BrotherJasonR's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 5/24/18 6:18 PM
Are you kidding me people? Just thinking about this app makes me excited. No kidding! I have been using topo maps for 30 years and this app has changed my life, for the better. There is nothing about this app that doesn’t work, “just right”. Power, speed, function, native offline use, features that will meet any need you can expect (and more!). Excellent manual, great support, a real work of art in a world of online 4G required apps and dizzying oddness in iPad mapping. Keep up the great work!
Elephant Jim's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/5/17 5:45 PM
I have been using this app on both an iPhone 4 and iPad for over a year now. I have downloaded about 4000 topo maps, 16 gigs worth. I use it when exploring huge areas on my ATV here in Idaho. Plus I downloaded 25 maps for a hog hunt in California and another 50 or so for a fishing trip to Oregon. If I read about a place that sounds like I might want to explore it I download the relevant maps and check it out. I have retired my Garmins. This app has better maps and is easier to use with better displays. It is also extremely accurate and fast. To cover a single 20 mile loop could take over 50 paper maps. No problem with this app. I use the zoom in and out feature constantly as well as the waypoint and search feature. I also use the map elevation to calibrate my Garmin GPS wrist watch frequently. I use the distance ruler occasionally as well as different units capability (UTM and Lat/Long). I rarely use the other features. I usually just want to see the blue dot where I am standing and the names of the surrounding features and the waypoint marking camp. My only caveats are: some of the underlying maps are outdated - obviously not the fault of the app. Moving waypoint files between devices is a pain. And downloading a maximum of 20 maps at a time is a minor inconvenience. The program occasionally hangs when I launch it. I haven't figured out if this is a communication problem with the Apple GPS code or a bug it the app. A force abort of the app and a relaunch fixes it so it is a minor annoyance. All in all this is in my top three most used and enjoyed app. If you have a GPS equipped Apple device and spend time outdoors, especially off the beaten track, this app is spectacular. Update: Dec 2017 I continue to use this app extensively and love it. Over the years the app has been improved in important ways. For example I just upgraded to iPhoneX from my old iPhone6. Apples iTunes save/restore failed to work properly. Fortunately I had backed up my extensive waypoint files using that feature of this app. I had to manually reload all the topo Maps into the iPhoneX, but was able to reload all the waypoints from the back up file effortlessly. This is really great real world functional app.
4th of 4's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/17/18 1:09 PM
1st off: For those reviewers who are dropping stars on this app for it using "old" maps do not understand the basics of USGS maps. Some quad maps are just "old" that is a function of funding and/or photo checking of quads and no significant changes having occurred. That being said this program is an awesome implementation of a tool for accessing real USGS maps with an interface that fully utilizes the logic and power of the iPad. If you are a USGS map fan, you will truly appreciate this app. I have worked with USGS maps since the 80's and this application is a realization of so much of what you always thought you should be able to do with accessing and viewing USGS maps. I am excited to see how the developer chooses to grow this app. As I said in the subject, Brilliant!
Alden A's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/17/18 1:09 PM
This is the best topographical map app you can get! The cost alone is cheaper than buying one usgs topo map from the store and you can download all of them, yes that's right all of them for no extra charge. The great thing too is that you can zoom all the way in as well and they hold up (great resolution). It also has a shaded relief view which is really helpful to give you an overall idea of the land when you are zoomed out. The previous reviewer only gave it 3 stars as it seems they are not familiar with the usgs 7.5 minute topographical maps (not topological as they called them). If the maps are missing a newer trail that is not on the usgs topo map that is because the usgs hasn't updated it. I can see this as being a problem but if you buy a usgs topo map from the store it will be the same thing. This is not the app developers fault. If you can read a map and use usgs maps then this is the best app out there that you can get!
Amador Pilot's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/17/18 1:09 PM
This app is great. I was using an online topo map download for an annual subscription price with relatively low on screen resolution and small viewing size. As an avid rockhound and backcountry explorer, I use this app all the time. The GPS interface and measurement tools are wonderful. I also like the fact that you can now place adjoining maps together and scroll around them. This saves me a lot of printing or buying topo maps. I just pick the area I will be working, download it into the app, and pull up the maps I need when I arrive in the area. The only drawback at all is the age of some of the USGS maps but they are still quite useful.
Nick Johnson's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/17/18 1:09 PM
It's like having every USGS map at you fingertips, well at least the ones I need for the southeast. The scans are great and on wifi the high resolution map downloads are pretty fast.
deslock's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/17/18 1:09 PM
It's been my favorite iPhone app for some time and as expected it's even better on the iPad's larger screen. The program is responsive on the iPhone, but of course it's even faster on the iPad. Just like the iPhone version, downloading USGS quads is easy and convenient and the maps look great. Also, the developer has been very responsive to suggestions. Buy it.
NI7F's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/17/18 1:09 PM
I really like the topo for iPad program. However, it is real cheap of the developer to require you to buy both the iPad and iPhone program. Wake up fix this oversight. Or, was is intentional to squeeze us dry?
Bill Caldwell's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/17/18 1:09 PM
I checked out several mapping apps for the Ipad and this is by far the best for my needs. I take people on scenic flights and need to identify numerous geographic features and also do some aerial fire detection and other survey work. The download utility is great, it's easy to use and it's easy to locate the proper areas to download. Having the ability to download 20 maps at a time is a huge asset. I've downloaded the Idaho panhandle and Lincoln Co. in NW Montana, about 200 maps, plus a few Canadian maps and it works excellently. The waypoint marking feature and the suggested list of names based on nearby geographic features is outstanding. Particularly when trying to name multiple things in the same drainage (give the first one a name plus a number and the next number will pop up in the list with the same name). I also really like the ability to stitch topos together just by pressing the blue arrow, or if you don't want to, just wait till the blue dot (you) progresses beyond the edge of the map and the next map will pop into view. It's also easy to un-stitch the maps if you need to read the Township & Range markings or other info on the edge of the map. I'm very pleased with the app and it works fine in my airplane. There is one feature I'd like to see added. It would be really nice to have an on-screen button that toggles a lock for the other on-screen buttons so that inadvertent touches wouldn't change the screen but would still allow the gps location to function. Kudos to Phil Endecott for a great app.
doug.f's Review of Topo Maps For IpadReviewed on 12/17/18 1:09 PM
Yeah, this is what I've been waiting for! Topo Maps for iPad has full-resolution quads (the real USGS 24K maps with collars, not from Terraserver), and it can stitch them together when you run off the edge. Simple map management, both low- and high-resolution versions of each quad, elevation shading and coloring options, all tied together with a clean user interface. The iPad's big screen really makes a difference. I've been using some iPhone topo apps that look OK at 2X, but -WOW- this made-for-iPad app really shines! You can save on disk space by loading low-res maps for looking at gross details, then download the high-res map where or when you need it. Done with the high-res map? Click a button and it instantly downgrades to the low-res version to save space (or erase it entirely). The high-res maps are the real deal: print-quality copies of the USGS DRG TIFF originals; no JPEG artifacts here! The "iPad Screenshots" above don't do these maps justice. The pictures there are mostly high level, and lots of products look good like that. But if you're planning a cross-country hike, you want to zoom right in to see the same dots as on a printed topo--and, with this app, you can! If you want real topo maps, this is the app for that.