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The OSM license change and data redactions have been completed recently. We are planning a major app update, PocketEarth v1.3, to be available in the next 2 weeks. The latest OSM dataset will be available with this release, and we will be continuing our regular OSM data updates from there.PocketEarth v1.3 and the new dataset has been enhanced to include more data, and many corrections, in particular by adding correct support for polygon inner rings. The new dataset is not compatible with the current version of PocketEarth (v1.2.2), this is why we held off the maps update a little longer than intended.You can see our full feature/change list for v1.3 Here.We can add Singapore in our next app update, PocketEarth v1.3 (it will be available in 2 weeks).
Fortunately, PocketEarth maps do cover the whole earth already, and you can access Singapore offline as long as you have recently viewed them in the app. Please locate Singapore on the map, zoom in and pan around some, and it will download the maps and Nearby search data automatically. If you are interested in having the Wikipedia articles also, please enable them in Settings > Data Cache > Wikipedia > On.You can place a Pin on the map in Singapore so that you can quickly jump to that map via the My Pins list in the Favorites screen.Hope this information helps, and sorry we are unable to add it to Destinations list sooner!
Some of the differences between favorite listings and pins will be changed by our next app update, v1.3 which will be available in about 2 weeks. In particular they will both show for low zoom levels, pins will be easier to create and move, and pins will offer more customization (selectable icons, color, etc).The main difference though, and the reason we show them in separate lists, is that Pins are generally used for marking locations of personal interest such as your home, work office, friends houses, favorite hiking spots which never have listings for them, etc. Its true that the maps are often lacking POI listings for some of the places you frequent and so creating a Pin to represent them is convenient.We will consider allowing Pins to be placed with the My Listings for one of our future updates, or ideally we would allow users to submit new POI to the OpenStreetMap project so that other users will be able to see them on the map too. For now though it is possible for anyone to add new POIs to the maps through the OSM website. After adding data there, it will appear in PocketEarth after the next data update which happens every few weeks.
Hi, we have received a lot of requests for this and are planning to do real offline routing in the future, but at the moment I can’t say exactly when it will be implemented.
The Maps and Listing in PocketEarth come from the great community driven open mapping project called OpenStreetMap or OSM. While some locations have excellent data, some times even better than google maps, there are still many places which could be improved. If you have time, we hope you will check out the OSM website and consider contributing to make the maps better for everyone.You can also enable Wikipedia articles (shown as W icons on the map) by going to Settings > Data Cache > Wikipedia > ON.We are also considering adding support for other supplemental data sources of POIs in the future.
The current version of PocketEarth does not convert URLs into links. However, our next update (v1.3 to be available in October) will add a description/notes text area on Pins, fav POIs, routes, and tracks. This will allow you to enter more details on things including text URLs which you can click on to go to the site.
The current version of PocketEarth does not support any of these things, but they are all on our roadmap! In particular, our next update v1.3 (which will be available in October) will allow you to pick from a selection of different Pin icons, as well as choosing the color. Pins, fav POIs, routes, and track recordings will all have a description/notes text area to allow you to enter more detailed text about them. v1.3 will also include email support for GPX export of individual routes and for all fav POIs, pins, and routes. However this may not suit your needs for simple, selective sharing of Pins/POIs.Groups and Sharing features will come after, hopefully in our v1.4 update (will be available before the end of the year). We will let you know (via a post here) when we have more details about the timeline for the Groups and Sharing features.
hi starfishj,PocketEarth currently supports GPX export only, not import, so there is no possibility to transfer your data from one device to another using GPX. We are working on both GPX import and iCloud sync for one of our coming updates to allow this kind of functionality. We’ll let you know when support for this has been added.GPX export allows you to use your data in other applications. In iTunes you can select PocketEarth from your device’s installed Apps list, and you will see the GPX exports and can move them to your computer for use in other software, in Garmin devices, etc.Thank you for pointing out the lack of proper Japanese transliteration. The situation is a bit complicated because Japanese makes use of Chinese characters and the transliteration function treats them using Chinese phonetic rules. Additionally, PocketEarth currently lacks support for Chinese and some other asian fonts so displaying a transliterated form is the only option in some cases.We are working on an improvement of the transliteration function as well as adding support for the missing asian fonts. We hope to have it fixed in one of the coming versions of PocketEarth. Unfortunately this will not be ready for our next update (v1.3, to be released in October).
Please note that our map data comes from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) community mapping project which has excellent coverage in many places, but less detail in some other places. You can view the OSM map detail on their website (http://www.openstreetmap.org), and even contribute to it by adding missing content and translations.
PocketEarth attempts to use the labels specified by Settings > Data Cache > Map Labels first if available. If it is not available, it then tries to use the one specified by Settings > Data Cache > Map Labels II. If it is also not available, PocketEarth will try to pick the best choice automatically based on the selection of available data. Finally, if the label is in a non-Latin character set and either the Transliteration option is enabled (Settings > Advanced > Transliterate Text) or the font for the language is not available, PocketEarth will phonetically transliterate the text into a Latin approximation.
Thanks for the feedback! Our next update, PocketEarth v1.3, will support different coordinate display formats and the ability to turn it off if its not useful to you. Including street addresses, opening hours and other info on the POI would be great. For now I can’t say how soon this will be supported, but will let you know when we have a better idea.Our routing service provider, CloudMade, does not support routing over public transit. We plan to provide an offline public transit routing feature in one of our future updates, but the timeline has not been established yet for this.
Hi Bucky,Your not alone in missing this kind of functionality. A number of our users have also expressed interest in such organizational enhancements. We are planning to add this functionality in one of our coming updates.In fact, we are planning to support export and import in at least GPX and CSV formats.
We have had a lot of requests from users to be able to import their own personal data in the form of Pins, and we are planning to support CSV format for this purpose. CSV is convenient as it is simple to edit in a text editor, or for example you can collect your data in an Excel spreadsheet and easily save it to CSV for importing into PocketEarth. This may be the best solution for you. We hope to have this feature supported in the coming months.GPX format, on the other hand, is better suited for storing routes or tracks, and many websites allow you to download GPX files for hikes, scenic rides, etc. Also, PocketEarth is able to function as a GPS Track Recorder, allowing you to record your hikes, bike rides, etc, and then export it via GPX for use in other software and devices, or for example to publish it on a website.
Thanks for the suggestion! We have added the aerial cableways and you can get them now via Settings > Data Cache > Check for Updates.August 20, 2012 at 4:14 am in reply to: Does downloading a country take into account sections that have already been downloaded? #4388Short Answer:This is a general message, and PocketEarth will not download the same data twice.
Long Answer:PocketEarth is smart enough to *never* download the same data twice. In particular, if you download cities or regions and then download the containing region or country it will not download the data that it already has. Similarly neighboring regions or countries which share some common data near the border will not download that common data twice.The situation with the place download dialog and the size reported in it is more complicated:• For Regions and Countries, the size reported is the actual size the place will take on your device, but some of that data may be re-used by other places. Also, some of the reported data size may have been already downloaded, thus the actual download size may be much smaller.• For Cities, the size reported is only an estimate of the download size, and the actual download size may be more or less, but usually the difference is less than 1 MB.We plan on improving this situation with the reported size in a coming update, as well as offering more control over what data is downloaded.
Hi BuckyE,At the moment, we have no plans to support backup and re-import of the actual map data. This is for a number of reasons, including some serious limitations imposed by Apple which would be difficult to work around.We will support backup and sync of all of your favorites lists items, via automatic iCloud sync and via manual export/import options. Please see my other response on this discussion.Let us know if you have any further suggestions or thoughts on this, we’ll be happy to consider them!
Hi BuckyE,We plan to support iCloud sync for all favorites items, but not including actual map data as it is large and can be easily downloaded from our own servers again. The favorites items alone are extremely small, and won’t waste much bandwidth, even on slower 2G cellular. iCloud support of course will be optional, and only enabled if the user wants it.As an alternative, we already support GPX export of all favorites items via Settings > GPX Export, which can be then accessed from iTunes and used in other software. We are working on a GPX import option for one of our coming updates so that you could then import this data onto another device or otherwise recover your backed up data.
Taking notes while traveling and visiting new places does seem very useful! Our next version of PocketEarth, v1.3, will include a new look and feel for managing your pins. You will be able to add descriptions/notes to your pins as well as customize them with different icons and color options.You will be able to export the notes via our existing GPX export feature. More convenient export options such as CSV format and web based upload will be added in a later version.Thanks for the feedback!
Hi Leif,Currently PocketEarth does not have an import option, but a lot of our users have expressed interest in this and we are planning an import option (from GPX and CSV formatted files) for one of our coming updates. We will let you know once we have more details available.August 5, 2012 at 1:29 am in reply to: GPX, Dropbox, Zwischenstationen, Export, Import, Routing #4375
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