Tracking through the wilderness
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.