Topo Maps for iPad
By Phil Endecott
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* The iPad is a fantastic map viewer, and Topo Maps for iPad gives it access to over 70,000 USGS and Canadian topographical maps. * Ideal for hiking and other backcountry activities. * Map downloads are FREE! * More than 4 million maps downloaded so far! * Users write:
" I've bought all the topo map apps and I like this the best "
" Scans are gorgeous ... the interface is exceptionally clean "
" Downloading maps is easy and fast ... Map displays beautifully and zooms flawlessly "
* Includes Alaska (at 1:24,000 and 1:63,360) and Canada (at 1:50,000), plus Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
* Locate the maps you need on the satellite view. To install a map, touch for about half a second. Touch again to view it.
* Search by name for over a million towns, peaks, lakes, parks and other features.
* No network connection is needed once the maps have been installed.
* Mark waypoints, and import and export waypoint files in GPX, KML and CSV formats.
* Touch the "current location" button to see where you are, and the compass button to align the map with the ground.
* See coordinates in NAD27 or WGS84 degrees, degrees minutes and seconds, UTM, or MGRS formats.
* Measure distances (miles, feet and km) and bearings (true and magnetic).
Coverage: this app makes available more than 70,000 maps covering the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.
The Maps: This app uses high-quality scans of the traditional USGS and NRCan topographic maps which have been the definitive resource for hikers and other backcountry users for many years. You can make the terrain stand out with hill shading, using simulated sunlight from the direction of your choice. This app does not use the new "US Topo" maps because they do not show hiking trails and lack other details: please see the web site for more details.
Downloading: US maps are around 8 MB in size and download in a few seconds on a typical home broadband connection. Canadian maps are larger. Both cellular data and WiFi can be used, though WiFi is likely to be more reliable in most cases.
- Do please visit http://topomapsapp.com/ for complete instructions, so that you don't miss any features.
We have many ideas for additional features to add to future versions of this app; if you have ideas or other questions or comments, contact details can be found on the website, http://topomapsapp.com/. The website also has more screenshots and other information.
What's New in Version 1.12.1
This is a minor update to fix a crash when deleting maps.
Solid and usable
I've used it for several years both iPhone and iPad versions. I have looked for something that might be as useful as the old topo maps but haven't found anything that isn't an expensive commercial solution like ESRI or the like. This is a very usable way to take lots of maps with you into the field. I have tried Gaia but I haven't had good luck with the download integrity. This apps download routine may not be the easiest, but you do have what what you somewhat tediously selected.
A great app for USGS topo maps
I've played around a bit and I like this app. The fact you can seamlessly join together maps is a big plus. And then today I found that I could e-mail a zipped 15x15 scale usgs map to myself and open it,this app astounding. Now I can have some of the usgs historical maps in the I-pad. I hope they don't upgrade the maps to the latest ones available.
I got this app a while ago and used it occasionally. The problem is it relies on the old topo maps which are hard to read. US Forest service maps are way better. I am trying to find those now.