Wednesday, March 31, 2010

iTunes App Description

Here is the description of Scenic Map Grand Canyon as it appears in the app store:


Explore a highly detailed 3D terrain atlas of the entire Western USA. Fully offline: No internet connection needed! Please click the ...More link to learn why Scenic Map is a breakthrough in mobile mapping.

Most navigation apps on the iPhone must transfer their maps from servers on the internet. This can be slow in areas with only 2G coverage or completely unavailable in wilderness areas where a map would be most useful. Scenic Map solves this problem by rendering maps directly on your iPhone. This extremely fast high quality software renderer is a first of its kind for mobile devices. It is so fast, it can render every road in a city the size of Los Angeles less than a second.

Scenic Map can store more than 1/3rd of the country in a single app because it uses its own map compression technology. The detail contained in the maps is simply stunning. You can zoom in until small terrain features only a few meters in height can be easily seen. You can zoom out until entire states are visible.

Never before have maps been this customizable. For example, you can turn on or off the roads. You can change the lighting direction or remove terrain shading entirely. You can display contour lines. You can even step through the months and watch the seasons change. Preset buttons make it easy to switch between your favorite map styles.

While most mapping apps hide smaller roads as you zoom out, in Scenic Map, every road is displayed at every zoom level. This can be very helpful when you are exploring an area with few roads. You can zoom out and see all the roads, not just the major highways.

Want to learn more about a feature? Click the target icon to display its name, feature type, urban area, state, elevation and coordinates.

Scenic Map Key Features

✓Works in any orientation
✓Full screen map display with a single tap
✓Fully offline maps work anywhere without a data connection
✓Highest detail elevation data (10 meters)
✓Custom terrain lighting direction
✓Custom rendering styles
✓Five render style preset tabs
✓Six degrees of overlapping coverage between maps
✓Seven levels of zoom
✓Name and tag your favorite locations
✓Search all cities and large towns in the covered area
✓Track your current location
✓Screen lock to prevent accidental scrolling while tracking
✓Color by simulated elevation, natural Earth colors or shades of gray
✓Double tap to see the natural Earth colors change from month to month
✓Topographic contour lines
✓User customizable Open Street Map road maps (
✓Touch gestures for scrolling and zooming the map
✓Get information about any point on the map
✓Information display includes latitude, longitude and elevation with area and point details
✓Map includes detailed streams, rivers, lakes, bays, seas, oceans and glaciers
✓All roads and streams remain visible at all scale levels

Note: The street data may be inaccurate in some areas and is for reference only.
Map data © OpenStreetMap and contributors, CC-BY-SA.

CAUTION! Scenic Map is a very large application. We recommend downloading it with iTunes before syncing it with your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

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