Use of Maps "offline"?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by arrjaytea, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. arrjaytea macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2007
    I'm going on a trip to Amsterdam in a couple weeks, and I'm wondering if there is any way I can use Maps without a wireless connection as map to get around the city?

    Effectively I'd like to be able to place pins at destinations I know we'll want to get to and be able to use Maps on my Touch as a means of orienting ourselves in the city (I've been there before and am pretty familiar with the city, I just think it would be nice ot have a bit of a customized map).

    Is this possible in any way, shape, or form?

  2. macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    Sudbury, Ontario
    I asked for something like this about a month ago - but I was told it is not yet available. I hope someone - sooner than later - decides to make a bit of a modified version of that allows for offline viewing of saved maps on the iPod Touch hard drive itself. :)
  3. arrjaytea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2007
    Yeah - the best I can come up with is loading an image into a web browser (or an image/PDF viewer) and using that.

    Will work I guess, but would prefer something right in maps.
  4. mrpalmer420 macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2008
    Once one download a location and map into maps you can view that map offline. I believe you can only use the one. You can also upload direction from a hotspot and it will be available offline as well.
  5. arrjaytea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2007
    I'm not sure I follow what you're saying - how do you do this? And are you able to zoom in and zoom out?

    Would really like to sort this out - if anyone has any other suggestions I'd appreciate them as well.

  6. mrpalmer420 macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2008
    While you are in a hotspot (hotel, etc...) Bring up the map you will need for the day. As long as you do not bring up any other map it will be available to you offline.

    You can Zoom in and out but it only downloads so much so if you try to go left right or up and down from the map on the screen only a little bit will be downloaded. the rest will just be the grey grid.
  7. jbarr macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2008
    Further, take advantage of the offline route feature.

    If you define a route, all of the route text and zoomed-in maps for each route point are retained for you to step through while offline. (Note it only retains one route.) I wrote a brief how-to article on my iPod Touch Tips site that you may find useful.
  8. arrjaytea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2007
    Cool - this looks like it's my best bet, but it still unfortunately seems like it's going to be hard to store the whole of the map I want stored into maps. :(

    I think I'm just going to go the "save a massive image to the disk, open it with local file viewing in Safari" route. No real chance of fail then, and I can photoshop a more customized map.

    Thanks for the suggestions though guys! :)
  9. Dikkers macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2007
    it does seem to save a bit more info just a route. Jut look all around then turn wifi off. Would be good though, if you could ad intermediate destination to create a bit of a loop that you could use to plan sight seeing journeys

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