If you want to create crisp-looking maps without the fuss of traditional GIS, or if you have a lot of geographic data you'd like to explore visually, Magic Maps is the tool for you.
• Layer-based map presentation
• Multiple data fields per layer
• Timelines of data totals and averages
• Click an entity to see its associated data
• Select multiple entities with a selection box
• "Top 100" list for any data field
• Click "Play" to watch any map evolve over time
• Multi-touch zooming and panning
Flexible data import
• Import data from CSV, KML, or Shapefiles
• Copy-paste data directly from a spreadsheet
• Support for UTF-8, Unicode, Latin-1, and Windows text encodings
Versatile map export
• For print or presentations: Export vectorized PDF
• For the web: Export PNG or SVG
• For email: Command-C copies the current image to the clipboard
• For spreadsheets: Export CSV data
• For YouTube: Export QuickTime movies
• For Google Earth: Export KML
• For Google Public Data Explorer: Export Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL)
Add custom points
• Point-and-click to add a point
• Manually enter decimal degrees or Degrees-Minutes-Seconds
• Geocoding of U.S. place names (town, city, or ZIP code)
• Batch CSV import
Add custom layers
• Import KML
• Import ESRI Shapefiles
• Import NASA GeoTIFF *NEW*
• Link data to custom layers
Fully customizable appearance
• Use the Paint tool to color a simple map
• Choose colors to represent text categories or numeric ranges
• Move labels by clicking and dragging
• Leading lines connect labels to their source
• Customize any fonts, colors, and sizes
• Choose one of six shapes to represent points
• Choose solid lines or one of four dash patterns
• Optional drop shadows on shapes
• Adjustable movie playback speed
Built-in math functions
• Year-over-year change in absolute or percentage terms
• Sum multiple variables together
• Divide one variable by another
• Scale by powers of 10
• Compute rolling average
• Compute weighted average
• Interpolate missing years
Professional map projections
• Albers Equal Area
• Lambert Conformal Conic
• Winkel Tripel
• Instantly preview map projections
• Customize central meridian and standard parallels
Basic GIS functionality
• Count points within an area
• Aggregate point data within an area
• Draw a radius of a specified distance around points
• Compute distance to nearest point on another layer
• Perform simple queries using Smart Layers
• Area and length computations
Built-in geographic templates
• Countries of the world
• U.S. states, counties, and metro areas
• Canadian provinces, Mexican states, and a combined North America template
• Australian states and territories
• Link data against FIPS codes or state/country name
Trouble importing? Find my email in the Help menu and we'll work it out.
• Template images were out of sync in the previous update
• The Australia template did not properly include Australian states as their own layer
Ratings and Reviews
Mediocre GIS software
I'm a Geography student working on my BA, and I can say that Magic Maps isn't very magical. It will work for simple projects for non-GIS users. I've used the "holy grail" of GIS software, ArcGIS, and this isn't even close. It's also $20 compared to ArcGIS's price tag of $1200!! That being said, QGIS (a Mac compatible GIS software) is free, and it is better if you're doing serious GIS data depiction.
I had about a 50/50 chance of it crashing while trying to import any of the “compatible” formats. I have built up a pretty big library of GIS data, from population data for the US to bathometric data for the Caribbean, MM had trouble with opening some of my data sets. Usually the second or third try would work. It isn’t very “feature rich” either. The tools it has are the basics, but I was hoping for something that allowed for greater data manipulation.
Overall, it’s worth $20 for someone who just wants to create some basic data depiction maps, but not suitable for serious GIS work.
Really cool app
I love this program. I use it to build specific, customized maps for presentations and for simple data analysis. What I do barely scratches the surface of what it CAN do in the hands of someone who is into GIS and data analysis.
The best parts, though, are the responsiveness of the developer and the interaction between him and the user community. He frequently sends out emails with information on what he's working on; he solicits input from the user community; he personally provides solutions to issues that users may face; and, believe it or not, he helps individuals who are trying to stretch the app further than it already goes by working with them to figure out how to get things done.
Magic Maps is a useful tool
While Magic Maps still needs some refinement, it works great for me on Snow Leopard. I use Magic Maps often to create stunning geographic illustrations of airline's route networks. When I have a problem or in need of software support, I contact the software developer (Evan Miller) and he always response with a solution. The software does need some improvements and additional features that I would like to see incorporated. However, for general map making purposes its great and beats any other map making software in the market today.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.