Topo Maps+ 5.0

Topo Maps+ 5.0 is here!

Moved features

A number of features have been moved to new locations in Topo Maps+ 5.0.

Downloading and printing maps is now under Prepare to go offline.

 

My Data has been moved to the menu.

 

Recording tracks and progress on trail are now under Hike.

 

Card Interface

Route, tracks, and waypoints are now displayed in a “card” interface on top of the map.  This new interface makes it easier to access properties, notes, and photos.  You can also move the card up to see more or move it down to have a minimized view.

 

 

If you have multiple cards open or if you want to access the toolbar, you can double tap on the top of a card to see the toolbar and all open cards.

 

Compass and Location

You can access GPS information about your current location and the compass by tapping on the blue location dot on the map or via the hike menu.

Snap To Trails

You can now create new routes by having them snap to trails.  When you tap on the map, Topo Maps+ will attempt to find a route to that location using trails from the Open Street Map and using any trails that you have traced on the map.

 

     

Updated Custom Routes

In Topo Maps+ 5.0 you can now add loops, in-n-out, and spurs to custom routes.  To create a custom route you access it via the Add menu.

List of Trails

You can now see a list of all trails in the area you are looking at by using the trails menu on the toolbar.

2016 US Forest Service Topographic Map

Topo Maps+ version 4.5 now has the 2016 US Forest Service topographic map.  Like the USGS topo map this map has the backcountry features you need while hiking and backpacking.  It is an updated topographic map with cleaner lines and labels.

 

The US Forest Service map does not cover all of the US.  This video shows you how to use Topo Maps+ PRO to create a continuous US map and how to add hill shading.

You can switch to the USFS 2016 map by tapping on the mac icon in the upper right corner.

 

 

 

 

Choosing and Printing Maps

Before you head out on your next outdoor adventure make sure you have printed maps. Taking the time to print a map could save your life. This training video is about the different types of topographic maps and printing them. You should always have a printed map with you when you go out and you should never rely solely on your phone to safely navigate the backcountry. Everything covered in this training video can be done using the free version of Topo Maps+.

At the end of the video I introduce the amazing offers I am going to have for you if you choose to purchase early access for Topo Maps+ on the Mac.

I would love to hear any tips and tricks you use to navigate in the backcountry. Leave a comment on this blog post to let me know. I am always looking for new tips to make my experiences even better 🙂

Trip Planning in Topo Maps+ Part 2

If you are like me, you can’t go backpacking every weekend. When you do get out you want to make it the best outdoor experience possible. One of the biggest keys to having an awesome trip is planning.

I spend lots of time planning for each day on my backpacking trips. I want to know how far will each day be, what will the elevation gain/loss be, what will the terrain be like, and what will I see?

This training video is part 2 where I will teach you how to plan your next outdoor adventure. Most of what I teach in this video can be done using the free version of Topo Maps+ on the iPhone.

I would love to hear what you do to plan your outdoor adventures. Leave a comment on this blog post to let me know. I am always looking for new tips to make my experiences even better 🙂

Trip Planning in Topo Maps+ Part 1

If you are like me, you can’t go backpacking every weekend. When you do get out you want to make it the best outdoor experience possible. Maybe you want to see mountains, alpine lakes & meadows, go through high mountain passes, and still make it to camp by 4:30 so you can relax and enjoy camp in the evening.  If you try and hike too far or have too much elevation gain the experience just isn’t as fun. Instead of basking in the beauty and wonder of nature while you hike, all you can think about is getting to camp and falling into your bed.  On the other hand, if you don’t push yourself a little you might miss out on some amazing remote alpine lakes or lush meadows with snow covered peaks looming over them.

One of the biggest keys to having an awesome trip is planning.  When you take the time to plan out your trip, you are taking the first step towards creating amazing outdoor memories that will last a lifetime.

In this training video I will teach you how to plan your next outdoor adventure. Most of what I teach in this video can be done using the free version of Topo Maps+ on the iPhone.

I would love to hear what you do to plan your outdoor adventures. Leave a comment on this blog post to let me know. I am always looking for new tips to make my experiences even better 🙂

Topo Maps+ for Mac Survey

Hi,

I’m VERY close to finishing early access for Topo Maps+ on macOS.

I have been working on this for awhile, but I am finally going to wrap it up. I will be releasing early access next month.

If you are like me, you can’t go backpacking every weekend. When you do get out you want to make it the best outdoor experience possible. I want to see mountains, alpine lakes & meadows, go through high mountain passes, and still make it to camp by 4:30 so I can enjoy camp in the evening.

I spend lots of time planning every day for my backpacking trips. I want to know how far will each day be, what will the elevation gain/loss be, what will the terrain be like, and what will I see?

You will soon be able to do this on your Mac with Topo Maps+.  All of the planning you did with routes, tracks, trails, and waypoints will sync between your Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

HOWEVER, I need your help. Before I finalize everything, I need to make sure I have covered everything.

That is where you come in. Please take a few minutes to answer this super-short survey—there is really only one thing I want to ask you …

What is your #1 single biggest outdoor trip planning challenge? You can answer this question in the comments below.  I will read every response.

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Managing Downloaded Maps

Topo Maps+ has a few different ways to delete any maps you have downloaded to free up more space on your device.

1. Delete individual maps regions

When you are downloading maps you can tap on already downloaded map regions to delete them.  This works well when you need to just delete one or two regions, but it can be tedious when you need to delete a larger area.

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2. Select multiple regions

When you are downloading maps you can tap on “Select” in the upper left corner and then select all of the regions you want to delete.  If you have Topo Maps+ PRO you can zoom out and select larger regions as well.  Your selections don’t have to be areas that are fully downloaded.  When you then tap on the “Delete” button on the toolbar, all of the downloaded maps in the selected regions will be deleted.

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3. From My Downloaded Maps

You can see which maps you have downloaded and their sizes by selecting “My Data” and then “My Downloaded Maps”.  Here you will see all of the types of maps you have downloaded, how much storage each map type is using, and the total storage for all of the maps.  If you wish to delete all of the maps you can scroll down and delete all of the maps.

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You can select individual maps to see a list of downloaded regions for that map and to delete just that one map type.  You can select the individual downloaded regions to jump to their location on the map.

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Topo Maps+ PRO

I have been hard at work to make using Topo Maps+ even better while on the trail. I pounded out over 75 miles of hiking with a fully loaded pack this summer to test out new features and push the envelope of what Topo Maps+ can do. I am really excited to show you Topo Maps+ PRO.

 

Progress on Trail

Navigation isn’t the only reason to use a map while hiking.  Often you want to get an idea for how far you have traveled and how far you have left to go. Should we stop for lunch now or wait until we get to the lake? How much farther do we have left until we get to the top of this brutal up hill? Should we stop here for the night or push on to the next campsite? While you could use the Topo Maps+ record feature to record your hike to know exactly how far you have come, it will not tell you how far you have left to go and if you are on an extended backpacking trip you probably don’t want to drain your battery with GPS constantly running to record your hike. Using trail segments along with progress along a trail now lets you easily answer these questions without recording your hike. It is awesome (and a bit magical feeling) to have this information while hiking deep in the backcountry. Honestly, this feature is pretty amazing to experience. So go out into the backcountry and try this out 🙂

Trail Segments

Topo Maps+ will automatically analyze a trail to create segments from trail junctions, waypoints, and photos.  A trail segment is a portion of the trail between two locations of interest on the trail.

Download Larger Areas

Sometimes you just want to zoom out and download larger areas. With Topo Maps+ PRO you can 🙂

My Photos Overlay

I don’t know about you, but I take a lot of photos while I am out hiking. They become an integral part of my outdoor experience and the memories I create while spending time slowing down, getting off the grid, and basking in the amazing beauty and magnificence of nature.  With Topo Maps+ PRO you can see where you took a photo, see what direction you were facing when you took the photo, and you can create a waypoint from the photo. If you need to remember a location to return back to it (i.e. where you parked your car or a maker for where you started bushwhacking) you can just take a picture with the camera on your iPhone and then later go back into Topo Maps+ to see where that picture was taken and to turn it into a waypoint.

Public Flickr Photo Overlay

When I am planning a trip, I like to see what the area will look like.  What kind of views will I have, what do the meadows look like, etc.  With Topo Maps+ PRO you see public Flickr photos along trails so that you can see photos of what to expect while you are out on your hike.  You can even turn the photos into waypoints, if you want to be sure and go to that exact location while you are out hiking.

Custom Routes

When you select a trail on the map you can also move the crosshairs at the ends of the trail.  You will be able to move these crosshairs over trails that connect to the trail that the crosshairs are on.  This lets you easily create new routes from existing trail networks.

Edit Tracks and Routes

Sometimes you need to edit routes or recorded tracks.  With Topo Maps+ you can easily edit a track or route.

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Map Overlays

With Topo Maps+ PRO you can create custom maps by overlaying maps on top of each other.

Grid Overlays

With Topo Maps+ PRO you can add latitude/longitude or UTM grid overlays on your map.

Data Overlays

In Topo Maps+ PRO you can control which data overlays the map.  Maybe you just want to see the trails and waypoints for your current backpacking trip or maybe you just want to see the data you have collected for a single hunting season.

Regions

Sometimes the information you want to track on the map can’t be captured with just waypoints and routes.  For example, maybe you want to keep track of an area where you found good huckleberries or a property boundary that you want to stay in while you are hunting or a region where you have searched.  With Topo Maps+ PRO you can add regions to the map.