Road Trip­per

There are some great apps built on Ap­ple’s MapKit. This isn’t one of them

Mac Format - - MAC APPS RATED - Gary Mar­shall

£6.99 De­vel­oper ZurApps Re­search,

Re­quires OS X 10.10, Wi-Fi (for lo­ca­tion track­ing)

Ap­ple’s ex­cel­lent Maps app for OS X lacks multi-point route plan­ning, which is im­por­tant for ca­sual and busi­ness trav­ellers alike. You can get it on Google Maps, but wouldn’t it be bet­ter to spend £6.99 on a ded­i­cated app that isn’t as good? That ap­pears to be the sales pitch here, be­cause Road Trip­per is ab­so­lutely hope­less.

The fea­ture list makes Road Trip­per sound use­ful. You can cre­ate multi-point route plans, choose be­tween driv­ing, walk­ing and as-the-crow-flies routes, sync plans via iCloud for use on the Road Trip­per iOS apps, and add your own data to points of in­ter­est that are al­ready pop­u­lated with re­views from Yelp.

Sounds good? Sadly, it isn’t. The user in­ter­face is hor­ri­ble, with icons that don’t vis­i­bly ac­knowl­edge taps or clicks, and the rout­ing feels dis­con­nected from the un­der­ly­ing Ap­ple maps. For ex­am­ple, click­ing a restau­rant in OS X’s Maps app brings up its in­for­ma­tion. Do­ing the same in Road Trip­per doesn’t do any­thing.

There’s no choice of routes or live traf­fic in­for­ma­tion (fea­tures Ap­ple

Road Trip­per may be a good idea, but it isn’t a good app. Google needn’t worry about the com­pe­ti­tion.

and Google pro­vide), and iCloud sync­ing doesn’t work un­til you up­grade via an in-app pur­chase.

It’s a bunch of MapKit API fea­tures thrown to­gether hap­haz­ardly – we’re amazed Ap­ple ap­proved it. There’s noth­ing here you can’t do bet­ter and more cheaply us­ing Google Maps in Sa­fari.

Mul­ti­ple des­ti­na­tions

iOS sync re­quires ex­tra money

Hor­ri­ble UI and few fea­tures

Google Maps is miles bet­ter

If Road Trip­per were free, it’d still be over­priced. Don’t waste your money.

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