[OSM-talk] Go Map!: Mobile mapping on iOS
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Mon Jul 25 23:32:50 UTC 2016
I always used to be quite sceptical about mobile mapping applications.
Due to the small screen size and lack of a mouse pointer, mobile
mapping seemed clumsy and error-prone. For me, collecting data in the
field and then adding it on a personal computer with JOSM was the way
However, my mind has changed completely since I discovered Go Map!, an
application for iOS written by Bryce Cogswell. Nowadays, I'm doing
almost all my mapping in the field straight in Go Map!, and only
rarely do I still resort to JOSM.
Go Map! is designed with a light-weight UI, making mapping easy and
intuitive. In particular, a lot of attention was paid to minimize the
chance of user errors. Some examples:
- Objects are moved by dragging a handle next to the object, rather
than the object itself. This way, you're not obscuring the placement
of the object.
- When drawing a new line, a subtle animation is shown whenever you're
about to connect a node to another node or line.
- The application does not permit the manipulation (such as
straightening) of objects (partially) outside of the view.
I found that entering the results of my surveys straight in Go Map!
saves me a lot of time, and additionally improves the quality of my
data (since one data manipulation step is cut out, and I can verify
Of course, even with Go Map!, accidental data errors might be
possible. And repetitive actions, or manipulation of large areas with
many notes, is perhaps still easier on a desktop computer. But
overall, I find Go Map! a large improvement.
And an additional bonus: whenever passers-by ask you when this map
you're creating can be viewed online, you now can tell them: "in about
I'd recommend every iOS user to give the application at least a try.
The application can be downloaded here:
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