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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Winfried, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. Winfried

    Winfried Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Hello

    I'm leaving soon for a grand tour of the UK, and would like to use my smartphone to download offline maps augmented with locations I added through Google's web application.

    Ideally, the locations should be clickable to display a short pop-up to see what they refer to (eg. "Saint-Paul Cathedral"); Alternatively, each location should be numbered so I can refer to a list elsewhere on my phone.

    That way, I don't need to juggle between the smarpthone to see where I currently am and printouts of things to see in the area, and using offline maps means I can disable data channel since it's pricey when travelling outside one's country.

    Google's free Maps application is nice: When choosing "menu > Layers" and choosing a map of locations I created through Google Maps on my PC, the locations do show up fine. However, when selecting "menu > Make Available Offline", the locations disappear. So it seems like Maps doesn't support downloading a user-customized map and save it for offline use.

    Is there a way to use Maps to download a location-filled map of a city? If not, is there a good third-party application that supports this? I heard of MapsWithMe, CityMaps 2 Go, and Locus Maps Pro.

    FWIW, I tried Google's new MapsEngine, but it's not usable on smartphones, as the the list of locations on the left takes way too much screen real estate and, all the locations are gone if the layer is turned off.

    Thank you.
     



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  2. Harry2

    Harry2 Extreme Android User

    You're on the right way with 'MapsWithMe' :)
    For to do what you want you also should install 'Place Saver'.

    So you'd share your favorite places in Maps MyPlaces with 'Place Saver' (yes, with the Share option).
    'Place Saver' will show offline you these places in 'MapsWithMe' ... open 'Place Saver', select your place, tap on the button 'Maps' and you're able to chose 'MapsWith Me'.

    Note, in Maps MyPlaces you can't edit the name of your places, but 'Place Saver' let you do it ... so you'd number the name of your places.

    Edit: This other offline maps you mentioned might work with 'Place Saver' too. I use 'MapsWithMe' so I know that it works ... and it works even with my offline car navigation 'Navigon' :)

    Harry
     
  3. Winfried

    Winfried Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, I couldn't try "Place Saver", as it crashes on my Galaxy Nexus, like it does for at least another user (see attachment).

    I couldn't e-mail its author since its web page has a bad URL in Google Play.

    With so many people now travelling with smartphones/tablets, I'm surprised there's no application that simply supports downloading offline maps with user-defined locations. It's even more surprising that Google doesn't support this.

    Apparently, MapsWithMe Pro supports "bookmarks", but I got no reply with its/their author(s) as to 1) whether they will be available offline as expected, and 2) how to download the list after adding locations through my PC in eg. Google Maps/MapsEngine.

    I wouldn't want to buy the app just to find out that it doesn't support this.

    Does someone know?

    Thank you.
     

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  4. Harry2

    Harry2 Extreme Android User

    Sorry to hear that Place Saver crashes on your Nexus.
    I've used the app on different phones without difficulties for years.
    BTW, I never use Place Saver in that way you've done been shown in your screen shots picture. I use the Share option in Google Maps MyPlaces to save the location to Place Saver. Then I open Place Saver and choose the saved location.

    I use the Pro version and yes, it supports bookmarks and yes, they're available offline. Even the search is offline ... but you can't expect the Google Maps qualtity of search ;)

    But transfering locations of Maps MyPlaces to MapsWithMe? The only way I know of is using Place Saver.

    Harry
     
  5. Winfried

    Winfried Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I bought the Pro version, but support can't figure out how to get Android to prompt me for which application to use to import the KML file that I created in Google Maps on my PC with all the locations.

    How do you those apps?
    1. Create map of locations in Google Maps on PC
    2. Export to Place Saver through Google Maps' MyPlaces
    3. Import in Place Saver
    4. Export to ???
    5. Open in MapsWithMe?
     
  6. RazzMaTazz

    RazzMaTazz Android Expert

    Maybe I don't understand what you're trying to do, but can't you just use an offline map app, like the free app, NavFree (which uses Open Source Maps)? It has points of interest built-in so that you can see the POIs around your current location.
     
  7. BigRedGonzo

    BigRedGonzo Android Expert

    Its not free, but you might give a look at CoPilot Premium for the UK. It does a lot of what you are after.

    BigRedGonzo
     
  8. Harry2

    Harry2 Extreme Android User

    Not sure about that part, but I think if you've saved your locations (POIs) as maps in Google Maps on the PC (while you are signed in your Google account), then you'd have them also on your phone's Google Maps as 'My Maps' (layer button -> My Maps).
    Then you'd star these locations for to make them to favorites in Maps My Places (one by one ?)

    Now in Maps My Places open such a starred place and share it with Place Saver (use the Share option of Maps My Places). So share all starred places one by one with Place Saver.

    Now you'd operate out of Place Saver for all these saved places. Open Place Saver, open a saved location, tap on the left button "Maps" and choose MapsWithMe ... voila :)

    Harry
     
  9. Harry2

    Harry2 Extreme Android User

    Well, there might be a very simple solution:
    Copy your KML file in the folder "MapsWithMe" on your phone's storage.
    Then open the app MapsWithMe and your locations might appear in the app's bookmarks.
    I think it's worth to try :) because the app's own created bookmarks are stored as KML file in that folder.

    Update:
    It works :) :) I tried it with a KML file of Google Earth.
    I used ES File Explorer for to import the KML file on "Maps With Me": A tap on the KML file and choosing "Maps With Me" did the import.

    Harry
     
  10. Winfried

    Winfried Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks Harry for the tip. Without doing anything, at some point, MapsWithMe was available to open KML files. I hadn't thought about copying the file in MwM's folder.
     
  11. GrouchoM

    GrouchoM Android Enthusiast

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