Do you love playing around with maps and gadgets?
Are you a map lover and iPhone or iPad user?
Do you have topographic or specialised maps of your favourite area and would love to have them on your mobile device?
Nik Sands, Bushwalk Tasmania founder and map guru, has announced the release of an upgrade to his Bit Map iPhone or iPad application.
What is Bit Map?
Bit Map is an offline map viewer for your own topographic or specialised maps. Store multiple maps on your iPhone, and switch between them. With Bit Map, you can view your own choice of maps, instead of generic maps chosen by somebody else, making it ideal for specialist maps with details not available on other mapping applications, such as highly detailed topographic maps obtained from your government mapping authority. Your topographic maps can also be viewed while offline with no cellphone or wifi network access, making it ideal for a wide range of outdoor pursuits including bushwalking, hiking, treking, camping, cycling, touring.
OK, for those of you “mapophiles” and gadget lovers, what’s the improvement? (any of you not interested ….. check THIS out instead)
- Bit Map can use map images from many common bitmapped (raster) image file formats, including JPEG, PNG, TIFF or GIFF. It can display large maps, and even join several consecutive large maps into a single huge topographic map. The map size is limited only by the iPhone’s storage and memory capacity.
- Some basic navigation features are included, such as dynamically showing your current location on the map as well as recording and display of waypoints and routes. Waypoints and routes can be imported and exported as KML files which can be used in desktop applications such as Google Earth.
- It has been updated to work around problem with using Internet Explorer to upload map and KML files.
- Waypoints can now be used as indexes to quickly view those points on a map. Tap on a waypoint (while viewing route details) to view that point on the map, even if the route is not currently displayed. If the current map does not include that waypoint, the map will be switched to another map that does, if a suitable alternative map can be found. (Turns off follow mode). This allows for the possibility to import KML files with a list of locations (eg, a street index), and then to tap on one of those locations to view that location on the map without having to manually scroll/zoom to find it.
- Waypoint rows in the route details/edit view now have the note in the main (large) text, and the coordinates in the detail (small) text, to better suit the new Waypoint Indexing feature.
- Routes view’s “Edit” button is no longer needed to access each route’s detail button to view each route’s details. Makes access to the Waypoints indexing (and route & waypoint details in general) much quicker.
- Route detail/edit view’s “Edit” button is no longer needed to access each waypoint’s detail button to view each waypoint’s details. Makes access to the Waypoints details much quicker.
- The ‘active’ route (to which any new waypoints will be added) is now indicated by having a black background in the routes view’s table (instead of a tick/check mark). The font colour indicates if it is currently displayed on the map or not (instead of the background colour, used for all the non-active routes).
- Tables with 100 or more routes or waypoints now display a numerical index to more quickly skip through the long lists of items.
- Blocks sleep while processing large KML files.
- Much faster parsing of large KML files.
- Fixed processing of zipped KML files.
So there you go. Well done to Nik for developing this application, we hope it is very successful.