Measure Map Review
You can usually tell a lot about an app by looking at it's logo. An unprofessional logo often points towards someone looking to make a quick buck with an ill thought out, poorly implemented app. I'd have to say from my experience downloading apps if the logo looks rushed it's likely it's a bum app and it's wise to steer clear.
Sometimes though, there are exceptions to this theory. Occasionally you stumble across an app and the logo does leave a lot to be desired, but a little faith (and a few bucks) and you are rewarded with an app that's poorly designed logo masks something that's actually rather good. This is certainly the case with Measure Map.
The slide to view function which allows you to access pointer controls is something I've never seen before within an app and it's very intuitive.
Say you need to mark out a football pitch. Or you're an architect, maybe a town planner, and you want to calculate a specific area within your plans. You could even just be wanting to work out the precise distance of your next bike ride before you set off. These are just a handful of situations where Victor Alonso's Measure Map could come in handy.
Measure Map utilises Google maps to help you determine the distance between points or calculate the surface area of a given shape. You plot the points, the app crunches the numbers, spitting out distance and area data.
- Search function to home in on a location quickly
- Measure between points or a set surface area
- Choose from a selection of measurement units
- Save and load files
- Save as photos
- Email data in several different formats including image files, PDF, Google Earth, Measure Map and Excel
- Send to Dropbox
- Use the intuitive 'Slide' control to control map pointers
Quite a lot of features are included and made available from one screen. Impressive, but only if they work right. I'm pleased to say the developers have put a lot of thought into the design and usability and after a few minutes clicking around I found it quick and easy to use.
Plotting measurements is a doddle and the large number of sharing options ensures no one will feel left out.
The slide to view function which allows you to access pointer controls is something I've never seen before within an app and it's very intuitive. You simply slide a circular disc out with your finger and you're shown marker options that allow you to add, edit and remove pointers from the map.
Once you have your measurements you can share these using a wide choice of export and sharing options. Export your data as an image or PDF and email the file out. You can even export in Excel format or Google Earth format. You can also share the native file format of Measure Map, allowing you to collaborate as a team, editing and sharing points over multiple devices that each have the app installed on.
To sum Measure Map up, if you're an architect, farmer, town planner, council worker, rambler, mountain biker, moocher or just someone who likes to work out distances, it's an excellent tool to have on your iPhone. Plotting measurements is a doddle and the large number of sharing options ensures no one will feel left out.