iphone apps for navigation

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by davecambo, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. davecambo

    davecambo Adventurer

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    can anyone recommend a good iphone app for fire trails etc. I have tomtom but its no good really.

    is motionX good? im not sure how to use it from reading reviews, is it easy to upgrade the maps on it?

    whats another good one?

    price is no issue for apps for my phone.
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  2. racca

    racca Been here awhile

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    Mudmaps is supposed to be good but I can't get it on android so can't say for sure.
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  3. BBRadar

    BBRadar Been here awhile

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    I have MotionX and use the OpenStreetMap data on it - for my area it is pretty good. Other areas may not be as good, all depends on who is actively mapping them. You can use other mapsets on it but I haven't tried them.
    Edit: check here http://www.openstreetmap.org/

    I've only really used it as a "sh%t I'm lost, which track do I take", it doesn't seem to do routing.
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  4. michael1968

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    Try 'Everytrail', it has some tracks uploaded by users. It's not bad for the price... Free.
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  5. davecambo

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    ok so far i have motion X, which i havent used yet (just got it then).

    I also just got Topo Maps which appears real good. its an offline app, which whilst you have internet, you select the area on the map you wish to download and then save it. seems like a good idea if im correct. i just downloaded the whole of goulburn, taralga mittagong area topo maps. only thing i cant work out is how to read the difference in trails, it all seems to be the same colour, when i know some of the roads are dirt. strange. i would have thought there would have been some different colour to differentiate the road / dirt.
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    I used Mudmaps on our trip to Birdsville & while it wasnt perfect, it was definately worth it. I pre loaded the Waypoints before we left & just selected "Go To" & it was able to highlight the route while giving info on how many Km's to go. Very handy for Fuel calculations. Track log feature is great as when We returned home, It can overlay the whole trip on Google earth for you. Here is an example of the first 3 Days of our trip.http://www.mud-maps.com/track_logs-view-1697. I found the Standard Preloaded Maps the Best. Great 3D Topo.
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  7. Not for Highway Use

    Not for Highway Use Wannabe hasbeen

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    Mudmap works for me too.
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    have ya tried looking through the GPS thread in the forums :eek1
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    What's eating your panties today Doctor - or are you always like this?
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    :lol3 nothing :deal i just checked :rofl- :shog
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    creedyflyr Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know the difference between Mud map ($60) & VMS 4x4 ($150) other than the price? They both seem exactly the same.
    Creedy.
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  12. Doctor

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    mud map was made from contributed user tracks :evil
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  13. Sleepy John

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    Mud maps is an iPhone app and you purchase map sets for it.

    vMS is an iPad app and comes with comprehensive Australian map sets.
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  14. AUS_tomo

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    +1 for Mud Maps on my Iphone.
    Like everything it has limitations and as long as you keep this in mind it is a great product. I purchased topo maps for it and found these to be worthwhile.
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  15. davecambo

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    how do you export maps from openstreet map to MotionX and will they then work offline if you do so.
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    this looks like going to to double figures :eek1 it's already made page 2
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  17. abhibeckert

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    I've been using MotionX for years and it's great. All the popular trails around brisbane seem to be mapped, but up here in far north qld that wasn't the case... until I used MotionX to add all the ones I've ever ridden down. :freaky Dunno how good it is in the rest of the country.

    Never tried MudMaps, it looks like it has better maps but is otherwise inferior to MotionX, and I'm not willing to spend $80 to confirm or deny my theory. Especially since a good paper map is required as a backup if you're unfamiliar with an area.

    If you know what you're doing, and are willing to do some pre-ride preparation, MotionX is perfectly capable of navigating areas that aren't mapped or partially mapped. It has compass navigation, satelite photos, terrain maps, gpx track/waypoint overlays, etc.

    When you're at home and have wifi, go to the main map screen, tap the maps button, then the download button, then pick what map type (motionx street (openstreetmap), motionx terrain (opencyclemap), bing street, bing terrain, bing satelite, bing hybrid, noaa marine), and then choose the area to download and at what zoom levels (if you download really close in zoom levels it will take *forever* to download. anything over 13 or 14 is overkill. I have 1 to 9 for all of australia and 10 to 14 for the areas I actually ride in).

    Yes, it will work when you're offline. And even when you are online the map will appear much faster if you've got them saved locally.
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  18. davecambo

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    fantastic reply thankyou very much. Once downloaded, will they automatically run as you are in the area or do you have to chose to load the map of the area you are in?
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    It'll just work. :freaky
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