By Bob Difley
Imagine being out in the boonies somewhere, as we RVers tend to do quite often, and you find yourself just a little lost. So you open your smartphone to get directions and — no Internet connection. Also imagine that you had already downloaded the Avenza Systems map for your area through its free app, and voila! There is your map!
Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe® Illustrator® and Geographic Imager® geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop®, produces the Avenza Maps app, an all-inclusive mapping platform for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Consumers can download the app for free, get geo-referenced maps from the Avenza Map Store, and use them completely offline with a variety of tools.
Browse, preview, purchase and download professionally created, high quality maps from the Avenza Map Store, including 1:24,000 scale USGS topographic maps for the entire United States.
Use the built-in GPS in your mobile device to locate yourself on any map (even works offline without network connectivity). Want to record where you’re at? Simply drop placemarks at your location.
Navigating through a forest? Use the compass to orient yourself. Want to see how far you’ve walked, hiked, driven or biked? Record your activity using Record GPS Tracks and see exactly where you’ve been. View stats like elevation change and distance traveled on a graph including total time.
What’s a map without interaction? Drop placemark pins anywhere on the map with the tap of a finger. Need to move it? No problem. Just tap and hold a pin to pick it up, move it to the spot you want, then release it to drop it.
Easily find Latitude/Longitude, Northing/Easting, and Military Grid Reference System/United States National Grid. This tool also has the ability to search for a specified coordinate. How far is it to that next intersection? Use the Measure Distance tool to measure how far you need to travel. Use the option to quickly change the measurement units. Captured a photo of something interesting and want to plot it on your map? Simply add the geotagged photo and a placemark will drop in the correct location on your map. It couldn’t be any easier.
• Use maps offline without network internet connectivity
• Plot placemarks, change pin colors, position and label names, enter attribute data and notes
• Track real-time movement with GPS (includes speed and elevation statistics)
• Easily find the coordinates of any location in a map
• Measure distances and areas
For more information, visit the Avenza Maps website.