Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Anquet for the Mac - now available

I was recently told by Anquet that they would have their full system of maps available for Mac OS shortly. It's now here. The download comes from VP MAPS and I'll be testing it for our upcoming Carneddau trip. The download software, for those that do not know, is free but the maps cost a significant amount. I am not going to discuss the relative merits of whether they should be charged for, or the rate charged, here - that's for the review but the Snowdonia NP OS 1:25,000 maps have just cost me £72.61 (inc VAT).

An update before the main review - the Mac version does not have 3D flyby view (which is a shame as it's a lovely feature of the Windows version) - VP Maps take the view it will be "...some time away." They said, when I asked, that "...it was not considered a hugely important module for first release, and with this a totally new application, we have a plan to build features in the longer term." Fair enough and very honest of them, we'll await developments, but I would have liked to have seen it straight away. I accept, in the round, there are more important features.


Also, the Snowdonia NP bundle does not seem to have waypoint height data but, if you download the Wales Anquet Free Height data in the My Maps section of the Map Manager it will translate to the waypoints on the Snowdonia NP map. Many thanks to VP Maps for extremely quick and courteous responses.

7 comments:

  1. I've been using Parallels to run Windows 7 on my Mac and have no problems with running my windows version of Memory Map (well none that are any different from running it in windows). I've also been using MM on my iphone as you can download up to 200 square km from their store for free - plenty enough for most of Snowdonia.

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  2. Don't want to go anywhere near a Windows machine again if I can avoid it, with the exception of work, and so am dead set against running parallels on my Mac. Like Memory Map though, and use it a lot, it just takes time to load (on the iPhone unless the 3G signal is good). Wouldn't use Memory Map for hillwalking itself - I'm far too old fashioned and really like paper...

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  3. Don't want to go anywhere near a Windows machine again if I can avoid it, with the exception of work, and so am dead set against running parallels on my Mac. Like Memory Map though, and use it a lot, it just takes time to load (on the iPhone unless the 3G signal is good). Wouldn't use Memory Map for hillwalking itself - I'm far too old fashioned and really like paper...

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  4.  Hi,

    If you are Mac or Windows users you may like to try out our multi-platform digital map software: RouteBuddy.

    We're a British company, based in Guildford, Surrey, and offer the most modern digital map software worldwide, as well as offering unique and powerful features on: Windows - Mac OS X - and iOS.
    (Should you decide to move from one OS to another then your licence key moves with you.)

    A key advantage for outdoor users is the ability to layer Ordnance Survey Topo Maps with Bing Satellite imagery.

    We're putting a lot more for topographic map users into this modern software and hope that you will give it a try, you'll find the download links on our front page here: www.routebuddy.com

    If you'd like to read the detailed comments about RouteBuddy, from an experienced outdoor blogger, then check out Andy Howell's blog here and type 'RouteBuddy' into the search field:
    http://www.andyhowell.info/trek-blog/

    Or contact me direct via our support link. Thanks for reading. 


    ~ neil


    Neil Wilson-Harris-------------------------CEO RouteBuddy Ltd

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  5. Neil, I'm aware of your product but for financial reasons it doesn't suit me.
    Please check out Routebuddy and the links in Neil's comment as its a highly regarded product.

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  6. Thanks Maz,

    If it's a case of already owning maps from MM then we do offer upgrades (and I can say our maps are the most up to date ones available).

    My appreciation also for being allowed to post. :)



    neil



    Neil Wilson-HarrisCEO RouteBuddy Ltd

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  7. Anquet maps! I have spent a fair amount on Anquet maps.

    As to posting - my pleasure. I want people to know what options there are. Especially good ones.

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