Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Scenic Map is ready to launch!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Scenic Map blog. I will use this page to discuss the development of my apps.

Scenic Map is a digital atlas app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It can display an extremely accurate 3D shaded terrain map of any location in the continental USA and Hawaii. Unlike most other maps for mobile devices, Scenic Map's data is entirely offline. You don't need any internet connection to explore any part of the map. This means that you can use it anywhere even if there is no cell phone coverage. You don't need to download areas ahead of time. All the data is included in the original app download.

Scenic Map includes the following data sets:
Highly detailed 3D terrain data from the USGS National Elevation Dataset
Street level road maps and buildings from OpenStreetMap.org
Water bodies, rivers, streams and 2D areas from the US Census Tiger data.
Accurate earth colors for every month of the year from NASA's Big Blue Marble
 There are currently four Scenic Map apps:

Scenic Map Grand Canyon covers nothern Arizona and parts of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

Scenic Map Western United States covers W109 to W162 degrees longitude. This includes the following states:
Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Western parts of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming.

Scenic Map Central United States covers W94 to W114 degrees longitude. This includes the following states:
Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming
Western parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota,  Missouri
Eastern parts of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Utah

Scenic Map Eastern United States covers W66 to W99 degrees longitude. This includes the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Eastern parts of South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas

Scenic Map has passed the first round of selection by Apple for acceptance to the iPad app store. The GM versions have been uploaded and are awaiting final approval. There is a good chance that they will get accepted and will be available for sale on Saturday April 3 along with the iPad itself.

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