Originally Posted by blackhawke88
yes, prior to entering the area without reception, you need to cache the region onto the app. So before leaving the house, select the area you will be exploring, and it downloads all the map information beforehand, thus, when you are out of signal, you dont need to load the map, and GPS takes care of the tracking.
Im not sure if the ipad has GPS capabilities, but if it does, this will work!
Can you define and name multiple map sets with GPS Kit? Anyone have both apps?
I'm reading the reviews and some say GPS Kit HD doesn't support true offline mode. It sounds like it supports a map cache, which is what you describe. The user zooms around and it caches the images. MotionX GPS HD also supports a 1024 MB map cache to speed up loading maps offline or online.
In addition to a map cache MotionX GPS HD also supports true download
and storage that is only limited by the iPad's available memory. That is why I bought the 64GB version. Once you define and download the map set, it is there until you delete the set. I can define and download many map sets. I currently have 23. I have road map coverage from overview (7) down to individual street names (15) from SoCal to St. Louis along Route 66 / I40 and then St. Louis to NE Ohio. I also have hybrid satelite views of the Petified Forest, my favorite off road spots and a couple other locations. I also have several TOPO map sets.
The map overview wiki page
for GPS Kit HD doesn't include naming the map cache which seems like you can only cache one area at a time.
GPS Kit HD is 25% off and they still ask $14.99.
VS $1.99 for MotionX. It would be nice if they had a demo or light version to try. The google earth integration sounds neat but most of the bells and whistles seem like social networking that requires cellular enabled. I paid for the cellular iPad just to get the compass + GPS and won't ever activate the cellular radio. MotionX GPS also has a version for the iPhone.
This image is from a pre-downloaded mapset of zoom level 15 for Anza-Borrego. I could have downloaded them at zoom level 19 but it was overkill for my needs and makes the map sets much larger. Full screen mode, WIFI and Cellular are OFF. When WIFI (or cellular) is on, you can zoom to any level and it will automatically download/display and cache the map tiles as you pan around.
The full resolution image looks better than this. The screen shots were down-sampled when I uploaded them.