recommend Iphone app for traveling overseas, offline map,GPS,import placemark

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by wahkao, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2010
    recommend Iphone app for traveling overseas, offline map,GPS,import placemark

    anyone knows of any useful iphone app for traveling overseas with the following features:

    - able to save a city's map and view it offline (to avoid costly data roaming)
    - able to show your GPS location
    - able to import pin locations from google maps or any other common mapping format

    seems like the importing functions is the one I cant find.

    Anyone knows of a map that can do all 3?
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2010
    well i found this app

    The Cartographer 1.1 by STORM

    Effortlessly access and edit your custom Google My Maps on a beautifully crafted vintage interface, with offline mode.

    The Cartographer tightly integrates with Google My Maps: Tools that allow users to customize Google Maps with markers. Now you can do all your travel or errand planning on the desktop with Google My Maps and the resulting maps can be effortlessly accessed and edited on the iPhone.

    The Cartographer embraces collaboration and sharing, allowing you to share entire maps or individual markers with fellow travelers or friends and family back home.

    You can also access your customised maps offline: Offline maps features let you avoid roaming charges and go places your mobile network doesn’t.

    Not just for travellers! Make maps for marathons, band tour schedules, house hunting, or job hunting.

    The Cartographer is a beautiful app that does something you sure haven’t seen anywhere else on the iPhone. -- MacStories

    You want it because it’s awesome...I won’t be at all surprised when Apple features this app sometime soon. -- AppleTell

    The Cartographer is a worthy addition to the traveler’s app arsenal. It’s beautiful and provides a unique feature set. -- Traveling Savage

    The Cartographer is a must have for anyone who travels often -- AppBoy



    Plan trips on the desktop by plotting vacation ideas on Google My Maps - use the tools you're already comfortable with.
    Plot a destination on a map and save your notes with it, so that everything's together, all in one place.
    Create rich, meaningful maps with 99 beautifully designed icons.



    Sync Google My Maps with the iPhone, effortlessly and totally automatically.
    Avoid data and roaming charges with offline maps - download the map in advance of your trip, then view it offline.
    Drag placemarks, edit titles and notes and publish changes to Google My Maps, on a beautiful and intuitive interface.



    Record your adventures: Save a placemark with your location at any time, even without an Internet connection.
    Save recommendations from a fellow traveller, while you're on the road.



    Share your trip with friends and family via email and Twitter.
    Share your maps online with Google My Maps, or keep maps entirely offline and away from prying eyes.


    All this is wrapped up in beautiful, elegant user interface that is evocative of a romantic past, when maps were works of art. The Cartographer combines vintage cartography styling with cutting edge technology. On the iPhone 4’s Retina display, The Cartographer flaunts stunning high-resolution graphics.

    The Cartographer runs on the iPad and iPod Touch, but it is not specifically designed for these devices. On non-GPS devices, positioning is available only near some wifi spots. Positioning on the first generation iPhone is limited to cellular and wifi.

    This application’s offline map uses third-party map data from OpenStreetMap, which is updated and improved daily by an active community. If you want to check the state of the map for your destination, please see


    The Cartographer is developed by a duo who love making great apps, and travelling - we were travelling around Europe while we wrote The Cartographer, and it's been well-tested and put to good use along the way!

    We are dedicated to responsive development and support. Please contact us with questions, bug reports, feature ideas, and other feedback at or We may be able to fix your issue in less time than it would take to write a negative review!

  3. macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    Well that's not obvious the thread starter is plugging the app is it.

    It does look cool though.
  4. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    New member, only two posts, both praising an app. This is almost always a sign of an attempt at advertising by a shill.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2010
    can anyone recommend a better app functionally than cartographer?
    i dont really like cartographer's brownish design. they dont allow us to turn it off.

    but it seems nobody else has an offer better than this :(
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2010
    haha, very sharp observation
    but i am not here to advertise :)
  7. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2009
    MotionX GPS

    I like MotionX GPS for downloading maps and using them offline.

    I can choose the level of detail and geographic area I want to download. Our family will be traveling in the Mediterranean next year -- I have already downloaded several city maps onto my iPhone so I can navigate without using any data.

    I also use MotionX GPS for tracking when I run -- gives me great data on pace, distance, elevation, etc. I can then click to have the run data e:mailed to me and it even gives me a map of where I went.

    Not sure how the download maps feature works on Cartographer -- could not find much detail on their website.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2010
    Hey - I'm the developer of The Cartographer (A Tasty Pixel, not "STORM" - that's a pirater). The offline map feature lets you download Open Street Map maps in bulk - the process is shown in this demo. (Side note: We'd love to provide offline Google Maps, but this is expressly forbidden by Google's terms).

    Version 1.2 now lets you turn down/off the 'vintage' overlay on the map, although the rest of the design has proven very popular, so I don't have plans to do away with that =)

  9. macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2014
    Try MapsWithMe

    I use MapsWithMe that has all the features you require - works offline, uses GPS to determine your location and you can place pins on the maps. It has a free and paid versions, all the necessary features are in the paid one. And the maps look very nice and bright, not brownish.

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