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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.


On-demand maps


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).

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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.

How to select another map?
How to add maps from the community maps list?
How to suggest a new community map?
How to create a custom map?


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.

How to store a complete map area for offline use?
How to check the availability of locally stored data?
How to clear stored data?
How to store temporary data?


File-based maps


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 use file-based maps?
How to create file-based maps for the application?
How to import KML/KMZ map overlays?


Maps features

Maps F.A.Q.

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.

What if a map is not working anymore?

First, be sure to get the map again from the community maps list, in case it has already been fixed or updated. If it doesn't help, don't hesitate to contact us.

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