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You Need A Map

You Need A Map

       iOS Universal

If you get lost or in an emergency, YOU NEED A MAP! A map that works everywhere even without a cell phone signal. A map that shows not just roads but also terrain, streams, lakes and other landmarks. A map that covers the entire USA, all 50 states.

Sure, your iPhone has a great built in map but all it takes is one wrong turn and you could find yourself stuck in the snow behind a locked gate with no cell phone signal. What is the fastest way back to the highway? Should you go forwards or back? Is there a better road just a short distance away? Is there a raging stream or an steep cliff between you and the road? YOU NEED A MAP!

You Need A Map is a huge application. It has to be. It contains every mountain, hill, stream, lake, pond, freeway, highway, local road and track from two large online databases compressed into a 2GB app. In addition it contains many buildings, trails, railways, points of interest and polygon features. It has everything you need to find out where you are and what is around you anywhere in the USA.

Two maps in one! You Need A Map contains the roads from AND the US Census. OpenStreetMap has more accurate highways while the US Census has more accurate local streets. You can flip between these maps by turning the US Census Roads option on or off in the map settings.

Most navigation apps on the iPhone must transfer their maps from servers on the internet. This can be slow in areas with only 2G coverage or completely unavailable in wilderness areas where a map would be most useful. You Need A Map solves this problem by rendering maps directly on your iPhone. This extremely fast high quality software renderer is the first of its kind for mobile devices.

As you move, you will generate a track file which you can replay. You can also import GPX tracks generated in other programs and play them. While recording or playing a track, the map will be centered on the current location and rotated towards the direction of travel and rendered in 3D with silky smooth animation. When playing a track, you can speed up, slow down, pause, restart or skip to the end. Send your GPX tracks to other apps or e-mail them.

Want to learn more about a map feature? Click the target icon to display its name, feature type, urban area, state, elevation and coordinates. You will also see a bearing line back to your current GPS location or from your location to a selected waypoint. The status will display the bearing direction and distance along with the map and GPS elevation, the track length, and your current speed and direction of travel

You Need A Map uses the same code as Scenic Map and has most of the same features. These include many map customization options, customizable waypoints, direction and bearing information, a smooth scrolling moving map display while driving or flying, city search and much more.

Documentation, detailed coverage maps, installation guide and blog are available on

You Need A Map covers the entire USA including all 50 states

Map data © OpenStreetMap and contributors under the Open Database License

You Need A Map supports GPS tracking while the app is in the background.
Caution: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What's new

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Note: iOS needs 5 GB free storage to update this app.
Waypoint names are now displayed in the map.
Improved GPX file import compatibility
Switch to Scenic Map when you leave the coverage area.
All known bugs in version 1.5 have been fixed.


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Last changed:
Apr 03, 2013
1874.1 MB

Current Version Average Rating:
4.00 (51)

All Versions Average Rating:
3.50 (292)
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