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Maps & Layers
The application offers two different ways of accessing maps offline in order to suit most users:
- On-demand maps are maps retrieved on-demand from Internet and automatically stored on the device;
- On-board maps are file based maps covering a particular fixed area, pre-created and stored on the device.
When a map is selected from the available maps list, the application will download, display and store on the device all displayed areas. Everything that has been displayed once remains stored and available for off-line use. When the same area is displayed again, the application will use the stored data instead of downloading it again (unless the stored data is too old and a new version can be downloaded).
Managing maps list
The application offers a wide range of maps, with some being pre-installed by default. You can remove them or install new maps from the community maps list, an extended set of maps mostly suggested by users. Note that the community maps list is regularly updated and can change without warning.
Managing stored data
The application also offers the ability to store a larger area than the one displayed, see how to store a complete map area for offline use. In order to store temporary data or store data in various locations, see how to use workspaces.
File-based maps are pre-created maps copied on your device. Some key features are:
- They can be created at home, using a hi-speed Internet connection, which is usually faster than a mobile connection;
- They consist in a single file, which can be easily copied to or removed from the memory card. They can be easily exchanged over Internet;
- They have clearly defined bounds that makes clear which map is available at which location.
However, with the always increasing connection speed and capabilities of mobile devices, several weaknesses compared to on-demand maps make them part of the legacy:
- The data cannot be updated, they become obsolete after some time;
- The area cannot be extended, if a larger area is needed, a new map must be created and used;
- The entire file must be on the device, even if only a small subset area is needed;
- It can take long time to move the maps on the device.
How to create favorite maps and sets?
How to modify the opacity of a map or layer?
How to modify the contrast and saturation of a map or a layer?
How to switch between two maps in one click?
How to export the displayed map as an image or to print it?
Is it possible to increase the download speed of maps?
Each map uses its own map server and has a different download speed. Various factors can impact the download speed, including your physical location and the current server charge. We try to keep the default map as fast as possible to download, but don't hesitate to select another map that may be faster for you to access. If you need to download lot of map data, try to avoid rush hours to get a better speed.
Is it possible to change the language of names displayed on the maps?
Each map has its own policy concerning how to display names. The default map uses the local language (i.e. localized names) so all users have familiar names displayed in their own languages. Other maps like Bing Maps only uses English names everywhere. You can also install an alternative version of Bing Maps displayed in various other languages, just install the community map called “Bing Maps (Localized)”.
Problems with maps
What if no maps are displayed, zooming a lot displays "Area not stored"
You've activated the
“Use only local storage” mode that prevent the application to download any new map data. Just deactivate this mode as explained here.