Track­ing through the wilder­ness

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

I am into pho­tog­ra­phy and, with my Land Rover, can get to places where there is no in­ter­net ac­cess. I’d like to study my sur­round­ings and sort out the next day’s itin­er­ary on my MacBook. Are there map­ping apps for the Mac that will work off­line? I have a cou­ple of satel­lite re­ceivers that I used to use with Mi­crosoft Au­toRoute. Con­rad Dob­son Off­line map­ping is one of those weird back­wa­ters of soft­ware de­vel­op­ment. There are very few apps on the Mac App Store that of­fer this fea­ture and even fewer with good re­views. I’ve been fid­dling around with RouteBuddy (routebuddy.com), which has an an­noy­ingly sim­i­lar icon to Sa­fari’s but seems like it will do what you want. There are maps avail­able for the UK, France and USA and they are proper dig­i­tal ver­sions of rep­utable maps by Ord­nance Sur­vey and Har­vey, in all of the stan­dard scales. There is also a satel­lite im­age over­lay, and you can open your route in Google Earth as well. There’s a com­pan­ion app for iOS so you can plan a route on the MacBook and then send it via Wi-Fi to your iPhone. The Mac app isn’t cheap though, be­cause you have to pay £40 for the app and then buy all the maps sep­a­rately. The OS Lan­dranger se­ries are £6.99 each.

When you’re off the beaten track, you can take your maps off­line with RouteBuddy.

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