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iOSMaps - An OS Map viewer for iPhone - and it\'s free!



pocketgpsworld.comiOSMaps is an iPhone application that allows you to view Ordnance Survey Maps at 1:50k and 1:10k scales.

Using the iPhone Core Locations feature it can access a map of your immediate area or you can search using PostCode, place name and even OSGB36 and WGS84 grid references.

The 1:10k map scale is very impressive with individual building outlines and other rich detail whereas the 1:50k maps are at a scale that will be very familiar to anyone who has used a LandRanger map.

The map data itself is downloaded over the air so only possible where a signal is present and they are not cached but for most iPhone users who have all you can eat data plans this isn't a huge issue.

Certainly having access to the OS map library is an impressive feat, even more so when you discover the application is currently available from the App Store for free.

 

1:50k and 1:10k scales Ordnance Survey mapping © Crown copyright. AM70/08.

 

iOSMaps Website

 

Comments
Posted by mikealder on Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:32 am Reply with quote

Great application for displaying current position on the iPhone using OS mapping, the level of detail when zoomed in is quite astounding.
Its a shame that O2's network coverage when you get in the hills will prevent it from being used in some parts of the Lakes and Dales - Mike


 
Posted by Rowan29a on Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:40 pm Reply with quote

As well as the iPhone here's hoping it will become available for the Blackberry Storm which seems to be neglected!


Mike -
TomTom 750 Live
iPhone 5 16GB, Kavaj "Dallas" case

 
Posted by HenryMitchell on Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:44 pm Reply with quote

I just downloaded this but I can't figure out how to view the 1:10,000 maps and there seems to be only two levels of zoom on the 1:50,000 maps- in or out and that's it. Apart from that it looks pretty impressive and free too!


Device: GO 600, Live connected via iPhone 5.
App: 13.030.1412491.111 (0) (2042, 31/10/2013)
OS: 1392579
Map: Europe v920.5244 (11/2013)

 
Posted by Darren on Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:49 pm Reply with quote

Use the pinch gesture to zoom in/out, zooming in on a 1:50k map will eventually reveal the 1:10k where the data is available.


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
Posted by scarymonkey on Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:53 pm Reply with quote

Does anyone know where the data is being pulled from? If OS are making the data available for free for Iphone users, then they should also allow it for WM/Blackberry/Symbian clients too - just need someone to write the app.


Vince Marsters

 
Posted by Rowan29a on Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:57 pm Reply with quote

My sentiments exactly - after all we are paying for the OS through our taxes!


Mike -
TomTom 750 Live
iPhone 5 16GB, Kavaj "Dallas" case

 
Posted by scarymonkey on Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:00 pm Reply with quote

Just spent a few minutes looking further into it and the app is using the free OpenSpace service from OS. Means that given the right skills (i.e. more than my abilities) it would be possible to create an app for most devices.


Vince Marsters

 
Posted by Darren on Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:43 pm Reply with quote

Rowan29a Wrote:
My sentiments exactly - after all we are paying for the OS through our taxes!

Not quite. The OS actually returns a profit on its services so feeds money back into the public purse.


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
Posted by NickG on Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:17 pm Reply with quote

The "click here to read more" link doesn't work for me.


Twitter: @nickg_uk

 
Posted by Darren on Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:25 pm Reply with quote

NickG Wrote:
The "click here to read more" link doesn't work for me.

Corrected.


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
Posted by scarymonkey on Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:53 pm Reply with quote

Darren Wrote:

Not quite. The OS actually returns a profit on its services so feeds money back into the public purse.

Somewhat OT but I wonder if OS would still make a profit if they couldn't charge extortionate licencing fees to other public bodies. Whichever way you look at it though, a huge amount of OS is paid for from the public purse.


Vince Marsters

 
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