Recommended Topographic Map Software Package

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by johnjay1776, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. johnjay1776 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Anyone on here have a need to use topographic maps on their Mac frequently? Do you have a favorite package that you use? Why is it your favorite? Have you tried others?

    I've just recently switched from a Windows based PC over to an iMac. On the Windows PC, I used Delorme's TopoUSA which I liked quite a bit. I've done some searching around the 'net with Google and have run across a few available packages but it's always nice to hear from someone that's actually used them before making a purchase.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. darthmullet macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2006
    I would be interested in hearing what other mac people are using too. Anything out there with GPS input and/or output that is recommended?

    I currently resort to using VMWare Fusion with Garmin's software, because I use it with my Garmin GPS. Not the best solution, but the Topo 2008 US and 24k US National Parks map sets are pretty good.
  3. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    I use Google Earth for most things.

    Trail runner isn't a bad app, as it lets you choose where you want to get the data from (Google, OpenStreetMap etc.)

    I'm not sure of any stand-alone apps that don't need the internet.
  4. johnjay1776 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2008
    I've used (and still use from time to time) Google Earth as well but it lacks a good tool from which to gauge the actual lay of the land. It's also missing most of the items usually found on topological maps.

    So, anyone else have a tool that they'd like to recommend? Thanks.
  5. johnjay1776 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Any one else have any suggestions? There's got to be a lot of you Mac users out there that dig the outdoors??

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