Thursday, December 16, 2010

Scenic Map 1.2

Version 1.2 of Scenic Map is now available for download from the iTunes App Store. This is the first major update of Scenic Map. It includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. Here are the highlights:
  • The map now renders much faster and updates as you scroll and zoom
  • While tracking, the map scrolls very smoothly. This feature works great in a plane.
  • Waypoints are displayed on the map.
  • You can select a waypoint and see the bearing, distance and elevation change from your current location.
  • A bearing line connects the cross hairs to the selected waypoint or your current GPS location.
  • The information display has been enhanced to show your speed, heading and altitude.
  • Your viewing direction can be displayed if your iOS device has a digital compass.
  • You can turn on a scale overlay.
  • A two finger tap gesture to go back to a previous location has been added.
  • You can now fully edit your waypoints including their longitude and latitude.
  • When a new waypoint is created, its name will default to the feature under the cross hairs.
  • Tracking will continue in the background if Scenic Map is running when you turn off your iOS device.
  • Scenic Map can GPS track with an iPod Touch if you have third party GPS receiver.
  • You can select English or Metric units.
  • All graphical elements have been updated to support the Retina Display.
There are too many other small enhancements and bug fixes to list individually. This update will make Scenic Map feel like a whole new app.

This is the view from 41,000 feet while passing over Bakersfield, CA on a Southwest 737 jet. Now you will always know where you are and the name of that little town you can see from your window seat. Tip: When you start up Scenic Map, click the GPS center button twice to lock the screen and then hold your iPad 3G so that the black strip on the top edge is against the window until you get a location lock. Once it is tracking, you should be able to prop up the iPad on your tray table and watch the world drift by. This will definitely get you some envious looks from your fellow passengers.

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