National Geographic World Atlas
By National Geographic Society
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Welcome to the redesigned World Atlas app from National Geographic, the best world geography reference resource available. The Atlas features Nat Geo's award-winning cartography and stats and facts about every country on Earth.
Curious about a place in the news, looking for a trusted source of information for a school project, or just want to spin the globe and explore? The Atlas puts the world at your fingertips.
- Get flags, facts, and stats for every country and territory
- Receive daily trivia, pop quizzes, and on-this-day information
- Create pin lists of places you've been and places you want to go
- Download maps for offline use
- Get real-time weather data
What's New in Version 4.1.1
Important bug fix: Addresses inability to stream map tiles
Please update your version of World Atlas to access the latest version of streaming map tiles.
Rebuilding the world
The new atlas is actually quite spectacular. It's very smooth and responsive, with a much more elegant presentation of material, including new statistical visualizations. Yes, I was also disappointed by the lack of map details; the zoom now stops at a fairly high country level. However, I read the FAQs within the app and now appreciate what NG has done: "National Geographic's association with Bing Maps ended at the end of 2014. Instead of including a different map vendor, we decided it made more sense for the product to initially allow only National Geographic maps and associated content." The key word for me is "initially." A return of more detailed maps appears to be on this app's own road map. As a user, I can appreciate the disappointment in the lack of detail. As a developer, I can appreciate the interim compromise that's been made - in anticipation of something better during the quarterly map updates. Stay tuned, true believers...
Pluses with 1 big minus
Hello National Geographic,
Thank you for the great improvement to World Atlas.
I think your distance tool is a great improvement because it stays in place & can be used as a lubber line at any scale. I don't understand why it only appears on a grey globe instead of the "Classic" colors.
I think the detail & the readability is awesome. I'm glad you are not aligned with a detailed local map provider, there are many of those that do a great job & they can be viewed separately. There is only one National Geographic & the special way you show Geographic & Country & World detail can only be found at National Geographic.
95% of my National Geographic Globe use is off line.
Thank you for saving my "Pins". I think I have lost some notes that were with the pins.
Maybe, I don't know how to access the notes.
I DO HAVE A PROBLEM: 80% of the Time I use my iPad, I am required to use it vertically in the portrait mode. So far I have only been able to view this new National Geographic Globe in the horizontal or landscape mode. Please tell me there is a way to use it in the Portrait Mode. This is a BIG MINUS.
ALSO, You seem to think it is important to not use to much of my memory. There should be an option for much more offline detail. I would be glade to devote 5GBs or more to this great iPad app.
I thought I bought an offline atlas but also got a nice virtual globe that intelligently shows the right amount of info without excess clutter - until you want dive into it. There are also two globes to download. Beats having to lean on Wikipedia all the time since Wikipedia isn't considered a credible source in an academic setting.
I used to go to the internet world factbook but now the same info is here. You can rank countries easily in many categories, sort, search, locate. This has replaced my physical globe + internet combo I usually use.
I guess the poor reviews are people who were used to how the app used to behave. I have no idea (just got it) but it is really nice in spite of the reviews' implication. I have a 6 Plus. And at $1.99? A no brainer. Just skip one coffee and buy this. Really, people, two bucks is practically free. I know you have a pricey device, spend a couple more dollars and make it an educational tool.
If you download both globes (in-app, about 300MB) you don't need much of an internet connection afterwards to use this app, which is nice.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Jun 02, 2015
- Version: 4.1.1
- Size: 33.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: National Geographic Society
- © National Geographic Society
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.